Learn about The Camino de Santiago before you go!
Throwback Thursday Camino Blog
Lately, I have been thinking about my Camino. How I can get back to Spain to walk the Camino again is always on my mind. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known in English as The Way of St James. This walking and cycling pilgrimage path spans Spain and France for over 800 Kms. The way is for everyone, no matter what your age or physical abilities are you can do all or part of it. I knew that I couldn’t walk over the Pyrenees the first time so opted to start in Pamplona about the 600 Km mark.
Where to Start your Camino?
The paths begin from all over Europe, some start and finish in Spain, and they all converge on Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain as their final destination. For more than 1,000 years pilgrims have traveled along the many Caminos to Santiago.
The most popular Camino walking trail and the one we chose is the Camino Frances. This part of the Camino de Santiago traditionally starts in St Jean Pied de Port, France and finishes in Santiago de Compostela about 800 km later. After a picturesque route traveling the breadth of Northern Spain, you can collect your Compostela from the Pilgrims office.
However, you can start anywhere along the path and even continue past Santiago to the sea at Finisterre. Cape Finisterre was thought to be the end of the world in medieval times. Starting in Pamplona was a good choice for us and gave us many options to get there. Our journey took a flight to Madrid, public transit to the Train to Pamplona, walk to Albergue. Our return was a bit easier, short walk to train station in Santiago direct to Madrid and a taxi to the hotel, we were tired and very sick at this point. Quick note we both got bad colds at the end of our walk and couldn’t enjoy Santiago like we wanted which is another reason to go back.
This is the moon setting, it was an incredible morning.