The Camino de Santiago is a collection of pilgrimage and hiking trails covering much of Europe converge in Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. The trails can easily be hiked in sections. The Camino Frances is the most traditional hike, covering 780 kilometers through central Europe. Hikers enjoy the trail for its spiritual significance, beautiful European countryside, historical spots, and local culture.
Quite a few guidebooks for the Camino (the Camino Frances section in particular) are available for purchase but can be quite heavy, especially considering that it is nearly impossible to get lost on this section of the trail. Albergues and refugios are hostels only for hikers of the trail. Private hotels and hostels are also available along the trail. In order to stay at the hostels one needs a Pilgrim’s Passport. Passports are issued at some albergues and at the three main starting points of the trail: St John Pied de Port, Roncesvalles, and Pamplona.
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- 780 Km
- 4-5 weeks to through-hike
- Very cheap accommodations and supplies available frequently along trail. Most hikers do not camp, instead opting for the hostels in each town
- Guide books and maps available
- Pilgrim’s passport
- Well marked and easy to follow