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Pilgrims Walking the Camino

Camino Routes

The many ways to Santiago de Compostela

For over 1000 years, people from all over Europe have been making pilgrimage to the tomb of Apostle James the Greater, or Saint James, which is located inside the Cathedral in the City Santiago de Compostela, in North-western Spain. In the Middle Ages, they would leave their home – in Spain, Portugal, France or farther beyond. As they would pass churches and monasteries in search of shelter, the monks and priests would make notes of having hosted these pilgrims. It is, in part, these accounts that have enabled us to know and reconstruct the many different Ways that European pilgrims embarked upon to reach the tomb of St James. The Spanish word for “Way” is “Camino,” St. James is Santiago and, today, the Way of St. James is known internationally under its Spanish name “Camino de Santiago.”

Our different Caminos

Camino Francés

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

With over 60% of all Pilgrims walking this Way to Santiago, Camino Francés is, without any doubt, the most well-known, historically significant and iconic of all the Caminos. Its unparalleled diversity of landscapes, superb infrastructure and fantastic comradery of Pilgrims from allover the World make walking this Camino a truly unique and amazing experience.

Camino Portugués

Porto ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

The Portuguese Way (Caminho Português) is the second most popular after the Camino Francés. From Porto, there are two Routes to choose from, one more inviting than the other: the Coastal Route and the Traditional (Inland) Route. Along the coast, sandy beaches invite pilgrims for a swim, and ocean sunset views are simply epic. Inland, vineyards and fruit trees dominate the countryside, and picturesque villages abound with traditional food and the famous Vinho Verde.

Camino Fisterra – Muxía

Santiago de Compostela ⇒ Fisterra ⇒ Muxía

While many pilgrims end their journey in Santiago, some continue on to Fisterra – the End of the World, as it was believed to be in the Middle Ages – and / or to Muxía – a dreamy village home to a stunning shrine right on the edge of the Atlantic. For many, this short Camino is often a mystical experience: even in pre-Christian times, many people regarded this region as sacred and suspected the higher powers to be at work here.

Camino Inglés

Ferrol ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

The Camino Inglés (the English Way) was the most popular pilgrim route to Santiago for people from England, Ireland and other Nordic countries in the middle ages. They crossed the sea by ship to anchor in the different harbours on the Galician coast, mainly A Guarda and Ferrol, and continued on foot to the tomb of Saint James. It covers just over 100 Ks of distance, traversing the picturesque countryside of Northern Galicia.

Surf the Camino

Last 100 kms ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Embark on an extraordinary journey as we introduce a pioneering concept, blending the spiritual essence of pilgrimage from either Portugal or Spain’s last 100 kilometers with the joy of surfing that follows. Choose your path among the final 100 kilometers in Portugal or Spain, both offering easily manageable routes along the revered Portuguese or Spanish Camino. Immerse yourself in centuries-old traditions and breathtaking landscapes

Camino de Invierno

Ponferrada ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

The Camino de Invierno, the Winter Way, is a great alternative to the Camino Francés, which is particularly busy in the summer months, and leads from Ponferrada further south to Santiago de Compostela. In addition to the beautiful riverside landscapes of the Sil and Miño, the Camino de Invierno crosses the fascinating landscape of Las Médulas, which has been declared a World Heritage Site.

Camino del Norte

Irún ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

The Camino del Norte – the Northern or the Coastal Way – is the oldest European pilgrim route to Santiago. It is especially known for its scenic beauty, and the idyllic fishing villages and bustling towns invite pilgrims to experience their rich cultural heritage and amazing cuisine. And as this route along the coast is quieter than the Camino Francés or Portugués, many pilgrims appreciate the calmness and the pristine nature of this trail.

Camino Primitivo

Oviedo ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Camino Primitivo means “The Original Way.” It was the first route, along which the Spanish pilgrims walked to see the sepulcher of St. James. It is claimed that King Alfonso II, who proclaimed the discovery of the Apostle’s remains, was the first to walk to Santiago from Oviedo along the Camino Primitivo. Ranging only 310 kilometers, this is one of the shorter Caminos. It is a special highlight for mountain lovers and nature fans, and for those fit enough for a physical challenge.

Via de la Plata

Seville ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

With almost 1000 kilometers/621 miles, the Vía de la Plata stretches along the important Roman trade route and captivates pilgrims with the unique landscapes it passes through. In addition, Roman structures and archeological sites bear witness to an eventful past.

Camino Mozárabe

Granada ⇒ Mérida

The Camino Mozárabe, or Mozarabic Way in English, begins in Granada and runs through Andalusia to Mérida, where it joins the Vía de la Plata (Silver Way). This Camino is one of the “newest” pilgrimage routes.

Via Podiensis

Le-Puy-en-Velay ⇒ Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

The Via Podiensis is one of the oldest Camino routes and brought pilgrims from Northern Europe and France to the meeting point in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Of the four main pilgrimage routes in France, the Via Podiensis is considered the most beautiful.

Moselle Trail

Koblenz ⇒ Trier

On the Mosel Camino, pilgrims walk on old Roman roads and, in addition to the large number of medieval architecture constructions, there are also Celtic remains to discover.

Munich Trail

Munich ⇒ Lindau

The Munich Trail (Münchner Jakobsweg in German) starts in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. It stretches over meadows, fields and lovely natural paths to finaly reach Lindau, with its fantastic location on the brinks of Lake Constance.

Via Jutlandica

Schleswig ⇒ Lübeck

The Via Jutlandica is situated in far Northern Germany near the Baltic Sea. It stretches along water over and over again and brings pilgrims along historic old towns with small medieval rural churches to Lübeck, the “City of Seven Towers”.

Popular Camino Tours

What are Pilgino Tours?

Everyone’s Camino is a unique and individual experience, and we all have different needs and preferences. That is why we have designed a wide variety of different Camino Tours – in different parts of the different Caminos, different lengths and levels of intensity – so as to fit everyone’s particular ideas and wishes. And on top of that, our smartly-designed tours are easily and seamlessly combinable and extendable. Explore our Tours below, and see, which ones spark your interest! Each tour lists a summary including total and daily average length and intensity, and the detailed itinerary provides a day-by-day overview and an outline of highlights.

Short Camino Tours (approx. 1 Week)

Camino Francés last 100 Km:
Self-Guided Tour 6

Sarria ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 390

Duration: 8 Days Total / 5 Days Walking

Distance: 119.9 km. (74.5 mi.)

Difficulty: easy

Camino Portugués: Coastal
Self-Guided Tour 2

Vigo ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 470

Duration: 8 Days Total / 5 Days Walking

Distance: 103.4 km. (64.2 mi.)

Difficulty: easy

Full Camino Inglés:
Self-Guided Tour

Ferrol ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 450

Duration: 8 Days Total / 5 Days Walking

Distance: 118 km. (73.3 mi.)

Difficulty: easy

mid-length Tours (approx. 2 Weeks)

Full Camino Portugués: Coastal
Self-Guided Tour

Porto ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 960

Duration: 15 Days Total / 12 Days Walking

Distance: 268.7 km. (166.9 mi.)

Difficulty: easy

Full Camino Portugués:
Traditional Self-Guided Tour

Porto ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 790

Duration: 14 Days Total / 11 Days Walking

Distance: 239.7 km. (148.9 mi.)

Difficulty: easy

Full Camino Primitivo:
Self-Guided Tour

Oviedo ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 790

Duration: 16 Days Total / 13 Days Walking

Distance: 308.3 km. (191.6 mi.)

Difficulty: moderate/ challenging

long camino Tours (up to 6 Weeks)

Full Camino Francés:
Self-Guided Regular Pace

⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 2.190

Duration: 39 Days Total / 36 Days Walking

Distance: 790 km. (491 mi.)

Difficulty: moderate

Full Camino del Norte:
Self-Guided Tour

Irún ⇒ Santiago de Compostela

Starting from € 2.580

Duration: 41 Days Total / 38 Days Walking

Distance: 818 km. (508 mi.)

Difficulty: easy/ moderate

Full Via Podiensis:
Self-Guided Tour

Le Puy-en-Velay
⇒ Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Starting from € 3.490

Duration: 37 Days Total / 35 Days Walking

Distance: 728.5 km. (452 mi.)

Difficulty: moderate