Do the Camino de Santiago in 20 days: what you need to know

We explain how you can do the Camino de Santiago in 20 days: which routes to choose or from which village to depart on the French Way?

Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

Doing the Camino de Santiago is a unique experience that can change your life. Many people may not have the time to carry out the whole Way in their context, but of course it is an adaptable experience in every way. In the past we have already explained how to make the Camino de Santiago in just over a week. But this time we will focus on a little more time: How to make the Camino de Santiago in 20 days?

? Can I do the Camino de Santiago in 20 days?

Yes, it is possible to make complete routes of the Camino de Santiago in 20 days, but obviously the French Way requires a little more time to complete it 100% in Spain. On the other hand, remember that the Way does not have to be made the same year. That is, there are pilgrims who perhaps make half of the French Way one year and, the next, continue from where they stayed to reach Santiago de Compostela.

20 days is really enough to live a great experience on the Camino, since we must realize that at an average of 20 kilometers per day - which is a common and simple average even for beginners-, in 20 days we can travel about 400 kilometers. Obviously if we want to enjoy the experience calmly it may be a little less, but there are routes that do not even have as much travel.

? How much should I walk or pedal to get the compostela?

Even by doing the Camino de Santiago in 10 days and choosing the routes well, we can easily get the long-standing compostela of the pilgrim. So with 20 days we will be guaranteed our compostela if we seal the credentials correctly. Remember that to get the compostela you must have certified that you have traveled at least 100 kilometers from one of the official routes of the Camino de Santiago. The minimum number of kilometers goes up to 200 by bike, but since in 20 days we will be able to travel at least 400 kilometers, we will have no problem requesting it in any of the cases.

? From which town depart to do the Camino de Santiago in 20 days?

If you are thinking about which route to take or from where to leave to do the Camino de Santiago in 20 days, keep an eye on our recommendations. Of course the last word has every pilgrim, and you must be satisfied with your choice of route and distances to travel. But obviously not all routes are similar. Some are more crowded, others are more lonely and have fewer services. The choice should be a mixture between personal tastes and experience on the Camino or, at least, when it comes to living this type of adventure.

The time of year also influences; In winter it is better to make a Way that has more services available, such as the French Way, while in summer we can risk other routes such as the Primitive Way, perhaps more natural and less massified but with worse services.

  • If you choose the French Way: From Burgos -491 Km- (for experts) or Carrión de los Condes -405 km-.
  • If you choose the Portuguese Way: From Tui -107 km- (only in Galicia) or Coimbra -353 km- (from Portugal).
  • If you choose the North Way: From Gijón -309 Km- (if you want to get to Fisterra later) or Llanes -401 km-.
  • If you choose the Primitive Way: From Oviedo -313 km-. (With plenty of time).
  • If you choose the English Way: From Ferrol (150 km). You can continue to Finisterre (+122 km) or Muxía (+140 km) to complete the experience.

Remember that if you decide to carry out the Camino de Santiago by bike the chosen route, to get the compostela, must be more than 200 km before reaching Santiago de Compostela. Therefore, the English Way would not be enough for it.


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