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Arriving in Barcelona..... return from Madrid

Sonja Van Rhyn

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Planning doing one in April/May 2015. From Leon. Limited holiday time.....
My friend bought tickets to Barcelona and return to SA from Madrid. We want to start at SJPDP, then walk a day or two, then take a bus on the route for a few kilometres and then walk again for a day or two and then take a bus again..... Where is the last 100km that you must walk from? Is there a bus in every town?

How will we do this?
Please advise....?
We have 18 days to complete the route and we still want to take time to enjoy the little towns and do some nice stops? What do you suggest we do?
 
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Falcon pretty much summed it up.
You can catch a bus from some villages, but not all.
I have a 17 day trip that I host and our schedule includes walking from Pamplona to Logrono, bus to Burgos, bus to Leon, bus to Astorga, walk to to Villafranca, taxi to Samos, walk to Santiago. You can see our daily itinerary and schedule if you go to this link and scroll down. Something like this schedule might work for you.
http://anniecarvalho.weebly.com/2015-itinerary.html

I would bus an extra day or two and be sure to spend time seeing Montserrat in Barcelona and visiting at least the Prado and/or Sofia Reina museum(s) in Madrid.
 

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I know I will get be beaten up for this post, but so what?

One question: Why do you want to do it that way? If you have only a limited amount of time - start closer to Santiago. If you jump with a bus or similar ahead you will every single time lose your newly won Camino friends / family.

Also 'bus into every town', I do give you the benefit of doubt, but just in case: If you plan to bus the Camino AND to stay in traditional pilgrims albergues, please be aware of the fact that you are taking a bed away from somebody that walked the whole stage without bussing ...

It is NOT a cheap holiday / vacation, it is a pilgrimage and that includes the nice and the boring parts, the good and the ugly.

SY *who is fully aware of being awarded punishment points for this post and gladly accepts them*

PS If I misunderstood you, I apologize in advance and profoundly!
 
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Where is the last 100km that you must walk from?

Are you interested in getting a Compostela? Otherwise, there isn't anything/distance that you must walk (i.e.: you can walk whatever part(s) of the route(s) you want). Even if you are interested in getting a Compostela, the location of the point 100 kms away from Santiago de Compostela will depend on the route you follow. You say you plan to start in SJPDP but Do you want to follow the French Way all the way till Santiago or do you plan, for example, to take de camino de invierno once in Ponferrada?

We have 18 days to complete the route and we still want to take time to enjoy the little towns and do some nice stops?

What route? That's the key question. All what you bus is route that you aren't (really) completing... You can make part of the route by starting in a closer point to Santiago de Compostela than SJPDP, you can mix making part of the route with making some tourism in some cities/towns along the part of the route you didn't make this time or, with a little more of planning, you can make something similar to what you quoted on your original post but it all depends on the aim of your trip (e.g.: if you are more into pilgrimage or into tourism...).
 
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Sonja Van Rhyn

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Year of past OR future Camino
Planning doing one in April/May 2015. From Leon. Limited holiday time.....
Falcon pretty much summed it up.
You can catch a bus from some villages, but not all.
I have a 17 day trip that I host and our schedule includes walking from Pamplona to Logrono, bus to Burgos, bus to Leon, bus to Astorga, walk to to Villafranca, taxi to Samos, walk to Santiago. You can see our daily itinerary and schedule if you go to this link and scroll down. Something like this schedule might work for you.
http://anniecarvalho.weebly.com/2015-itinerary.html

I would bus an extra day or two and be sure to spend time seeing Montserrat in Barcelona and visiting at least the Prado and/or Sofia Reina museum(s) in Madrid.
Thank you so much, this will be soooo helpful. Much appreciated. We will try to keep to this schedule.
 

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