"Walking the Spanish Camino’s" Spain by into-thin-air
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To me, without any shadow of a doubt the Best way to explore Spain is on foot by walking the Camino Routes that crisscross the country, by following the ancient routes you will find yourself in cities, towns and villages rarely visited by “Normal” tourists, the welcome you receive is amazing and the sights that you see are completely different to those experienced by 99% of visitors.
Be warned though, Camino Walking can become addictive, Over the last 15 years I have walked 12 Camino’s and have written pages on each one (Links below)
Some Camino’s are now getting very popular, notably The Camino Frances, so pick your own route with a little care, planning is easy, accommodation is usually inexpensive as there are often Refugio’s on the “Way” and these are excellent places to meet up with fellow “Peregrino’s”. Eating is often a communal affair; many small villages have a restaurant that offers a special evening meal for Peregrino’s and these are popular as well as wholesome.
I have enjoyed All my Camino’s and am already in the process of selecting my Camino for next year - So even more pages coming soon.
Links to the pages I have built on the individual Camino’s that I have walked (So Far) – Listed in the order that I walked them.
In the individual pages you will be able to see how I chose to break Camino’s down into individual daily stages, information on accommodation, suggested packing lists as well as information about where to find your credentials at the starting point of the Camino, Also Lots of photographs so you can get a good idea of what to expect before leaving the comfort of your own armchair ;-)
"The Camino Frances" (I did this walk in 2 stages, Part One) Here
Part 2 Here
The Camino Ingles, Here
The Via de la Plata Here
The Camino Aragones, Here
The Tunnel Route, Here
The Camino Portuguese, Here
The Camino Primitivo, Here
The first 200 miles of The Camino Norte, Here
The Camino Mozrabe, Here
The Camí de Sant Jaume, Here
The Camí de Sant Jaume 2, Here
"The Camino Sureste" (First 150 miles) Here
My “Real Camino” From my home in Cumbria to Santiago de Compostela
Pt 1, Cumbria to Plymouth (England sections) Here
Pt 2, Santander to Santiago de Compostela on The Camino Norte Here
Once you have chosen your Camino, the next most important decision will be choosing your Rucksack and then deciding what to put in it – A Comfortable Well Fitting Rucksack that isn’t Too Heavy is the First Part of the Key to Ensuring you Enjoy your Camino
One of the most useful websites in English is that of the Confraternity of St James
This site has route descriptions of most Camino’s, has an on-line book store selling useful guides at reasonable prices (And an updates page so you make sure that you have all the current info before you set off), Information on obtaining your “Credentials” as well as updates on new refugio’s opening and Much More
Another Great Site is Santiago-Compstela Net.
This site shows most of the popular Camino’s in photos, this gives you a fantastic idea of what sort of terrain you are walking through and what the paths are like as well as a Lot More
For route planning I also use Mundicamino
This is a multi language website and lists most of the Camino’s. it has useful strip-maps which I often print off and take with me, It also gives some ideas for accommodation and what facilities you can expect to find en-route as well as a Lot More
Also, for planning, The Confraternity of St James has some good tips as well as some hints on what you should take with you HERE, if you like, you can always compare this advice with my own personal Camino Kit List HERE
Don’t forget your E111 – Details HERE
Also - Don’t forget your Rucksack Pro-Tector - As Recommended by other Peregrino’s.
For info on getting to the starting point of you Camino and then getting back to your departure airport at the end – Information HERE
I also recently discovered this useful website that lists many (if not all) of the places where you can pick up your credentials HERE
Once you have arrived at Santiago you might find this site useful for local bus journeys (Muxia, Finisterre etc) HERE
- Pros:Simply The Best Way to See and Experience Spain
- Cons:Be warned, Camino Walking Does become Addictive
- In a nutshell:Just Do It – You Won’t be Disappointed
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