Doing the Camino de Santiago in six days
6 days is enough time to make the Camino de Santiago without any worries. You don’t need to have many days off to have this experience. So wait for us longer and escape to the Camino de Santiago on your next short holidays: Christmas, Easter, etc.
One of the advantages of travelling on the Camino de Santiago is that the paths adapt to the needs of each person. If you have plenty of time to do the Camino, you won’t be short of kilometres to travel. But if you only have six days of holidays, you’ll also find plenty of routes you can do during that time.
Camino de Santiago routes to do in six days
Even if you go to the Camino de Santiago only for six days, you should think very carefully about which itinerary to choose. The decision should be made based on your personal tastes and physical endurance, although you can also consider topics such as the historic origin of the route.
In this section, we will talk about the possible routes on the Camino de Santiago that you can do in 6 days, to finish your pilgrimage in front of the Cathedral of Compostela. In all of them, you will have enough time to complete the minimum 100 kilometres that are required of pilgrims who make the Camino on foot, to request the Compostela.
Walking the Camino Frances in six days
The Camino Frances is the most famous route and the one with the most services (hostels, hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.). The most popular stretch is the one from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. 115 kilometres separate one town from the other.
In six days on the Camino Frances to Santiago you will have more time to complete the entire tour. Being able to request the Compostela on arrival in Santiago. Consult the article related to the last 100 km of the Camino Frances to learn more about the characteristics of its stages.
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Since the classic division of this section is in five stages, you’d have a day left. You have two options, take that day off to visit Santiago de Compostela or start your pilgrimage from the previous stage, starting your tour in Triacastela.
What to do in 6 days on the Camino Frances
The kilometres separating Sarria from Compostela are the busiest on the Camino Frances. The number of pilgrims in this section is quite high, especially in summer.
If you are looking to make new friends, it is an ideal route. But if you are looking to spend time alone, it is best to continue reading and choose another itinerary.
In these last few kilometres of the Camino Frances you will enjoy a beautiful landscape and villages and towns with strong a pilgrim tradition. Two of the most emblematic locations you’ll find on the route are Portomarín and Arzúa.
Doing the Camino Portugues to Santiago in 6 days
The Camino Portugues is another option. In Portugal there are two possible routes: The Camino Central Portugues and the Camino Portugues Coastal Route.
Both face few ups and downs; and have services. In fact, the Portuguese routes are famous for being the easiest.
The Central Portuguese route
Following the Camino Central Portugues in 6 days, you will have time to get to Santiago, if you leave from Tui. This tour is the twin brother, on the Camino Portugues, of the route from Sarria on the Camino Frances. Equally popular, but simpler.
117.4 kilometres separate Tui from Santiago de Compostela, therefore upon your arrival at the Cathedral you can request the Compostela. If you want to know more details about the stages of this section, you can check out our article on the Camino Portugues from Tui.
The Camino along the coast in Portugal
If you prefer to walk by the sea, you can follow the path of the Camino Portugues Coastal Route. One option is to respect the classic stages and leave from Baiona.
That means completing a 127.3-kilometre course. A long enough distance to request the Compostela.
What to see in six days on the Camino Portugues
The only thing different are the first few kilometres, on the way to Redondela. The two routes then come together and continue together to the tomb of Santiago the Apostle.
Whether you follow the central or coastal route, you will have the opportunity to enjoy beautiful natural environments, such as the Vigo estuary. You can also visit places full of history, such as Redondela and Caldas de Reis.
The tour also passes through Padrón. This beautiful village is known worldwide for its peppers. It also stands out for being the villa in which Rosalía de Castro spent her last years.
The Camino Portugues is a good option to do the Camino de Santiago in 6 days if you haven’t trained previously and you’re not in very good shape. It’s the easiest route!
Doing the Camino Ingles in six days
The Camino de Santiago Ingles is so short that if you plan six days, you’ll have one left over. But there is never enough time on the pilgrim routes, there are always places to visit.
This route originates in Ferrol and has 5 stages. In total, it is 122.3 kilometres long.
The extra day you have left you can spend it to visit Ferrol or Santiago de Compostela. It’s a perfect plan!
The attractions of the Camino Ingles
The first two days of the Route border the entrance of the estuary. The other three cross rural Galicia. If you are interested in this route, we recommend that you consult the post in which we talk about the charms of the Camino Ingles.
Doing the Camino del Norte in 6 days
The Camino de Santiago del Norte is another alternative you have to make a pilgrimage to Compostela in six days. This route joins the Camino Frances in its final stages, therefore part of the route you will do so following the French route.
If you have six days, you can start walking from the town of Abadín. In this way you will complete four classic stages on the Camino del Norte, before joining, in Arzúa, the Camino Frances.
What to do on the Camino del Norte
You should know that this route has a wonderful environment, in which you can enjoy both intense green landscapes and yellow sandy beaches. However, you should also know that it is considered the second most difficult pilgrim route, because of its continuous unevenness.
The Camino Primitivo in six days
The Camino Primitivo is considered the most difficult itinerary. Therefore, it is ideal for those people who want to consider it as six days of physical challenge on the Camino de Santiago.
You can respect the classic stages and start the tour from Cadavo Baleira. That implies 129.7 km of travel, but we warn you that the first stage is 30 kilometres long.
So you might want to start from Lugo, facing rather shorter stages. Likewise, you can request the Compostela when you arrive in Santiago and you can dedicate the extra day to visit the city.
Six days on La Via de la Plata
The Via de la Plata is another option. You can leave from Ourense, considering six very simple and very short stages. So you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the hot springs offered during this route.
Other routes to do on the Camino de Santiago in 6 days
So far we have commented routes that you can do in six days, if your goal is to finish in Compostela. However, there are many other options.
Any stretch of the Camino de Santiago is valid. However, people always prefer to do the final or initial stages. Therefore, then, we tell you about the starting stages of each Camino de Santiago that you can do in six days.
On the routes that we will discuss below you will not finish your tour in Santiago, but you can always make several visits, until finally reaching the tomb of Santiago the Apostle; The moment when you can apply for the Compostela. Remember that you can use the same pilgrim’s credential in your different getaways to the Camino.
The Camino Francés from Sant Pied de Port or Roncesvalles
If you start from Saint Jean Pied de Port, following this route, in six days, you can reach the town of Los Arcos. The classic stage plan is:
- St Jean – Roncesvalles (24 km)
- Roncesvalles – Zubiri (21 km)
- Zubiri – Pamplona (20 km)
- Pamplona – Puente la Reina (24 km)
- Puente la Reina – Estella (22 km)
- Estella – Los Arcos (21 km)
Considering that the first stage of the Camino Frances is quite hard, you might be interested in starting from Roncesvalles. There are many pilgrims who do so, avoiding the risk of injuring joints on the first day of the route.
In that case, you could get to the city of Logroño. Check out our article on the first stage on the Camino Frances to decide whether to start at Saint Jean Pied de Port or Roncesvalles.
In this section on the Camino Frances, you will have the opportunity to visit the lively city of Pamplona and the beautiful Estella. In addition, to visit the famous wine fountain at Bodegas Irache. Don’t forget that the Camino Frances is also known for being a wine route.
The Camino Portugues from Lisbon
Another option is the Camino Central Portugues. In six days, you can go from Lisbon to Tomar, passing through the gothic city of Santarém. The classical stage distribution would be:
- Lisboa – Santa Iria de Azóia (17 km)
- Santa Iria de Azóia – Vila Franca de Xira (19,7 km)
- Vila Franca de Xira – Azambuja (20,6 km)
- Azambuja – Santarém (33 km)
- Santarém – Golega (32,3 km)
- Golega – Tomar (30,5 km)
The Camino Portugues Coastal route
Another alternative is to start your pilgrimage from Porto by following The Camino Portugues Coastal route. In 6 days you can walk to Baiona:
- Oporto – Póvoa de Varzim (30,6 km)
- Póvoa de Varzim – Esposende (20,2 km)
- Esposende – Viana do Castelo (25,1)
- Viana do Castelo – Ancora (18,3 km)
- Ancora – Guarda (12,8 km)
- Guarda – Baiona (30,7 km)
Six days from Irún on the Camino del Norte
From Irun, following the path of the Camino de Santiago del Norte, you will arrive in Lezama, in six days. The stage plan is:
- Irún – San Sebastián (26,8 km)
- San Sebastián – Zarautz (20,3 km)
- Zarautz – Deba (22 km)
- Deba – Markina (24,3 km)
- Markina – Gernika (25 km)
- Gernika – Lezama (15 km)
Desde Oviedo por el Camino Primitivo
If you are in good physical condition and would like to test your endurance, you can decide on the Camino Primitivo. In 6 days, you can go from Oviedo to Grandas de Salime:
- Oviedo – Grado (25,8 km)
- Grado – Salas (23,2 km)
- Salas – Tineo (20,2 km)
- Tineo – Pola de Allande (28,2 km)
- Pola de Allande – Berducedo (18,2 km)
- Berducedo – Grandas de Salime (21,2 km)
El Camino de Finisterre completo
If you have 6 days you can also consider travelling to Santiago de Compostela and doing the Camino de Santiago Finisterre and Muxía. In total there are 6 stages. You can find out more about this route in the post we dedicate in our blog to the Route to the End of the World.
If you are encouraged to do this route you should know that it is possible to do it both ways. If you depart from Santiago de Compostela, you can request the Fisterrana, when you arrive in Finisterre, and the Muxiana, when you arrive in Muxía.
The other option, less popular than the previous one, is to leave from Muxía, pass through Finisterre and continue to Santiago de Compostela. In that case, you can apply for Compostela upon arrival in Santiago.
We are confident that all the information we have provided in this article will help you organize your six-day trip on the Camino de Santiago. If you’re going to organize your free trip, check out our article on how to prepare yourself for the Camino.
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