Northern Way

An insider’s guide to Santander

With its sandy beaches enveloped by the views of the Picos de Europa mountain range, Santander, the Cantabrian capital has a lot to offer. Residents and visitors of Santander, on the Camino del Norte, are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor activities, with world-class surfing and sailing facilities on their doorstep and mountains just an hour away …

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Roland’s Top Camino Routes

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: …

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Pilgrims to Oviedo and not Santiago…

Pilgrims to Oviedo and not Santiago… The First Pilgrimage The city of Oviedo, starting point of the Camino Primitivo to Santiago (The Original Way) to Santiago and also the main city along the Camino del Norte (The Northern Way), has been an important attraction to pilgrims for centuries. Pilgrims to Oviedo and not Santiago… The Holy Chamber in the city’s …

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Parador on the Camino

Camino FAQ: What is a Parador?

‘Parador’ is the name given in Spain to luxury hotels managed by a state-run company and usually located in buildings of historical importance such as fortresses, monasteries and castles, but also new buildings set in nature reserves and areas of outstanding beauty. Paradores de Turismo de España, the public company managing these luxury hotels, was …

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Popular routes along the Camino

Most popular Camino Routes and starting points

Most popular Camino Routes and starting points The latest Camino statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago are out, giving us a very interesting insight into the Camino de Santiago. An impressive 277.854 people received their Compostela certificates in 2016. The Camino statistics reveal the top nationalities on the Camino, the most popular routes taken …

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Camino Culture: the Galician hórreo

If you are walking the Camino de Santiago Routes, you will start noticing some exciting structures close to most homes in rural areas as you enter Galicia. These rectangular structures are granaries called ‘hórreos’, a widespread construction across rural Galicia. Their function is to store grain and other food crops for the winter, keeping them …

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Church on The Northern Way

Amazing Camino Routes for 2017

Make 2017 your year to complete the mighty Camino de Santiago. With so many different Camino routes to choose from, picking one is the hardest part! Sip Sangria in Sevilla, marvel at Medieval architecture in Léon or rove your way through the rolling hills of Northern Spain. Whatever route you decide to take, walking the …

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Popular Camino routes statistics

Camino statistics part 1: most popular in 2015

2015 Camino Statistics The latest Camino statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago are out, giving us a very interesting insight into the Camino in 2015; they reveal the most popular routes, top countries on the Camino and the pilgrims’ favourite starting points. Please note the statistics reflect the number of Compostela certificates, hence taking …

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Camino Culture: Casas de Indianos

When you are walking the Camino del Norte (the Northern Way route of the Camino de Santiago) you will often encounter magnificent period houses with very unique and exotic styles. They are known locally as ‘Casas de Indianos’ and they were built by locals who emigrated to America or ‘made the Americas’ in the late 19th …

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