The different Roads of Santiago are more than known by experienced pilgrims, but not everyone is fortunate enough to have these experiences. Which road suits you best? We have the answer.
All the Ways of Santiago
In addition to the famous French Way, we have the Portuguese Way, Fisterra Way, North Way, Primitive, Sanabrés, etc. which (obviously except the Finisterre Way) all have a common destination: Santiago de Compostela. Each one with its own charms, all of them offer us different experiences and sensations that will accompany us throughout our lives.
The different Ways of Saint James: French Way
As a recommendation, we recommend that the first way to live of all roads is the French Way, which begins in Saint Jean de Pied de Port and groups a total of 31 stages to Santiago. It has no complicated stages and, being one of the best known routes, has an infinite number of hostels, hostels and services of all kinds. If you don’t want to do all the stages, you can start from Sarriá, so you will only cover the last 100 kilometres. Curiously, some of the last stages of the French Way converge with the trajectory of other paths such as the Primitive Way, coinciding in the famous land of cheese, Arzúa.
The different Ways of Santiago: Ways that converge in Arzúa
The Primitive Way has its origin in Oviedo, and brings together a total of 13 well signposted stages that allow a good arrival even in the wooded stages. This is the first route traveled to the tomb of the Apostle Santiago according to the story.
Another route that culminates in Arzúa is the North Way, which joins 32 stages that, in addition to linking with the French Way, previously coincides with the Primitive Way. Although it runs through an endless number of tourist areas, it is not a very popular route today for pilgrims, despite its number of accommodation options.
The different Ways of Saint James: Portuguese Way
The Portuguese Way takes us to the land of the famous eels and salmon, Tui. Its wonderful gastronomy will help us to charge with energy to face the 6 stages of easy transit through which it runs.
This Portuguese road starts in the capital Lusa, in Lisbon and goes up the country until entering Spain through Tui. This road is approximately 600 kilometres long from Lisbon and 240 kilometres from Oporto. It is the second most frequented of the different roads.
The different Ways of Saint James: Sanabrés Way
In addition to the typical cuisine of the villages that are on the routes of the different Roads to Santiago. We will also find an important number of monuments and legends. A clear example is the Sanabrés Way, which is the last part of one of the two ramifications of the also known as Via de la Plata, which, starting at Granja de Moreruela, will lead us through 13 stages in which we will find the monument of El Santiago peregrino de Santa Marta de Tera, among many others.
The different Ways of Saint James: Mozarabic Way and Via de la Plata
The Mozarabic way is the way that starts from Andalusia and has several beginnings. Not part of all the provinces of Andalusia, but only Malaga, Granada, Jaen, Cordoba and Almeria. This route connects with the Via de la Plata at the height of Merida.
The route that starts from Seville is known as the Via de la Plata, and starts from Seville to Merida where it joins the Mozarabic Way.
The different Ways of Santiago: Way to Fisterra
Finally, we will talk about the Way to Fisterra, whose goal is this beautiful town instead of Santiago de Compostela. This itinerary groups about 5 stages until Fisterra of an average difficulty at the time of approaching them.
Regardless of the difficulty of each stage and although all the existing roads, with their different names, will make us experience different emotions, sensations and experiences, the road is not walked … the road is lived!