There are 9 main routes of the Camino de Santiago. Each route is unique and each person will choose to walk the Camino de Santiago routes for different reasons. Below is a list of the main routes and the distance that it will take you to travel each one:
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO ROUTES
- Camino Frances – 780 km (484 miles)
- Portuguese Coastal Camino – 178 km (111 miles)
- Camino Portugues – 600 km (372 miles)
- Camino Finisterre – 121 km (75 miles)
- Camino Ingles – 120 km (75 miles)
- Camino del Norte – 466 km (290 miles)
- Camino Primitivo – 315 km (196 miles)
- Via de la Plata – 1,000 km (621 miles)
- Le Puy Way -739 km (235 miles)
CAMINO FRANCES (THE FRENCH WAY)
This is the most well known and popular routes of the Camino de Santiago trails. The full Camino Frances takes up to five weeks to complete and will take approximately 35 days walking to complete. Friendly faces, meeting fellow pilgrims, collecting pilgrim stamps and enjoying the Camino culture are features of this historic trail.
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PORTUGUESE COASTAL WAY
This is a stunning trail that takes you along the coast from Porto to Santiago. You can walk this Camino route in full over 13 nights or break it into two sections. The first section starts in Porto and the second section begins in Baiona. Coastal paths, peaceful Portuguese towns and delicious seafood are three highlights of this route.
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Taking pilgrims from Lisbon to Santiago, the Camino Portugues is a remarkable journey boasting beautiful coastal views and lively cities along the way. It would take 5 weeks to complete the full way but you can also choose to walk the last section in 8 days from the picturesque town of Tui. This is the inland Portuguese Way that gives you the chance to walk through charming towns and sample the best of Portuguese culture. Stop in the charming town of Pontevedra to sample the local Spanish tapas and wines of the region.
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Walk to the ‘end of the world’ on this beautiful Camino route that is the only trail starting in Santiago de Compostela. Always remember to enjoy a dip in the ocean at the end of this trail.
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CAMINO INGLES (THE ENGLISH WAY)
Originally used by pilgrims travelling from England, this route is a little more challenging with some nice inclines for experienced walkers. Starting from the charming seaside town of Ferrol you will walk over 110 km to Santiago de Compostela where you receive your Compostela certificate. Enjoy discovering the lush green landscapes of Galicia and stunning mountain views.
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CAMINO DEL NORTE (THE NORTHERN WAY)
On this stunning Camino route you will be rewarded with fantastic views, coastal trails and some of the most delicious food in Spain. You will be walking through the basque region, famous for its tasty tapas culture. Visit some of the culture packed cities in Northern Spain, such as Bilbao, San Sebastian and Santander.
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CAMINO PRIMITIVO (THE ORIGINAL WAY)
Starting in Oviedo you will be greeted with some breathtaking views on this way. This is a great alternative to the Camino Frances if you up for a little climbing. As you get closer to Santiago de Compostela you will experience the social atmosphere of the trails and enjoy meeting fellow pilgrims. Known as one of the more challenging Camino routes this route has some steep inclines and isn’t suitable in winter weather as it can get some patches of snow.
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VIA DE LA PLATA
This magical Camino route starts in stunning Seville and will take you 48 days to complete the full way. Many would choose to walk the last section of this way from Ourense, taking 1 week to complete.
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LE PUY WAY
Le Puy Camino begins in France. It will take you 32 days to walk this route. Staying in some of the charming French villages you will enjoy the peaceful trails and historic sites on this trail. Must see towns include Lectoure, Condom, Conques and Cahors.
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For more information about any of the Camino de Santiago routes in Spain please contact one of our Travel Specialists.