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10 great reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago

People walk the Camino de Santiago for many different reasons: religious, adventurous, spiritual, for the outdoors or simply to do something special with their holidays…

The Camino can mean very different things to different people but there is one thing that binds all Camino pilgrims together: it is a very unique experience, a walking holiday like no other.

These are our 10 great reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago (feel free to share your own! if you have walked the Camino):

1. Simple pleasures

Holidays are about taking a breather from every day life and the Camino takes that idea to another level: it is about getting back to basics and enjoying some of the most simple pleasures in life, like walking. It is also about savouring every step of the journey, not just the destination. No wonder so many people find it such a great soul-searching exercise, applying that philosophy to all aspects of their life after they finish their Camino.

2. Exercise

cebreiro-camino-santiago-300x225Walking, walking and more walking….Not many holidays will get you back home in better shape!

3. Culture and History

Along the Camino, you will pass cities, towns and villages of all sizes, with stunning churches, monuments and other cultural and historic landmarks. The Camino trail has been used by pilgrims for centuries so the route itself has a long history and tradition.

4. Amazing landscapes

From the French Pyrenees to the lush hills and woodlands of Galicia or the coastal paths of the Northern Way, the Camino de Santiago takes walkers across many different landscapes, all beautiful and unique.
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5. Easy and approachable walking

If you can walk, you can do the Camino. The walking paths are well marked (particularly along the French Way) and most of them are suitable for all fitness levels. It is also a flexible holiday, so if you need more days to complete the journey, just adapt the walking distance you want to cover daily to your ability.

6. Brush up your language skills

Not just with some of the locals but also with fellow walkers you will meet along the way. You will encounter many different nationalities and, of course, languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Basque, Galician…

7. Fabulous food

Sample the local cuisine along the way. Each route and each region has its flavours, traditional dishes and specialities. Our advice? try them all!

8. Make friends

You shouldn’t come back home from your Camino without making at least one new friend. The social element makes it a great holiday for people travelling alone. Particularly along the last stretch of the French Way, you will never feel lonely!
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9. Family friendly

It can be a fantastic family holiday for bonding and quality time together: whether you are walking or cycling.

10. All roads lead to Santiago

If you have walked the Camino de Santiago along the French Way (the most popular) before, there are many more routes you can try next!! All different and all with their unique sites and trails.

Of course, if you are walking the Camino de Santiago with CaminoWays.com we have a couple of extra great reasons to add:
-our 24/7 support
-our selected comfy accommodation (no hostels with snoring neighbours)
-and our personal and friendly touch!

For more information about any of the Camino routes you can contact one of our Travel Specialists.

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Maria
Writer at CaminoWays.com
Marketing Manager Maria Golpe is from Viveiro, in the misty and beautiful northern coast of Galicia. She loves Santiago, where she studied Journalism at Santiago de Compostela University. She also loves good food, travel and all things arty crafty.
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6 Responses to “10 great reasons to walk the Camino de Santiago”

Pat Hanratty

Thanks for that, but surely the original reason for the Camino is a spiritual one. I know you mention Culture and History, but is it too PC nowadays to say that going on a spiritual pilgrimage is appropriate for the 21st century!


Maria

Hi Rina, here’s some information about the French Way, you can choose to start anywhere along the way (depending on the days you have at your disposal): http://caminoways.com/ways/french-way-camino-frances. We will add you to our newsletter also so you can receive our latest articles. You can also contact our travel consultants on info@caminoways.com to receive an itinerary proposal. I hope this helps!


Rina Steyn

Good day
can you please sent me more info
Blessings


Maria

Hi Genevieve, I will add you to our mailing list so you can get our latest articles. Let us know if you need anything else. Kindest regards.


Genevieve Arthyn

It is on my Dream board to do the walk ….All information would be greately appreciated …Cheers Genevieve


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