A multitude of pilgrims ask themselves the same question each year, Which Way to choose? The answer is easier than you can imagine.
We have compiled a list of useful tips to help you choose your ideal Camino de Santiago route based on your preferences.
In case the social part of the Camino de Santiago is important for you, the best option will be to realize the French Way.
The French Way is the most popular road, starting at St Jean Pied de Port. From St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago it takes approximately 35 to 40 days, depending on the pace.
According to official statistics of the Camino de Santiago, more than 70% of the pilgrims prefer the French Way, 15% for the Portuguese Way and just over 5% for the Northern Way.
It is not necessary to start the French Way from St Jean Pied de Port. In fact, it is typical to start the French Way from other points like Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Logroño, León, Ponferrada, O Cebreiro or Sarria.
In case you have 2 weeks, you could start from Ponferrada. If you only have 1 week our recommendation is to start from Sarria on the French Way or from Tui on the Portuguese Way.
Another interesting option is to make the last section of the Via de la Plata, from Ourense, although it is important to note that this Camino is less traveled than the French Way or the Portuguese Way.
An option that I like to recommend is to start the Camino from Lugo to carry out the final section of the Primitive Way, in this way, we will enjoy a perfect combination of days with few pilgrims around us and, as we approach Santiago, we will see how the The number of pilgrims who walk around us multiply.
There are other interesting roads such as the Portuguese Way, the second most popular or the Camino de Finisterre ending in Muxía.
If you are in a good physical condition another interesting option is the Northern Way, especially in summer to take advantage of the perfect combination of good weather and unique landscapes.
All roads of Santiago can be done by bicycle, with recommended stretches of between 50 and 60 kms daily. It is important to note that cycling is only recommended for people who are used to cycling and basic maintenance.
I would not recommend doing the French Way by bicycle in the summer months as the Camino is very busy and will be uncomfortable to coincide with so many pilgrims doing the Camino de Santiago on foot.
Ideally, the Northern Way fits perfectly for cycling.
Be that as it may, if you are looking for the Organized Santiago Way, a good option is to do it with specialized Travel Agencies on the Camino de Santiago.
For example, Santiago Ways, have years of experience making the Camino on foot or by bicycle. They organize the main roads of Santiago, emphasizing among others the French Way, the Portuguese Way or the Camino Lebaniego.
In addition, it is the Travel Agency of Camino with the best customer ratings based on Google, 4.9 out of 5.
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