As we all know, to do the Camino de Santiago you need, above all, time, and maybe you don’t have all the time you need to do a complete Camino with arrival to Santiago de Compostela. However, it is possible to do the Camino de Santiago in sections at different times of the year, and even year after year.

You have to think about the dates you are free (long weekends, holidays, etc.), whether to do it alone or in company, choose the type of accommodation etc. As for the credential will not expire and will be useful to obtain the Compostela as long as you meet the requirements of the two stamps per stage and in chronological order. For more tips, click here.

In this article we are going to talk about the main routes and the sections that you can do to complete the whole Camino de Santiago.

The French Way of Santiago by sections

Firstly, the stretch between Roncesvalles and Logroño the Pyrenees, with its sublime Pyrenean landscape that will lead you to the beautiful lands of Navarre and La Rioja, contemplating landscapes full of vineyards, with fountains that emanate wine and with a spectacular heritage. With a total of 136 kilometres divided into six stages, you will pass through towns such as Zubiri, Pamplona, Puente la Reina, Estella and Los Arcos.

The section of the Camino through the Pyrenees

Then we continue between Logroño and Burgos a simple trip without many slopes, where you can discover the Montes de Oca, with sublime landscapes, rich monasteries and even dinosaur footprints. In this case there are 121 kilometres divided into five stages, passing through Nájera, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Belorado and San Juan de Ortega.

We will continue between Burgos and León two cities that will surprise you with their fabulous gothic cathedrals. It is a stretch of 175 kilometres divided into eight stages, linking the towns of Hornillos del Camino, Castrojeriz, Frómista, Carrión de los Condes, Sahagún, El Burgo Ranero and Mansilla de las Mulas. In its solitary plains you will have plenty of time to reflect and enjoy your privacy.

Between León and O Cebreiro you will be amazed by the impressive Cross of Ferro the majestic ascent to the mythical village of O Cebreiro and the triumphant entrance to Galicia. There are 153 kilometres divided into six stages that run between the towns of Villadangos del Páramo, Astorga, Rabanal del Camino, Molinaseca and Villafranca del Bierzo.

Finally, between O Cebreiro and Santiago de Compostela green Galicia awaits you, with its final arrival at the Plaza del Obradoiro. A total of 160 kilometres divided into seven stages that will allow you to visit the towns of Triacastela, Sarria, Portomarín, Palas de Rei, Arzúa and O Pedrouzo, in a very special section that preserves all the essence of the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago de Compostela.

Although it is integrated in this last section, the French Way from Sarria is the favourite one for the pilgrim community, and with its 110 kilometres in five stages of green Galician vegetation, it is the best appetizer to get to know what the Way of Santiago is all about.

Portomarín's bridge

The Portuguese Way of Santiago by sections

From Lisbon to Golegã there are 124 kilometres divided into five stages, and you will pass through Alpriate, Vila Franca de Xira, Azambuja and Santarém. You will be able to enjoy the beautiful Lisbon and the shared Tagus River, which will accompany you permanently while you walk.

Between Golegã and Coimbra there are 123 kilometers spread over five stages, visiting Tomar, Alvaiázere, Alvorge, and Cernache. You will go deep into Portugal and get to know its gastronomy and rural culture. As a final climax, the impressive historic centre of Coimbra, with its two cathedrals.

From Coimbra to Oporto 127 kilometres await you, presented in six stages that will allow you to get to know Sernadelo, Águeda, Albergaria-a-Velha, São João de Madeira and Grijó. Once in Oporto you can indulge yourself by tasting its famous wine on the banks of another shared river, the Douro River.

Porto's river and city over it

Between Oporto and Tui we have prepared 124 kilometres divided into five stages. Walking between the towns of Vilarinho, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Rubiães you will leave Portugal crossing another shared river, the river Minho. In the last stretch in Portuguese lands, the bridges will be the protagonists, such as Ponte de Lima or the International Bridge of the Miño River: before crossing it, get lost in the fortress of Valença do Minho and enjoy the beautiful views of Tui and its historic centre.

Finally, between Tui and Santiago de Compostela there are 120 kilometres divided into six stages. You will pass through O Porriño, Arcade, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón. Before the expected arrival in Santiago de Compostela, enjoy the powerful wine culture in the Rías Baixas, unique Galician seafood, thermalism in Caldas de Reis and a lot of Jacobean history in Padrón.

Cathedral of Tui

Portuguese Way of Santiago along the Coast

Visit Porto and A Guarda you will enjoy all the Portuguese cultural heritage as well as its enogastronomy. During 120 kilometers divided into five stages you will visit the Portuguese villages of Matosinhos, Póvoa de Varzim, Esposende, Viana do Castelo and Vila Praia de Âncora. On this route you will enjoy walking always in parallel and in the company of the immense Atlantic Ocean.

Finally you will walk between A Guarda and Santiago de Compostela The route is 148 kilometres in eight stages to get to know the towns of Oia, Baiona, Vigo, Arcade, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón. Before arriving in Santiago de Compostela, you must try the Albariño wine and all the fish and seafood from the Rías Baixas.

The Way of Santiago of the North by sections

We start between Irun and Bilbao The route is divided into seven stages: San Sebastian, Zarautz, Deba, Markina, Gernika and Lezama, with a total of 160 kilometers divided into seven stages. You can surf in Zarautz and visit modern museums such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

The dog of flowers in the Guggenheim (Bilbao)

We continue between Bilbao and Santander The Basque Country and Cantabria, with 120 kilometers divided into five stages between Portugalete, Castro Urdiales, Laredo and Noja. The sea and the best gastronomy come together for you to enjoy the Basque Country and Cantabria.

Between Santander and Ribadesella new gastronomic delicacies await you in Asturias and Cantabria, in a stretch of 145 kilometers divided into five stages. You will visit the towns of Santillana del Mar, Comillas, Colombres and Llanes. A good Cantabrian mountain stew and a good Asturian bean stew will be the best fuel on this stretch.

From Ribadesella and Ribadeo there is a total of 195 kilometers divided into ten stages that run through the towns of Colunga, Villaviciosa, Gijón, Avilés, Muros de Nalón, Soto de Luiña, Cadavedo, Luarca and La Caridad. A mixture of rural, seafaring, industrial and urban Asturias washed down with a good cider.

Ribadesella's coast

The final stretch will be between Ribadeo and Santiago de Compostela The final stretch will be 190 kilometres in ten stages where you will visit the towns of Lourenzá, Abadín, Vilalba, Baamonde, Miraz and Sobrado dos Monxes. The joy of being in Galicia will be the engine that will take you to the Jacobean city.

Primitive Way of Santiago

Between Oviedo and Lugo we present you a very mountainous first stretch, but with an extraordinary natural beauty. A total of 217 kilometres spread over nine stages passing through Grado, Salas, Tineo, Pola de Allande, La Mesa, Grandas de Salime, A Fonsagrada and O Cádavo. Once in Lugo, with a great Roman past, good food is guaranteed.

A second, friendlier section between Lugo and Santiago de Compostela the second, friendlier section, with about 100 kilometres divided into five stages, connects in Melide with the French Way. We guarantee you will adore the Galician countryside, its churches and monasteries, and you will taste some of the best octopus in Galicia.

The Silver Route and the Sanabrés Way

Between Seville and Merida there are 210 kilometres spread over nine stages: you will pass through Guillena, Castilblanco de los Arroyos, Almadén de la Plata, Monesterio, Fuente de los Cantos, Zafra, Villafranca de los Barros and Torremejía. Through the pastures of Andalusia and Extremadura you can enjoy a journey that will take you to ancient Rome through the Roman Way that articulates this path.

Seville's Plaza España

From Merida to Salamanca there are 270 kilometers presented in ten stages: you will pass through Alcuéscar, Cáceres, the Alcántara reservoir, Grimaldo, Carcaboso, Aldeanueva del Camino, La Calzada de Béjar, Fuenterroble de Salvatierra and San Pedro de los Rozados. A great deal of historical and cultural heritage is hidden along this stretch of Way, which will leave you with a very good taste in your mouth.

Between Salamanca and Puebla de Sanabria there are 225 kilometers and eight stages in which you will know Cubo de la Tierra del Vino, Zamora, Montamarta, Granja de Moreruela, Tábara, Santa Marta de Tera and Mombuey. You will see how the arid landscape will give way to a green and mountainous panorama.

From Puebla de Sanabria to Ourense you link up with the Sanabrés Way. There are 140 kilometres that you will do in five stages passing through Lubián, A Gudiña, Laza and Xunqueira de Ambía. With a deep-rooted traditional carnival culture, on these dates beware of the “peliqueiros” of Laza.

Ourense's bridge

Continue this route between Ourense and Santiago de Compostela through 110 kilometers in five stages. You will pass through San Cristovo de Cea, Lalín, Bandeira and Santa Cruz de Rivadulla. The octopus and wines of Ourense, as well as the famous stew of Lalín, will give you all the strength you need on your arrival in Santiago de Compostela.

As you can see, we make it very easy and with a lot of variety.

You can also do these sections with your better half, with your pet, on a bike or even in a group. We can even customize a specific section for you. As mentioned above, you just have to decide which path to enjoy.