Route Overviews

The Camino francés is not the only route to Santiago! It's easy to forget that because when we speak of "The Camino", it is almost always the francés that we mean. And the francés is almost inevitably every peregrino's first walk.

On the map below we have sketched in the routes on the Iberian Peninsula and those leading into Spain from France. The route lines and the table below are live links to brief descriptions of the routes. (Move your cursor around on the map and you will notice it changing shape.) So we encourage you to explore the "other" Caminos!

Some general remarks about the "other" Caminos are in order. If you are already familiar with the Camino francés either through having walked on it or through your research in advance of walking then you should be aware of those facets that make the francés different. The francés has an extremely well-developed infrastructure of albergues, bars, restaurants, water fountains and even waymarking when compared to most of the other routes. You can get by on the francés with your high school Spanish; this will not serve you very well on the more obscure routes. Even arranging a roof over your head at night or locating where to find food may require conversations with the local populace. On the francés you are rarely out of sight of other peregrinos; on some of the other routes you will rarely be in sight of others. On the francés a stretch of 10 km without water or services is unusual; on some of the other routes, 30 km intervals may not be unusual at all. For cyclists, a touring bike will serve on the francés while a mountain bike will be required on many of the others. None of these observations are intended to discourage branching out but they are intended to encourage thorough knowledge of what is involved.

There is a Wikipedia page "Camino de Santiago (route descriptions)" which has brief descriptions of numerous routes with the usual links to places and features. And, although not maintained and not updated for a considerable period of time, Peter Robbins once listed more than 100 routes on his website.

This list is under construction.
1. Camino francés 11. Camino portugués de la Vía de la Plata
2. Camino inglés 12. Camino portugués (Vía Lusitana)
3. Camino del Norte 13. Finisterre
4. Camino primitivo 14. Camino aragonés
5. Ruta del Túnel 15. Camí de Sant Jaume
6. Ruta de Madrid 16. Ruta del Ebro
7. Camino de Levante 17. Ruta de la Lana
8. Vía de la Plata 18. Camino de Invierno
9. Camino Mozárabe (Granada) 19. Camino del Salvador
10. Vía de la Plata, Sanabrés 20. Camino portugués, Lisbon to Porto

F1. Voie Littorale F4. Vía Podensis (Le Puy)
F2. Vía Turonensis (Paris) F5. Vía Tolosana (Arles)
F3. Vía Lemovicensis (Vézelay)  

  Camino francés Camino inglés Camino del Norte Camino primativo Camino de tunél Ruta de Madrid Camino de Levante Camino de la Plata Camino Mozárabe Camino Plata Sanabrés Camino de la Plata portugués Camino portugués Finisterre Camino aragonés Camí de Sant Jaume Ruta del Ebro Ruta de la Lana Ruta de la Lana Camino de Invierno Via Littorale Vía Turonensis (Paris) Vía de Vézelay Vía Podensis (Le Puy) Camino del Salvador Camino portugués, Lisbon to Porto Camino francés Camino aragonés Camino Primitivo Ruta de Tunel Ruta de Madrid Camino de Levante Via de la Plata Camino mozarabe Ourense option Camino de la Plata Portugues Camino Portugues Finisterre extension Voie Littorale Vía de Paris Vía de Vézelay Vía de Arles Vía de Arles


Route overview map

We would like to acknowledge Alison Raju and the many other contributors to the Confraternity of Saint James' guide Which Camino? (available from the Confraternity of Saint James) which was the source for much of the material presented on the individual route pages. The site MundiCamino was a source for additional information. For more detailed information on most of the routes we recommend both of these sources.

Rev 03/24/19