Every year, hundreds of thousands of people embark on an incredible journey to the beautiful and historic Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. Historically pilgrims would make the long walk to Santiago for religious reasons; however, modern travellers also see the journey as an exciting new challenge, a great way to meet new people or to get away from it all and connect with nature.
Santiago is an important symbol of Spanish and European society, based on its cultural and historical significance to the pilgrimage route and the remains of St James are said to be buried within the Cathedral of this beautiful Spanish city.
There are many routes you can take along the Camino Way, each unique in its experiences, culture and landscapes. Late Summer/early Autumn is the most popular time of year to take on this wonderful challenge, so we’ve decided to take a closer look at some of the major routes and help you choose which is right for you.
The Classic Camino
The most popular reason for walking the Camino is taking on a new challenge; if that’s you then The Camino Frances could be the one. You'll be walking the final 100km of the Classic Camino from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, taking in the green rolling landscapes of rural Galicia.
The Portuguese Camino
If you’re looking for a route loaded with scenery, The Portuguese Coastal Way is perfect for a peaceful, memorable trip. Your walk takes you from the delightful seaside town of Baiona to reach Santiago along a delightful route adorned with magnificent views of the Cíes Islands.
The English Camino
The English Camino follows the route traditionally taken by pilgrims coming from Northern Europe and the British Isles. Providing a beautiful mix of coastal and rural Spain, you'll navigate rugged coastline, discover historic towns and meander through picturesque countryside.
The Northern Coastal Camino
Coastal beauty and foodie culture are at their best as you head along the Northern coast of ‘Green Spain’ from the Basque Country. The Northern Coastal Camino is one of the more challenging routes, but the fascinating villages, sandy beaches and delicious cuisine will make every effort worthwhile!
Cycle the Camino
Fancy taking on the Camino de Santiago on two wheels on rather than two feet? Cycle the Camino from the charming city of León before passing through breathtaking landscapes and picturesque villages. You'll get the opportunity to enjoy fine wine and cuisine before finally arriving at the medieval streets of Santiago and its magnificent cathedral.
With so many incredible routes filled with amazing history and beautiful landscapes, it's easy to see why the Camino becomes more popular year on year.
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