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The routes of the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is a set of pilgrimage routes whose destination is Santiago de Compostela. This began to travel in the Middle Ages, when the tomb of the Apostle Santiago was discovered in the city.

Currently, people from multiple countries decide to travel one of these routes, whether on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback. In this article, we inform you about the most important routes and show you several images and maps.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

French way

The French Way is the most popular option and therefore the busiest. It has a total of 31 stages and can be started from two different French populations: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port or Somport.

These alternatives differ in the first six stages, whose stops are as follows:

  • From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: Roncesvalles, Zubiri, Pamplona, ​​Puente la Reina, Estella and Torres del RĂ­o
  • From Somport: Jaca, ArrĂ©s, Ruesta, SangĂŒesa, Monreal and Puente la Reina
The route from Somport to Puente la Reina, which has 165 km, is known as Aragonese road.

From stage 7 it is already the same route, which begins in Torres del RĂ­o. On this map you can see the complete route starting from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port:

If you have little time or are a beginner, you can do the last 100 km of the route. In this way, it starts in Sarria (Lugo) and is completed in five stages:

  • Sarria-PortomarĂ­n
  • PortomarĂ­n-Palas de Rei
  • Rei-ArzĂșa shovels
  • ArzĂșa-Pedrouzo
  • Pedrouzo-Santiago de Compostela

VĂ­a de la Plata

The VĂ­a de la Plata begins in the south of Spain, specifically in Seville, although some people start it in MĂ©rida, since it is the longest option. This one stands out because it travels the path of an ancient Roman road that reaches up to Astorga, which is located 705 km from Seville.

Once you reach Astorga, to finish the Camino de Santiago, continue along the French Way. However, some people prefer to follow the Roman route to Granja de Moreruela, from where you can take the option known as Sanabrés Way.

Sanabrés Way

The Camino Sanabrés departs from Granja de Moreruela (Zamora) and has 13 stages. In total, they cover about 370 km. This route is also known as Mozarabic Road or Galician Way of the South.

For some people, the Sanabrés Way is the continuation of the Vía de la Plata, which begins in Seville and which we have talked about previously. In this video you can see how the first stage of the Sanabresa route is:

Northern Way

The Northern Way is one of the more beautiful due to the impressive landscapes that are seen from the Cantabrian coast. It leaves from IrĂșn, in the Basque Country, and has 32 stages. However, it ends in ArzĂșa, A Coruña.

To get to Santiago de Compostela you must continue along the French Way, so you have to add 2 more stages. This route passes through big cities like San SebastiĂĄn, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo.

Portuguese way

With the Portuguese Way the west of the Iberian Peninsula is crossed. There are multiple options. If you decide to start in Lisbon, there is a distance of 600 km, while if we start in Porto, you walk 240 km.

However, the most prominent route is the one that begins in Tui and it has only a distance of 107.2 km. This option has 6 stages and the populations they pass through are Tui, O Porriño, Redondela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padrón and Santiago de Compostela.

Primitive Way

The Primitive Way is supposedly the first route which was done to visit the tomb of the Apostle Santiago. This tour was carried out by King Alfonso II el Casto in the ninth century, shortly after they discovered the tomb of the apostle.

It is a shorter alternative than most, as it only has 13 stages, so it can be a good choice if traveling with children. These are its stages:

StageStartThe endKilometers
1OviedoSan Juan de Villapañada30.5
twoSan Juan de VillapañadaRooms20.2
4TineoPola de Allande28.2
5Pola de AllandeTable22.8
6TableGrandas de Salime16.8
7Grandas de SalimeFonsagrada28.1
8FonsagradaO CĂĄdavo Baleira23.4
9CĂĄdavo BaleiraLugo30.5
10LugoSan Romao da Retorta19.7
elevenSan Romao da RetortaMelide27.7
12MelideO Pedrouzo33.3
13O PedrouzoSantiago de Compostelatwenty

English way

The English Way is called that because they used to come by sea pilgrims from the United Kingdom and other countries such as Norway and Denmark. These arrived in Ferrol or A Coruña, from where they left to Santiago de Compostela. Today, these two alternatives are maintained.

From A Coruña there are 74 km and it has 3 stages, while from Ferrol there are 118 km and we find 6 stages. Both options come together in Hospital de Bruma. The stops that are made on the route from Ferrol are:

  • Neda
  • Pontedeume
  • Betanzos
  • Bruma Hospital
  • SegĂŒeiro
  • Santiago de Compostela

Winter road

If you are looking for a route of around 200 km, you can choose to travel the Winter Trail. The story tells that it is an alternative that was used in winter to avoid the snowy mountains of O Cebreiro, whose access was quite difficult.

It begins in Las MĂ©dulas and has a total of 9 stages. From the second stage, which starts at O ​​Barco de Valdeorras, the whole route passes through Galicia.

Path of Fisterra-MuxĂ­a

If after reaching Santiago de Compostela you want to continue walking, then take this last route that reaches Fisterra (known in Spanish as Finisterre) and Muxia.

They travel from Santiago de Compostela to Fisterra 3 stages, about 90 km. Some people decide to continue and walk another 29 km from Fisterra to MuxĂ­a, or go only to MuxĂ­a without going through Fisterra, so you have to take a different route in Olveiroa.

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