For many pilgrims, the last day of their pilgrimage walking into Santiago de Compostela is one of the highlights of their lives. A popular option for those who can’t take a wole month out of their normal lives to walk a full Camino route is walking the final stage of one of the routes – the last 100km into Santiago de Compostella.
Walking the last 100km (62 miles) of a Camino trail makes you eligible to receive your Pilgrim Certificate (Compostela). It is a great way to get a taster of the Camino, and you can always come back and do other stages of the routes later!
There are a number of amazing options for 100km journeys that finish in Santiago de Compostela.
Here are the 6 routes that end in Santiago de Compostela
For those who are short on time, but still want to experience the beauty of the Camino, you can walk from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela in 5 days. You will still receive your certificate of completion, or Compostela. Take an extra day or 2 to experience Santiago at the end.
The final stage of the famous Camino Frances (or French Way) is the most popular Camino package. It traverses the beautiful hilly landscapes of Galicia. Reward your efforts in Santiago de Compostela, the heart and hub of all pilgrimages on the Way of St James.
This second section from Oia to Santiago de Compostela takes you along the coast around to the Vigo estuary. You will get the opportunity to stay in the beautiful coastal cities of Baiona and Vigo before re-joining the traditional Camino Portuguese from Redondela to Santiago de Compostela. This region is known for its seafood, in particular, its oysters and scallops. Wash it down with the local Albarino wine a true gastronomic delight.
This walking holiday explores the Camino Portugues, or Portuguese Way, of the iconic Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Way of Saint James.
This Camino, which was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, heads north following the Atlantic coast of Portugal and Spain. The Camino Portugues gently winds along ancient paths, running through woodlands, villages, farmlands, vineyards and historic towns.
Every day during the walk you’re guaranteed a high level of comfort and gastronomy. This section requires a reasonable level of fitness. However, it’s a highly rewarding walk that includes numerous cultural highlights.
Starting in Ourense and reaching Santiago de Compostela, this section of the Camino runs through both farmland and the green low mountains of Galicia. As you approach the final destination of the entire Camino, or Way of Saint James, you can feel the buzz and appeal it has created over the centuries, as the rich heritage evidenced in the chapels, crosses and statues linked to the Camino can be seen every day during the walk.
Beginning in the walled city of Lugo, this walking holiday catches up with the Camino Frances in Melide and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. You will walk through heavily forested rural Galicia, witnessing the Roman influence on Spain’s roads and bridges
Traditionally, English and Irish pilgrims arrived by sea at Ferrol. The English way starts following the rugged hilly coastline, then moves inland to the lush, wooded countryside. Passing through the medieval village of Betanzos is like travelling back in time with its hill-perched market place. It is quieter than other routes so far those who are trying to get away from the more popular French Way, the English Way presents a great alternative to reach Santiago and get your pilgrim certificate within a week.