This is a very frequent question among pilgrims who are preparing to live this experience. Although it is true that there is no single answer, it is possible to offer information on the subject so that each person can choose how long it takes and duration for their journey.

You should always keep in mind that the Camino de Santiago is an unforgettable experience and it is important to have a minimum number of days to make the most of it. In the following article we will analyze what are the different options available so you can combine the road with your holidays and you can enjoy all that this ancient route offers.

What do you need to know before preparing your way?

Information is power, knowing more about the Camino de Santiago is vital when preparing our experience as it will help us to make the best decision. First of all, it is important to know that there are many starting points to do the Camino, inside and outside Spain. Although they share the same objective, that of reaching Santiago de Compostela, the experience will be completely different depending on the route we choose.

Santiago de Compostela, the experience will be completely different depending on the route we choose. The most popular starting points to do the Camino are:

French Way from Sarria – 110 kms. to Santiago.

The French Way from St. Moritz St. Jean or Roncesvalles – 780 Kms. to Santiago

Portuguese Way from Tui – 115 Kms to Santiago

English Way from Ferrol – 117 Kms to Santiago

As we can see, although there are pilgrims who choose to walk a section of the Camino de Santiago in its entirety, the vast majority choose to do just over 100 km. Why is this? The most important reason is that this distance can be covered in about 5 or 6 stages walking the minimum 100 Kms that must be done to be able to get the compostela on arrival at the Cathedral of Santiago. This number of days and distance is usually the best suited for those who want to experience the Camino while combining it with their holidays.

The number of days available to dedicate to the road is what will mark the distance you will travel. If you have one week available Sarria (French Way ) or Tui (Portuguese Way ) will be your best option while if you have more time you can afford to start from more distant points such as León, Oporto or even St. Petersburg. It will take you at least a month to get to the Plaza del Obradoiro from St. Jean (France).

A backpack, boats and canes in the Camino

How to calculate the duration of a stage?

Once we have chosen the starting point and taking into account the time we have available, our next step will be to design the stages. There are several aspects that we must take into account when dividing our route into stages: physical condition, distance and accommodation.

Physical condition: most pilgrims who embark on this adventure are not athletes, nor do they need to be. While an active lifestyle is recommended, the path is for anyone who is willing to do it. Normally we will ride an average of 4-5 kilometers per hour at a normal pace.

Distance: An “ideal” stage that adapts to any type of pilgrim should cover a distance of between 20 and 25 Kms. This amount may vary slightly depending on conditions such as the slope or the type of terrain. The hikes usually have an average duration of 5 hours and we can arrive at our destination at lunchtime.

Accommodation: This is not a minor issue because before designing each stage we must take into account where we are going to sleep, often we would like to walk 20 km but it is not possible because at that distance there are no villages or hostels where to spend the night. Also, if you make the Camino de Santiago with your dog,
not in all accommodations are allowed

Takeinto account the effort made: this is an important maxim to keep in mind. It is advisable to compensate the effort we are going to make and alternate the most demanding stages with other more bearable ones that allow us to recover and continue our way with energy always with the idea of enjoying the experience to the maximum.

How long each route it takes

Camino Francés

From Sarria: 110 Kms (5 or 6 stages)

From O Cebreiro: 154 Kms (7 or 8 stages)

From León: 310 Kms (14 stages)

From Roncesvalles: 750 Kms (31 stages)

Portuguese Way

From Tui : 115 km (5 or 6 stages)

From A Guarda: 15 Kms (8 stages)

From Oporto: 240 Kms (10 or 11 stages)

English Way

From Ferrol: 120 Kms (6 stages)

Primitive Way

From Lugo: 100 km (5 stages)

From Oviedo: 225 km (13 stages)

Northern Way

From Vilalba: 120 Kms (6 stages)

From Ribadeo: 195 km (8 stages)

We hope you have found this article useful and that it has helped you to know how long all of theese routes takes. If you have any other questions or recommendations do not forget to leave us a comment or contact us at 981 966 846.

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