How Long Is The Camino de Santiago?

July 26, 2017 by
Alex hiking in Connemara
POSTED BY July 26, 2017

Asking ‘how long is the Camino de Santiago?’ is a very ambiguous question, given the fact that there are so many official Camino de Santiago routes around the world.

There are multiple routes that lead to Santiago itself, with the distances of them most popular routes listed below:

Camino Frances – 780km

Camino del Norte – 830km

Camino Portugues – 600km

Camino Primitivo – 260km

Via De La Plata – 1,000km

Camino Ingles – 110km

The above distances is the total length of each of the Camino routes. You can, of course, start wherever you want and end wherever you want.

In order to obtain your ‘Compostela’, you must walk at least 100km. Luckily, our longest Camino Frances route covers 160km!

The pilgrim’s office at Santiago releases statistics each month displaying how many people completed the Camino, and where they started from.

Statue facing towards Santiago on the Camino de Santiago

How Long Is The Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage?

The minimum pilgrimage you must undertake in order to achieve your Compostela (pilgrim’s certificate) is 100km.

Other than that, the pilgrimage is as long or as short as you want it to be!

One unique Camino de Santiago route is the Celtic Camino. This route involves walking at least 25km on one of Ireland’s official Camino routes, such as the Kerry Camino, before then travelling to A Coruna to complete the 75km trail from there to Santiago.

How Long Does It Take To Walk The Camino?

To walk the full Camino Frances, it typically takes 30-35 days, walking between 25-27km each day.

Of course, you can go at a more leisurely pace although the terrain on the Camino is relatively flat and easy.

Our longest walks will take you 13 days to complete and allow you to experience the Camino Frances between O Cebreiro and Santiago at a Gentle pace but options with longer walking distances per day are also available to complete this 160km section in 8, 9 or 10 days.

From Sarria, located just over 100km from Santiago and the most popular starting point of any Camino trail, itinerary options of 6, 7 , 8 and 10 days are available depending on your average daily walking preference.

You may also want to stop in several towns along the way for a day or two, meaning you can plan to make your Camino longer and include a rest day at any point.

Backpack on the Camino Frances

The Best Time To Walk The Camino

If you’d like to find out more about the best time to walk the Camino, take a look at this blog that we recently wrote.

Typically and logically, the best time to walk the Camino for the weather is during the summer months although temperatures can get very high in the peak summer months and the Spring and Autumn months offer a less populated experience on the trails as well as more moderate temperatures .

Why Walk The Camino Frances?