Many people refer to the “French way“, the Camino Frances from St Jean Pied de Port on the French & Spanish border, as “the Camino”, but the Camino de Santiago is in fact a network of routes from all over Europe and beyond which lead to Santiago de Compostela.
Walk a full Spanish Camino route in less time! Walk the Camino Inglés from the coast on the traditional route pilgrims from Britain & Ireland would have taken after sailing to Spain. A superb mix of coastal scenery and rural landscapes.
It’s a more challenging route, but one for the purists as the Camino Primitivo is the original way to Santiago, taken by King Alfonso II the Chaste in the 9th century. Beautiful, remote, and authentic.
The full Camino del Norte route takes in San Sebastian (THE place for gourmet food in northern Spain) and Bilbao (home to the Guggenheim museum). A great mix of coastal and inland walking, it may be more challenging than the more well known Camino Frances but it has great rewards.
Often described as the prettiest of the Camino routes into Santiago, the Via de la Plata is a worthy alternative to the more popular Camino Frances.
A lesser travelled route, the Camino Portuguese is becoming more popular, and is a great way to experience the cultural mix of Portugal and Spain.
The classic route from St Jean Pied de Port, walk all 770km or take on the final 100km to gain your “Compostela” certificate. The distance is a challenge, yes, but the terrain is manageable, the route is easy to follow and there are always plenty of people walking the trail, so it is fantastic for solos or anyone worried about finding their way.
Whichever pilgrimage route you may choose, it truly will be a once in a lifetime.
This is an updated blog, originally posted July 2017.