New year, new Camino de Santiago routes
The Northern Way, the Winter Way, the Primitive Way, the Lebaniego Way and Vadiniense Route
The end of 2017 is coming, and all we can say at this stage is… thanks for joining us this year! We have really good news for 2018, new Camino de Santiago routes coming up.
The Northern Way
- 1 The Northern Way
- 2 The Winter Way
- 3 The Primitive way
- 4 The Labeniego Way
- 5 The Vadiniense Way
The Northern Way route is considered to be a physical challenge, particularly the first walking days through the Basque Country. It crosses all the North of Spain, with a view of the sea and the mountains. On this trail, you will enjoy Bilbao (one of the most popular cities im Europe); discover the coastal region of Cantabria, taste the popular “cachopo” in Asturias (meat with ham and cheese); and finally, visit the cultural heritage of Galicia.
Last 100 km
On this Camino de Santiago route, you can visit the impressive monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes.
Once in Arzúa, the walk will become more sociable, as you will be joining those pilgrims coming from the French Way.
Full: From Irún to Santiago
Those pilgrims looking for stunning views and physical challenges, will really enjoy to walk the full Northern Way, from the Basque Country.
San Sebastián, Guernika, Bilbao, Santillana del Mar and Mondoñedo are some of the villages your will visit on the way.
The Winter Way
Winter time is not a very popular time to walk the Camino de Santiago, as weather is not usually the best for walking. However, over the last few years, an increasing number of pilgrims is choosing Christmas time to walk the Camino, particularly the French Way.
Those who are thinking about walking the stretch of O Cebreiro, on the French Way, may consider choosing the Winter Way instead (or Camino de Invierno in Spanish).
The route started as an alternative to the French Way during winter time. The area close to O Cebreiro was closed during some periods because of the snow.
Last 100 km
From Monforte de Lemos to Santiago. You will enjoy the rural zones of Galicia, the Ribeira Sacra wine and the Monte Faro.
Full: From Ponferrada to Santiago
The Winter Way is one of the most traditional routes of the Camino de Santiago, with centuries of history. It has gained more popularity over the last few years.
Pilgrims choosing this route will also enjoy amazing landscapes, like Las Médulas in León (UNESCO heritage site) or the Ribeira Sacra region.
The Primitive way
The Primitive Way (or Original Way), Camino Primitivo in Spanish, is considered to be the first Jacobean route leading to Santiago de Compostela; the origin of the Camino de Santiago.
It was walked by medieval kings and knights, but it was set aside during the Reconquest due to the rise of the French Way.
Last 100 km
The last 100 km of Primitive way are defined by Lugo. If you book one extra day there, you will discover all the Roman origins of the city.
Full: From Oviedo to Santiago
If you want to walk this Camino de Santiago route, you will need at least 2 weeks to do it.
In Oviedo, you will be able to contemplate the distinguished architecture of its Cathedral. In addition, you will be in contact with the nature of Asturias and the mountains of Lugo.
If you choose this way . . . Do not forget to drink the Asturian cider and taste the delicious cachopo!
The Labeniego Way
Lebaniego way is an alternative walk, and one of the most appreciated Camino de Santiago routes. It passes through Cantabria, and you will be able to discover this amazing region in depth. Santander and San Vicente de la Barquera are some of the villages that you can visit on the way.
The last stop of the Lebaniego Way (or Camino Lebaniego) is Santo Toribio de Liébana. The “lignum crucis” (wood of the cross) is guarded there. It is said the be the biggest in the Christianity.
This lignum crucis is the biggest piece of wood of the True Cross. It comes from a typical Palestinian tree. In the Middle Ages, Santo Toribio de Astorga, transported this piece of the True Cross to Astorga, with the consent of the Bishop. A couple of years later, it was transported to Liébana, to save it from the Muslims that were about the arrive in Northern Spain, after invading the Iberian Peninsula.
The Vadiniense Way
It is also focused on Cantabria. This way connects the Lebaniego Way and the French Way.
It offers the best views of Picos de Europa. It seems to be designed to enjoy the landscapes of Cantabria region and the Esla River.
Why not choosing any of these Camino de Santiago routes for 2018?
”The world belongs to those who dare to discover it”