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Routes and stages on the Camino de Santiago

Taking into account that more and more people are interested in completing the Camino de Santiago in any of its versions and that on too many occasions doubts and dilemmas are raised on which of all possible routes to take, from Santiago Ways we have decided to shine a little light to make everything easier.

Precisely, it is part of our vocation to do so and we want to remind you that it is possible to book any of these routes throughout the year. We will answer the most frequently asked questions about the Camino de Santiago!

What is the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino de Santiago is a route of medieval origin that arose from the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle Santiago in the early Middle Ages. Since then, the city of Santiago de Compostela, where his remains are found, became a city of pilgrimage and one of the capitals of Catholicism.

Imagen del apostol Santiago

At first, there was only the alternative of the so-called Camino Primitivo, a rugged route that crossed mountains and tested the faith of the believers. It was with the progressive advance of the Reconquista when the radius possible for new routes began to expand.

Since then, the Camino Frances became the alternative, having new spaces less steep than those of the Camino del Norte.

This increased its importance as a commercial route and contributed to dynamize the whole area, making new routes appear, such as the Camino Portugues or the Camino from Finisterre, which constitutes today a network that shares the same spirit.

Today, the Camino de Santiago is a route that symbolizes personal effort, adventure and a deep connection with nature and the cultural heritage of Europe.

En Santiago de Compostela

Types of routes and stages on the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Frances

The Camino Frances de Santiago crosses the north of the Iberian Peninsula starting its pilgrimage in the French locality of Saint Jean Pied de Port, in the area of Aquitaine. It is a picturesque village from which we can leave to finish arriving in Santiago de Compostela or to Pamplona, depending on the time we have available to us.

Along the route of 760 kilometres and 33 stages, about 25 kilometres each, we can visit places as emblematic as Pamplona, Burgos, León, Ponferrada or Astorga. It is a path of medium difficulty and, of course, it is a great alternative in terms of its well-bestowed infrastructure. That has made this path the most recommended option.

Camino de Santiago Portugues

The Camino Portugues de Santiago is gaining popularity thanks to the efforts of the Portuguese administration in its promotion and mainly in infrastructure. It has a length of 620 kilometres divided into 25 stages ranging between 15 and 32 kilometres.

En Lisboa

It is a suitable path for any age and any experience due to the ease of its profile. Indeed, it has hardly any climbs and between the cities and corners through which we pass the Vega del Tajo, the city of Coimbra or Lisbon: Two pearls of the neighbouring country.

Camino de Santiago Portugues coastal route

The Camino Portugues coastal route usually starts its pilgrimage from the city of Oporto. As its name suggests, it makes its journey alongside the Atlantic coast. It is more than 200 kilometres long and divided into 14 stages that are made through forests, cultivated fields and cities of incomparable beauty.

Vista de Oporto

Camino de Santiago del Norte

The Camino del Norte or Coast Route is one of the oldest routes that exist. It goes through all of the peninsula from the east to the west across the Cantabrian coast. There are about 824 kilometres between Irun and Santiago de Compostela. It is divided into 34 stages of approximately 25 kilometres.

Vista del Camino del Norte

Camino de Santiago from Finisterre

The Camino de Santiago from Finisterre makes its voyage “backwards”, i.e. from the east to the west. It can be done starting from Finisterre to Santiago or from Santiago to Finisterre continuing the route. It has a length of 87 kilometres divided into 8 stages. It has a medium difficulty, so it is suitable for practically anyone.

Fisterra

Camino de Santiago Ingles

The name of this road comes from being the one taken by the pilgrims from the British Isles, mainly English and Irish. The Camino Ingles begins its pilgrimage in Ferrol and has a total length of 96 kilometres spread over 7 stages. It is a fairly easy route, although it is highly conditioned by asphalt roads.

Por el Camino Ingles

Camino Primitivo de Santiago

This road, known as the Camino Primitivo, can be started from Lugo or Oviedo. It is considered the oldest route that sinks its roots in the times when the peninsula was under Arab occupation. As the Reconquista was advancing, alternative routes could be opened that were not so hard or so demanding.

Por el Camino Primitivo

It has a length of 313 kilometres of which 255 kilometres are considered as the real Camino Primitivo. It has 13 or 14 stages according to personal preferences of about 20 or 25 km each.

Camino de Santiago Lebaniego

This road starts from Santander and is actually a kind of compliment to the Camino de Santiago that ends at the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana. The Camino Lebaniego has a length of 155 kilometres divided into 10 stages of about 20 kilometres on average.

Panoramica del Camino Lebaniego

The Way of Lighthouses

The Way of Lighthouses runs a total distance of 145 kilometres. It is distributed in a total of 8 stages that go around the Costa da Morte in Galicia. The views and experience are incomparable. Pass through Fisterra, Punta Nariga or Laxe, spots where you feel a great connection with the environment.

Playas Camino de los Faros

Via de la Plata

The route of the Via de la Platahas its origin in the Roman roads that the faithful began to use to facilitate their pilgrimage to the city of Santiago. It travels from Ourense to Santiago for a total of 111 kilometres divided into 8 stages.

Via de la Plata

How do you organize your Camino de Santiago?

We want to give you a series of tipsthat can help you to better organize your route on the Camino de Santiago. Some of them have to do with the equipment you have to carry, others with the time of year and others, simply with the route that is best for you. We hope that they will help you to have one of the best experiences of your life.

Organizando el Camino de Santiago

1.- Think about which route you wish to choose

Not all routes on the Camino de Santiago are the same. There are some simple ones and others that are especially complicated. The main factor that has to do with this is the question of the profile of each of the routes.

However, in Santiago Ways, you can find this information about each route and each stage to make it easier for you to collect all the information. There are also other conditions, for example, the climate.

Etapas del Camino de Santiago

Some sections of the route pass through mountain areas that, if you have never done so, we advise you to visit. It is better an alternative closer to the coast or just change your planned date. It also has a lot to do with the infrastructure issue. If you do not have much experience it is better to choose a section that is well signposted and has good infrastructure.

2.- When to do it

In Santiago Ways, we check on each section of the road with information regarding its climatology and the conditions for each season. Spring and autumn are times when there may be more weather instability.

The winter can be very cold on some routes and yet the summer is a good moment because the weather is fresh and stable. Basically, everything is a matter of taste, so we recommend you visit our website and the section you have chosen in particular.

3.- Decide if you want to do the Camino de Santiago by bike or on foot

Most pilgrims make the Camino de Santiago on foot. However, if you want to do the bike route you must have had good preparation and understand, for example, that you must give way to the pilgrims who are walking.

Camino en bicicleta

4.- Adjust the times according to your condition

Measure the time you can manage and choose a route based on this. It will help you to make your effort more easily and get to your goal easier. Yes, the time it takes to do every section of the road depends on yourself.

5.- What do you need to bring with you?

A good rucksack, a raincoat and a windcheater, good underwear, as well as socks and comfortable footwear, are essential. However, other elements such as a cap, sunscreen, slippers for showers, toiletries, personal documents and, of course, your pilgrim’s credentials, are fundamental.

Which is the Camino de Santiago more…

We will now talk about the different routes of the Camino de Santiago, evaluating their most outstanding feature within all possible categories. That way you can better adjust the final decision to your own tastes.

The most beautiful

Most pilgrims vouch that the most beautiful route is the Camino Frances de Santiago. It is not surprising, considering its length and the number of beautiful places it passes through.

The hardest

Without any doubt, the hardest Camino de Santiago is the Camino Primitivo. Most of the route between Oviedo and Lugo is made through mountains whose paths are steep. Of course, it is not advisable to do it for your first time.

The shortest

The shortest Camino de Santiago is the one starting in Sarria if what we are talking about are full stretches of a particular route, but at the same time, you can get the “Compostela”. It has 111 kilometres. Of course, there are even shorter sections but we cannot consider them as complete routes.

Camino desde Sarria

The longest

The longest route is the Camino Mozarabe that starts from Almería. It’s 1400 kilometres long.

The most original

It could be said that the most original Camino de Santiago is the one that departs from Ferrol(the English) or the one that starts from Finisterre, precisely by starting in the opposite direction to all the others and being able to be done in either direction.

Where can I get my Pilgrim’s credential for the Camino de Santiago?

The Pilgrim’s credential is the official document where we put our stamps along the Camino de Santiago. It is important if we want to get the “Compostela” when we get to Santiago.

Credencial

To do this, you must have travelled at least 100 kilometres on foot or 200 kilometres by bike. The credential can be obtained in person in the Pilgrim’s Reception Office or in the pilgrim associations that the Cathedral of Santiago has authorized or in brotherhoods of Santiago the Apostle.

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Other pilgrims’ opinions about the Camino de Santiago with Santiago Ways 

We want to show you the opinion of other pilgrims so that, through their own experiences you can know what they think about walking the Camino de Santiago with Santiago Ways.

Peggy White
Peggy White
Walking the Camino was the best experience of my life! Partially because I had such a great support crew of Santiago Ways! I worked with Vanessa Veiga who organized my trip to suit my needs. When some details needed to be changed, she kindly worked with me to make it happen. My accommodations were all very different- from Casa Rurals to hostels to Pensions, but they were all excellent. The luggage transfer worked perfectly, too. I highly recommend this company to anyone planning to walk the Camino!
Tamir Shemer
Tamir Shemer
excellent experience with Santiago way team, all that was promised accomplished to the last detail , the transportation, the hotels choices , the path segment choice, the information provided ,the luggage transfer just a perfect vacation
mary ellen canal
mary ellen canal
Santiago Ways is the perfect agency to help you plan you Camino de Santiago.Since the first day that i wrote my email the response was very fast, gladly i began speaking to the agent Vanessa Viega and she made sure i had all the information and helped me plan everything, she was really great .i really enjoyed my Camino, i was looking forward for it and it did satisfied my expectations.This experience for me was the most special in my life, i am really thinking about doing it again starting in Portugal
Winston Fernandez
Winston Fernandez
I used Santiago Ways on my first Camino in March this year. The trail that I did was from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The experience was truly fantastic ….. mainly because of Santiago Ways.My contact person at Santiago Ways was Vanessa Veiga. Right from the onset Vanessa was extremely helpful , sensitive and very attentive to all my requests. She responded swiftly to all my mails. She selected the right hotels which were excellent and the luggage always arrived on time.I am planning my second Camino next April and I would continue to use Santiago Ways and in particular Vanessa. Thanks a million Vanessa and continue the good work to all the pilgrims who want to experience a true Camino.Winston FernandezKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Marion Tilley-Vyner
Santiago Ways made it possible for me to do the pilgrimage. At 69 I did not like the idea of staying in a hostal, I like a bit of privacy and comfort! And I could not have done the walking while carrying my luggage. Adriana at Santiago Ways helped me work out my route and booked hotels and luggage transfers. Also, having them there in case I had any problems, was very reassuring. Adriana was only a phone call away. I recommend using Santiago Ways for anyone having doubts about doing the pilgrimage - they make it so much easier!
Tammy Shain
Tammy Shain
Vanessa was awesome and we loved Santiago Ways! We had a group of 8 college friends that were all around 50-years old. The deciding factor in choosing Santiago Ways was the group discount offered for groups of 6 or more. All other companies threshold for a discount was 10 people. Vanessa and the staff were awesome to work with throughout the process. We did the five day hike from Sarria to Santiago. We requested superior accommodations in places that were on the trail. The accommodations were top notch and 4 of the 5 places were directly on the trail. The exception was our night in Lavacolla in which we were .4 miles off the trail. It was our choice to stay in that location in order to have a shorter walk to Santiago on our final day so we could make the noon mass. We were pleasantly surprised at how clean each place was and they all had great bar and restaurant choices in close proximity - with the exception of Lavacolla so we recommend eating on-site - it was very good.
Sandi Frost Steensma
Sandi Frost Steensma
We had an excellent experience on the Camino with Santiago Ways. We had 14 women and everything was wonderful. We enjoyed the hotels, loved the daily luggage transport and the food was terrific. Santiago Ways communicated throughout our trip. We felt well-supported when we needed to make changes. Thank you!!
Beatriz Beltranena
Beatriz Beltranena
Santiago Ways is excellent they exceeded my expectations!! they do a great JOB and we had a "Buen Camino" in part thanks to them... lovely hotels.. flawless bag transfers and great great service!!! I would totally recommend them and please look for Vanessa she is the best.
Jan Schubert
Jan Schubert
My family and I used Santiago Ways to organize our recent pilgrimage from Lisbon to Porto. They did an excellent job booking us (as much as possible) into wonderful, small, family-run hotels and coping with the many changes dictated by "group" travel. In addition, one of us was traveling by bicycle whilst the rest were walking, necessitating even more planning which Santiago Ways did with patience and grace. We recommend using Santiago Ways for Camino support and planning!!! Jan Schubert
Jill Scher
Jill Scher
My family and I (6 of us) just finished walking the Lisbon to Porto section of the Camino Portuguese. It was a wonderful experience for us. The hotels we were booked into were well chosen and the food was great. We also found the path to be well marked making way finding fairly easy. A great relief as we had heard it was not well marked. Our luggage was efficiently transferred each day and everything ran very smoothly. Thank you Santiago Ways! We would definitely recommend your services to our friends. Jill
Kenneth E. Nowell
Kenneth E. Nowell
Santiago Ways made my memorable hike trouble-free. I had excellent hotels, tasty breakfasts, dependable baggage forwarding, informative advance information, and a dependable drive to deliver me to Sarria. I really appreciate their attention to detail!
Margo Gosia Barker
Margo Gosia Barker
We booked our El Camino with Santiago Ways and we were very lucky to have Silvia as our agent. She did a fantastic job organizing our trip, always promptly responding to our inquiries, impeccable English, all accommodations that she arranged for us were great, and our luggage was always delivered to the next location timely, before our arrivals to sites. I would definitely recommend Santiago Ways and ask for Silvia to be your representative.
Patricia Bazán
Patricia Bazán
This trip changed my life in ways I could not describe! I knew the hiking was going to be a challenge, but Santiago Ways made it so easy to plan and execute. They are truly the best and I am already planning my next trip with Santiago Ways and would not think of going anywhere else. Silvia Rivera was particularly helpful in the planning, as she answered all my questions patiently, and help me through the process. Great job, Guys, and I will see you next year!
Roberto Canto
Roberto Canto
Have just finished El Camino de Santiago from Sarria with the help of Santiago Ways. They have been extremely accesible from day one. The transfer of the luggage throught the five days was impecable, always finding the luggage in the room on every stage of the way. The food and lodging was very acceptable. If I were to do it again I would not hesitate to contact them once more for their assistance! "Buen camino".
Edmee Flores
Edmee Flores
Our experience with Santiago Ways was flawless. We highly recommend this outfit for your Santiago way experience. A perfect 10!
Barbara Melinska
Barbara Melinska
Very nice experience. Good and professional organization.Nice and friendly environment during the event. Recommended 100 %. Saludos para Jose 😉
Hanna Ringel
Hanna Ringel
Simply put - an incredible experience! This agency looks after every last detail. I walked the last 100 km of the Camino with their help and I definitely want to go back soon and do a longer part of the route. When that happens (which I hope is soon) I'll definitely be using Santiago Ways again! Thanks for everything.
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