We offer guided and self-guided trips on the 3 most historically important of the various “standard” routes that were used over the centuries to reach the tomb of the Apostle.
The Camino Primitivo or “Original Way” is the oldest of all the Ways, following the route taken by King Alfonso II in the 9th century, considered the first “official” pilgrim. This Camino covers more mountainous and wilder landscapes with fewer towns and villages, fewer chapels, churches and pilgrim’s refuges. The more challenging terrain and relative scarcity of services results in noticeably fewer pilgrims and a sense of authenticity sometimes lacking on the busier French Way. The natural environment of the most remote areas in Spain is one of the major attractions of this route and while fewer in number, wonderful artistic-historical sites are still plentiful.
The Camino Francés or “French” Way is the route which eventually became the most popular, and is now followed by the majority of modern-day pilgrims. This Camino follows somewhat gentler terrain (still plenty of good climbs though!) and due to its popularity over the ages, there are many more hamlets, villages and towns, and therefore lots of interesting artistic-historical sights. The Camino Francés is the most well-known of all the Caminos and naturally you’ll find many more pilgrims sharing the trail. One thing we really like is that it passes through a greater variety of landscapes, ecosystems and climate, making for an interesting transition as you follow the Way westward.
Also known as the Camino de la Costa or “Coastal Camino”, this is the 2nd oldest of all the Ways to Santiago, and avoided the Pyrenees entirely, entering Iberia from France along the Atlantic, running westward along the Peninsula’s northern coastline. There are 500 kilometers of glorious green coastal terrain, with magnificent views of sea and mountains, on pretty paths through verdant meadows along clifftops, linking quaint fishing villages with marvelous sandy beaches – undoubtedly some of the best in Europe – rocky inlets and quiet coves. On finally reaching the border between Asturias and Galicia, the route turns southwest, heading inland towards Santiago.