The Full Camino de Santiago

It is possible now to walk the last 100km and get your pilgrim certificate but in truth, this does not leave much room to detach the mind from daily stresses and really settle into the mindset of a pilgrim or long distance traveler.

Historically, doing the pilgrimage to the tomb of St James started at your doorstep and meant a return trip on foot or horseback. Nowadays, most people consider completing the full French Way from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago as “the real Camino”. But did you know there many more full routes to choose from?

If you are longing to step out of the rat race and clear your head, then our one of our full Camino trips could be for you – with accommodation, walking notes, maps and 24/7 emergency as standard.

 

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Camino Frances - Full Route

35+ Days
Moderate Plus Difficulty
772km

The most famous of all the routes to Santiago de Compostela is the Camino Frances. Featured in the Martin Sheen movie The Way, this route starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-du-Port in France and crosses the Pyrenees into northern Spain. The route takes you through stunning landscapes and some of Spain’s most beautiful cities, like Bilbao, Pamplona and Leon.

This route is the second longest of all the Caminos and takes approximately 35 days to complete and requires a reasonable level of fitness to complete.

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Camino Portugues - Full Route

30+ Days
Moderate Plus Difficulty
598km

The Camino Portugues is the 600km pilgrimage from Lisbon in Portugal up to Santarem and through to the northern city of Porto before crossing the border into the medieval Spanish town of Tui before ending in Santiago de Compostela. It is perfect for those looking for a quieter walk to Santiago with less crowds.

History lovers will love it too, as it was even used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, who crossed some of the most beautiful parts of northern Portugal and south Galicia. Amid the clear blue waters of Sanxenxo, Cies Islands, and Baiona, you’ll see the exact spot where Christopher Columbus arrived with the news of the discovery of America. It really is a route paved with history!

 

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Camino del Norte - Full Route

23+ Days
Moderate Difficulty
466km

The Camino del Norte is perhaps the most scenic of all the Camino routes. Hugging the rugged Atlantic coastline, it takes pilgrims through some of Spain’s most lush regions – from the Basque country to Cantabria, Asturias and on to Galicia.

This route is the ideal escape for nature lovers, who want to take some time to reflect away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

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