Caminos de Santiago

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The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, is a network of pilgrimage routes that lead to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where it is believed that the remains of the apostle St. James are buried. Here are some of the most popular Camino de Santiago routes:

  1. Camino Francés: This is the most popular and well-known route, starting in St. Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees and ending in Santiago de Compostela. The Camino Francés is approximately 780 kilometers long and takes between four and six weeks to complete.
  2. Camino del Norte: This route runs along the northern coast of Spain, from the French border to Santiago de Compostela. It is approximately 870 kilometers long and takes between five and seven weeks to complete.
  3. Camino Primitivo: This is the oldest of the Camino de Santiago routes and begins in Oviedo, in the northern region of Asturias. The Camino Primitivo is approximately 310 kilometers long and takes between two and three weeks to complete.
  4. Camino Portugués: This route starts in Lisbon, Portugal, and goes north through Porto, crossing the border into Spain before finishing in Santiago de Compostela. The Camino Portugués is approximately 620 kilometers long and takes between four and six weeks to complete.
  5. Via de la Plata: This route starts in Seville, in southern Spain, and runs north to Santiago de Compostela. It is approximately 1,000 kilometers long and takes between six and eight weeks to complete.
  6. Camino Inglés: This route starts in the port town of Ferrol, in northwestern Spain, and is so named because it was traditionally used by pilgrims from England. The Camino Inglés is approximately 120 kilometers long and takes between four and five days to complete.

These are just a few of the many Camino de Santiago routes, and each one offers its own unique challenges and rewards for pilgrims.

Will: I’ve walked part of the Camino Frances from León to Santiago and on to Finisterra and part of the Camino Portuguese from Oporto to Tuy on the Spanish Border.

To do: Camino el Salvador (Leon to Oviedo) and Camino Primativo (Oviedo – Santiago)