With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we are in a truly loved-up mood here at CaminoWays. We hear from people who walked the Camino with a loved one every year and we would love to hear your Camino love story. Have you walked the trails with a loved one or maybe you’ve met someone special on the route?
Some decide to walk the Camino for a memorable wedding anniversary, others have found love while out on the trails. Love on the Camino has even inspired authors like Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist who wrote a book together after walking the Camino.
We interviewed Graeme and Anne about their collaboration in Two Steps Forward. After walking their first Camino together on the Cluny Way, the idea for the book was planted and by the time they’d completed their second Camino, the vision was clear.
For them, writing the book was like reliving their holidays. Using their itinerary on the Camino as a map for the book, readers get to know the characters of Zoe and Martin who meet on the trail. These star-crossed lovers come from very different backgrounds, but find their spiritual journeys collide with a little romantic comedy along the way.
Another romantic story we’ve been delighted to be part of was when Ruben embarked on a Camino adventure with his wife Jennifer for their wedding anniversary. The happy pair loved the friendly atmosphere and hand-made ice cream in Baiona. Opting to stay in the Parador as a treat, they loved looking out at the sea in the evening.
They recalled mixed emotions at the end of their journey, both grateful to finish the physical challenge but also a longing to continue the moments they shared along the way. It gave them time to reflect on life and find a lot of common ground. I think it’s safe to say we will see Ruben and Jennifer out on the trails together again soon.
Now for my own romantic Camino love story. I had a little adventure not so long ago during my very own romantic Camino trip and because of this, Santiago de Compostela will always have a special place in my heart.
Although travel is part of my professional life, my partner is not a very keen walker, but he loved it as much as me and little did I know, he had a special proposal planned for the end of our journey. I said yes of course!
We know that each Camino love story is unique. If you and your loved one met on the Camino, celebrated an anniversary on the Camino or simply spent time out on the Camino together, we would love to hear your stories.
You can send them to us at [email protected] and we will happily share them with the Camino community on our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Maybe you’ll even inspire someone’s proposal!
For more information about the Camino de Santiago, our routes and experiences, please visit our route page and blog. If you have any questions or would like some help planning your very own romantic getaway, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Buen Camino!