Choosing The Right Camino Santiago Route
From as far back as the Middle Ages, people from every corner of Europe and further have walked the Camino, or rode a horse, and when bicycles became a thing people also rode the Camino. Over the centuries, the French Santiago's Way was the most popular route, which travels from France to Santiago de Compostela. This route became so famous that most people were under the impression that this was the only route.
However, today we now know that this list is extensive, as Europe is actually crisscrossed by a number of different Caminos, that come from every corner. Walking each one would take a couple of years in order to complete, and this is true even for the most hardcore of hikers. For this reason, choosing the correct one should be an essential step you should not ignore. Here are a few that are more renowned:
1. French Way
This route begins in St. Jean Pied de Port which is based in France and covers close to 800km, taking around a month to walk. This is the busiest route out of all of them, and it also features the most favorable infrastructures (these include hostels, restaurants, and signposts that are close to the route). A couple of years back, this happened to be the Camino that was most chosen. Nonetheless, things are constantly changing and the rest of the list to follow are also outstanding choices which offer you with more quietude, along without compromising in the other areas too much.
2. Portuguese Way
This route begins in Lisbon, Portugal, and covers just over 600km. It takes around 25 days to complete. At a point in the route, the path diverges into two (the one travels along the inland, while the other travels close to the coast) before the paths join once again when you reach Galicia. This Coastal Portuguese Way is the ideal choice for people that love everything about Portugal, along with fantastic coastal landscapes. I completed a couple of stages the previous year ( which spanned from Porto to the Galician border), I can say that it is was really worthwhile.
3. Northern Way
This route begins in Irún in Spain. It includes 32 stages across 824km along the Cantabric coast. This is definitely one for the sea lovers. I completed 100km along this route at the age of 13 with my younger brother and my dad. The experience was extremely challenging as we were unable to find any other people until we met up with the French Way Route based in Arzua. The initial stage was close to 40km and we were lacking in the correct equipment and preparation. The weather was also not great and it poured for a few days. More than 20 years have passed since that day, and I am now prepared to try this route again. I am positive that much has changed since then.
4. Primitive Way
This route starts off in Oviedo in Spain, it spans over 300km and can be completed in under 2 weeks. Known as a very tough route, it usually does not feature many people. However, the landscapes of Galicia and Asturias that this path passes are truly awe-inspiring. It is well worth your time if you do not mind drastic temperature changes and you are physically fit.
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5. English Way
It begins in Ferrol, or Coruña which are both cities located in Galicia, Spain. It covers a short distance that travels between these 2 coastal areas to Santiago in under a week. Due to the fact that you will only receive your "Compostela" after either walking for 100km or riding over 200km, this path is not suggested for bikes when your pilgrim passport is important to you. Otherwise, forget about the passport and take in all the sights and experiences.
6. Silver Route
It begins in Sevilla in Spain and covers close to 100km in one month. I recommend that this route is the very best for the people who would like to cross Spain and experience the different regions as this path passes through Andalusia, Castilla y Leon, Extremadura, and at the end Galicia. These are 4 entirely different provinces that are autonomous and it is well worth your time to spend a couple of days visiting each one.
7. Winter Way
It begins in Ponferrada Spain. This route takes around 10 days and covers 263km. This was once an alternative route that was used over the tough Winter months. It is still one of the best choices when the weather gets rainy and cold.
8. Finisterre- Muxia WayThis route covers 90Km and takes under 1 week to complete. It begins in Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and travel to the Death Coast. This route follows in the footsteps of the very first pilgrims after they completed their Camino, they carried on until the reached the Atlantic sea.