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15 Things to Know Before You Go to Galicia

15 Things to Know Before You Go to Galicia

The travel journal Roads & Kingdoms asked Nancy to write an insider article about Galicia in their "Know Before You Go" series for the November 2016 launch of their book Grape, Olive, Pig. Here's a link to her article:

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Camino de Santiago Tours with On Foot In Spain

Camino de Santiago Tours

Why On Foot in Spain? A dedication to a personalized, direct experience with the owners of On Foot in Spain is one of the things that sets us apart. On Foot in Spain Walking Tours & Hiking Educational Adventures specializes in small group (7 to 15 people) walking holidays and hiking vacations in northern Spain since 1999. Nancy and Jose personally lead ALL of their walking tours to ensure a high-level of customer satisfaction! We have chosen to keep our business small in order to maintain meaningful contact with all of our walkers in honor of the slow food, slow travel mentality. We truly enjoy traveling with you and sharing our passion for northern Spain and the Camino de Santiago where we met in 1994.

On the Camino de Santiago tour we bring to life the fascinating cultural heritage (art, architecture, history, folklore, flora & fauna) of the medieval Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, aka the Way of St James, from Pamplona to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. You can earn the Compostela Certificate on the Compostela tour walking the rustic trails of Galicia from Leon to Santiago de Compostela.
Hiking the stunning, isolated coastal and mountain trails of Galicia: From Sea to Mountain or savor the bounty of sea, land and vineyard on our Galicia: Food & Wine Journey. Walking along the Camino in Portugal (Camino Portuguese) you’ll learn about the culture and rural life first hand. Both the avant-garde and rustic Basque Country walks as well as the emerald, limestone heights found while hiking the Picos de Europa will dazzle for their beauty and stimulate all of your senses. Let us share our Spain with you as friends and traveling companions!

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Nancy Frey meets Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez at the Premiere of "The Way"

Nancy and Jose

Nancy and Jose

Cultural anthropologist Nancy Frey (PhD, UC Berkeley) and writer, mountaineer Jose Placer (co-author Walking in Spain, Lonely Planet, 1999, 2003 & 2009 and Walking in Scotland, LP, 2001) personally lead ALL of their walking and hiking tours in Spain to guarantee high quality, excellence of service and knowledge as well as the personal, caring touch that has become our standard. Read More

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BBC "Pilgrimage with Simon Reeve"

Nancy Frey and Burt Wolf

2014 Year in Review Video

A Few Words from Dee Nolan

Marina de Almeida Prado

Marina de Almeida Prado

Brazilian photographer Marina de Almeida Prado joined us in June 2012 along the Camino de Santiago.
Here she shares with us and comments on some of her favorite photos from her pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. To see more of her work, please visit her website.

What Our Clients Say About On Foot in Spain

  • Maria, Bakersfield, California, USA ( 4th time On Foot Walker – Camino, Galicia, Basque, Portugal)

    Slow travel... Like "slow food" made with care, presented with reverence and savored over time amongst friends. Your walking tours are the "slow travel" - unique and amazingly special. Each moment, each thought, each view is something worth having. This is why I keep coming back *smile*.

  • Pat, Shingle Springs, California, USA

    All in all this Pilgrim’s journey was deeper, fuller and richer from the gift of On Foot in Spain and the love and commitment of Nancy and Jose to the El Camino de Santiago and to each of us on our pilgrimages shared.

  • Lesley, Melbourne, Australia (4th time On Foot Walker – Camino, Galicia, Portugal, Basque)

    The sights, the sounds; the misty morning light and starry sky at night at Axpe; the picnics, and idyllic settings; the going up and the going down of the trails; the enchanting forests and the panoramic rural and coastal views; the history, the myths, the saints, the culture and even the jokes!; the storytelling, the card games and the camaraderie of the group; and the helping hands when the going got tough. And so much more!.

  • Maureen, Sydney, Australia

    Your love for this magical walk certainly shows in everything you do, and it is something that I will always remember and draw strength from.

  • Ann-Maree, Sydney, Australia, April 2013 Compostela

    I loved your particular way of doing things Nancy and Jose - your care and gentleness not only with everyone but with all you do was inspiring for me.

  • Judy, Darien, Connecticut, USA (2nd time On Foot Walker – Private Camino & Private Camino in Portugal)

    I want to thank you, Jose and Sam for such a meaningful and rich experience. I hardly know where to begin to talk about how much I felt expanded in mind, spirit and even body (all that fabulous food!) So much beauty all around us! Your choice of sights and experiences was fabulous. I loved the variety and contrasts in terrain, in lodgings and in your choices of readings and music especially. I continue to be impressed with your intentional approach to living and learning together. Gratefully…,

  • Kelly, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA (Camino)

    On a scale of 1-5 I gave the tour a 10! You and Jose do such an amazing job! The organization, down to every last detail, is impeccable. The food, lodging choices, history, tours and every aspect was better than I could have ever imagined! Thank you again!

  • SV, London, UK (3rd time On Foot Walker – Camino twice, Portugal)

    It was wonderful to see you, talk to you, walk and eat with you and be generally spoilt by you and by Spain.

  • Susan and Brian, Novato, California, USA (2nd time On Foot Walkers – Compostela & Camino)

    We hope that we have conveyed along the way how really blessed we feel to have known you both. The Camino is a magical place and we have felt more peace and serenity there than we thought possible. You made that happen for us (and countless others) and we are so grateful for the experience of it, and you. Thank you!

  • Dale, Toronto, Canada

    Even without the small miracle of a highly compatible group of merry folk, it would have been a wonderful trip. WITH them -- and you and Jose -- it was magical.