Routes and Stages of the Way of St. James

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The Routes of the Way of Saint James

The Way of St. James is formed by a set of routes that start from different places and have in common a single goal, to reach Santiago de Compostela. It is this set of routes that give the Camino de Santiago the status of World Heritage Site, awarded by UNESCO.

Each route of the Camino de Santiago is divided into a succession of stages, which are the daily kilometres to be covered. The stages link villages, towns and cities, in which you will find all the necessary services to rest and regain strength (accommodation, restaurants, supermarkets, laundries, etc.). All of them have a variable length between 20 and 30 km, perfect to start walking early in the morning and reach your destination at noon.

Remember that it is not necessary to walk the entire Camino or follow the established stages to the letter. You can choose any intermediate point and do the number of stages or kilometres you want depending on the days you have available and your physical capacity.

Consult in detail the history, itinerary, villages, hostels and recommendations of each of the routes and stages of the Camino de Santiago.

The French Way

The earthly milky way. Follow in the footsteps of Charlemagne through the Pyrenees and travel 800 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela. A road of contrasts, cradle of medieval villages, cathedrals and bucolic landscapes where the most authentic Jacobean tradition still survives. Discover more about the French Way of Saint James.

Routes and stages on the French Way

The Portuguese Way

An adventure that starts in Lisbon to cross Portugal from south to north until reaching Santiago de Compostela. 600 kilometers that will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, history and gastronomy of Portugal, enjoying the riverside scenery of the Tagus, Douro and Minho river basins. Check the details of the Portuguese Way of St. James.

Portuguese Way along the coast

The Atlantic Ocean will guide your steps along the 250 kilometres that separate the bohemian city of Oporto from Santiago de Compostela. Coastal parks, archaeological sites, idyllic beaches and charming fishing villages where you can taste the best fish and seafood from the Galician estuaries. If you want to know more about the Portuguese Way along the coast check this page.

Road to Finisterre and Muxía

The Road to the End of the World. The only Jacobean route in which Santiago de Compostela is the beginning and not the end. A mystical and spiritual journey, a journey from ancient times to contemplate the most beautiful sunset in the world from the ends of the earth. Magic and enchantment in its purest form. Enjoy this trip to the end of the world and take a look at the Camino to Finisterre and Muxía.

Routes and Stages in the sunset of finisterre

Primitive Way

The purest essence of pilgrimage. The route that links Oviedo and Santiago de Compostela still preserves the Jacobean spirit of the first pilgrimages. A solitary journey of 300 kilometers, intimate and wild through the most unknown Galician and Asturian mountains. Discover the magic of the landscapes of the Primitive Way.

Northern Way

Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. 800 kilometres along the Cantabrian coast in a perfect combination of mountain and sea. An unforgettable experience that will make you discover stunning landscapes and taste dishes of the most famous and awarded gastronomy of Spain. Travel along the beaches and mountains of the Camino del Norte.

English Way

The 120 kilometres that separate Ferrol from Santiago will give you the possibility to cross the province of A Coruña from north to south. Delve into the culture of towns of great military, naval and historical importance and make your way through paths that run through small and lonely villages in the heart of Galicia. Find out more about this curious English Way.

Sanabrian Way

This section of the Silver Route starts in the small village of Granja de Moreruela and leads through the Sanabria region until it reaches the lonely mountains of Ourense. Along 370 kilometers you will discover beautiful monasteries and historic villages that have witnessed the passage of pilgrims for centuries. Live this medieval adventure discovering the Camino Sanabrés.

Silver Route

An adventure that starts in the golden city of Seville and crosses the whole of Extremadura through olive groves, extensive pastures and clear oak forests. A solitary and uncrowded path that still preserves the spirit of the first pilgrims. More information about the Via de la Plata of the Camino de Santiago.

Route of Father Sarmiento

It recreates the pilgrimage route that Fray Martín Sarmiento made to Santiago de Compostela. A spectacular route of 190 kilometers that passes through the most attractive coastal towns of Galicia. Endless sandy beaches and paths by the sea. Discover this curious Route of Padre Sarmiento on our website.

Winter Road

Routes and stages of the winter way in Ponferrada

The Winter Way is the route formerly used by pilgrims to avoid the snow on the high summits of O Cebreiro. A route of 263 kilometers, solitary and little crowded in which you will have the opportunity to discover the wonders of the region of Valdeorras and the Ribeira Sacra. More information about the Camino de Invierno.

Which route do I choose to do the Camino de Santiago?

The Way of Saint James in 1 week.

The Camino de Santiago should be done without haste and without stress, so we recommend you have at least a week to enjoy the experience to the fullest. There are a great number and variety of routes that you can cover in just one week.

The popularly known as the last 100 kilometers, correspond to the last stretch of the routes to reach Santiago de Compostela. All of them run entirely through Galician territory and are perfect for those pilgrims who do the Camino de Santiago for the first time and do not dare with very long routes.

French Way from Sarria (110 km)

If this is your first time on the Camino this itinerary is the perfect choice. This is the most popular and most demanded route by pilgrims. A fame that is due to the great variety of natural, historical and cultural resources that you will find all along the route, as well as the quality of its infrastructure (accommodation, restaurants, shops, laundries…). The stages are of relatively easy difficulty and it is an ideal route for any time of the year.

bridge stage sarria portomarin route french road

Portuguese Way from Tui

This is the second most demanded option by pilgrims, an itinerary that crosses the province of Pontevedra from south to north, passing through a multitude of small villages and beautiful natural landscapes. With a little more asphalt than the French route, the Portuguese Way will surprise you with a pleasant travel companion, the sea, which will accompany you during some stages giving you breathtaking views of the Galician estuaries.

More routes of the Camino de Santiago that you can do in just one week

If you have already done the French or Portuguese Way and want to explore other routes with Santiago de Compostela or Finisterre as a goal, here are some other popular options.

  • Road to Finisterre and Muxía (118 km)
  • Primitive Way from Lugo (102 km)
  • English Way from Ferrol (122 km)
  • Sanabrés Way from Ourense (110 km)
  • North Road from Vilalba (120 km)
  • Spiritual Variant of the Portuguese Way (98 km)

The Way of Saint James in 10 days / 2 weeks

Having this time will allow you to immerse yourself much more in the pilgrimage experience and feel the essence of the Camino. You will have a much wider range of possibilities to choose from, and you can even add extra nights to visit Santiago de Compostela once you have finished your trip.

A very good option can also be to extend your Camino de Santiago doing the 118 kilometers from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre.

  • Road to Finisterre and Muxía (118 km)
  • French Way from O Cebreiro (154 km)
  • French Way from León (308 km)
  • Portuguese Way along the coast from A Guarda (150 km)
  • Portuguese Way from Oporto (240 km)
  • North Road from Ribadeo (190 km)
  • Primitive Way from Oviedo (250 km)
  • Winter Road from Ponferrada (263 km)
  • Route of Padre Sarmiento (190 km)

The Way of Saint James in a month

With one month you will have enough time to enjoy the pleasure of pilgrimage with total tranquility and you will feel the satisfaction of having done the Camino de Santiago in its entirety.

  • French Way from Roncesvalles
  • Portuguese Way from Lisbon
  • North Road from Irun
  • Silver Route from Seville

Remember

There are no established rules to do the Camino de Santiago, remember that you can plan the way to your measure, choosing your point of departure and arrival, adjusting the distances of the stages and adding or removing nights of accommodation to your own routes.

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