Camino de Santiago

The most famous pilgrimage in Europe

The Camino de Santiago is world famous. It’s a popular multi-day walking track. It takes you along a route to the shrine of St. James in the town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The current pilgrimage route of Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is actually the ancient Camino Francés (the French Way). It was originally where a collection of several routes from France joined.

The Camino de Santiago along the Spanish Coast.

The route in Spain is around 700 kilometres long. It’s easy to follow, as it’s marked with symbols of the scallop shell. It has a blue background with yellow arrows.

The route of Camino de Santiago

The hiking route of Camino de Santiago.

In many villages and town walkers pass through there is affordable accommodation and food available. However, you do need to have the official Pilgrim’s Credential (Credencial del Peregrino) to get access to these. You can also do the route by bike, or even on horseback.

The accreditation (the Compostela)

A hiker giving his feet some rest.

The Pilgrim’s Credential pass is required to obtain the accreditation at the end of the route, the Compostela. You can get your pass stamped at various places along the route to prove you have walked the route, or part thereof. You can only get the Compostela if you’ve walked 100 kilometres on foot, or on horseback. If you’re riding a bike, it’s 200 kilometres…

Best time to do Camino de Santiago

You can walk the route all year round. Depending on which route you choose, you can walk it on your own, or with a tour organisation. Do you want to walk all by yourself of in a group? 

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