The French Camino

This is the Camino most pilgrims do, and the one most people have in mind when they picture the Camino. The French Camino was the first one to be marked with yellow arrows when the pilgrimage made its revival in the 1970s.

In 2018, 58% of all the pilgrims walked this one. A Survival Guide to the Camino de Santiago in Galicia covers the Galician section of this route.

The Portuguese Camino

As it’s name indicates, it starts in Portugal and heads north to Santiago, not quite on the coast. Highlights include the towns of Tui, Pontevedra and Padrón, the place where the Camino story began 2000 years ago.

In 2018, 21% walked this one. A Survival Guide to the Portuguese Camino in Galicia covers the Galician section of this route, starting on the border town of Tui.

Three Journeys to Santiago de Compostela

In December 1494, the German traveller Hieronymus Münzer began his pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. One hundred years later, the Italian priest Giovanni Battista Confalonieri followed his footsteps, arriving in Santiago on May 4th. In 1670, Father Domenico Laffi completed his pilgrimage on the 30th of June, after walking all the way from Bologna.

These are their accounts.

Atlas of Places that Could or Should have existed on the Camino de Santiago

Hic sunt Dracones (Here are Dragons). And indeed, Camino tradition believes that there was at least one Dragon on the Camino de Santiago, who lived up at the top of the Pico Sacro near Santiago de Compostela.

The Pico Sacro exists, the Dragon's lair could or should have...