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When Should I Go? » Sense Of Wonder Travel

When Should I Go?

Here are some good suggestions from Pilipala Press, with different starting points, depending on how much time you have.

If you’re fit and healthy and don’t want to stay for more than one night in any of the places along the way, you can walk the Camino from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela in about a month. Still, it’s a good idea to allow for extra time in case of unforeseen injuries or rest days.

If you have less time, or if you’re not used to walking long distances, consider starting somewhere closer to Santiago; you only need to walk the last 100km to Santiago to get a campostela. Cities such as Pamplona, Logroño, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Sarria are all popular places to start.

If you have one week …
… start at Sarria, 100km from Santiago
… if you’re doing the Camino in stages, walk from Pamplona to Estella.

If you have ten days …
… start at Ponferrada, 200km or so from Santiago
… start at Sarria, walk to Santiago, then continue on to Finisterre
… if you’re doing the camino in stages, walk from Pamplona to Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

If you have two weeks …
… start at Ponferrada (200km from Santiago), Astorga (250km from Santiago) or León (300km from Santiago)
… if you’re doing the Camino in stages, walk from Pamplona to Burgos.

If you have three weeks …
… start at Frómista or Carrión de los Condes (400km or so from Santiago) or León (300km from Santiago). If you’re fit, continue on to Finisterre
… walk from Pamplona to Logroñno (100km), take a break with a side trip to Bilbao, then rejoine the camino in Ponferrada and walk to Santiago or Finisterre.

If you have four weeks …
… if you’re very fit, walk from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago (776km)
… take it slower and stop to see more sights by walking from Pamplona to Santiago (700km) or Burgos to Santiago (500km) or Burgos to Finisterre (600km).

If you have six weeks …
… start at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, or somewhere closer to Santiago. Take your time, take side trips and immerse yourself in the Camino.

Go to Pilipala Press for more information.

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