A Pilgrim’s guide to el Camino de Santiago

Are you looking for a Pilgrim’s guide to el Camino de Santiago explaining the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and what it takes to walk this amazing journey? We have all the information you will need to research, plan and prepare for walking any of the Camino routes on your walking journey to Santiago de Compostela.

map of camino de Santiago
map of camino de Santiago

Legend has it the bones of the apostle St James are interned in Santiago de Compostela and is and had been a pilgrimage for centuries. The route dates back to the 9th century, and has continually been an active pilgrimage route ever since. There are multiple routes to Santiago from all directions and I have loved the walking lots of them. The walking stages of each Camino Route are very fluid. Decisions on which town or village to stop in are typically made by each person dependant on their fitness and walking pace. Its totally flexible and down to each pilgrim what stages they want to walk and where to stay.

When you start the Camino you get a ‘passport’ which you get stamped at every albergue, cafe, bar or hotel along the way and a rule of thumb is to get your passport stamped at least twice a day. The stamps are called a ‘cello’ in Spanish. When you make it to the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, you get an official document, the “Compostela”. This officially states you have completed The Camino de Santiago.

Whether you want to walk the 800km Camino Frances or the 100km from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela doesn’t matter. You’ll have an amazing life changing time. I have detailed the walking stages of the Camino Frances, Camino del Norte and Camino Ingles below. Enjoy your pilgrimage walk on El Camino de Santiago.

Walking The Camino de Santiago
Walking the Camino Frances

The Camino Frances

Enjoy the Camino Frances, or the French Way. It starts from Saint Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela

El Camino Del Norte pilgrimage
The Camino del Norte stages

El Camino Del Norte

What are the El Camino Del Norte walking stages. It stretches along the coast of northern Spain and is the ‘Northern way’

How long is the Camino Ingles
Camino Ingles pilgrimage

Camino Ingles

Read about the 100km Camino Ingles from Ferrol to Santiago and then on to the ‘End of the World’ on the Camino Finisterre.

Walking the Camino de Santiago – resources

There are multiple resources to be found on the internet along with videos describing what to pack and what to expect when walking your pilgrimage to Santiago. In my preparations for my Camino I found the Camino de Santiago forum to be invaluable with pilgrims ready to offer help to any questions you may have. The forum is run by Ivar and well worth visiting and becoming a member.

Before attempting to walk any of the routes to Santiago its always good to learn as much as you can about the trail. Ive written a plotted overview of the walk so you can learn everything you need to know about El Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage as part of your preparation and research.

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