Camino de Santiago 2008
The most popular Pilgrim Route is the French route, the Camino de Santiago from Saint Jean Pied de Port in the French part of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela, the capital of the region Galicia in the north west of Spain. About 70% of all Pilgrims walk this route. When I started to walk, 2008 more than one hundred thousand “Strangers” walked to Santiago de Compostela.
The route is well marked with yellow arrows and has a good infrastructure with shops, restaurants and youth hostels, called ”Albergues” in Spain. The vegetation varies and the route is fairly easy to walk even though it passes three mountains of maximum 1.530 meters above sea level. Many pilgrim routes from various locations in Europe, join to the French route and end up in Santiago de Compostela. I walked 800 kilometres in beautiful weather during October 2008. I repeated Camino de Santiago 2015 from Pamplona and I also walked Camino Aragonés during 2012 from Somport in France which is an alternative beginning of the main route.
Camino del Norte 2010
The beautiful Atlantic route starts in the Basque area in Irun on the Spanish-French border, following the north coast through the coastal towns of Bilbao, Santander, Gijón and Ribadeo. These are the most popular tourist places in Spain and, like most coastal cities, characterized by fishing with picturesque harbours. But the previous fishermen’s shacks have today been changed to upscale seafood restaurants. Thousand years ago whale catching was important at several places along the Spanish north coast. About seven per cent of all pilgrims walk the Camino del Norte.
In Villaviciosa, just before Gijón, one can alternatively chose the oldest pilgrim route in Spain, the Camino Primitivo. The route is hillier than the French route but incredibly beautiful. During October 2010 I walked totally 822 kilometres from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela.
Camino Aragonés and Camino Primitivo 2012
The Camino Aragonés begins in Arles in France and continues to the French-Spanish border station Col du Somport. From there it leads further along the River Rio Aragón and ends in Puente la Reina de Navarra. This part of the route is an alternative to the beginning of the French Route from Saint Jean Pied de Port. The Camino Aragonés comprises a total of 900 kilometres in France and Spain. I walked 174 kilometres, the last part in Spain. My plan was to start in Urdos in the French Pyrenées, but I was advised not to do so because of deep snow in the mountains, bad weather and steep slopes.
Directly after the Camino Aragonés I travelled to Oviedo for walking the Camino Primitivo. This route is the oldest one of all Pilgrim Routes in Spain, 320 kilometres long, passing Lugo and ends up in Mélide. The Camino Primitivo is hilly. Due to the bad weather situation I decided to walk via Pola de Allande, which is easier than the main route, passing the ruin Hospital. I walked 372 kilometres from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela.
See my images and read my short diary from these two stretches 2012.
Camino Primitivo 2013
In the spring 2013 I repeated the Camino Primitivo. This time I walked over the mountains and passed the desolate area with the ruin “Hospital”. I walked totally 275 kilometre of the whole stretch. I have pleasant memories from the private Albergue “O Candido” in San Roman de Retorta. Like last year, I stayed there over the night.
See my images and read my short diary from 2013.