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Santiago de Compostela Travel information

 

Santiago de Compostela: El Camino Pilgrimage Routes By means of Spain

The Camino de Santiago - or the Camino Francés - is the principal 750km way-marked direct via Spain. From St Jean Pied de Port in France, it crosses the Pyrenées at possibly Somport or Roncesvalles. These two routes meet at Puente la Reina, in the lands of Navarre, to form a single course which continues by means of La Rioja, entering Galicia by way of O Cebreiro and so to Santiago de Compostella. Pilgrim hostels are plentiful together this course. As referred to in the Pilgrim's Information to the Camino Francés the pilgrim hostels (albergues) differ enormously, some no much more than abandoned homes where pilgrims often spend a evening in a sleeping bag laid on the concrete ground. Other people are entirely equipped with dormitories, kitchen, showers and attendant host.

The northern route, Camino del Norte - also referred to as the Chemin Côtier / Camino primitivo / Camino de la Costa - follows the atlantic coast, from Donostia Sao Sebastian by way of Bilbao, Santander, Ribadeo and Lugo passing via the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias. This course has been well-liked with pilgrims arriving by sea at the Basque and Cantabrian ports because the 14th century, when churches have been created and and staging points had been produced alongside the Way. At Oviedo pilgrims venerated the relics of la Camara Santa. Nowadays the Camino del Norte is favoured by individuals who seek out a quieter, wilder direct than the somewhat overcrowded Camino Francès, as it traverses mountainous regions, rivers and creeks with tiny advancement and handful of hostels. The climate is mild and humid all year round.

The Camino Portugués leads from Oporto in Portugal by way of Ponte de Lima, Vigo and Pontevedro. This is the least formulated of all the Caminos, with pilgrims also walking this track in the opposite course en route to the shrine at Fatima... So signposting can be confusing! Albergues are less plentiful than along the Camino Francés, so a guide this kind of as the Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Portugués is indispensible for pilgrims following this direct.

The Camino Mozarabe departs from Seville in southern Spain, moving via Mérida, Caceres, and Salamanca before both joining the Camino Francés at Astorga, or continuing by way of Tabara, Verin and Ourense to Santiago.

The Camino Inglés brings british pilgrims from the port of A Coruña in Galicia, north of Santiago.

El Camino de Fisterra /chemin du Cap Finisterre, is an extension of the Camino, linking Santiago de Compostella with cap Finisterre - Land's End / the Finish of the Globe. This mythical promontory is the most westerly point of western Europe, and for several pilgrims it symbolises the conclude of the terestrial way and the starting of a spiritual renewal. It is the tradition of pilgrims who carry on to cap Finisterre to melt away their clothing and sandals as a indicator of this renewal. Several return by means of Muxia, as identified in the Pilgrim's Manual to the Camino Fisterra .

 

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