Santiago de Compostela

Portomarin and its two villages

Portomarin and its two villages Did you know that the whole village of Portomarin, on the last section of the Camino Francés, French Way Camino de Santiago, was moved to its current location in the 1960s, when the Miño River was dammed to build the Belesar reservoir (Encoro de Belesar). This meant the old Portomarín …

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8 Top Tips for Walking the Camino

Are you planning on walking the Camino de Santiago this year? At CaminoWays.com, the walking and cycling holiday specialists, we have put together their top Camino tips to make sure that your Camino adventure is an experience of a lifetime. Whether you’re unsure about what gear you will need, what training you should do or …

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A short overview of Seville

A short overview of Seville Seville is one of the most loved places by visitors to Spain, it is also the starting point of the Via de la Plata route to Santiago de Compostela. Here will give you an overview of Seville. Although today Moorish influence is architecturally most evident – Andalusia was occupied by Moors …

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Codex Calixtinus

Codex Calixtinus The Codex Calixtinus is a 12th century illuminated manuscript formerly attributed to Pope Callixtus II, though now believed to have been arranged by the French scholar Aymeric Picaud. The principal author is actually given as ‘Scriptor I’.It was intended as an anthology of background detail and advice for pilgrims following the Way of …

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Cycling or walking the Camino?

Cycling or walking the Camino? That is a question we get asked quite a lot! To give you an idea, in 2019 approximately 6% of all ‘Compostela’ certificates are issued to bike-pilgrims or ‘bicigrinos’; while most other pilgrims choose to make their way to Santiago the traditional way: on foot. A small percentage will choose …

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What is the Finisterrana?

What is the Finisterrana? Many of you will be familiar with the ‘Compostela’, the pilgrim certificate you can obtain from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela if you have walked a minimum of 100kms of the Camino to the city or cycled at least the last 200kms. But did you know that there is …

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Must-See: Santiago Food Market

The food market in Santiago de Compostela, known as Mercado de Abastos, in the Old Town is the city’s second most visited attraction after the cathedral and a must-see for food lovers. At Santiago food market you will find an impressive selection of the best fresh Galician produce: a mind-blowing range of different fish and …

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Useful Galician for your Camino trip

Useful Galician for your Camino trip While on the Camino de Santiago you will encounter and befriend fellow pilgrims of many nationalities and many languages, particularly as you get closer to Santiago de Compostela. You might have learnt a bit of Spanish before but did you know Galicia has its own language? It is called ‘galego’, Galician. …

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