The Camino de Santiago, or Way of St. James, is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of the apostle, Saint James the Great, are buried. It is difficult to define where exactly the Camino starts, as pilgrims used to start their journey from home, but over the years, different “ways” have emerged.
The French Way, by far the most popular “way”, usually starts in a small town of the French Pyrenees, St Jean Pied de Port and passes some of the most magnificent towns and landscapes in north Spain. The most popular section is the “Last 100km”, which starts in Sarria and finishes in Santiago de Compostela 7 days later. The second most popular is the Northern Way. It follows the Northern Coast of the Basque Country, as you have the chance to go for a swim at several stages of the Way. The most beautiful section finishing in Santiago (or “Last 100km”), is the final section of the Via de la Plata between Ourense and Santiago over 7 days. The most challenging is definitely the Original Way Section 1 from Oviedo to Lugo, through the magnificent Cantabrian Mountains. If you want a more rural experience, you can try the Portuguese Way Section 5 from Tui, at the Portuguese Border to Santiago de Compostela. Finally for those that wish to do more, try to go to the “End of the World”, above the cliffs of Cape Fisterra on the Finisterre Way.
So as you can see, the Camino de Santiago is not only one way running to Santiago de Compostela, but is made up of a lot of routes, as the Pilgrims came from everywhere in the World. Speaking about the Way of St James is consequently wrong, and should be replaced by “The Ways of St James”.
If you want to have more information about the different routes, you can go on our website and click on the route you want to explore on the map.