The Camino de Santiago is a set of pilgrimage routes that go to Santiago de Compostela. It began to be traversed in the Middle Ages, when the tomb of the Apostle Santiago was discovered in the city.

Today, people from multiple countries decide to travel one of these routes, either on foot, by bicycle or even on horseback. In this article, we inform you about the most important routes and show you various images and maps.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

French Way

The French Way is the most popular option and therefore the busiest. Has a total of 31 stages and it can be started from two different French towns: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port or Somport.



These alternatives differ in the first six stages, whose stops are the following:

  • From Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port: Roncesvalles, Zubiri, Pamplona, ​​Puente la Reina, Estella and Torres del Río
  • From Somport: Jaca, Arrés, Ruesta, Sangüesa, Monreal and Puente la Reina
The route that goes from Somport to Puente la Reina, which is 165 km long, is known as Aragonese Road.

From stage 7 it is the same road, which begins in Torres del Río. On this map you can see the complete route starting from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port:

If you have little time or are a beginner, you can do the last 100 km of the route. Thus, it begins in Sarria (Lugo) and is completed in five stages:

  • Sarria-Portomarín
  • Portomarín-Palas de Rei
  • Palas de Rei-Arzúa
  • Arzúa-Pedrouzo
  • Pedrouzo-Santiago de Compostela

Vía de la Plata

The Vía de la Plata begins in southern Spain, specifically in SevillaAlthough some people start it in Mérida, since it is the longest option. This stands out because it runs along the path of an ancient Roman road that leads to Astorga, which is located 705 km from Sevilla.

Once you reach Astorga, to finish the Camino de Santiago, continue along the French Way. However, some people prefer to follow the Roman road to Granja de Moreruela, where you can take the option known as Sanabrés Way.

Sanabrés Way

The Sanabrés Way starts from Granja de Moreruela (Zamora) and has 13 stages. In total, around 370 km are covered. This route is also known as Mozarabic Way o Southern Galician Way.

For some people, the Camino Sanabrés is the continuation of the Vía de la Plata, which begins in Seville and which we have already talked about previously. In this video you can see what the first stage of the sanabresa route is like:

Northern Way

The Northern Way is one of the more beautiful due to the impressive landscapes that can be seen from the Cantabrian coast. It departs from Irún, in the Basque Country, and has 32 stages. However, it ends in Arzúa, A Coruña.

To get to Santiago de Compostela you have to continue along the French Way, so you have to add 2 more stages. This route passes through large cities such as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander and Oviedo.

Portuguese Way

With the Portuguese Way you travel the west of the Iberian Peninsula. There are multiple options. If you decide to start in Lisbon, there is a distance of 600 km, while if we start in Porto, you walk 240 km.



However, the most prominent route is the one that begins in Tui and it has only a distance of 107 km. This option has 2 stages and the towns through which they pass are Tui, O Porriño, Redondela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padrón and Santiago de Compostela.

Primitive Way

The Primitive Way is supposedly the first route which was made to visit the tomb of the Apostle Santiago. This tour was carried out by King Alfonso II the Chaste in the XNUMXth century, shortly after the tomb of the apostle was discovered.

It is a shorter alternative than most, as it only has 13 stages, so it can be a good choice if you are traveling with children. These are its stages:

StageHomeEndkilometers
1OviedoSan Juan de Villapañada30,5
2San Juan de VillapañadaSalas20,2
3SalasTineo20,2
4TineoPola de Allande28,2
5Pola de AllandeTable22,8
6TableGrandas de Salime16,8
7Grandas de SalimeFonsagrada28,1
8FonsagradaOr Cádavo Baleira23,4
9Cádavo BaleiraLugo30,5
10LugoSan Romao da Retorta19,7
11San Romao da RetortaMelide27,7
12MelideOr Pedrouzo33,3
13Or PedrouzoSantiago de Compostela20

English Way

El Camino Inglés is called that way because they used to come by sea pilgrims from the UK and other countries like Norway and Denmark. These arrived in Ferrol or A Coruña, from where they left for Santiago de Compostela. To this day, these two alternatives remain.

From A Coruña it is 74 km and has 3 stages, while from Ferrol there are 118 km and we find 6 stages. Both options come together at Hospital de Bruma. The stops that are made on the route from Ferrol are:

  • Neda
  • Pontedeume
  • Betanzos
  • Bruma Hospital
  • Següeiro
  • Santiago de Compostela

Winter Road

If you are looking for a route of around 200 km, you can choose to walk the Winter Way. History tells that it is an alternative that was used in winter to avoid the snowy mountains of O Cebreiro, whose access was quite difficult.

It starts in Las Médulas and has a total of 9 stages. From the second stage, which begins in O Barco de Valdeorras, the whole way passes through Galicia.

Fisterra-Muxía road

If after reaching Santiago de Compostela you still want to continue walking, then take this last route that reaches Fisterra (known in Spanish as Finisterre) and Muxía.

From Santiago de Compostela to Fisterra you go 3 stages, about 90 km. Some people decide to continue and walk another 29 km from Fisterra to Muxía, or go just to Muxía without going through Fisterra, for which they have to take a different route in Olveiroa.

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