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The final 100 km on the Camino de Santiago

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The Camino de Santiago is a well-liked pilgrimage route in Europe. Yearly it attracts hundreds of individuals from all around the world. There are various routes of various lengths and difficulties that result in Santiago de Compostela. Not everyone has the chance to finish your complete Camino; most of them require between two weeks and one month. That’s why many individuals select to stroll the final 100 km to Santiago. 

The most well-liked Camino routes

Out of a number of Camino routes that you may stroll the final 100 km on these three are by far the preferred.

  • Camino Frances from Sarria – 96 124* folks or 27,5% of all pilgrims who arrived in Santiago in 2019 began strolling from Sarria. 
  • Camino Portuguese from Valença/Tui – 33 304 folks or 9,5% of all pilgrims
  • Camino Ingles from Ferrol – 15 097 folks or 4,3% of all pilgrims

*In response to the Pilgrim’s Reception Workplace in Santiago

Our video on strolling the final 100 km on the Camino Francés from Sarria

Why 100 kilometers?

There are not any precise guidelines of strolling the Camino. The final 100 km is the required strolling minimal for getting the Compostela, a certificates issued by the Pilgrim’s Consideration Workplace in Santiago that anyone can get for finishing no less than the final 100 km on any Camino de Santiago route. As a affirmation of the finished Camino, each pilgrim should have a Credential (a pilgrim’s passport) with stamps collected from totally different albergues, church buildings, eating places, and so forth. alongside the route.

In the event you’re not considering getting the Compostela you’ll be able to stroll the Camino any means it fits you. The route is marked and accessible for anyone. You’ll be able to stroll solely at some point, two weeks, beginning within the center, stroll it in the other way, and so forth. Simply bear in mind in the event you’re planning to remain at public albergues you’ll want a Credential with stamps to verify that you simply’re a pilgrim. For staying at non-public albergues and accommodations alongside the Camino you don’t really want it.

Two stamps per day for the final 100 km

For getting the Compostela it’s required to acquire two stamps per day for the final 100 km on the Camino to Santiago regardless if a pilgrim walks your complete route or solely the final 100 km. On the favored Camino routes, it’s very straightforward to get two stamps per day; one stamp at an albergue or resort the place you keep and one stamp at a restaurant/cafes/bar. Many locations on the Camino supply stamps. For instance on the route from Sarria (Camino Frances) one can acquire many stamps in at some point stopping at each restaurant/cafe alongside the route. On much less widespread routes you’ll be able to stamp your Credential on the identical albergue (resort) twice at check-in and check-out.

In the event you’re planning to cycle the Camino it’s vital to do not forget that the required biking minimal distance is the final 200 km to Santiago with 2 stamps per day.

Alya's Credential from the Camino Frances with 2 stamps per day
My Credential from the Camino Frances with 2-Three stamps for the final 100 km. One stamp per day I received at albergues and one or two at eating places alongside the best way

The very best time for strolling

Since all of the routes undergo the Galicia area in Northern Spain the climate is just about the identical on all of them. Climate in Galicia is unpredictable, it’s one of many areas with essentially the most rain in Spain. In fact, the possibilities of rain are a lot increased in autumn/winter than in summer time however it’s essential to at all times be prepared for rain. Summer time months, June to August, and the primary half of September weather-wise is the perfect time for strolling the Camino. The times are lengthy, it’s heat some days it would even get scorching within the afternoon. 

Remember the fact that July, August and the start of September are the busiest months on the favored Camino routes with a whole bunch if not hundreds of pilgrims strolling them. In 2019 347 578 pilgrims arrived in Santiago 161 786 (about 47%) of them arrived between July and September.

In the event you determine to stroll one of many much less widespread Camino routes there’s nothing to fret about there gained’t be many individuals even within the peak season.

Totally different Camino routes to stroll the final 100 km to Santiago

There are many Camino de Santiago routes that begin in several components of Spain and Europe basically. Most of them merge with one of many main routes someplace alongside the best way. You’ll be able to stroll the final 100 km on seven totally different routes; Camino Francés, Camino Portuguese, Camino Inglés, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, Camino Sanabrés, and Camino de Invierno. These seven Caminos come right down to 4 routes that enter Santiago de Compostela; Camino Francés (Camino Primitivo merges with the French route in Melide, Camino del Norte merges with it in Arzúa), Camino Portuguese, Camino Inglés, Camino Sanabrés (Camino de Invierno merges with the Sanabrés in A Laxe). 

There’s one route the Camino Finisterre that begins and never finishes in Santiago. It’s a pilgrimage route however you don’t get the Compostela for strolling it as an alternative you get a unique certificates (for extra info learn the paragraph about this route).

Out of those eight Camino routes, we’ve walked six: Camino Francés, Camino Portuguese, Camino Inglés, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, and Camino Finisterre. The Sanabrés and de Invierno are nonetheless on our to-do checklist.

A map of seven Camino de Santiago routes to walk the last 100 km
A map of various Camino routes to stroll the final 100 km to Santiago

Camino Frances from Sarria, 116 km/72 mi

  • Complete distance – 116 km/72 mi
  • Variety of days – 5
  • Start line – Sarria
  • Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual, per day
  • Reputation – 5 out of 5*

*signifies not the recognition of your complete Camino route however of the final 100 km to Santiago de Compostela.

The French route from Sarria is the preferred path to stroll the final 100 km to Santiago. In reality, it’s the preferred Camino route general. About 50% of people that stroll the Camino Francés begin from Sarria. The recognition has its execs and cons. The wonderful thing about the route is that it has good infrastructure; many albergues, accommodations, eating places, and so forth. It’s straightforward to seek out lodging and meals. The disadvantage of the Camino from Sarria is the variety of folks strolling it within the peak season. Typically it appears to be like like a parade with a whole bunch of individuals together with massive teams. 

Portomarín is essentially the most stunning city on the route. Pulpo a la Feira (cooked octopus in olive oil served with paprika) is a must-try dish in Melide, it’s one of many signature Galician dishes.

Camino Francés from Sarria strolling itinerary

  • Stage 1. Sarria to Portomarín, 22 km/13,5 mi
  • Stage 2. Portomarín to Palas de Rei, 25 km/15,5 mi
  • Stage 3. Palas de Rei to Arzúa, 29 km/18 mi
  • Stage 4. Arzúa to O Perdouzo, 20 km/12,Four mi
  • Stage 5. O Perdouzo to Santiago de Compostela, 20 km/12,Four mi

Now we have an in depth publish on strolling the Camino Francés from Sarria the place you’ll find lots of info for planning the route.

Camino Francés guidebooks

Portuguese Camino from Valença/Tui, 124 km/77 mi

  • Complete distance – 124 km/77 mi
  • Variety of days – 5-6
  • Start line – Valença (Portugal)/Tui (Spain). The cities are situated throughout the river, about 1 km from one another.
  • Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual per day
  • Reputation – Four out of 5

The second widespread path to stroll the final 100 km. Valença/Tui is the preferred place to begin to stroll the final 100 km. In reality, from there it’s 124 km to Santiago. Redondela, the following city is about 105 km away in the event you actually need to stroll solely the final 100 km you can begin there. Your pilgrimage will probably be 19 km shorter than from Tui and also you’ll want 5 days to finish the route as an alternative of 6.

The Portuguese Camino from Tui is considerably much less crowded in comparison with the French Camino from Sarria however there are nonetheless fairly lots of people within the peak season between June to August.

Redondela, Pontevedra and Padrón are three stunning cities and the highlights of the final 100 km on the Portuguese Camino. Pimientos de Padrón (fried inexperienced peppers) is a must-try dish. It goes effectively as a snack with beer or wine.

Portuguese Camino from Tui strolling itinerary

  • Stage 1. Valença/Tui to Porriño, 19 km/11,eight mi
  • Stage 2. Porriño to Redondela, 17 km/10,5 mi
  • Stage 3. Redondel to Pontevedra, 20 km/12,Four mi
  • Stage 4. Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis, 23 km/14,2 mi
  • Stage 5. Caldas de Reis to Padrón, 20 km/12,Four mi
  • Stage 6. Padrón to Santiago de Compostela, 25 km/15,5 mi

For extra info on the Portuguese Camino learn our detailed information and strolling phases publish.

Camino Portuguese guidebooks

The historical center of Padrón, one of the most beautiful town on the last 100 km of the Camino Portuguese
Padrón, a stupendous city well-known for Pimientos de Padrón dish on the final 100 km of the Portuguese Camino

Camino Inglés from Ferrol, 116 km/72 mi

  • Complete distance – 116 km/72 mi
  • Variety of days – 5-6
  • Start line – Ferrol. There’s a route from A Coruña to Santiago however it’s lower than 100 km
  • Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual per day
  • Reputation – 2 out of 5

The wonderful thing about strolling the English Means is that you simply get to stroll the entire Camino. The English Means is the shortest Camino route that finishes in Santiago de Compostela, it’s the proper possibility for individuals who need to stroll the final 100 km and skip the crowds of the favored Camino routes.

Pontedeume and Betanzos are essentially the most attention-grabbing locations on the English Means. These small cities boast stunning historic facilities, slender cobbled streets, charming streets cafes, and so forth.

Camino Inglés from Ferrol strolling phases

  • Stage 1. Ferrol to Pontedeume, 28 km/17,Three mi
  • Stage 2. Pontedeume – Betanzos, 23 km/14,2 mi
  • Stage 3. Betanzos to Hospital de Bruma, 25 km/15,5 mi
  • Stage 4. Hospital de Bruma to Sigüeiro, 24 km/15 mi
  • Stage 5. Sigüeiro to Santiago de Compostela, 16 km/10 mi

All crucial info for planning the pilgrimage on the English Means you’ll find in our publish – Camino Inglés detailed information & strolling phases.

Camino Inglés guidebooks

The beautiful Galician forest a typical scenery on the last 100 km to Santiago
The enchanted forest simply earlier than Santiago de Compostela on the Camino Ingles

Camino Primitivo from Lugo, 102 km/63 mi

  • Complete distance – 102 km/63,Three mi
  • Variety of days – 4-5
  • Start line – Lugo
  • Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual per day
  • Reputation – 2 out of 5

The Authentic Means of St.James is formally the primary Camino de Santiago route ever walked. Spanish King Alfonso II went on the journey from Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela within the IX century. These days greater than 15 000 pilgrims stroll the Camino Primitivo yearly however not many individuals select it because the path to stroll the final 100 km to Santiago.

Lugo is essentially the most attention-grabbing place out of all beginning factors of the final 100 km on the Camino. It’s the solely metropolis on the earth surrounded by the intact Roman Partitions. When you have time I’d positively recommend sending a day or two in Lugo earlier than beginning the pilgrimage.

The Camino Primitivo merges with the French Camino in Melide, 53 km earlier than Santiago. It implies that your final 53 km to Santiago on the Primitivo would be the identical because the final 53 km on the Camino Frances from Sarria. 

Camino Primitivo from Lugo strolling phases

  • Stage 1. Lugo to San Romao da Retorta, 21 km/13 mi
  • Stage 2. San Romao da Retorta to Melide, 28 km/17,Three mi
  • Stage 3. Melide to O Pedouzo, 33 km/20,5 mi
  • Stage 4. O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela, 20 km/12,Four mi

Plan your final 100 km on the Authentic Means with our Camino Primitivo information & strolling itinerary publish.

Camino Primitivo guidebooks

Camino del Norte from Baamonde, 102 km/63 mi

  • Complete distance – 102 km/63,Three mi
  • Variety of days – 5 
  • Start line – Baamonde
  • Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual per day
  • Reputation – 2 out of 5

This Camino is considered one of our favourite routes of St.James. Most a part of it goes alongside the stunningly stunning coast of Northern Spain. Sadly, the route turns inland about 150 km earlier than Santiago in the event you stroll solely the final a part of del Norte you gained’t see the coast. The final 100 kilometers are via the forest and fields.

Sobrado dos Monxes is essentially the most attention-grabbing place on this a part of the route. The gorgeous monastery complicated gives lodging for pilgrims. Staying at this unbelievable place was one of many memorable experiences of the Northern Camino.

The Northern Means merges with the Camino Francés in Arzúa, a city 40 km earlier than Santiago de Compostela. The final 40 km on the del Norte from Baamonde is similar because the final 40 km on the French Camino from Sarria.

Camino del Norte from Baamonde strolling phases

  • Stage 1. Baamonde to Miraz, 15,5 km/9,6 mi
  • Stage 2. Miraz to Sobrado dos Monxes, 24,5 km/15,2 mi
  • Stage 3. Sobrado dos Monxes to Arzua, 22 km/13,6 mi
  • Stage 4. Arzua to O Pedrouzo, 20 km/12,Four mi
  • Stage 5. O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela, 20 km/12,Four mi

Discover out extra particulars concerning the strolling phases on the Camino del Norte from Baamonde.

Camino del Norte guidebooks

The Monastery of Sobrado dos Monxes one of the highlights of the last 100 km on the Northern Camino de Santiago
The Monastery-albergue in Sobrado dos Monxes, the tip of the primary day of the final 100 km on the Camino del Norte

Camino Sanabrés (By way of de la Plata) from Ourense, 102 km/63,Three mi

  • Complete distance – 105 km/65 mi
  • Variety of days – 4-5
  • Start line – Ourense
  • Common price – 30 Euro per individual per day
  • Reputation – 1 out of 5

The Camino Sanabrés is among the route choices of the By way of de la Plata, a route that begins in Seville. Out of all well-known Caminos, it’s in all probability the least widespread. In the event you’re in search of a solitary Camino versus the busy Frances or Portuguese routes the Sanabrés is an ideal possibility. 

There should not many cities or villages alongside the route you at all times have to verify to hold sufficient water and snacks. This route would possibly require extra planning in contrast to the 100 km on the favored routes right here you gained’t get a restaurant or an albergue each 5-10 km. I don’t need to discourage anyone from strolling it however I might advocate this route for individuals who have performed some multi-day strolling ventures earlier than. I’d recommend having a neighborhood SIM card to have the ability to telephone a tax, an albergue, emergency service, and so forth. 

Camino Sanabrés from Ourense strolling phases

  • Stage 1. Ourense to Cea, 22,5 km/14 mi
  • Stage 2. Cea to A Laxe, 32,5 km/20 mi
  • Stage 3. A Laxe to Outeiro, 33 km/20,5 mi
  • Stage 4. Outeiro to Santiago de Compostela, 17 km/10,5 mi

Camino Sanabrés guidebooks

Camino de Invierno from Chantada, 103 km/64 mi

  • Complete distance – 103 km/64 mi
  • Variety of days – 4-5
  • Start line – Chantada
  • Common price – 
  • Reputation – 1 out of 5

The Camino de Invierno or the Winter Means begins in Ponferrada. It’s used as an alternative choice to the French Camino in winter months when strolling over the move in O Cebreiro is perhaps tough attributable to lots of snow. Regardless of being an alternate route of one of the widespread Caminos only a few folks stroll it. It’s as solitary because the Sanabrés. The suggestions for this route are the identical.

The Winter Means merges with the Camino Sanabres at A Laxe, 50 km earlier than Santiago. The second half of the route is similar as on the Camino Sanabrés.

Camino de Invierno strolling phases

  • Stage 1. Chantada to Rodeiro, 25 km/15,5 mi
  • Stage 2. Rodeiro to A Laxe, 28 km/17,5 mi
  • Stage 3. A Laxe to Outeiro, 33 km/20,5 mi
  • Stage 4. Outeiro to Santiago de Compostela, 17 km/10,5 mi

Camino de Invierno guidebooks

The Cathedral from the Alameda Park in Santiago de Compostela
The view of the Cathedral de Santiago from the Alameda Park

Camino Finisterre-Muxia from Santiago de Compostela, 115 km/71,Four mi

  • Complete distance – Santiago to Finisterre – 89 km/55,Three mi, Santiago to Muxia – 86 km/53,Four mi, Santiago to Muxia to Finisterre – 115 km/71,Four mi
  • Variety of days – 4-5
  • Start line – Santiago de Compostela
  • Common price – 25-30 Euro per individual per day
  • Reputation – Three out of 5

As I already talked about above pilgrims don’t get the Compostela for strolling this route because it begins and never finishes in Santiago. We noticed some folks on the route strolling it the other way in direction of Santiago. As of now, I can’t verify if you will get the Compostela for strolling greater than 100 km to Santiago on this route. You may get the Finisterrana in Finisterre and Muxíana in Muxía for finishing this Camino. The certificates which can be just like the Compostela. 

Camino Finisterre-Muxía strolling phases

  • Stage 1. Santiago to Negreira, 21 km/13 mi
  • Stage 2. Negreira to Olveiroa, 33 km/20,5 mi
  • Stage 3. Olveiroa to Muxía, 32 km/20 mi
  • Stage 4. Muxía to Finisterre, 29 km/18 mi

For extra particulars on this route go to the Camino Finisterre-Muxía – an in depth information & strolling itinerary.

Camino Finisterre-Muxía guidebooks

The very best Camino to stroll the final 100 km, last ideas

The surroundings on the final 100 km to Santiago on any Camino may be very comparable. Whichever route you select you’ll be strolling principally via the Galician forest and pasture fields.

In my view, out of all of the steered routes, the English Means of St.James is the perfect Camino to stroll the final 100 km to Santiago. Its whole distance is 116 km so that you get to finish your complete Camino as an alternative of strolling the final little bit of it like on different routes. The English Means is a straightforward route with out difficult climbs or robust lengthy strolling days. It’s well-marked, has good infrastructure for pilgrims, and by far not as busy because the French Camino from Sarria or the Portuguese Camino from Tui. The English Means is an efficient compromise between the busy Camino Francés or Camino Portuguese and the solitary Camino Sanabrés or Camino de Invierno.

The Camino Frances from Sarria and the Portuguese Camino from Tui have the perfect infrastructure and essentially the most albergues. There’s a restaurant or an albergue each 5 km in the event you really feel too drained to proceed strolling you’ll be able to cease earlier. Each routes are straightforward to plan and to stroll even for a really inexperienced individual. 

Different routes like the Camino Sanabrés or the Camino de Invierno are much less developed with fewer albergues, eating places, and different providers. You’ll have to plan your pilgrimage higher. Which route to decide on is completely as much as you any route gives a fantastic Camino experience.

Camino de Santiago planning sources



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