Camino de Santiago

Embark on a life-changing experience

Experience personal transformation by walking the Camino de Santiago. Discover new perspectives, connect with pilgrims from around the world and find inner peace as you walk towards the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

All the routes of the Camino de Santiago

Saint James Way Routes, Stages, Distance, Difficulty, History...

French Way

The French Way is the path chosen by more than 60% of pilgrims, and the protagonist of many books and films, such as “The Way”. The route of this ancient pilgrimage route starts in the French city of Saint Jean de Port and crosses the Iberian Peninsula for 800 km from west to east until it ends in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela. If you want to take a shorter route you can also start in: Pamplona, Burgos, León, Ponferrada or Sarria. + Leer más
Camino Francés


740 km

Starting point

Saint Jean P.P.

Stages on foot

34 Stages

Stages on bike

15 Stages

Stages of the French Way

Número etapaNombre de la etapaDistanciaDificultadDuración
1Saint Jean Pied de Port-Roncesvalles2457h
4Pamplona-Puente de la Reina2425h45m
5Puente de la Reina-Estrella2225h
6Estrella-Los Arcos2125h
7Los Arcos-Logroño2826h15m
9Nájera-Santo Domingo de la Calzada2114h45m
10Santo Domingo de la Calzada-Belorado2215h
11San Juan de Ortega-Belorado2425h30m
12San Juan de Ortega-Burgos2625h45m
13Burgos-Hornillos del Camino2025h15m
14Hornillos del Camino-Castrojeriz2024h30m
16Frómista-Carrión de los Condes1914h15m
17Carrión de los Condes-Calzadillla de la Cueza2024h32m
18Calzadilla de la Cueza-Sahagún2526h30m
19Sahagún-El Burro Ranero1824h
20El Burgo Ranero-Mansilla de las Mulas1924h15m
21Mansilla de las Mulas-León1814h15m
24Astorga-Rabanal del Camino2125h50m
25Rabanal del Camino-Ponferrada3246h 30m
26Ponferrada-Villafranca del Bierzo2425h30m
27Villafranca del Bierzo-O Cebreiro2847h30m
28O Cebreiro-Triacastela2124h45m
31Portomarín-Palas de Rei2525h45m
32Palas de Rei-Arzúa2836h45m
33Arzúa-O Pedrouzo1924h30m
34O Pedrouzo-Santiago de Compostela1924h30m

How to plan the Camino de Santiago?

Do you dream of a perfect holiday without the stress of planning every detail or do you prefer to organise the trip on your own?

Specialised travel agency

If you decide to trust a travel agency specialised in the Camino de Santiago you will save time and effort, thanks to local experts who know the Camino and have exclusive access to suppliers and special rates.

You will be able to save money while enjoying a carefree trip. From accommodation, transport or luggage transfer, to extra activities and assistance at the destination.

At Galiwonders we will tailor your experience to your tastes, preferences and budget, offering you local advice and authentic experiences. With the peace of mind of being in professional hands, your adventure will be unforgettable.

All you have to worry about is following the yellow arrow and feeling the magic of the Camino.

Planning the Camino on your own

Organising the Camino on your own gives you the freedom to choose your itinerary, accommodation and activities. You will be able to explore the Camino de Santiago at your own pace and personal style. However, it will require time and careful pre-planning and organisation to ensure that your pilgrimage is safe and successful.

Backpacks in the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago organised

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Pilgrim with cows on the road to santiago


Discover the freedom of self-discovery by walking the Camino de Santiago alone. Experience deep introspection and personal connection with the Camino, as you move at your own pace and immerse yourself in a unique and intimate experience.

Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

In group

The Camino de Santiago is a perfect route to do in a group. The memories shared, the lasting friendships and the lessons learned make this journey an unforgettable experience. It is a journey that is not only done with your feet, but also with your soul.

How to do the Camino de Santiago?

The Camino can be done in different ways, allowing pilgrims to tailor the experience to their preferences and needs.

There are as many routes as there are pilgrims. The Camino can be done in different ways, allowing pilgrims to adapt the experience to their preferences and needs.



The Camino de Santiago on foot is the most traditional way, already used by the first pilgrims in the Middle Ages. Currently, approximately 93% of pilgrims walk this route, reflecting the continuity of a centuries-old tradition that represents the authenticity and spiritual connection that walking the route offers.
All of the routes of the Camino can be done on foot, each with its own charm and difficulty, with the French Way being the most popular, followed by the Portuguese Way and the English Way.
In addition, walking the route is a more social experience. Walking will allow you to chat with other pilgrims of different nationalities, meeting and sharing experiences, feeling part of the community.

Routes and Signposting on the Camino de Santiago

Don’t be afraid of getting lost! Cairns, arrows and other signposts will help you to find your way and follow the route safely.

The Mojones

They are stone and concrete constructions that mark the remaining distance to Santiago de Compostela. On them you will find the iconic scallop shell and the yellow arrow indicating the Way to follow.

Scallop shell

It is one of the most representative symbols of the Camino. The most common representation is the yellow shell on a blue background. Although you will also find it in hundreds of formats (stone, metal, paint…) in the towns and cities along the Camino de Santiago.

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Yellow arrows

They are present in all the Jacobean Routes and indicate the direction that the pilgrim must follow. They can be found on the ground, on stones, on churches, trees, urban constructions…

What is the best time to do the Camino de Santiago?

Our recommendation is to do the Camino de Santiago in spring or autumn. Although it is possible to do it at any time of the year.

Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino in spring / autumn

These are the best times of the year to walk the Camino. They are characterised by mild temperatures, between 18ºC and 25 ºC, occasional rainfall and more hours of daylight for walking. The trails are less crowded, making it easier to find accommodation.

Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino in summer

Summer offers higher temperatures than other seasons (25ºC-35ºC), less chance of rain and more hours of natural light for walking. It is the most popular season for pilgrims, so we recommend planning and booking your accommodation in advance.

Pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago

The Camino in winter

Winter is characterised by low temperatures (5ºC-10ºC), although in some colder regions it can be below 5ºC and there is a greater chance of rain. The Camino is lightly travelled, so you will find peace and quiet and enjoy the beauty of the winter scenery.

The Compostela and the Pilgrim's Credential

So much effort deserves a reward! At the end of the Camino de Santiago you will receive the Compostela. The certificate that certifies the achievement and commitment of every pilgrim who walks to Santiago.

The Compostela: Official Certification

It is the certification awarded to those pilgrims who have completed any of the official routes of the Camino. To be eligible for it, you will have to meet certain requirements such as walking a minimum distance and stamp the credential correctly. You can pick it up at the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago de Compostela.

The Pilgrim's Credential

This is a document, also known as a pilgrim’s passport, which must be stamped at each stage of the Pilgrim’s Way. You can get it at the Pilgrim’s Welcome Office in Santiago de Compostela or at one of the many Jacobean associations authorised by the Cathedral, such as parishes, Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino or hostels.

Reasons to do The Camino de Santiago

What is yours? Each person has his or her own motivation for embarking on the Camino de Santiago.

Shell and yellow arrow on the Camino de Santiago

The opportunity to do a pilgrimage

Although its origins are religious, today the Camino has evolved in the same way as the interests of those who walk it: spiritual and social motives, conection with nature, history and traditions… There are as many ways as pilgrims.

Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

Meet people from all over the world

The Camino de Santiago consists of several routes, some of them very popular. It can be a very social experience, where you can enjoy the company of other pilgrims from around the world, and share experiences. There are as many routes as there are pilgrims.

Coast on the Camino de Santiago

Natural beauty

The Camino de Santiago crosses spectacular and diverse landscapes: mountains, green fields, coasts, rivers, charming villages… it will take your breath away.


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

History and culture

The Camino de Santiago has a large historical background. Through its different routes you can access its inmense artistic, cultural and gastronomic heritage.


Pilgrim and shell on the Camino de Santiago

Living the adventure

The Camino de Santiago is a way to get out of the routine. A trip out of the ordinary, one of those that leaves a lasting impression.


Pilgrims on bicycles on the Camino de Santiago

The physical challenge

The Camino de Santiago can be a physical challenge for many pilgrims, as it requires walking (or pedaling) many kilometers, for several days in a row.

History of the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is a historic route to Santiago whose origin dates back to the 9th century. It offers a rich heritage of authenticity and tradition.

Apostle Santiago

The Apostle Santiago

Considered the patron saint of Spain, the Apostle St. James has been a symbol of faith and devotion for millions of pilgrims for centuries. His remains are located in Santiago de Compostela, giving rise to this important pilgrimage route around the world.

Codex Calixtinus

The Codex Calixtinus

This is the most famous medieval manuscript of the Jacobean pilgrimage, considered to be the first guide to the Camino de Santiago. The codex, which includes historical and liturgical accounts and practical advice for pilgrims, is housed in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

The Xacobean Year

It is a special period in the Christian calendar that is celebrated when the 25th of July, the feast of St. James the Apostle, falls on a Sunday. The Año Xacobeo is a vitally important moment in the Camino de Santiago and is celebrated with events, festivals and activities.

Frequently asked questions about the Camino de Santiago

Here we solve some of the most common doubts when you organize your trip. If you have more, do not hesitate to contact us.

Depending on your tastes and preferences, you can choose between the various routes that the Camino de Santiago has to offer.
The French Way is the most popular, followed by the Portuguese Way.
There are also other routes such as the English Way, La Vía de la Plata, the Lighthouse Way or the Northern Way, which stand out for their scenic beauty and gastronomy.

It is essential to train and prepare yourself physically before undertaking the Camino. Taking long, regular walks at least two months beforehand will help to improve your endurance and physical condition.
Remember that you can also hire luggage transfer between stages.

As for footwear, we recommend waterproof trekking boots with good cushioning. In addition, you should not wear new ones to avoid chafing.

The duration of the Camino will depend on several factors, such as the route you choose, the starting point or the walking pace. To do one of the great Jacobean routes in its entirety, such as the French Way or the Northern Way, you will need 4-5 weeks to complete it, as they consist of approximately 35 stages.
If you are worried about the stages being too long or if you prefer a more relaxed pace, remember that our itineraries are totally flexible, so we can split them in two or add extra nights for you to rest.

Santiago de Compostela is the final destination of all the different Camino de Santiago routes. The name “Santiago” of course refers to the Apostle (Santiago is James in Spanish).

And the word “Compostela” comes from the latin expression “Campus Stellae”. What does it mean? Campus means “field” and Stealle means “star”. The field of the star. But, why? According the the Christian tradition, the remains of the Apostle where discovered because there was a star on that field, illuminating its location.

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