The French Camino

The 2020 Edition is now available. 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

The 2020 Edition is now available. 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.

The Camino de Madrid

The Camino de Madrid starts at the Church of Santiago in Madrid and ends in the town of Sahagún where it joins the French Camino. Highlights include crossing the highest point of all the Caminos in Spain and walking through the World Heritage Site of Segovia.

Although there is no official tally for the Camino de Madrid, an estimated 2,000 pilgrims walked to Sahagún in 2019.

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...

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A Memoir of the Camino de Santiago in 1994.

That year 15,863 pilgrims walked to Santiago. I was one of them.

An Illustrated Journey to the West by Domenico Laffi / Un Viaje a Occidente con Ilustraciones de Domenico Laffi

An Abridged Version of the Pilgrim's Diary / Una Versión Reducida del Diario del Peregrino

Bilingual Edition / Edición Bilingüe