FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Galicia Walking Festival is the hiker’s celebration that will be held from May 1-29 of 2021 in Galicia (Spain). Guided by a team of local people, we have created 4 hiking programs for a full week in 4 different destinations, to which we add complementary activities so you can enjoy this wonderful land like never before.

Walking trails, gastronomy, handicraft, cultural visits, local festivals, regional music … Each program focused on a region to savor Galicia in a comfortable way, without haste and as authentic as possible.

One program is each of the 4 weeks in which the festival is divided.

Each program is independent and indivisible, being mandatory to participate all week, from Saturday to Saturday.

Each program is focused on a region, thus absorbing with tranquility everything it can offer us, enjoying its landscapes and, above all, living with its people.

This year 2021 the program calendar is as follows:

  • May 01-08: O Courel
  • May 08-15: Ribeira Sacra
  • May 15-22: Rías Baixas
  • May 22-29: Camiño dos Faros

Each program has its level of difficulty, which is clearly reflected on the web with kilometers, slopes, profiles, images and all the necessary data. It is the participant’s responsibility to know their limitations.

The weekly planning that appears in each program is an approximate planning and will not be final until the day of the presentation of the program. It can be modified by meteorological causes or any other cause.

In each program we will walk a total of 6 stages.

Depending on the program, the duration of the stages will be between 4 and 8 hours.

A standard day planning would be as follows
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Bus
10:00 Start Stage
14:00 Picnic during the stage
17:00 Final beer
18:00 Bus
21:00 Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS

All accommodations have the quality standard. 4 to 2 star hotels, apartments and rural tourism houses will make your stay as comfortable as possible.

The rooms are all with private bathroom

1 Pax Shared Double Room – The reservation is for 1 person and the roommate will be assigned by the organization.
1 Pax Single Room – The reservation is for 1 person in 1 single room.
2 Pax Double Room – The reservation is for 2 people who are assigned the same double room.

MEALS

All programs are in Half Board and include breakfast and dinner.

The picnic stages are not included and will be paid by the participant, who can buy it at a nearby supermarket.

In some of the stages there will be tastings of local products in charge of the organization.

Reservations will open on June 1, 2020

To make the reservation you must select the program, the type of room required and enter your personal data.

PAYMENTS
At the time of booking you can make the full payment or an advance of 150 euros per person (non-refundable). The remainder will be effective before April 1, 2021.

(* In order to have the possibility of payment by advance you have to access the individual file of each product at the time of making the reservation)

CANCELLATION POLICIES
If the client cancels the reservation, in no case is it refundable.

– Cancellations before April 1, 2021, lose the advance deposit of 150 euros / person.
– Cancellations after April 1, 2021, lose 100% of the reservation.

INSURANCE
With the enrollment in any of the Galicia Walking Festival programs, basic assistance insurance is included. In the event that you wish to contract any additional insurance, please contact your insurance provider.

CHANGES IN THE PROGRAM
The weekly planning that appears in each program is an approximate planning and will not be final until the day of the presentation of the program. It can be modified by meteorological causes or any other cause.

INVOICES
The invoice corresponding to the program will be sent to your e-mail on the day of your departure.

The guides are experts in these hiking tours, so you should follow their instructions throughout the program.

The main languages of the festival will be English and Spanish, trying to adapt to each case so that the language is not a barrier to enjoy this Galicia Walking Festival

FOOTWEAR
Good hiking boots (high or medium) waterproof are essential. The organization reserves the right not to let walkers with sneakers or similar participate.

LONG & SHORT PANTS
In many sections of the route, the path runs through a lot of vegetation. We recommend long pants and have the short in the backpack in case there is occasion to put it. In May a detachable pants is a good option. We will inform you before each stage of the best options

WATER
We recommend always carrying 1.5 liters of water. The main sources of water recommended by the organization will be indicated on the stage maps. Do not drink water from other springs.

MOBILE PHONE
It is essential to carry a mobile phone with 100% battery (extra external battery recommended). In it you should also carry the stage track.

ANIMALS
We are animal lovers but this time we are obliged to prohibit their participation.

HEALTH
In the event that you have any type of ailment that generates any inconvenience to participate in the Galicia Walking Festival, please notify the organization. Remember that the routes will pass through remote areas of the towns and therefore there will be no immediate medical assistance.

The protocol followed by the organization at each stage ensures that the march is carried out with maximum environmental respect, previously analyzing the sensitive points if any and taking the necessary measures to minimize our environmental impact as much as possible.

  • Respect the marked path and do not make parallel paths.
  • Leave absolutely nothing on the path (or organic waste). Insert it in the backpack and wait to deposit it in a container.
  • Do not disturb the animals in your environment, enjoy your contemplation with the utmost discretion

We have designed each of the programs seeking maximum respect for the local community, its customs and its history.

We want this festival also to help settle population in a rural Galicia that needs it a lot. Because walking in the countryside is to protect it.

By registering for any of the stages of the Galicia Walking Festival you are accepting the terms of participation in this event. The participant fully assumes that:

1 – The participant has the physical conditions and the appropriate equipment to participate. Specifically, he claims to have knowledge of the activity, its distance requirements, technical and physical requirements, required material, accumulated slopes and recommended physical capacity (all available at www.galiciawalkingfestival.com). The participant must inform the organization of any physical or psychic problem that they have knowledge of before the activity and that may affect their safety. Once the activity has begun, you are fully aware that the withdrawal will not always be guaranteed, or that it may be even more dangerous than continuing in the activity originally planned.

2 – The participant knows and has the basic equipment requested and appropriate to participate. If the guide considers that he does not carry the appropriate equipment, he may not allow this person to participate in the walk.

3.- The practice of sport in general, and hiking in particular, entail a series of foreseeable risks, which must be known and accepted by those who voluntarily develop these activities. Therefore, participants in the Galicia Walking Festival do so at their own risk and responsibility. The organization will not be responsible for any accident or injury that occurs during the walk. In the field of adventure sports of any kind, the idea of the risk of serious accidents is implicit in them and, therefore, whoever dedicates themselves to their exercise personally assumes it. The user must always foresee the possibility of accidents, falls, and possible personal physical damages and of needing help, avoiding the own risk actions or those that endanger third parties or possible rescuers.

4 – The participant must comply with the instructions of the organizers and guides at all times. The decisions taken by them will not be debatable, since they are responsible for everything to proceed normally and safely.

5 – If circumstances require cancellation of a route, the organization will have alternatives (hiking or cultural) if possible. In the event that a route has to be modified or canceled for reasons beyond the organization, participants will not have the right to make any claim.

6 – By enrolling in any of the stages of the Galicia Walking Festival, the participant gives his / her consent so that the organization of the event automatically processes their personal and image data, solely for sports, promotional or commercial purposes. In accordance with Organic Law 15/1995, of December 13, on the Protection of Personal Data, the participant has the right to access these files in order to rectify or cancel their content in whole or in part. For this purpose, it must be requested in writing at the following address: info@galiciawalkingfestival.com.

7 – The participation in the route is nominal and non-transferable, and this participation cannot be transferred to anyone.

The organization of the Galicia Walking Festival has created a protocol in the event that an incident arises.

Emergency Telephone: 112

6 – By enrolling in any of the stages of the Galicia Walking Festival, the participant gives his / her consent so that the organization of the event automatically processes their personal and image data, solely for sports, promotional or commercial purposes.

In accordance with Organic Law 15/1995, of December 13, on the Protection of Personal Data, the participant has the right to access these files in order to rectify or cancel their content in whole or in part. For this purpose, it must be requested in writing at the following address: info@galiciawalkingfestival.com.

Let’s enjoy walking!