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Many routes of the Camino de Santiago – choose the right one

Many routes of the Camino de Santiago - choose the right one

The Camino de Santiago is just not a single route, like many individuals assume referring to the favored  Camino Frances, however a community of routes that begin somewhere else throughout Spain, Portugal and France and end in Santiago de Compostela. Actually you can begin strolling to Santiago from anyplace in Europe however for those who stroll a non-established route there shall be much less or no infrastructure for pilgrims (route marking, albergues and so on.), it is going to be harder and difficult to stroll. The established routes are properly marked, have sufficient infrastructure for pilgrims and don’t require very thorough planning; simply select the route and comply with yellow arrows all the best way to Santiago. Strolling one of many well-established routes doesn’t essentially imply that there might be many individuals, you possibly can select one of many less-popular Caminos and benefit from the tranquility of the stroll.

On this publish we talk about seven important Camino de Santiago routes and 5 less-known routes (there are extra routes, however these 5 are extra established). Out of those  we’ve walked 4 Caminos by now; Camino Portugues, Camino Primitivo, Camino del Norte and Camino Finisterre-Muxía. We’re planning to proceed our Camino journey and full extra routes.

If you wish to know extra about planning the Camino de Santiago stroll, value, lodging choices, difficulties and so on. take a look at our Full information to the Camino de Santiago.

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There are seven well-established routes of St.James; Camino Frances (the French Means), Camino Portugués (the Portuguese Method), Camino del Norte (the Northern Means), Camino Primitivo (the Unique Method), By way of de la Plata (the Silver Approach), Camino Inglés (the English Method) and Camino Finisterre-Muxía. 

Important Camino routes organized by reputation*

*In line with the Pilgrim’s Workplace in Santiago

  • Camino Francés  walked by 60% of the pilgrims
  • Camino Portuguese  (each Coastal and Central routes) – 22%
  • Camino del Norte  – 6%
  • Camino Primitivo  – Four,5%
  • Camino Inglés  – Three,5%
  • By way of de la Plata  – Three%
  • Different Caminos – 1%

Word! There isn’t a actual knowledge for the Camino Finisterre-Muxía, in line with the Pilgrim’s workplace it’s walked by zero,22% of pilgrims however this quantity could be so low as a result of many individuals who stroll this route don’t report back to the Workplace, they stroll this route after finishing one of many different (longer) Camino routes. We walked this Camino in November and there have been nonetheless some individuals on the route I can think about in season (June-August) there are lots of pilgrims strolling it. Many individuals that walked the Northern Approach with us walked to Finisterre, some had already accomplished it after finishing their earlier Camino.

Camino routes organized by distance

  • By way of de la Plata – 1000km
  • Camino del Norte – 825km
  • Camino Francés – 800km
  • Camino Portugués from Lisbon – 616km
  • Camino Primitivo – 321km
  • Camino Portugues from Porto* – 260km (Central Route), 280km (Coastal Route)
  • Camino Inglés – 120km
  • Camino Finisterre-Muxía – 115km

*We determined so as to add the route from Porto as a separate Camino, as a result of nearly all of pilgrims begin strolling the Portuguese Approach from Porto.

Camino routes and surroundings

Sea, seashores, coast; Camino del Norte, Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino, Camino Finisterre-Muxía (on the finish), Camino Inglés (at first).

Mountains, hills; Camino Primitivo, some elements of Camino del Norte (Asturia, Cantabria).

Fields, plains; Camino Portuguese Lisbon to Porto half and the Central Route, By way of de la Plata, Camino Francés.

Forest; Camino Finisterre-Muxía, Camino Inglés, Galician a part of probably the most Caminos.

Historic cities and cities; all of the routes go previous a number of cities/cities however some undergo extra city areas e.g. Camino Frances, Portuguese Camino from Porto, Camino del Norte.

Muxía, the end of all Camino de Santiago routesStingy Nomads having fun with the view at Muxía after finishing about 1000km on the totally different routes of the Camino de Santiago

How to decide on one of the best route for you?

  1. Determine how far you need to stroll – brief, center or long-distance route. You all the time can begin a route not from its official starting however from the purpose on the route that fits you one of the best.
  2. Select the perfect route for the month you need to stroll – not too scorching, not an excessive amount of rain and so on.
  3. Decide what you need to see; coast, seashore, forest, mountains, historic cities and so on.
  4. Determine if you wish to stroll a busy and really social Camin route or quite have a solitary stroll.

Why is it good to stroll a unique (various) Camino route?

Doing any outside exercise with hundreds of different individuals takes away an enormous adventurous a part of it (at the least for us). 

The extra off the crushed path the Camino individuals stroll the higher it’s for the area people. It helps to distribute revenue from tourism and encourages individuals who stay in these areas to turn out to be entrepreneurs; open an albergue, hostel, restaurant, store, laundry and so forth. Consequently it provides individuals a chance  to earn cash within the place they stay as an alternative of shifting to a much bigger metropolis seeking a job. It’s fairly an enormous drawback in Spain, many villages and small cities are principally deserted as a result of individuals are pressured to maneuver to greater locations as a consequence of lack of labor. 

You get to know locations that you’d by no means consider going to otherwise you didn’t even know they existed, typically these locations are superb.  

As I already talked about by the point of scripting this publish we’ve walked 4 out of seven “common” routes; Camino Portugués from Lisbon, Camino Primitivo, Camino del Norte and Camino Finisterre-Muxía, for these 4 Caminos we give our private opinion. For the routes that we haven’t accomplished but we give primarily details. We’re planning to stroll different three primary routes (Camino Francés, Camino Inglés and By way of de la Plata) in 2019, after finishing them we’ll replace this submit. For now the outline of those routes is predicated on the knowledge we learn in guidebooks or on-line and received from different pilgrims.  

Main routes of the Camino de SantiagoMap of the primary routes of the Camino de Santiago; Camino Frances, Portuguese Camino, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, By way of de la Plata, Camino Ingles and Camino Finisterre

Camino Francés (the French Approach)

  • Distance; 800km
  • Days required; 30-34
  • Start line; Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
  • Areas;  Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León, Galicia.

Primary cities and cities; Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada, Melide, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; this route could be walked all yr round, there are lots of albergues which might be open all yr and sufficient infrastructure, a advantage of strolling this route off season is that there might be not many individuals. As for the climate, Might-July and September-October are in all probability the perfect. It will get very popular in August and really busy, actually hundreds of pilgrims on the route. It’s higher to stroll the Camino earlier than the height season, in spring, many albergues do full cleansing earlier than the brand new season begins which suggests they’ll be clear and possibilities to get mattress bugs are small. 

Camino Frances route mapFrench Camino de Santiago from St.Jean Pied de Port, plus connection path to Oviedo (to hitch the Camino Primitivo)

The French Approach was established as a pilgrimage route within the 11th century, the route was described in particulars in Codex Calixtinus – a 12th century “guidebook” devoted to the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Later the route misplaced its reputation until the second half of the 19th century when it was rediscovered and used as the primary pilgrimage solution to Santiago however solely within the second half of the 20th century the Camino Francés gained its actual reputation, these days about 200 000 pilgrims stroll this route yearly, many don’t stroll the entire route, solely final 100-200km.

Camino Francés is the busiest Camino route, for many individuals the Camino de Santiago = Camino Francés. To be trustworthy for us it was a ok cause not  to stroll it however now we’re considering of doing it a while subsequent yr. There are a number of fascinating cities and cities on the route that we’d actually like to go to like Pamplona, Burgos, León. The French Camino out of all routes has the most effective infrastructure and probably the most albergues, a few of them are open all yr round which suggests this route could be accomplished off season, in winter months. Some individuals assume that this route is one of the best to stroll as a primary Camino de Santiago however in our opinion a number of different routes are appropriate for the newbies as nicely, e.g. Camino Portugues from Porto, Camino Inglés, Camino Primitivo. 

It’s potential to mix the French Camino with the Camino Primitivo, from León the route goes north following the Camino de San Salvador until Oviedo the place the Unique Means begins. The Camino de San Salvador  is about 130km and it says to be fairly difficult as a consequence of a number of steep ascends and descends on the route, these days only a few pilgrims take this route.

El Cid festival, Burgos, Camino Frances, the most popular route of Camino de SantiagoPageant in honor of El Cid, Burgos, French route of Camino de Santiago

Camino Portugués (the Portuguese Approach)

  • Distance; from Lisbon – 616km, from Porto (Coastal Route) – 280km, from Porto (Central Route) – 260km.
  • Days required; from Lisbon – 25-27, Coastal Route from Porto – 12-14, Central Route from Porto – 11-13.
  • Start line; Lisbon or Porto.
  • Areas; Portugal;  Estremadura, Ribatejo, Beira, Douro Litoral and Minho. Spain; Galicia.  

Principal cities and cities; Portugal – Lisbon, Santarém, Fátima (various route by way of Fatima), Coimbra, Porto, Barcelos (Central Route), Ponte de Lima (Central Route), Viana do Castelo (Coastal Route), Caminha (Coastal Route). Spain – Vigo (Coastal Route), Tui (Central Route), Pontevedra, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; finish of April-July, September-October although in July and September it may be fairly scorching on Lisbon-Porto stretch. August may be high-quality for those who begin strolling from Porto, for those who begin from Lisbon it’ll be extremely popular, most a part of the route is thru opened fields and plains with no shadow. We walked the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon in Might and had excellent climate; heat, even scorching some days, no rain, the surroundings was lovely with many flowers and timber in blossom. 

Portuguese Camino de Santiago route mapPortuguese Camino de Santiago route map from Lisbon. Coastal and Central routes from Porto

The route was established between the 10th and the 11th centuries following the previous Roman roads from Portugal to Northern Spain. Between the 12th and the 14th centuries St.James was a patron saint of Portugal which resulted in constructing many church buildings in his honor and lots of pilgrims from Portugal strolling to Santiago de Compostela. These days it’s the second extra fashionable Camino.   

Camino Portugués begins from Sé cathedral in Lisbon however as I already talked about most individuals begin strolling from Porto. We walked from Lisbon and that a part of the Camino undoubtedly has much less infrastructure; the route is marked very properly however there aren’t many albergues (particularly public) on the stretch between Lisbon and Porto which suggests you find yourself paying extra for lodging. It’s potential to mix the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon with Camino de Fátima, each routes go the identical approach until Santarem the place they cut up. From Fátima it’s one other two days to get again to the primary Camino route, the stroll by means of Fátima is it’s about 20km longer. In complete when you stroll by means of Fátima you stroll solely Four days not on the primary Portuguese Camino route.

From Porto there are two routes; the Central (unique) route and the Coastal (new) route, each routes take part Pontevedra, each have albergues and route markers. The Coastal Route is 280km, the Central Route – 260km. Most pilgrims stroll the Central Route, solely about 20% comply with the Coastal Means, although it grows in reputation yearly. After Porto on the Central Route you gained’t see the ocean, the Coastal Route goes alongside the coast all the best way until Pontevedra.

There’s one other route choice on the Portuguese Camino – Sendero Litoral (the Literal Means), from Pontevedra it goes in the direction of the ocean and joins once more with the primary Camino route in Padrón. This manner is 1 day longer than the unique route, it includes two strolling days and at some point on a ship.

Portuguese Camino de Santiago, Central RouteSmall cities with slender cobblestone streets – typical surroundings on the Central Route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago


  • We walked in spring the fields have been coated in flowers
  • Lovely sea surroundings on the Coastal Route
  • Fascinating historic cities on the Central Route
  • Not too many individuals (only a few from Lisbon to Porto)


  • Our most important dislike is for Lisbon-Porto half; not sufficient albergues on the route, lengthy distances between them.

Problem degree 

Four out of 5 for the route from Lisbon to Porto on account of lengthy stretches by way of nothing and lengthy distances between albergues. Three out of 5 for the half from Porto to Santiago, straightforward stroll with no hills or mountains to overcome, many albergues and amenities on the best way, comparatively brief distance – 260-280km. The primary problem for us right here was the strolling floor, strolling on asphalt and cobblestones, each are onerous in your ft if it wasn’t for that we’d fee is as a simple 2 out of 5.

Surroundings overview

Countryside with many crop fields and vineyards and a few historic cities on the half between Lisbon and Porto, the Central Route from Porto has an analogous surroundings. The Coastal Route from Porto is all concerning the sea; seashores, coast, fishermen villages and so on.

Beach on the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino de SantiagoA number of strolling alongside the seashore on the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago

Camino del Norte (the Northern Method)

  • Distance; 825km
  • Days required; 30-35
  • Start line; Irún
  • Areas; the Basque Nation, Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia

Major cities and cities; San Sebastián, Guernica, Bilbao, Portugalete, Castro Urdiales, Santander, Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Llanes, Gijón, Avilés, Ribadeo (Coastal Route), Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; June to September is an effective time for this route, July and August is the busiest time, many vacationers in seashore cities and probably the most pilgrims on the Camino however a advantage of strolling throughout these two months is that each one public albergues are open for that interval. We walked this route in October and more often than not had excellent climate; heat and dry.

Camino del Norte route mapCamino del Norte route map from Irun to Santiago de Compostela. Plus cut up to Oviedo the place it joins with the Primitive Approach

Camino del Norte is likely one of the oldest Camino routes, it was a well-liked route within the Center centuries in the course of the Moorish invasion as different routes, situated extra to the south, weren’t protected because of the Moorish troops progressing to the north of Spain. These days this route is gaining reputation as a great various to the overcrowded Camino Francés.

The Northern Method is the second longest route on this group and our longest Camino up to now. We’re massive followers  of the ocean and actually loved the stroll, particularly the primary half of it by way of the Basque Nation and Cantabria. The route gives spectacular coastal surroundings, we discovered it being an awesome various to the French Approach; the space is about the identical, 800km vs 825km, the route is much less crowded, it follows the coast (the French Approach goes all the best way inland), goes by way of historic cities and cities with many fascinating sights. Camino del Norte is taken into account to be harder than Camino Frances due to a number of ascends and descends on the best way although it doesn’t have any mountain passes just like the French route. The route is well-marked all the best way and has a number of various route splits.

It’s potential to mix Camino del Norte with Camino Primitivo, the route splits simply earlier than Gijón, it’s two strolling days to Oviedo the place the Primitive Camino begins. The path to Oviedo is well-marked and has albergues for pilgrims like some other Camino. 

Cantabria, Camino del Norte, Camino de Santiago routesLovely coastal surroundings in Cantabria, Camino del Norte


  • Lovely sea surroundings
  • Nice meals (particularly within the Basque Nation)
  • A number of fascinating historic cities and cities
  • Not too many pilgrims


  • Many public albergues within the Basque Nation are opened solely in July and August, outdoors this era pilgrims should pay extra and keep in personal albergues.

Problem degree

Four,5 out of 5; lengthy route, many ascends and descends on the best way, a few levels with lengthy distances between cities, albergues, locations to cease for meals and so on.

Surroundings overview

About 60% (not 90% like some sources declare) of the time the route goes alongside the coast; lovely sea surroundings, seashores, inexperienced hills, cozy cities and somewhat little bit of forest, principally in Galicia. Strolling this route we frequently regretted about not having sufficient time to discover some elements of the Camino, we’d like to remain longer than only one night time in a number of locations on the best way, lots of them at the moment are on our bucket listing to go to.

Guggenheim museum, Bilbao, Camino de SantiagoGuggenheim museum, Bilbao. One of many highlights of the Northern Means.

Camino Primitivo (the Unique Means)

  • Distance; 321km
  • Days required; 12-15
  • Start line; Oviedo
  • Areas; Asturias, Galicia

Important cities and cities; Oviedo, Lugo, Melide, Santiago de Compostela

Greatest strolling months; June – August are the warmest months with the least rainfalls however as a result of a lot of the route goes over the mountains the climate there’s fairly unpredictable, we walked this Camino in June and acquired a number of rain.

Camino Primitivo or the Unique Method was the primary Camino ever walked, based on the historical past Spanish king Alfonso II walked from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela within the ninth century.

Camino Primitivo de Santiago route mapThe Primitive Means of Camino de Santiago route map.

It’s typically named the hardest Camino on account of the truth that the route goes by way of the mountains in Asturias. It’s partly true the Unique Approach does have many ascends and descends (some are fairly lengthy and steep) however the complete distance of the route is quiet brief, for us the Northern Method was tougher. The Primitive Approach might be the closest to the wild hike Camino, more often than not you stroll on the strolling path by way of the forest or over the mountains, previous small villages and city (however not as many as on the opposite routes). There’s not a lot strolling on the street or on the asphalt which is nice as a result of the asphalt could be very onerous in your ft however in case you have any knee points it may be troublesome to finish this route on account of many ups and downs.

Camino Primitivo could be walked as part of Camino Francés or Camino del Norte each have connecting routes to Oviedo to the beginning of the Unique Means.

The Original Route of the Camino de SantiagoSalime Reservoir, one of the crucial lovely strolling days on the Camino Primitivo


  • “Wild Camino” with plenty of strolling on the footpath, trails, via distant areas, only a few cities, no industrial areas and busy roads on the best way.
  • Public albergues that may be discovered on the finish of each strolling stage, you’ll be able to simply full the entire route staying solely in public albergues, which makes the stroll cheaper.
  • The Camino goes by means of off the crushed monitor areas with few vacationers apart from the pilgrims.
  • Locals are very pleasant and hospitable they’re not sick of hundreds of vacationers passing by daily.


  • We have been very unfortunate with the climate even if we we walked the Camino in summer time (June), we had plenty of rain and dirt on the paths it was our solely dislike. In any other case it’s an ideal Camino to stroll with good amenities and beautiful surroundings.  

Problem degree 

Four out of 5, many steep ascends and descends however the route is comparatively brief in addition to the strolling levels.

Surroundings overview

Lovely mountain and forest surroundings, the path goes via some distant areas of Asturias, no cities or huge cities on the best way.

Asturias, Camino Primitivo rotueLovely mountain surroundings on the Unique Means of Camino de Santiago

Camino Inglés (the English Means)

  • Distance; 110km from Ferrol, 96km from A Coruña
  • Days required; Four-5
  • Start line; A Coruña or Ferrol
  • Areas; Galicia

Primary cities and cities; A Coruña/Ferrol, Santiago de Compostela  

Greatest strolling months; June – September, the start of October, second half of Might, although in our expertise it may rain any time in Galicia.

English Way of Camino de Santiago route mapThe English Camino de Santiago route map from A Coruna/Ferrol.

The historical past of this route goes again to the 12th century when pilgrims from England and a few Northern European nations arrived in A Coruña by boats and continued on foot to Santiago de Compostela. These days most pilgrims begin in Ferrol, the primary purpose is the space, from A Coruña to Santiago is just 96km (in comparison with 110km from Ferrol) which is 4km too brief to have the ability to get the Compostela – a certificates that a pilgrim can get in Santiago after finishing greater than 100km on any Camino route.

Camino Inglés might be one of the best Camino for many who simply need to get a style of the stroll with out embracing into an extended journey. It’s straightforward to mix this route with a traditional (non-walking) seashore or sightseeing vacation and discover out if the Camino is your cup of tea or not, after finishing the English Means you’ll be able to determine if you wish to spend your subsequent vacation strolling. There are not any massive cities or cities on the best way extra of a countryside surroundings and forest – conventional Galician panorama. Some sources say the route from A Coruña is just not marked very nicely however from Ferrol has correct marking and good infrastructure. 

A Coruña, Camino Inglés, Camino de SantiagoA Coruña, one of many beginning factors of the English Method of Camino de Santiago

By way of de la Plata

  • Distance; 1000km
  • Days required; 40-50
  • Start line; Seville
  • Areas; Andalucía, Extremadura, Castilla y León, Galicia

Important cities and cities; Seville, Mérida, Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora, Ourense, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; April-Might, when it’s heat however not too scorching but. In autumn it actually cools down solely in October. Strolling By way of de la Plata between July and September is just not a good suggestion, temperature in Andalucía and Extremadura in August reaches 40C°-45C°, it’s very dry and scorching.

Via de la Plata, the longest Camino de Santiago routeBy way of de la Plata route map. The longest well-established Camino de Santiago route

By way of de la Plata or the Silver Method follows on previous Roman street that headed to the mines in Northern Spain. Later the route was used for a lot of different functions e.g. shifting inventory from south to north in summer time, buying and selling, migratory and so forth. It was used as a pilgrimage path to Santiago between the 10th and the 12th centuries, later only a few pilgrims walked it. These days the route has good amenities and sufficient infrastructure although it’s nonetheless walked by solely Three% of pilgrims yearly.

This route isn’t advisable to stroll as the primary Camino on account of lengthy distance, much less amenities on the best way, lengthy levels and so on. For planning this stroll it’s essential to remember seasons. It’s very essential to hold sufficient water and use solar safety (sunscreen, hat and so on.) on By way of de la Plata. We’re planning to stroll this Camino in April 2019 and can replace the submit after finishing it. 

The route splits after Zamora; one goes to Astorga the place it joins with the French Camino one other continues to Santiago by means of Ourense (this half is also called Camino Sanabrés).

Seville, the beginning of the Via de la Plata routeSeville, the start of By way of de la Plata, the longest well-established route of the Camino de Santiago

Camino Finisterre-Muxía

  • Distance; Santiago-Finisterre – 89km, Santiago-Muxía – 86km, Santiago-Muxía-Finisterre – 115km.
  • Days required; Three-5
  • Start line; Santiago de Compostela.
  • Ending level; Finisterre or Muxía
  • Areas; Galicia

Essential cities and cities – Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre, Muxía

Greatest strolling months; June to September. We walked this Camino in November and acquired a whole lot of rain and stormy wind on the best way to Finisterre.

Camino Finisterre from Santiago de CompostelaCamino Finisterre-Muxia route map.

The identify Finisterre comes from the Latin “finis terrae” which suggests “finish of the earth”, the origin of pilgrimage to Cape Finisterre goes again to pre-Christian occasions when individuals believed it was the sting of the world.

Camino Finisterre is often walked as an extension after finishing one of many different Camino routes however it may be walked as a separate Camino as properly. It may be a very good choice for many who will not be positive if they need/will have the ability to stroll an extended route of the Camino de Santiago, some type of Camino test-drive. The Camino Finisterre-Muxía is the one Camino de Santiago route that begins and never ends in Santiago de Compostela. There are two ending factors; Finisterre and Muxía, each are small sea cities at two capes. It’s potential to stroll to each of them the Camino route connects two cities, it’s probably the most scenic a part of the route by the best way. After finishing this Camino you will get the Finisterrana and Muxiana certificates. There are lots of albergues, eating places and cafes on the route, even in peak season you gained’t have drawback discovering a spot to sleep.  

One of the shortest routes of Camino de Santiago - Camino Finisterre-MuxíaSurroundings on the best way from Finisterre to Muxía, one of many shortest Camino de Santiago routes


  • Lovely sea surroundings at Finisterre and Muxía
  • Relaxed vibe perhaps it feels that method as a result of most individuals who stroll this route have already completed one Camino and are fairly chilled.


  • Our important dislike was an excessive amount of rain and powerful wind we received on the route however I need to say we walked it in November, not one of the best time of the yr.
  • Only a few supermarkets and outlets on the best way which makes it troublesome to make your personal meals.

Problem degree

Three out of 5 – brief route, frequent locations to cease for meals, many albergues, well-marked, some ups and downs on the best way, one fairly steep and lengthy ascend on the primary day (if it wasn’t for that we’d give it 2 out of 5).

Surroundings overview

Forest and fields a lot of the method, lovely sea views on the stretch between Finisterre and Muxía and at each capes.

We haven’t walked any of the next 4 routes however contemplating to stroll them sooner or later.

Camino de Santiago lesser-known routesLesser-known Camino de Santiago Routes; Camino de Madrid, Camino Catalán, Camino Mozárabe, Camino de Levante, Camino de Invierno, Camino de Gran Canaria. Plus Camino Francés and By way of de la Plata.

Camino de Madrid

  • Distance; 685km; from Madrid to Sahagún (the place it joins with the Camino Francés) – 321km, from Sahagún to Santiago de Compostela (on the French Camino) – 364km
  • Days required; 26-30 days; 12-14 days from Madrid to Sahagún and 14-16 days from Sahagún to Santiago de Compostela.
  • Start line; Madrid
  • Areas; Comunidad Madrid, Castilla y León, Galicia

Foremost cities and cities; Madrid, Segovia, Valladolid (brief detour from the Camino), León, Astorga, Ponferrada, Melide, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; second half of April – starting of June and September-October, although in September it may be nonetheless fairly scorching round Madrid. Summer time months July and August usually are not the perfect time to stroll this Camino, it will get scorching, between 35C° and 40C°.

Camino de Madrid is a comparatively new Camino route, it begins in Madrid and goes up north to Sahagún the place it joins with Camino Francés. In response to the guidebooks and web sites on this route there’s little or no strolling on the street or on the asphalt, principally strolling trails. Only a few pilgrims stroll this Camino, on the half Madrid – Sahagún you gained’t see many individuals however from Sahagún the place it joins with the French Means there might be many pilgrims. Regardless of the small variety of pilgrims on this route there are a number of municipal and personal albergues and hostels on the best way, the route is well-marked. 

The Aqueduct of Segovia, Camino de Madrid route of Camino de SantiagoSpectacular Aqueduct of Segovia, one of many highlights of Camino de Madrid.

Camino Catalán

  • Distance; about 1147km (there are a number of route choices from Montserrat, all kind of the identical distance); 471km from Montserrat to Puente la Reina (joins with Camino Frances), from Puente la Reina to Santiago de Compostela (on the French Approach) – 676km.
  • Days required; 45-47 days; 17-20 days from Montserrat to Puente la Reina, 26-29 days from Puente la Reina to Santiago de Compostela. 
  • Start line; Montserrat monastery (one of many beginning factors)
  • Areas; Catalonia, Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León, Galicia.

Most important cities and cities; Zaragoza (Camino del Ebro), Huesca, Logroño, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada, Melide, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; second half of April – June and September-October – heat however not too scorching, not a lot rain.

Camino Catalán like Camino de Madrid joins the French Camino after about two weeks and continues to Santiago following the preferred Camino route. On the half from Barcelona you will notice only a few individuals however as soon as you’re on the Camino Frances there shall be many pilgrims. The route has a number of choices, the primary cut up is at Tarrega (earlier than Lleida); one route goes by way of Huesca to Santa Cilia de Jaca the place it joins the Camino Aragonés – an alternate route of the French Camino which matches to Puente la Reina the place it merges with the primary Camino Francés route. One other route goes previous Lleida to Fuentes de Ebro the place it joins the Camino del Ebro, the route continues previous Zaragoza to Logroño the place it joins the French Method. Each routes have markers, there are not any/only a few conventional albergues on the Camino Catalán a part of the route however there are a number of lodging choices on the best way that provide reductions for pilgrims. 

Montserrat monastery, Camino Catalán of SantiagoMontserrat monastery – the start of the Camino Catalán, off the crushed route of Camino de Santiago

Camino Mozárabe

  • Distance; 1200km from Granada to Santiago, 1400km from Almería to Santiago, 406km from Granada to Mérida (the place it joins with By way of de la Plata), 600km from Almería to Mérida, 800km from Mérida to Santiago de Compostela.
  • Days required; from Granada to Mérida – 15-17 days (plus 30-33 days to Santiago), from Almería to Mérida – 23-25 days (plus 30-33 days to Santiago).
  • Start line; Almería or Granada
  • Areas; Andalucía, Extremadura, Castilla y León, Galicia

Foremost cities and cities; Almería, Granadana, Córdoba, Mérida, Cáceres, Salamanca, Zamora, Ourense, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; spring (April-June) and fall (finish of September-October).

This route was established (marked) as an official Camino route solely in 1999, it’s a brand new Camino with virtually no infrastructure for pilgrims, no albergues, solely pensions and resorts, pilgrims can in a single day in sport complexes, faculties, church buildings and so on. like within the old-times. It’s not a simple route with lengthy stretches between cities, only a few individuals, sleeping association varies from daily from a lodge room to a mattress in a sport corridor. The route is well-marked. Camino Mozárabe isn’t really helpful to stroll for a first-time pilgrim. 

The Alhambra palace, Granada, Camino Mozárabe de SantiagoThe Alhambra palace, Granada, Camino Mozárabe de Santiago

Camino de Levante

  • Distance; 1300km from Valencia to Santiago, 900km from Valencia to Zamora (the place it joins with By way of de la Plata), 400km from Zamora to Santiago.
  • Days required; 50-55 days; 35-38 days from Valencia to Zamora, 15-17 days from Zamora to Santiago.
  • Start line; Valencia or Alicante
  • Areas; Comunidad Valencia, Castilla La Mancha, Comunidad Madrid, Castilla y León, Galicia

Principal cities and cities; Valencia/Alicante, Albacete, Toledo, Ávila, Zamora, Ourense, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; second half of April-June and mid September-October, like with By way of de la Plata and Camino Mozárabe it’s not beneficial to stroll it throughout July, August and starting of September.

Camino de Levante is one other very off the crushed path Camino with handful of pilgrims yearly, lengthy solitary stretches via nothing, little infrastructure and no albergues, solely pensions and hostels. It’s marked inferior to the opposite Caminos however the route is indicated more often than not. Not really helpful to stroll as a primary Camino. For this Camino it’s fairly necessary to talk and perceive some Spanish a lot of the route goes via non-touristy elements of Spain.

City of Arts and Science, Valencia, Camino de Levante, Camino de Santiago routesMetropolis of Arts and Science, Valencia, the start of the Camino de Levante

Camino de Invierno (the Winter Method)

  • Distance; 275km
  • Days required; 10-13
  • Start line; Ponferrada
  • Areas; Galicia

Important cities and cities; Ponferrada, Chantada, Santiago de Compostela.

Greatest strolling months; it was a winter route however the perfect time to stroll it’s truly spring – April-June and autumn – September-October. In July and August it will get fairly scorching within the areas.

Camino de Invierno was utilized by pilgrims who walked the French Approach in winter to flee snow areas in O Cebreiro. The route was acknowledged because the official Camino route solely in 2015. Now it’s attainable to get the Compostela certificates after finishing this route like another Camino. The route is marked however inferior to different Camino routes, there are various lodging choices like hostels and lodges however no albergues (just one personal albergue on the route). This Camino may be walked as a separate route or mixed with the Camino Francés in its place and fewer crowded path to Santiago.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, SpainCathedral of Santiago de Compostela at sundown. The top of all Camino routes

Camino de Gran Canaria

  • Distance; 73km
  • Days required; Three-Four days
  • Start line; Playa del Inglés, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria
  • Areas; the Canary Islands

Greatest strolling months; local weather of the Canary Islands could be very delicate, even in winter it’s not chilly and it doesn’t rain so much, this route could be walked all yr round although one of the best months are April-June and September-October, throughout peak season July and August some a part of the route could be fairly busy.

Camino de Gran Canaria is the one Camino that doesn’t end in Santiago de Compostela (besides Camino Finisterre that begins in Santiago). In 1965 pope John XXIII gave to the town of Galdar (the top of the route) a papa bull to rejoice the Jacobean Holy Yr. The bull provides to Galdar the identical privileges as Santiago de Compostela because of this regardless of the Camino de Gran Canaria doesn’t begin or finish in Santiago it’s thought-about to be one of many Camino de Santiago routes. It runs throughout the island and connects two island’s main church buildings devoted to Saint James. This Camino is a good way to numerous seashore vacation on the Canary Islands with some climbing. 

Camino de Gran Canaria, Camino de Santiago routesSurroundings on the Camino de Gran Canaria – the shortest route of the Camino de Santiago

Different Camino de Santiago routes in Spain

Camino Aragonés (the Aragonese Method) – begins at move of Somport within the Pyrenees, on the Spanish-French border, goes by way of Aragón for 170km until the place it joins Camino Francés at Puente la Reina. Complete distance to Santiago 853km.

Camino del Ébro – begins in Tortosa, Catalonia, 15km away from the Mediterranean coast, goes for 338km previous Zaragoza and a number of other different cities until Logroño the place it joins the French Method. The route is just like Camino Catalán.

Camino de la Lana (the Wool Route) – it begins in Alicante, goes via Central Spain for 700km until Burgos the place it joins the French Route. Complete distance to Santiago – 1200km. After first 100km the route intersects with Camino de Levante.

There are extra routes from totally different locations in Spain, France and different European nations however they’ve little to no infrastructure. Spanish routes often after a few days or every week merge with different well-established Camino routes. There are a number of Camino de Santiago routes in France; the Paris and Excursions Means, the Vézelay Route, the Le Puy Route, the Arles Method. 


What number of Camino de Santiago routes are?

There are various routes from totally different cities and cities in Europe (Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy and so forth.). There are seven well-established Camino routes with good infrastructure and route marking and lots of routes which might be kind of marked however don’t have many albergues for pilgrims you may need to remain in lodge, hostels and so forth.

Which Camino is the most effective for a first-time pilgrim?

Any established Camino route with good infrastructure. I wouldn’t advocate to stroll By way of de la Plata as the primary Camino however some other route is ok. Should you simply need to attempt it go for a shorter routes e.g. Camino Inglés, Camino Finisterre, Camino Portugues from Porto.

Which Camino is the most effective to stroll with a toddler?

Out of 4 we’ve walked I’d say the Portuguese Camino from Porto is the perfect for a household stroll; it’s comparatively brief, has good infrastructure, doesn’t contain a whole lot of strolling on the street, distances between cities usually are not lengthy, has good transport system (you all the time can catch a bus or practice if wanted). If we ever determine to stroll the Camino with a toddler it’ll be Camino Portugues.

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