Imagine a hiking tour where you begin on any day of the week and decide how many days to go walking for and how far to walk each day until you arrive at the Cathedral de Santiago.
A hiking tour where you leave all the details, such as accommodation and bag-transfer arrangements, to us so that you can just relax and enjoy the camaraderie, Galician food and drink.
And to help you decide if you should join other pilgrims along the Way of St. James, we have walked the Camino Francés for you and chose only the best accommodation. We have also prepared an extensive Walking Pack, including a beautiful photo book, with all the information you need for your preparation to walk the Camino Francés.
The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St James is a 500-mile pilgrimage hiking route which starts in Jean Pied de Port in France and ends in the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The Camino was traditionally walked by pilgrims for religious and spiritual reasons but nowadays many walking enthusiasts take on the trail to enjoy the camaraderie experienced with other pilgrims on the trail. Achievement is another reason why hikers choose to walk the Camino de Santiago and hikers that walk the last 100km are rewarded with a Compostela certificate which certifies their Camino pilgrimage.
Camino tours are popular with pilgrims and self-guided Camino tours give walkers the freedom to walk the famous trail at their own pace, following maps and route notes. Eating along the way provides essential fuel for hiking and the food offered by restaurants and cafés along the Camino de Santiago is world-renowned. Many restaurants will offer a “Pilgrim’s Menu”, which is usually a three-course meal for an attractive set price.
Self-guided Camino tours include recommendations for the best places to eat and will also place you in some of the best guesthouses along the Camino de Santiago trail so you can enjoy a bit of comfort after your daily walk.
The Camino Francés route, known in English as The French Way, is the most popular route for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago to walk. In full, it is a 780km trail that starts in Saint Jean Pied de Port and finishes in the city of Santiago de Compostela. Pilgrims do not have to walk the full Camino Francés to achieve a Compostela certificate and many shorter Camino itineraries allow walkers to start their Camino hike closer to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Shorter Camino walks are perfect for those who have limited holidays or prefer the Camino experience over the challenge of the hike.
The most popular starting point of the Camino Francés is the town of Sarria, around 100km from Santiago de Compostela. Walkers who start in Sarria will achieve the Compostela certificate at the end of their journey.