Popular and Unusual pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela



Welcome to my website! I share my impressions and show my photos from nine Pilgrim Routes done in Spain and Portugal between 2008 and 2015. I have walked all together 6,100 kilometres. I also tell about what happened in the different locations I have visited. I have held lectures about my pilgrimages and would be pleased to do more. In addition, I have had an exhibition of my photos. For any questions or comments, feel free to contact me here or at my Swedish site www.buencamino.se – Lars Eklund.


I started to walk the 800 km long “French Route” in October 2008 between the Pyrenees in France and Santiago de Compostela in Spanish Galicia. My impression was, it was fantastic, maybe because I had no expectations and did not know anything about these kinds of pilgrimages.

Back home in Sweden I booked a new flight for the next walk in spring 2009. Then it just continued. Today I have walked most of the important routes in Spain and Portugal. On the popular routes, I met many walkers from different countries and with different life experiences. The unusual routes had, altogether, few or no walkers at all, but an interesting history. The destination for all is Santiago de Compostela in Galicia except for one, the way to Finisterre and Muxia, which ends up in Muxia on the Galician North Coast. The route is popular but is described together with the unusual route Via de la Plata.

I don’t know if I am much wiser or understand more now than before, but my walking has been healthy for my body and good for my soul and I am also not a stranger to the primeval routes which the Romans, the Moors and Hannibal used before me. 

2016-12-04  19:55, (Thank you Tony Green, “Refugio Gaucelmo”, Rabanal)