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4 special Camino honeymoon routes

The Camino is a very special experience to share with loved ones; and romance is never too far from the trail: countless couples have met on the Camino, many others embark on this journey to celebrate a big anniversary and more newlywed couples are opting for a Camino honeymoon, in search of an alternative adventure together; a world away from palm trees and cocktails.

The travel team has organised many trips for newlyweds in recent years, as well as wedding anniversaries and other memorable occasions. Based on our love bird requests, our Camino specialists share their tips and favourite routes for a special Camino honeymoon and a happily ever after!:

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The Camino Frances, or French Way, is the classic Camino experience and the absolute favourite among pilgrims and also newlywed couples. This is the Camino featured in movies and books by authors such as Paulo Coelho and Shirley McLain. Discovering the trail’s fascinating history, experiencing first hand the local culture and sampling the flavours from each region, as well as meeting pilgrims from all over the globe make this Camino route a remarkable honeymoon experience.

The full 800-km route from St Jean Pied de Port is an epic honeymoon adventure and takes a whole month to complete. However, the trail can be picked up at any stage and you can walk as little or as much as you desire. For instance, a popular option would be to walk the last 200kms of the route from Ponferrada, home of the impressive Templars Castle, passing the breathtaking mountains of O Cebreiro and hiking all the way to Santiago de Compostela.

Best: travel any time from Spring to Autumn.

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Cycling the Camino has been another popular request from active honeymooners. Most of the Camino routes are suitable both for walking and cycling, with the Camino Frances again attracting most ‘bicigrinos’ (bike pilgrims). However, our ‘honeygrinos’ have many options to choose from: the Camino Frances for its social element, of course, but also the Portuguese Coastal Way for great seaside towns and off the beaten track trails; or Camino del Norte, renowned for its foodie cities and culinary traditions.

Best: travel any time from Spring to Autumn.

baiona-portuguese-coastal-way-caminowaysRomantic coastal Camino

The Portuguese Coastal Way is a fabulous and romantic Camino route. Friendly fishing towns, fantastic food and magnificent ocean landscapes make this route following the Atlantic coast from Porto to Galicia ideal for Summer. This is a relatively unknown Camino route where you will have most of the hiking tracks to yourselves. You won’t meet many other pilgrims until you reach your town for the night and once you join the classic Camino Portugues towards the end of the journey.

Our team mate Lisa even got engaged on this route earlier this year.

Best: travel from June to September to enjoy the best of this coastal Camino route.

sangimignano-tuscany-via-francigena-waysVia Francigena in Tuscany

Absolutely superb scenery, combined with pretty medieval towns and delicious food make Tuscany in Italy one of the most idyllic destinations for honeymooners. Like the Camino, the Via Francigena (or Camino to Rome) is a historic pilgrim trail; and the section across Tuscany is possibly the most spectacular of the whole route. Hiking the Via Francigena in Tuscany is another great Camino honeymoon route for active couples, looking to explore Tuscany at a different pace: taking the slow, and most romantic, road!

Best: ideal for Spring and Autumn.

Camino honeymoon tips

Add ‘split’ days to shorten the longer walking days or take a rest day to have a break and explore some of the nicest cities and towns along the way.

To add a special touch we recommend opting for the Superior Collection, which means you will be booked all the best properties along the way, including charming rural country cottages, 4-star hotels and historic Paradores, such as the 5-star Hostal dos Reis Catolicos in Santiago.

You can also combine cycling and walking on some of the trails, just ask our travel specialists for advice.

For more advice about our Camino routes or to plan your Camino honeymoon, please contact our travel specialists

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