CaminoWays.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:
Walking from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Total length: 240km. 12 days.
80% of the path is along the coast, following the Atlantic
Great views and coastal/seaside towns
Gorgeous cities and towns along the way such as Porto city, Viana do Castelo and Baiona.
Most 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.
It is very social, you’ll find great atmosphere
Many cafes where to stop along the route
You can get your Compostela certificate in Santiago
The 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.
Very scenic route with stunning country side
A more adventurous Camino
Many interesting cities along the way, such as Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto.
Coastal 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.
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
Great 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.
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.
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