The Camino isn’t a single walkway – it’s a network of paths that have Santiago De Compostela as their focal point. All roads lead to Santiago! (or from Santiago as the case may be if you’re off to Finisterre!).
The Camino Francés is by far and away the most popular route. Most consider St Jean Pied de Port as the starting point, but people can start wherever they want – it all depends on the time you have at your disposal. From St. Jean, it typically takes around 30 to 35 days walking to reach Santiago – though many take a lot more time than that. To get an idea as to what stages you might set out for yourself, have a look at our 32-day plan. The reality is that if you undergo the full walk from St Jean, you will decide on your accommodation as you go and depending on how fresh you feel on any given day!
Ireland has its own Camino history and St. James’ Gate in Dublin (where Camino Society Ireland now are based) is considered an important starting point for many. Of course, in times gone by, many pilgrims would have sailed from places such as Wexford, Waterford and Cork and come ashore in northern Galicia. The Camino leading from either Ferrol or La Coruna is known as the Camino Ingles and click here to get more information about this particular route.
Portugal is the starting point for many, with inland and sea-hugging routes intertwining northwards to Santiago. The final section of the Camino Portugués is actually in Spain, with Tui lying on the Portugese border along the river Minho. From Tui to Santiago is a very popular route as it covers the 100km distance required for certification purposes. Click here to learn more about this section.
Of course, Finisterre is the destination for some, not Santiago. Lying on the Atlantic Ocean on the wild Costa da Morte, the “end of the world” can be reached comfortably in 5 days walking from Santiago, or sooner if you you get your skates on! Another 25km brings you as far as Muxia. For more information on this section of the Camino, click her.
We will help you with bookings and advice for any of these sections of the Camino. There are, of course, many more Camino routes and sections other than this – the Camino del Norte, the Via de la Plata, the Primitivo, the Levante and so on. The world is your oyster )though scallop might be more apt!)