Roland’s Top Camino Routes
Camino Ways Director and Founder Roland has walked and cycled all of our Camino de Santiago routes, many of them on several occasions.
For this blog post, Roland looks back at his favourite Camino routes and what makes each of them special.
These are Roland’s top Camino routes:
1. The Highlight: Camino Portugues Coastal
Walking from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Total length: 240km. 12 days.
- 80% of the path is along the coast, following the Atlantic Ocean
- Great views and coastal/seaside towns
- Fantastic seafood
Gorgeous cities and towns along the way such as Porto city, Viana do Castelo, and Baiona.
2. Most Popular: the last 100km from Sarria to Santiago
The last section of the Camino Frances, the Camino’s most famous route, starts in Sarria and finishes in Santiago. Length: 110km. Duration: 7 days.
- It is very social, you’ll find a great atmosphere
- Galician landscapes
- Many cafes to stop along the route
- You can get your Compostela certificate in Santiago
3. The Challenger: Camino Portugues
From Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela, this is Portugal’s classic Camino route.
Length: 600km. Duration: 5 weeks walking / 2 weeks cycling.
- Very scenic route with stunning countryside
- A more adventurous Camino
- Many interesting cities along the way, such as Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto.
4. Coastal Route: The Camino del Norte
From San Sebastian to Santiago on the Northern Way route.
Length: 880km. Duration: 9 weeks.
- A good mix of coast and mountain trails
- Interesting coastal cities, resorts and fishing villages: San Sebastian, Bilbao, Santander, Santillana del Mar, Ribadeo, etc…
- Fabulous culture and great food of Northern Spain
5. Great Parks: Le Puy Way
From Le Puy en Velay to St Jean Pied de Port where you can join the Camino Frances.
Le Puy Way is one of the most traditional Camino de Santiago routes in France. Length: 750km. 29 days.
- It’s a stunning trail
- Some of the most beautiful towns in France en route, such as Conques and Cahors
- Walking across the Aubrac National Park
6. Continue your journey: Camino Finisterre
From Santiago de Compostela to Cape Finisterre and Muxía, by the Atlantic Ocean.
This is the only Camino trail starting in Santiago de Compostela.
Length: 140km. Duration: up to one week.
- Go further, to the edge of the world
- See the cliffs and lighthouse of Finisterre
- Experience authentic Galician culture
- It’s the classic ending for pilgrims
*Bear in mind the duration of all our Camino walks can be customised to suit the time available, fitness, etc… split days can be added to certain sections to make the long days easier.
For more information about Roland’s top Camino routes or to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists