(FRENCH) WAY OF SAINT JAMES

ESPAÑOL

  • I was here: from March 17 to April 17, 2011.
  • Number of days needed: less than 15 is cheating.
  • My score 4/5.

The oldest multiday hiking route (originated in the tenth century) and most popular in the old continent is the one that follows the different roads that lead from multiple points of Europe to the Catholic Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where this apostle is supposedly buried. Whether for religious, recreational, or both reasons, the combined number of walkers, cyclists and riders who perform it totally or partially was higher in 2017 than 300,000, and continues to increase. The most traditional and well-known route is the 750 km long between the Navarrese Pyrenees and the cathedral, but there are many others; some of them from such distant places as Poland or the United Kingdom.

The Camino is a rewarding and interesting experience both in the physical and intellectual aspects. The day to day of the pilgrim becomes a pleasant routine consisting of getting up early and walking all day, passing through remarkable cities and tiny villages, fields of broad Castilla that seem to have no end and steep mountains, which make the body suffer but pacify the mind, and so on for a month. Although it may seem monotonous, little by little you’ll be getting the point, and it seems that one’s life is just to walk west through these towns and rural areas, as if there had never been anything else. It must be special for a reason because the Camino hooks; This can be affirmed on the basis of two facts: the high number of people who repeat (by the same route or by another) and that hardly we may find someone who says they regret having gone. Like so many other things, it can not be understood if it is not done.

THE STAGES ON FOOT

  1. RONCESVALLES – ZUBIRI
  2. ZUBIRI – PAMPLONA
  3. PAMPLONA – PUENTE LA REINA
  4. PUENTE LA REINA – ESTELLA
  5. ESTELLA – TORRES DEL RÍO
  6. TORRES DEL RÍO – LOGROÑO
  7. LOGROÑO – NÁJERA
  8. NÁJERA – SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA
  9. SANTO DOMINGO – BELORADO
  10. BELORADO – ATAPUERCA
  11. ATAPUERCA – BURGOS
  12. BURGOS – HONTANAS
  13. HONTANAS – FRÓMISTA
  14. FRÓMISTA – CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES
  15. CARRIÓN – TERRADILLOS DE LOS TEMPLARIOS
  16. TERRADILLOS – EL BURGO RANERO
  17. EL BURGO – LEÓN
  18. LEÓN – SAN MARTÍN DEL CAMINO
  19. SAN MARTÍN – ASTORGA
  20. ASTORGA – FONCEBADÓN
  21. FONCEBADÓN – PONFERRADA
  22. PONFERRADA – VILLAFRANCA DEL BIERZO
  23. VILLAFRANCA – O CEBREIRO
  24. O CEBREIRO – TRIACASTELA
  25. TRIACASTELA – FERREIROS
  26. FERREIROS – LIGONDE
  27. LIGONDE – ARZÚA
  28. ARZÚA – O PEDROUZO
  29. O PEDROUZO – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

  • WHEN TO GO
  • TRANSPORT
    • HOW TO GET THERE
  • GETTING AROUND
  • WHERE TO EAT AND SLEEP
  • PROBLEMS AND ANNOYANCES

∇ Destinations / ∇ Spain / ∇ Galicia / ∇ Santiago de Compostela

CAMINO SANTIAGO 1 Alwashere peregrinos pilgrims España Spain St Saint James Way
Dedicated to my father, my brother and the other walkers/pilgrims; I’ll be naming you one by one in each stage summary. Big hug (no matter if you’re in the picture or not) and good way
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