Camino de Santiago: Stages, Routes and maps for pilgrims


If you want to experience the Camino de Santiago, here we bring you very relevant information on the main routes, including maps and data on the most outstanding stages..

Routes and map of the Way of St. James

In this map we show you the main routes of the Camino de Santiago: here you can see the extension of each of them and choose the one you prefer according to the point of origin.

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The French Way

The French Way begins in France, in the town of St. Jean Pied de Port, although there are many pilgrims who prefer to advance a stage and start from Roncesvalles, avoiding the harshness of the Pyrenees. This is the most popular of the variants of the Camino de Santiago among pilgrims and the one with the most services along the way.

The French Way
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The Portuguese Way

The Portuguese Way begins in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. From there it continues to Santiago along 25 easy stages, in which you will find all the necessary services. These and other characteristics make it an ideal route for all audiences, ages and physical conditions.

The Portuguese Way
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The Northern Way

Starting in Irun, the Camino del Norte runs through some of the most important cities in this part of the peninsula and other charming towns: Donosti, Bilbao, Santander, or Santillana del Mar, Luarca and Ribadeo are just some of the stages that you will find walking along one of the oldest routes to the Galician capital.

The Northern Way
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The Primitive Way

From Oviedo and crossing the Asturian community, the Camino Primitivo is presented as one of the most difficult routes, but also one of the most beautiful due to the natural environment you will find if you walk this variant. Mountains, forests and valleys will accompany you during your journey.

The Primitive Way
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The English Way

Whether you do it from Ferrol, or if you opt to start from A Coruña, the English Way is a short route that you can complete in a few days, while enjoying the green Galician landscape. Choose this option if you want to avoid the crowds so typical of the main Jacobean routes.

The English Way
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Vía de la Plata

It is the longest route and starts in the south of the peninsula, specifically in Seville. It continues north through long stages that can be very hard during the summer. In exchange, you will enjoy all the beauty of cities like Seville, Mérida, Salamanca or Zamora during this route.

Vía de la Plata

Other routes to Santiago de Compostela

The Way from Sarria

For those who do not have much time but do not want to miss the Jacobean experience, there is the alternative of doing the French Way from Sarria. You can walk the minimum 100 kilometers required to obtain your compostela on a very easy and popular route that will take you just 5 days.

The Way from Sarria
The Portuguese Coastal Way

The alternative to the traditional Portuguese Way begins in Porto and continues along the Portuguese and Galician coasts, passing through towns such as Viana do Castelo, Caminha or Vigo. If you choose this route you will enjoy fantastic views of the Atlantic coast, on a flat route with hardly any difficulties that is gaining pilgrims every year.

The Portuguese Coastal Way
The Winter Way

An ancient route in which you will walk between natural landscapes, away from the great masses of pilgrims. It starts at Ponferrada and runs through the four Galician provinces until it joins the Vía de la Plata before reaching Santiago de Compostela.

Camino de Invierno
Camino de Madrid

If you want to start from the Spanish capital, the Camino de Madrid is the perfect option. This route has little influx of pilgrims until it joins the French Way, so you can combine a first part of tranquility and solitude with the last stages of the Camino, in which you can share your experience with the rest of the pilgrims.

Camino de Madrid
Camino Fisterra-Muxía

For those who prefer to start their pilgrimage from Santiago de Compostela, there is the alternative of the Fisterra-Muxía Way where you can continue your pilgrimage to the end of the world. Literally. Enjoy the best of the Costa da Morte in a unique tour.

Camino Fisterra-Muxía
Sanabria Way

From Zamora, specifically from Granja de la Moreruela, the Sanabria Way extends over 13 stages dotted with monasteries and natural landscapes. Flat and long stages give way to more mountainous ones that will make this route much more entertaining until your arrival in Compostela.

Sanabria Way

What is the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino de Santiago is a set of routes with different points of origin whose final goal is the city of Santiago de Compostela, or more specifically, its cathedral, where the remains of the Apostle Santiago are found.

This set of routes and the tradition of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela date back to the Middle Ages, a time when walkers from all over Europe began this tradition that continues today and that you can also experience, either on foot with your dog, a caballo o by bike.

So choose your adventure: you can do the French Way, the most popular of these routes, considered the traditional variant, or for example the Primitive Way, the oldest of all and the most difficult.

If you want to do the longest route, the Vía de la Plata with its more than 900 km awaits you, but if you have little time you can also prefer the English Way.

Whichever route you choose, here you will find all the information you need to know before starting your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Frequent questions

Depending on the route, you can start each Camino de Santiago from a minimum point to obtain your compostela. On the French Way it will be enough for you to start from Sarria, on the Portuguese Way you can start from Tui, while for the Vía de la Plata the departure point would be Ourense.

If you don't have much time, the English Way is the shortest option, with only 6 stages: if you complete it, you can get your compostela. But if you want to obtain this certificate by walking another route, it will be enough for you to complete at least 100 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela.

The longest Camino de Santiago is the Vía de la Plata. This route crosses the peninsula from south to north, starting from Seville until reaching Santiago de Compostela, along 970 kilometers.

If you want to do a complete Camino de Santiago, in the case of the most popular routes, such as the French, the Portuguese or the Northern Ways, it will take you at least one whole month. However, if you don't have that much time, you can always choose to walk at least the last 100 kilometers of any of these routes and thus get your compostela. In this case, doing the Camino de Santiago will take you between 5-7 days.

Depending on the route, the extension of the Camino varies. In this way, the entire French Way, the most popular option, covers about 765 kilometers from St. Jean Pied de Port. The second most popular, the Portuguese Way, is 620 kilometers from Lisbon, while others like the Camino Primitivo are 313 kilometers from Oviedo.

There are a wide variety of Caminos. The French Way, the Portuguese Way, the Vía de la Plata, the Northern Way or the Primitive Way are some of the most popular, but there are many more equally interesting variants.

The stages of the Camino de Santiago usually have extensions of between 16-30 km, depending on the route. Regarding the last town on the way before reaching the cathedral, O Pedrouzo will be the last place you visit before reaching Santiago de Compostela, whether you do the French Way, the Northern Way or the Primitive Way: from here you will have to walk a little more than 19 kms to reach your goal. In the case of the Portuguese Way, the second most popular, the last stage leaves from Padrón, 22 km away from Santiago de Compostela.

For those who are looking for a Camino de Santiago without too many difficulties and with all the services they may need during their route, the French Way is presented as the favorite option. You can do it completely, starting from Roncesvalles to avoid the hard slopes of the Pyrenees, or maybe start it from Sarria, doing the mandatory minimum 100 kilometers.

The Primitive Way is preferred by those pilgrims who are looking for a slightly more complicated challenge and are in good physical shape, due to the hardness of most of its stages and the scarcity of services that you will find in each one of them. We could say that this is one of the toughest Caminos de Santiago. .