The routes of the Camino de Santiago

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 through all its stages.

Each route of the Camino de Santiago is divided into a succession of stages, which are the daily kilometres to be covered. The stages connect villages, towns and cities, where you will have all the necessary services to rest and recover your strength (accommodation, restaurants, supermarkets, laundries, etc.). 20 and 30 km, perfect to start walking first thing in the morning and reach your destination by midday.

Remember that it is not necessary to walk the entire Camino or follow the stages already established for each route 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, towns, stages, hostels and recommendations of each route of the Camino de Santiago.

The routes of the Camino de Santiago

French Way

The earthly Milky Way. Follow in the footsteps of Charlemagne through the Pyrenees and travel 800 kilometers 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 the axis of the French Way

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. Discover more about the Portuguese Way

Portuguese Way along the coast

The Atlantic Ocean will guide your steps along the 250 kilometers that separate the bohemian city of Porto 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. Discover this variation of the Portuguese Way along the coast.

Portuguese Way: spiritual variant

The spiritual variant of the Portuguese Way recreates the last stretch of the famous route of the Traslatio, the journey of the remains of the Apostle Santiago by sea from Jerusalem to Galicia. A route of 73 kilometers that crosses the magical and beautiful surroundings of the region of O Salnés. Discover the spiritual variant of this Portuguese Way.

Finisterre and Muxía Way

The Way to the end of the world. The only Jacobean route in which Santiago de Compostela is the beginning and not the goal. A mystical and spiritual journey, traveled since ancient times to contemplate the most beautiful sunset in the world from the ends of the earth. Magic and enchantment in its purest form. More information about the Way to Finisterre and Muxía

Northern Way

Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. 800 kilometers 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. More information about the Northern Way

Primitive Way

The purest essence of pilgrimage. The road between 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. More information about the Primitive Way

English Way

The 120 kilometers 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. More information about the English Way

Sanabrian Way

This section of the Ruta de la Plata begins in the small town of Granja de Moreruela and directs its steps through the region of Sanabria to reach 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. Discover the charm of the Sanabrian Way

Via de la Plata

An adventure that begins in the golden city of Seville and crosses all of Extremadura through olive groves, extensive pastures and clear oak forests. A solitary and uncrowded road that still preserves the spirit of the first pilgrims. Discover the oldest Way of the Silver Route

Winter Way

The Camino de Invierno is the route formerly used by pilgrims to avoid the snow on the high summit 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. Discover the Winter Way

Father Sarmiento Way

Recreates the pilgrimage route that Fray Martin 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 particular Camino del Padre Sarmiento

Way of the Lighthouses

A journey of 200 kilometers through the coast and the wildest nature. The Way of the Lighthouses will reveal spectacular and lonely beaches, beautiful trails through cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages witnessing the wreck of ships protagonists of legends and amazing stories. Visit the Lighthouse Route
The earthly Milky Way. Follow in the footsteps of Charlemagne through the Pyrenees and travel 800 kilometers 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 the axis of the French 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. Discover more about the Portuguese Way
The Atlantic Ocean will guide your steps along the 250 kilometers that separate the bohemian city of Porto 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. Discover this variation of the Portuguese Way along the coast.
The spiritual variant of the Portuguese Way recreates the last stretch of the famous route of the Traslatio, the journey of the remains of the Apostle Santiago by sea from Jerusalem to Galicia. A route of 73 kilometers that crosses the magical and beautiful surroundings of the region of O Salnés. Discover the spiritual variant of this Portuguese Way.
The Way to the end of the world. The only Jacobean route in which Santiago de Compostela is the beginning and not the goal. A mystical and spiritual journey, traveled since ancient times to contemplate the most beautiful sunset in the world from the ends of the earth. Magic and enchantment in its purest form. More information about the Way to Finisterre and Muxía
Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. 800 kilometers 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. More information about the Northern Way
The purest essence of pilgrimage. The road between 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. More information about the Primitive Way
The 120 kilometers 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. More information about the English Way
This section of the Ruta de la Plata begins in the small town of Granja de Moreruela and directs its steps through the region of Sanabria to reach 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. Discover the charm of the Sanabrian Way
An adventure that begins in the golden city of Seville and crosses all of Extremadura through olive groves, extensive pastures and clear oak forests. A solitary and uncrowded road that still preserves the spirit of the first pilgrims. Discover the oldest Way of the Silver Route
The Camino de Invierno is the route formerly used by pilgrims to avoid the snow on the high summit 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. Discover the Winter Way
Recreates the pilgrimage route that Fray Martin 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 particular Camino del Padre Sarmiento
A journey of 200 kilometers through the coast and the wildest nature. The Way of the Lighthouses will reveal spectacular and lonely beaches, beautiful trails through cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages witnessing the wreck of ships protagonists of legends and amazing stories. Visit the Lighthouse Route

¿Qué ruta elijo para hacer el Camino de Santiago?

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 large number and variety of routes of a few stages 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 have simple stages that 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.

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 Frenchor Portuguese French and want to explore other routes with Santiago de Compostela or Finisterre as a goal, here are some other popular options.

One week routes

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 among the routes to choose from, with more places to discover after the stages, and you will even be able to 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.

With one month you will have enough time to enjoy the pleasure of pilgrimage with total tranquility and feel the satisfaction of having done the Camino de Santiago in its entirety, so these routes of about 30 stages each are ideal.

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