Walking the Routes
The Northern route as the name suggests follows the coast from the border town of Irun in the Basque region of Spain and travelling close to the Atlantic ocean and the Bay of Biscay before eventually dropping down to join the Camino Frances at Azrua some 700 kilometres to the west. This 825k trek attracted 12000 pilgrims in 2011.
The most popular of the four main pilgrimage routes and in 2011 over 130000 travelled all or part of the way to Santiago. This is arguably the most scenic route and the nature and climate make this a wonderful journey to walk or cycle. The route is divided into 33 steps or etapas and from the Pyrenees be prepared for a walk of almost 800 kilometres.
This journey historically starts in Lisbon, the capital of Portugal but since most of the trail between Lisbon and Porto is on the tarmac pilgrims these days opt to travel the route from Porto to Santiago which is not quite 250 kilometres. The journey includes some beautiful nature through the fertile region of the country before entering Spain at Tui and eventually travelling through Galicia and onto Santiago. In 2011 over 20000 pilgrims walked this Way making it the second most popular pilgrimage walked or cycled that year.
Via de la Plata
In 2011 almost 8000 or four percent of all pilgrims completed this route to Santiago. This spectacular 1000 kilometre walk is the most remote of all the pilgrimages and bisects the country east to west as it travels north to Santiago.
On this Way you will be rewarded with magnificent reminders of Roman and medieval Spain.
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