The Camino isn’t a single route – it’s a network of paths that have Santiago De Compostela as their focal point. All roads lead to Santiago! (or from Santiago as the case may be if you’re off to Finisterre!). So the most pertinent question for many is: Which Camino route should I choose?
We have detailed itineraries and costs listed for our most popular sections within this tab – ring or email us to start the discussion as to which might be the best option for you!
The Camino Francés is by far and away the most popular route. Walking from St. Jean to Santiago will take 30-35 days for most, but many people begin in Sarria to complete the final 100km of this Camino route.
Sarria is the most popular starting point on any Camino – in 2019, 28% of all Camino certificates were issued to pilgrims starting off from there.
Portugal is the starting point for many, with inland and sea-hugging routes intertwining northwards to Santiago. The final section of the Camino Portugués is actually in Spain, with Valença and Tui lying on opposite sides of the Portugal-Spain border along the river Minho. From Valença to Santiago is a very popular section as it covers the 100km distance required for certification purposes. Click here to learn more about this section.
The Camino Portugués is the fastest- growing route and a clear 2nd behind the Francés in terms of popularity. After Sarria, Porto and Tui are the 2nd and 4th most popular starting points across all the various Camino routes (St.Jean is 3rd).
Of course, Finisterre is the destination for some, not Santiago. Lying on the Atlantic Ocean on the wild Costa da Morte, the “end of the world” can be reached in 4 days’ walking from Santiago, or sooner if you you get your skates on! Another 28km brings you as far as Muxia. For more information on this section of the Camino, click here.
The Camino Finisterre is a lot more popular than the chart above suggest – the chart only represents those who arrive in Santiago.
Ireland has its own Camino history and St. James’ Gate in Dublin (where Camino Society Ireland now are based) is considered an important starting point for many. Of course, in times gone by, many pilgrims would have sailed from places such as Wexford, Waterford and Cork and come ashore in northern Galicia. The Camino leading from either Ferrol or La Coruna is known as the Camino Ingles and click here to get more information about this particular route. For more information about the breadth of the work that Camino Society Ireland do, feel free to check out their website caminosociety.com.
The Camino Inglés is the shortest complete route – Ferrol to Santiago covers a distance of 120km. It is a quieter section and for this reason, we don’t suggest this route as your first Camino experience but as something to come back for on a 2nd or 3rd visit.
We will help you with bookings and advice for any of these sections of the Camino. There are, of course, many more Camino routes and sections other than this – the Camino del Norte, the Via de la Plata, the Primitivo, the Levante and so on. The world is your oyster (though scallop might be more apt!)