A Pilgrim’s guide to the Camino de Santiago

Do you need a Pilgrim’s guide to The Camino de Santiago explaining the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela? Follow the Shell has all the information you will need to research, plan and prepare for your Camino to Santiago.

Legend has it the bones of the apostle St James are interned in Santiago de Compostela. 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 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.

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 the Camino de Santiago.

Walking The Camino de Santiago
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
El Camino del Norte

What are the walking stages on the Camino Del Norte, or the Northern way ? It stretches along the coast of northern Spain.

How long is the Camino Ingles
Camino Ingles

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

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 any questions you may have. The forum is run by Ivar and well worth visiting and becoming a member. Check the Forum out HERE

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 The Camino de Santiago whilst as part of your preparation research.

Everything you need to know about walking The Camino de Santiago


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