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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 shouldn’t be a single route, like many individuals assume referring to the fashionable  Camino Frances, however a community of routes that begin elsewhere throughout Spain, Portugal and France and end in Santiago de Compostela. In reality you can begin strolling to Santiago from anyplace in Europe however when you stroll a non-established route there will probably be much less or no infrastructure for pilgrims (route marking, albergues and so forth.), will probably be harder and difficult to stroll. The established routes are nicely marked, have sufficient infrastructure for pilgrims and don’t require very thorough planning; simply choose the route and comply with yellow arrows all the option to Santiago. Strolling one of the nicely-established routes doesn’t essentially imply that there shall be many individuals, you possibly can choose one of the much less-in style Caminos and luxuriate in the tranquility of the stroll.

On this submit we talk about seven primary Camino de Santiago routes and 5 much less-recognized routes (there are extra routes, however these 5 are extra established). Out of these  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 forth. take a look at our Full information to the Camino de Santiago.

You will discover our packing ideas for the Camino de Santiago for all season for women and men in THIS POST.

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

Most important Camino routes organized by reputation*

*In response to 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%

Notice! There isn’t any actual knowledge for the Camino Finisterre-Muxía, based on the Pilgrim’s workplace it’s walked by zero,22% of pilgrims however this quantity may 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 the 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 numerous pilgrims strolling it. Many people who walked the Northern Method 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 the majority of pilgrims begin strolling the Portuguese Means from Porto.

Camino routes and surroundings

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

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 half of the most Caminos.

Historic cities and cities; all 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 you can choose the greatest route for you?

  1. Determine how far you need to stroll – brief, center or lengthy-distance route. You all the time can begin a route not from its official starting however from the level on the route that fits you the greatest.
  2. Choose the greatest route for the month you need to stroll – not too scorching, not an excessive amount of rain and so forth.
  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 somewhat 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 half of it (no less than 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 grow to be entrepreneurs; open an albergue, hostel, restaurant, store, laundry and so on. Consequently it provides individuals a chance  to earn cash in the place they stay as an alternative of shifting to a much bigger metropolis in search of 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 result of lack of work. 

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

As I already talked about by the time of scripting this publish we’ve walked 4 out of seven “popular” 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 information. We’re planning to stroll different three principal routes (Camino Francés, Camino Inglés and By way of de la Plata) in 2019, after finishing them we’ll replace this publish. For now the description of these routes is predicated on the info 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 Method)

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

Foremost 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 numerous albergues which might be open all yr and sufficient infrastructure, a advantage of strolling this route off season is that there shall be not many individuals. As for the climate, Might-July and September-October are in all probability the greatest. It will get extremely popular in August and really busy, actually hundreds of pilgrims on the route. It’s higher to stroll the Camino earlier than the peak season, in spring, many albergues do full cleansing earlier than the 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 Means was established as a pilgrimage route in 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 in 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 purpose 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 greatest infrastructure and the most albergues, some 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 the greatest to stroll as a primary Camino de Santiago however in our opinion a number of different routes are appropriate for the newbies as properly, 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 result 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.  

Major cities and cities; Portugal – Lisbon, Santarém, Fátima (various route via 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 is perhaps superb for those who begin strolling from Porto, in the event you begin from Lisbon it’ll be extremely popular, most half 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 widespread 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 half of the Camino undoubtedly has much less infrastructure; the route is marked very properly however there usually are not many albergues (particularly public) on the stretch between Lisbon and Porto which suggests you find yourself paying extra for lodging. It’s attainable to mix the Portuguese Camino from Lisbon with Camino de Fátima, each routes go the similar means 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 way of Fátima is it’s about 20km longer. In complete when you stroll by way of Fátima you stroll solely four days not on the most important 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 Approach, although it grows in reputation yearly. After Porto on the Central Route you gained’t see the sea, the Coastal Route goes alongside the coast all the means 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 sea and joins once more with the major Camino route in Padrón. This manner is 1 day longer than the unique route, it includes two strolling days and one day 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

Likes

  • 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)

Dislikes

  • Our essential 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 resulting from lengthy stretches via 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 method, 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 pair of historic cities on the half between Lisbon and Porto, the Central Route from Porto has an identical surroundings. The Coastal Route from Porto is all about the sea; seashores, coast, fishermen villages and so on.

Beach on the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino de SantiagoRather a lot of strolling alongside the seashore on the Coastal Route of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago

Camino del Norte (the Northern Means)

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

Essential 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 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 most of the time 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 Method

Camino del Norte is one of the oldest Camino routes, it was a well-liked route in the Center centuries throughout the Moorish invasion as different routes, situated extra to the south, weren’t protected resulting from 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 Approach 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 first half of it by way of the Basque Nation and Cantabria. The route presents spectacular coastal surroundings, we discovered it being an amazing various to the French Method; the distance is about the similar, 800km vs 825km, the route is much less crowded, it follows the coast (the French Means goes all the means 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 as a result of of a number of ascends and descends on the method although it doesn’t have any mountain passes like the French route. The route is properly-marked all the means and has a number of various route splits.

It’s attainable 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 properly-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

Likes

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

Dislikes

  • Many public albergues in 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 means, a pair of 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 just a 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 simply one night time in a number of locations on the method, many of them at the moment are on our bucket listing to go to.

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

Camino Primitivo (the Unique Means)

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

Principal 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 most of the route goes over the mountains the climate there’s fairly unpredictable, we walked this Camino in June and received so much of rain.

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

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

It’s typically named the hardest Camino because of the incontrovertible fact that the route goes via the mountains in Asturias. It’s partly true the Unique Method 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 Means was tougher. The Primitive Method might be the closest to the wild hike Camino, most of the time you stroll on the strolling path by means of the forest or over the mountains, previous small villages and city (however not as many as on the different 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 when you have any knee points it may be troublesome to finish this route as a consequence of many ups and downs.

Camino Primitivo may be walked as an element of Camino Francés or Camino del Norte each have connecting routes to Oviedo to the begin of the Unique Approach.

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

Likes

  • “Wild Camino” with quite a bit of strolling on the footpath, trails, by means of distant areas, only a few cities, no industrial areas and busy roads on the method.
  • Public albergues that may be discovered at the finish of each strolling stage, you possibly can simply full the entire route staying solely in public albergues, which makes the stroll cheaper.
  • The Camino goes via off the crushed monitor areas with few vacationers in addition to the pilgrims.
  • Locals are very pleasant and hospitable they’re not sick of hundreds of vacationers passing by every single day.

Dislikes

  • We have been very unfortunate with the climate regardless of the incontrovertible fact that we we walked the Camino in summer time (June), we had lots of rain and dirt on the trails it was our solely dislike. In any other case it’s a terrific 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 by way of some distant areas of Asturias, no cities or huge cities on the means.

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

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

Greatest strolling months; June – September, the starting 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 major cause is the distance, 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 the greatest 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-strolling) seashore or sightseeing vacation and discover out if the Camino is your cup of tea or not, after finishing the English Method you’ll be able to determine if you wish to spend your subsequent vacation strolling. There are not any huge cities or cities on the far more of a countryside surroundings and forest – conventional Galician panorama. Some sources say the route from A Coruña just isn’t marked very nicely however from Ferrol has correct marking and good infrastructure. 

A Coruña, Camino Inglés, Camino de SantiagoA Coruña, one of the 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

Fundamental 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 just isn’t 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 nicely-established Camino de Santiago route

By way of de la Plata or the Silver Means 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 on. 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 is just not beneficial to stroll as the first Camino because of lengthy distance, much less amenities on the means, lengthy levels and so forth. For planning this stroll it’s necessary 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 via Ourense (this half is also called Camino Sanabrés).

Seville, the beginning of the Via de la Plata routeSeville, the starting of By way of de la Plata, the longest properly-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

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

Greatest strolling months; June to September. We walked this Camino in November and received lots of rain and stormy wind on the approach to Finisterre.

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

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

Camino Finisterre is often walked as an extension after finishing one of the different Camino routes however it may be walked as a separate Camino as properly. It may be a great choice for many who usually are not positive if they need/will have the ability to stroll an extended route of the Camino de Santiago, some type of Camino check-drive. The Camino Finisterre-Muxía is the solely 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 the most scenic half of the route by the method. After finishing this Camino you will get the Finisterrana and Muxiana certificates. There are numerous 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 means from Finisterre to Muxía, one of the shortest Camino de Santiago routes

Likes

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

Dislikes

  • Our principal dislike was an excessive amount of rain and powerful wind we acquired on the route however I need to say we walked it in November, not the greatest time of the yr.
  • Only a few supermarkets and outlets on the method 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, properly-marked, some ups and downs on the approach, one fairly steep and lengthy ascend on the first day (if it wasn’t for that we’d give it 2 out of 5).

Surroundings overview

Forest and fields most of the approach, lovely sea views on the stretch between Finisterre and Muxía and at each capes.

We haven’t walked any of the following 4 routes however contemplating to stroll them in the future.

Camino de Santiago lesser-known routesLesser-recognized 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

Important 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 will not be the greatest 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. Based on 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 Method there shall be many pilgrims. Regardless of the small quantity of pilgrims on this route there are a number of municipal and personal albergues and hostels on the means, the route is properly-marked. 

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

Camino Catalán

  • Distance; about 1147km (there are a number of route choices from Montserrat, all kind of the similar 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 the beginning factors)
  • Areas; Catalonia, Aragon, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León, Galicia.

Fundamental 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 hottest 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 will probably be many pilgrims. The route has a number of choices, the essential cut up is at Tarrega (earlier than Lleida); one route goes by means of Huesca to Santa Cilia de Jaca the place it joins the Camino Aragonés – an alternate route of the French Camino which fits 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 Approach. Each routes have markers, there are not any/only a few conventional albergues on the Camino Catalán half of the route however there are a number of lodging choices on the means that provide reductions for pilgrims. 

Montserrat monastery, Camino Catalán of SantiagoMontserrat monastery – the starting 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

Most important 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 forth. like in the previous-occasions. 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 nicely-marked. Camino Mozárabe is just not advisable to stroll for a primary-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

Major 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 really helpful 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 by means of nothing, little infrastructure and no albergues, solely pensions and hostels. It’s marked inferior to the different Caminos however the route is indicated most of the time. Not really helpful to stroll as a primary Camino. For this Camino it’s fairly necessary to talk and perceive some Spanish most of the route goes by way of non-touristy elements of Spain.

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

Camino de Invierno (the Winter Method)

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

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

Greatest strolling months; it was a winter route however the greatest time to stroll it’s truly spring – April-June and autumn – September-October. In July and August it will get fairly scorching in 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 as the official Camino route solely in 2015. Now it’s potential to get the Compostela certificates after finishing this route like some other Camino. The route is marked however inferior to different Camino routes, there are various lodging choices like hostels and lodges however no albergues (solely one personal albergue on the route). This Camino could 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 quite a bit, this route could be walked all yr round although the greatest months are April-June and September-October, throughout peak season July and August some half of the route could be fairly busy.

Camino de Gran Canaria is the solely Camino that doesn’t end in Santiago de Compostela (besides Camino Finisterre that begins in Santiago). In 1965 pope John XXIII gave to the metropolis of Galdar (the finish of the route) a papa bull to rejoice the Jacobean Holy Yr. The bull provides to Galdar the similar 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 the 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 Means) – begins at move of Somport in the Pyrenees, at the Spanish-French border, goes by means 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 by means of 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 pair of days or every week merge with different properly-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 Approach. 

FAQ

What number of Camino de Santiago routes are?

There are lots of routes from totally different cities and cities in Europe (Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy and so forth.). There are seven properly-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 greatest for a primary-time pilgrim?

Any established Camino route with good infrastructure. I wouldn’t advocate to stroll By way of de la Plata as the first Camino however some other route is ok. In the event 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 greatest to stroll with a toddler?

Out of 4 we’ve walked I’d say the Portuguese Camino from Porto is the greatest for a household stroll; it’s comparatively brief, has good infrastructure, doesn’t contain rather a lot of strolling on the street, distances between cities will not be 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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