Roland’s Top Camino routes for 2015

portuguese-coastal-way-camino-portugal-caminowaysCaminoWays.com director and founder Roland Monsegu has walked, cycled and driven all of our Camino de Santiago trails, many of them on several occasions. For this blog post, Roland looks at his favourite Camino routes and what makes each of them special. These are Roland’s top Camino routes for 2015:

New: Portuguese Coastal Way

Walking from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Total length: 240km. 12 days.

Why go?

80% of the path is along the coast, following the Atlantic
Great views and coastal/seaside towns
Fantastic seafood

Gorgeous cities and towns along the way such as Porto city, Viana do Castelo and Baiona.

Ribadiso-French-Way-Camino-de-Santiago-Camino-WaysMost popular: the last 100km from Sarria to Santiago

The last section of the French Way, the Camino’s most famous route, starts in Sarria and finishes in Santiago. Length: 110km. Duration: 7 days.

Why go?

It is very social, you’ll find great atmosphere
Galician landscapes
Many cafes where to stop along the route
You can get your Compostela certificate in Santiago

coimbra-portugal-camino-de-santiago-caminowaysThe challenger: Portuguese Way

From Lisbon to Santiago de Compostela, this is Portugal’s classic Camino route.

Length: 600km. Duration: 5 weeks walking / 2 weeks cycling.

Why go?

Very scenic route with stunning country side
A more adventurous Camino
Many interesting cities along the way, such as Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto.

Northern Way - Section 2 -santander-caminoways.comCoastal route: The Northern Way

From San Sebastian to Santiago on the Northern Way route. Length: 880km. Duration: 9 weeks. CaminoWays.com is launching the last sections from Gijón and Ribadeo for 2015.

Why go?

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

le-puy-en-velay-camino-de-santiago-caminowaysGreat parks: Le Puy Way

From Le Puy en Velay to St Jean Pied de Port where you can join the French Way. Le Puy Way is one of the most traditional Camino de Santiago routes in France. Length: 750km. 29 days.

Why go?

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

Continue your journey: 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.

Why go?

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 duration is indicative as 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 longer days easier.


For more information about Roland’s top Camino routes or to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists

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Comments

  1. by Maria

    Thanks, Tom. A member of the team will be in touch with a few suggestions. The most popular route is the French Way: http://caminoways.com/ways/french-way-camino-frances and particularly the last section from Sarria to Santiago: http://caminoways.com/ways/french-way-camino-frances/french-way-section-8. It is the most social route but there are many other fantastic options, such as the Portuguese Coastal Way: http://caminoways.com/ways/portuguese-coastal-way-caminho-da-costa/portuguese-coastal-way-full-walk (less known but with superb coastal landscapes); and the traditional Portuguese Way is also quite popular: http://caminoways.com/ways/portuguese-way-camino-portugues/portuguese-way-section-5. I hope this helps, kind regards

  2. by tom acker

    Contemplating march 2015. Two weeks for my wife and me. 60 yrs old. Both speak spanish and pretty fit.

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