In 2016 over 270,000 walked over 100 kilometres or cycled over 200 kilometres as part of one of many Camino routes which end in the northern Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela. Here are 10 reasons why you could consider completing a Camino. 1 Travel with Purpose – When you walk on a Camino your specific purpose is to find and follow the waymarkers to your destination. You might be looking out … Continue reading Why walking a Camino should be on your Bucket List
I am sitting in a cafe next to the Santiago Cathedral enjoying a mint tea, listening to numerous church bells and watching the ebb and flow of walkers continuing to cross the finishing line with their packs and walking sticks, tour groups following their leaders and individuals here to observe the unique sights. It is impossible to count the number of walkers coming into … Continue reading The Mystique of the Camino de Santiago – Why are so many people walking to Santiago?
The last few days of walking have been fatiguing for me but there has been a huge sensation of our destination being within reach. Today is a joyous occasion because we scurried into the town of Santiago just in time to attend the famous Pilgrim Mass in the Cathedral with the Botafumeiro swinging at 70 kms per hour. Comments on the last five days Day … Continue reading Arriving in Santiago de Compostela: the Camino has ended!
Day Nine We walked about 30kms from Puebla de Sanabria to Lubian. A significant part of the walking track was diverted to the side of the highway due to road construction. The last 6kms or so was a very pretty, grassyrack heading into mountainous country. Lots of trees and a beautiful entrance into the small village of Lubian built into the side of a … Continue reading Camino Days Nine, Ten, Eleven and Twelve: Puebla de Sanabria to Xunqueria de Ambia
Day Six This was the most beautiful walking track we had experienced so far. A 28 km walk following a river to the town of Rionegro del Puente. Lots of trees, bushes with bright yellow and red flowers and many gilder rose trees. As we crossed a bridge into Rionegro we met an elderly lady (82) who was thrilled to answer our questions about … Continue reading Camino Days Six, Seven and Eight: Santa Marta de Croya to Puebla de Sanabria
Day Three Leaving the town of Zamora early (and with difficulty locating signposts) we walked a long and torturous 34 kms or so on another hot day. The walking trail was not a pretty on this section and new roads constructed had unexpectedly added extra distance to the walk and sent us, frustratingly, in circles at various points. Very few other peregrinos walked with us … Continue reading Camino Days Three Four and Five: Zamora to Santa Croya de Tera
Day One From Salamanca to El Cubo del Vino was a long first day (about 36 kms) but we arrived at our destination just as the heat became very trying at about 2.30pm. We were very tired so it was great to see the village appear in the distance. Our albergue for the night was surprisingly pleasant. We had our own room, very … Continue reading Camino Days One and Two : Salamanca to Zamora
This is our second night in the so elegant small university city of Salamanca.We have now returned our car after walking along the walls of Avila en route to Salamanca. Our hotel in Salamnca is located right on Plaza Mayor with our balcony overlooking the vibrant square. As I write this on Saturday night another free concert is about to begin in the plaza – we … Continue reading Salamanca – A gem of a Spanish city not to be missed
Segovia is justifiably a popular and charming small Spaniish city well worth visiting. Two smaller but lesser known towns nearby, Pedrazza and Sepulveda, should also be visited if time allows. We have now been at our Segovia base for 48 hours but it seems much longer. We are so lucky. The hotel is lovely, only a few other guests and we are treated warmly and … Continue reading Segovia Pedrazza and Sepulveda