Love Is In The Air: The Most Romantic Camino Spots
While romance may not be the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about the Camino de Santiago, it might surprise you to learn that there are quite a number of romantic Camino spots and that this walking trail can actually be quite a swoon-worthy place!
In fact, many pilgrims have celebrated wedding anniversaries and honeymoons on the Camino, while others have gotten engaged. Some have even been lucky enough to find love on the Camino.
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and in honour of all the Camino love birds out there, we have picked some of the most romantic Camino spots for you to peruse and possibly plan a romantic getaway of your own!
Nothing says love like going to the end of the world for that special someone, literally. Fisterra was once believed to be the very end of the world and that’s actually where it got its name: Fisterra means land’s end!
It was also here at the ‘End of the World’ that ancient communities believed the Land of the Living touched the Land of the Death and that when the sun sets over the Atlantic, the veil between the living and the dead disappeared.
Superstitions aside, the sunset here is pretty spectacular and a lovely place for a romantic stroll and maybe a makeshift picnic with a glass of vino?
Nothing quite says romance like the rolling hills of Tuscany in Italy. The breathtaking Val d’Orcia inspired many Renaissance artists and it’s not difficult to see why. The pastoral landscape is dotted with historic bridges, shrines, towns and villages and is an unmissable stop on the Via Francigena.
The peace and tranquility found in this UNESCO recognised region makes it the perfect place to escape from all the trials and tribulations of life. It also inspires its visitors to better appreciate the natural world.
Close to Siena, another very romantic city, a visit to the Val d’Orcia should be on every lovebird’s bucket list.
Cathedral Beach is an awe-inspiring formation in Galicia in northern Spain, just outside the town of Ribadeo. It was formed by the sea over the centuries, sculpting elaborate caves and now-iconic arches.
A truly natural work of art, Cathedral Beach is not right on the Camino route, but it is an absolute must-see if you are walking the Camino del Norte and staying in the town of Ribadeo. The beach is also a popular spot for wedding photographs among local couples so you might encounter a bride or two in all their finery!
Due to the popularity of this beach and for its own protection, you need to buy tickets to visit it ahead of time. These can be purchased on the official Xunta de Galicia page.
Considered to be the medieval capital of Portugal, Coimbra is located on the Camino Portugues from Lisbon to Santiago and is famous for its UNESCO-listed university and quaint cobbled streets.
Coimbra was also the spot where noble Ines de Castro and King Pedro of Portugal lived their forbidden love story against the wills of their powerful families back in the 14th century. Ines would be crowned queen by Pedro after her death.
Ines and Pedro are Portugal’s Romeo and Juliet and their story is one of undying love! With this in mind, Coimbra is a good city to live out a modern love story!
Enchanting San Gimignano is one of the most spectacular stops along the Via Francigena in Tuscany and serves as the inspiration for none other than Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. So really, it’s no surprise that it’s made the list of the most romantic Camino spots. The towers of San Gimignano were built in medieval times for defence purposes.
The reason for these towers? A fued between two feeding families, not too different from the famed Montagues and Capulets. Towers were typically built higher and higher to reflect the status of the family, leading to the visual spectacle we have today.
It was these very towers that gave Shakespeare the idea for the iconic “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo” scene in which Juliet calls out to her lover from the balcony of the tower. Well, if it’s good enough for Shakespeare…
Baiona, along the Camino Portugues, is a laid-back and elegant seaside town in the south of Galicia.
The town is wonderfully situated in the Rias Baixas region, so you can toast to never-ending love with a glass of crisp Albariño white wine and indulge in some of the freshest seafood in Europe.
The incredible Cies Islands are just a short boat trip away from Baiona and are perfect for a day trip in paradise.
Santiago de Compostela
And of course, we had to include Santiago de Compostela and its historic old town, which has been the inspiration for many Galician poets and writers. It’s impossible not to feel a swell of joy as you wander the city’s cobbled streets.
We’d recommend a cosy afternoon in one of the many cafes tucked away in quaint little squares. You could also go for an evening stroll in Alameda Park and maybe have a pitstop at the acoustic bench, a favourite meeting point for couples ever since it was built in 1916.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at some of the most romantic Camino spots. How many have you visited? Or better yet, how many do you want to visit? If you have your own Camino love story that you’d like to share with us, please email [email protected] or tag us on Instagram – we’d love to hear from you!
If you’d like to plan your own romantic getaway, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be glad to help. Buen Camino!