Camino de Santiago (St James Way)   
Self-Guided walks on the Spanish Camino  

French Route 
(the usual route across Northern Spain starting at the French border)
  6 nights Sarria to Santiago  (the last 100 km)
 13 nights Leon to Santiago  285 km
 33 nights St Jean to Santiago 783 km

History of the Camino de Santiago:  In 40 AD, according to legend, the body of the Apostle St James was clandestinely buried in Northern Spain. Centuries later, a hermit witnessed a shower of stars leading to the forgotten tomb and the story of this miracle started an age of pilgrimage to Santiago with multitudes of medieval wayfarers seeking the tomb of St James. Towns along the way hosted the pilgrims and today many of those villages have scarcely changed since the 1200's.

Today's Camino: Traditionally there were various pilgrimage routes to Santiago but the main trail was called the French Route leading from France through the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. Today this trail is well-trodden and well marked traversing many types of terrain including mountains, plains and the gentle hills of Galicia. The walk is sometimes done for spiritual reasons but many Camino hikers are there for adventure and camaraderie with walkers from all over the world. 

Walkers' World Self-Guided Itinerary is for those who prefer to walk independently.  A comfortable room with private bath is waiting at the end of each day. Luggage is transported from inn to inn so all that walkers carry are their daily necessities.  An English speaking host is on call for advice  (a cell phone that works in Europe is essential). 

Our 6 night walk starts at Sarria and covers the last 100 km of the trail into Santiago.

Our 13 night route starts at the magnificent city of Leon and covers the last 285 km of the trail. This itinerary can be customised if you would like rest days or shorter distances on some of the days.

Our 33 night route starts at the France/Spain border at the town of St Jean Pied de Port and covers the entire 783 km.  We strongly recommend adding rest days along the way.

When to go: Independent walks can be arranged starting any day (subject to accommodation availability) but we suggest that the best time is from April to October. 

About the Camino de Santiago

6 night itinerary

Cost and what is included

 13 night Itinerary

Frequently Asked Questions
33 night itinerary
How to Book your Camino walk
Typical Accommodation Add on to Finisterre

Back to Walkers World Home Page

Camino Map