Walking ‘the Camino’ to Santiago de Compostela is becoming increasingly popular. Most ‘Wayfarers’ follow the ‘Camino Frances’, many walking 800 kms from the Pyrenees. But for over a millennium countless thousands have arrived in Santiago via other Camino routes! One of the earliest pilgrim trails is the Camino Portuguese, which commences in Lisbon and passes through Oporto and the historic small town of Padron (where St James first landed in Galicia from Jerusalem) before crossing the border into Spain.
Another is the Camino Finisterre situated on the rugged peninsula of Galicia. This leads to what was originally thought to be ‘Land’s End’ on the Atlantic coast. For the majority who reach Santiago, this is the end of their journey. Many are unaware that Finisterre is at the very heart of the Camino story, being seen as a significant spiritual site even before St James time. Others simply don’t have time to linger before pursuing other travels or returning home.
Other pathways originate in northern Spain. This includes the Camino del Norte beside the Bay of Biscay near San Sebastian. In the same vicinity is the Camino Primitivo that starts near the snow-capped Picos de Europa, traveling via Oviedo. Further East is the Camino Aragones that begins in Jaca in the Spanish Pyrenees, near Pamplona.
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Numerous other routes begin in more southern Spanish cities. This includes the Camino Mozarabe from Granada and Cordoba; the Via de la Plata on the ancient Roman road from the coastal city of Cadiz through Seville and the ancient Roman cities of Merida and Caceres to the historic sandstone city of Salamanca; the Camino de Levante from Valencia on the eastern coast; and the centrally located Camino de Madrid. Beyond this, people walk on Camino trails from all over Europe.