Welcome to Camino De Santiago,
where you will find out what is Camino trail as well I will be sharing my Camino (The French Way) experience and giving you basic guidelines to follow, tips from my perspective as well as my personal photos throughout the whole journey.
What is Camino?
Camino is a very old pilgrimage route walked by thousands of pilgrims (travelers) each year. People from whole over the world travel to a village called San Jean Pied De Port, which is in France. That is the place where the pilgrimage(also know as st james way) starts. Roughly a month of mountains, plain flat grass, hay fields, rivers, highway, forests etc.
There are many Camino routes which you can either walk, cycle or even ride and they all lead to one destination – a city called Santiago de Compostela. The most popular pilgrimage (journey) route is the Camino Frances (~770km).
Why walk this pilgrimage?
Actually there are several reasons which you might be interested in :
- Health benefits (losing weight)
- Clearing your head
- Filling the need to meet new, interesting people
- Experiencing Spain’s culture from different angles
- The Camino trail being a Christian religious journey, religion
- Learning to appreciate the little things life gives you.
There are many more reasons why you should give a thought to this camino pilgrimage, you can even find a reason along the way, there doesnt need to be a reason from the start.
How long would it take to walk the camino trail?
If you follow the map that you are given in the starting city called San Jean Pied De Port, which is in France, you would finish roughly in 34 days, but if your’e relatively young and dont have any health problems, you could do it in a month for sure.
With the equipment I used, it was much easier, because there are a lot of people that don’t know what to bring. That is the main reason why you walk slower and spend more time organizing your stuff.
Depends on what time of year you walk too, it would take much more time if you walk in the winter. Because you have to take many more precautions and in certain parts walk much more slower, because it gets quite dangerous.
In my opinion, it is faster to go alone, because you dont depend on anyone, and you can make your own decisions, because during the Camino, you will see a lot of groups of people, who have just met.
How many Camino routes are there?
There are five main Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes in Spain:
- the Camino Frances(770km)
- The Via de la Plata( 1000km )
- the Northern Route( 825km )
- The English Road( 110km )
- Camino Portugues( 230km )
There are many more than this in Spain, but these are currently the most travelled.
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