To get to Santiago de Compostela you can choose the time and the route that best suit your time and your budget; and there are many options that pilgrims have to make the Camino de Santiago a unique and unforgettable experience.
If you are thinking of doing the Camino de Santiago, but you do not know what can be the best route for you …
This post is for you!
Sarria-Santiago de Compostela: The last 100 kilometers of the Camino
The route that departs from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela is one of the most popular among pilgrims, and of great importance within the Jacobean pilgrimages.
This route comprises just over 100 kilometers divided into 6 stages, the minimum distance to obtain La Compostela.
It is part of the French Way, and highlights its monuments, landscapes, incredible views, excellent signage, and wide range of accommodation and services.
It is ideal for those pilgrims who want to experience the essence of the Camino for the first time.
2. Baiona – Santiago de Compostela: An adventure along the Portuguese coast
The Portuguese Way along the coast is a pilgrimage route that had great importance in the Middle Ages.
It crosses almost all of Portugal from South to North, and is famous for its landscapes, sanctuaries, villages, fishing villages and beautiful beaches.
This route is one of the favorite ones for pilgrims, especially during the spring and summer season.
It lodges surprising corners in an environment of mountain and sea, and it gives you the opportunity to bathe in its beautiful beaches to cool off during the walk.
One of the favorite sections for the pilgrims is the one that departs from Baiona, and after about 126 kilometers of route reaches Santiago de Compostela.
The path takes place in an environment of coast, forests, fishing villages and historic cities.
Do not miss out on the delicious wines and seafood of the fishing villages!
3. Bilbao-Santander: Discovering the Camino del Norte
The Camino de Santiago from Bilbao to Santander is part of the second section of the Camino del Norte, the most pleasant, fresh and natural variant of all the roads that lead to Compostela.
El Camino del Norte, in the Basque Country, runs through a landscape of exuberant valleys, historic cities, picturesque trails and delicious gastronomy.
Cross picturesque coastal towns, beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves. It is an area of great natural beauty and contrast between modernity and tradition.
From Irún to Santiago, passing through San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander, Oviedo and Lugo, the adventure of pilgrimage along the Cantabrian coast offers travelers the mystery and beauty that medieval walkers experienced.
4. Ourense – Santiago de Compostela: The Vía de la Plata, a stone road
The Vía de la Plata is a route used since before the Roman conquest and it crosses all of Spain, from South to North.
The devotees of the Apostle Santiago made a pilgrimage to their tomb by this important road, which owes its origin to a set of Roman roads that linked the south western part with the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula.
The route that leaves from Ourense and ends in Santiago, is one of the most beautiful of the Camino, famous for its thermal springs, historic center, dense oak forests, small villages, monuments and churches.
5. The Camino Lebaniego: The route of the Lignum Crucis
One of the most beautiful pilgrim routes of the Camino de Santiago is the Camino Lebaniego. It departs from Santander, and ends at Santo Toribío.
The Monastery of Santo Toribio is popularly known as Little Jerusalem due to the large influx of pilgrims it has received since the Middle Ages.
The Monastery of Santo Toribio was built in the 6th century. The remains of Bishop Toribio de Astorga and the relic of the Lignum Crucis were brought to the Monastery in the 8th century.
The Lebaniego Way has its own ‘Credencial’ (pilgrim passport) called the La Lebaniega.
In one of our previous posts we give you some recommendations that you should keep in mind if you are going to do the Camino de Santiago
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