Santiago de Compostela

13 Essential Camino Tips

13 Essential Camino Tips Thousands of pilgrims from all over the world take the many Camino routes to Santiago de Compostela each year, walking hundreds of kilometres across France, Portugal, and Spain. More than just a pilgrimage, the Camino is a unique experience, a journey to remember. Read our Essential Camino Tips below. If you are …

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Camino Pilgrim Passport, Certificates and Compostela

The Camino Pilgrim Passport, Camino Certificate, and Compostela Most people have a clear idea of why they want to walk the Camino de Santiago routes: for religious reasons, as a personal spiritual journey, for a healthy challenge, or just the social aspect. Whatever your motivation for walking the Camino routes, make sure you get your ‘Camino …

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What is the St James Way?

The St James Way (The Ways of St James) is the ancient pilgrimage route/s along the Camino de Santiago that lead to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. According to legend, it is here in the Cathedral at Santiago, that the remains of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) are buried. Read more on the history …

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10 Top Camino Portugués Foods

Top 10 Camino Portugués foods The Camino Portugues is the second most popular route of the Camino de Santiago after the Camino Frances, according to 2020 statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago. If you are walking the Camino Portugues, these are 10 delicious Camino Portugués foods you should add to your list of things …

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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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Cycling the Camino Routes: 5 Great Routes to choose

Did you know approximately 10% of all pilgrims reaching Santiago de Compostela are ‘bicigrinos’, bike-pilgrims? Nearly 25,000 bicigrinos choose to cycle the Camino routes to receive their Compostela certificate each year. If you are cycling the Camino de Santiago, remember you must at least cover the last 200 kilometres into Santiago de Compostela, if you’d like …

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What Are The Camino de Santiago Accommodation Options?

What are the Camino de Santiago accommodation options? There are many different types and styles of Camino de Santiago accommodation along the various routes of the Camino de Santiago. These range from hostels (Albergues) and Guesthouses (Casa Rurales) to the most luxurious Paradores (luxury hotels). To help you plan your Camino trip, we look at the …

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Villafranca del Bierzo: Little Compostela

The quaint mountain town of Villafranca del Bierzo, on the Camino Frances, is also known as ‘la pequeña Compostela’, little Compostela. Villafranca’s Romanesque Iglesia de Santiago, Saint James Church, is home to the ‘Puerta del Perdón’, the gate or door of Forgiveness. This 12th-century church dedicated to St James is the only other temple along …

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Fisterra: Pilgrims, Legends and Beauty

The fishing town of Fisterra (Finisterre in Spanish) is located on the Atlantic Coast of Galicia, some 100km away from Santiago de Compostela. Cape Fisterra and its lighthouse, on a headland just outside the town, has been the final destination for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago for many centuries, completing the so-called Camino Finisterre. …

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People of the Camino

People of the Camino Earlier this year, I travelled the French Way with Jerry to collect footage for our series of Camino de Santiago videos. This is People of the Camino. Along the way, we met lovely pilgrims, always happy to share their stories with us. Watch our Pilgrims on the Camino video: We also …

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O Cebreiro Traditional Mountain Village on the Camino Frances

O Cebreiro Traditional Mountain Village on the Camino Frances After the charming town of Ponferrada on the Camino Frances mid-way between Ponferrada and Sarria, the classic Camino de Santiago routes, as you leave El Bierzo behind and enter Galicia, you will reach the tiny mountain village of O Cebreiro. O Cebreiro is as special as …

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