When a client says they want to go on the Camino, what do they mean?
The traditional and most popular Camino route is known as the French Way, Camino Frances, and the most popular section of this route is the last 100km from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.
The full French Way route is 800km long and travels from St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees across Northern Spain to Santiago. You may occasionally get clients looking to walk the full route. We can provide itineraries for this and it takes between 35 and 45+ days to complete.
Walkers need to cover at least the last 100kms of the Camino in order to get the Compostela pilgrim certificate in Santiago which is why Sarria is the most popular starting point. It is also a very well-marked route so self-guided tours are most popular.
As part of a self-guided tour, the route can be walked in either five or six walking days. The 5-day walking tour includes a 28km long day which can prove challenging, so the 6-day walking tour itinerary is designed to break this long day down into two shorter walking days. An easy walking option tour of 10 nights / 11 days, walking an average of 12kms per day, is also an option.
There are also lots of other great Camino routes that cover the last 100km into Santiago. Here are some of the more popular:
We also organise guided tours departing on selected dates, focusing on specific Camino routes.
*Irish agents – Aer Lingus has direct flights from Dublin to Santiago de Compostela on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Ryanair flies from Dublin to Vigo on Thursday and Sunday (seasonal flights).
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