Tips to do the Camino
Organizing the Camino de Santiago, the camino trail in Spain, is not always easy. Many doubts arise when choosing an itinerary. Where to start the Camino? What route to choose? Which locations will I get to see? Where am I going to sleep? Where can I get the credential?
One of the things that can help the most in these previous moments is to see the different routes of the Camino de Santiago on a map. This way you can place yourself on the ground, choose which areas you prefer or should go through and start touring the different stages. Taking into account that in Spain alone there are about forty Routes that lead to Santiago, knowing for sure which itinerary you are going to choose to reach Santiago de Compostela is essential.
To help you with this task, we’ve included on a map the main routes of the Camino de Santiago that go through Spain. Camino Francés or the French Way, the Northern Way, the Portuguese Way, the Primitive Way, the English Way, the Vía de la Plata, the Mozárabe Way, the Winter Way and the Way to Finisterre and Muxía sum up the itineraries used by the pilgrims to reach the tomb of the Apostle. There are the mos popular routes of Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage.
You can see Routes such as the Camino de Madrid, the Camí de Sant Jaume, the Camino del Ebro, the Levante, the Camino de la Lana or the Camino del Sureste. We have also included the existing Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes in the Canary Islands and Mallorca, which are unknown to many walkers but that are very attractive options.
Camino de Santiago maps in Europe
If your intention is to start the Way of Saint James in another point of Europe, the Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago and the National Geographic Institute have created a map with the main European Routes.
It is a map of the Camino de Santiago that includes over 80.000 kilometers (49.700 miles) of marked itineraries in 28 countries. A total of 286 routes that, without a doubt, help us understand the importance of the Camino de Santiago in this continent and to choose the route that suits you the most. This map can be a perfect Camino de Santiago route planner.
Next to these generic maps of the Camino Spain, on our web you can find the ten most frequented routes by pilgrims. In addition to the general map of the Camino, you can obtain more information on that itinerary.
For example, if you decide on the French Way, in our section of the website you will find a simple map with the route divided by stages and with specific information on each one of them: an explanation of the itinerary, available accommodations in each location, images, advice on what to see and what to do at the end of the stage and at intermediate points...
The most important Jacobean cities also have their own map. Both in our blog and in the download area you can access the maps of cities such as Santiago, León, Pamplona, Bilbao and Finisterre and Muxía. In them, in addition to having a location map that will help you to know the city upon your first arrival, you will also find the ten things you should not miss while visiting this town.
Tips to organize your Camino
To complete the planning of your Camino de Santiago, we remind you that on our website you will find all sorts of tips and recommendations to solve some of your most frequently asked questions: what you should take in your backpack, where to buy the Credencial, how to earn the Compostela, how to take care of your feet… And if you are cycling the Camino, you will find a series of indications on how to make the best of it.
Finally, do not forget that Correos offers pilgrims a whole series of services with which we try to facilitate the Way before, during and after the pilgrimage.
The most used is the Paq Mochila, the transportation service between stages on the Camino, but there are other possibilities such as the Paq Bicicleta, to send your bicycle to the starting point or back at the end of the Route; the Paq Peregrino, to ship suitcases or packages to Santiago or to any other point on the Way; or the Prepaid Payment Card, a monetary card that is not associated with any checking account and that allows you to charge it only with the money you need.
Do you have any questions? Do not worry. Remember that you can ask our mailmen and women through our web form. They’ve been walking the Camino route every day for many years and they can solve any question that may worry you.
And if not, this community of pilgrims who make up El Camino con Correos will always be willing to help you. Leave your questions in the comments or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or YouTube and together we will help you plan your Camino de Santiago so it’s not a challenge but an enjoyment. Buen Camino, pilgrims!
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