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PILGRIMAGE TO SANTIAGO

INTRODUCTION

[Camino] [Journey] [Pyranees] [La Rioja] [Meseta] [Mountains of Leon] [Galicia & Santiago]
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There are many examples available on the internet of accounts of the Pilgrimage to Santiago. I have therefore confined myself to a simple account of Camino, divided into the broad landscape sections that are encountered. Click on relevant section name to get to the photographs for each stage. Sadly I didn't take enough photos so not all of those used are mine; those marked * have been borrowed from other websites and are included to highlight memorable sections of the journey.

The journey I took is recorded below. Thirty two days is not a quick schedule by any means, many pilgrims needing less than thirty. I was however, anxious to avoid seeing the journey as a race, rather wishing to ensure that I stopped at as many interesting places as possible, as well as finishing a day's walking before the afternoon heat became overbearing.

         
Stage Day From To Km Notes re options
1  The Pyrenees 1 Roncesvalles Larrasoana 28  
2 Larrasoana Cizur Menor 18  
2   Navarre and La Rioja 3 Cizur Menor Puenta la Reina 21
4 Puenta la Reina Estella 23
5 Estella Los Acros 20
6 Los Acros Logrono 26  
7 Logrono Najera 27  
8 Najera Santo Domingo de la Calzada 23  
9 Santo Domingo de la Calzada Tosansos 26  
10 Tosansos Atapuerca 28  
11 Atapuerca Borgos 18 Alternative route ignored
3   The Meseta 12 Borgos Hontanas 32  
13 Hontanas Boadilla del Camino 26  
14 Boadilla del Camino Carrion de los Condes 25  
15 Carrion de los Condes Legidos 23  
16 Legidos Bercianos del Real Camino 26  
17 Bercianos del Real Camino Mansilla de la Mulas 27 Road route
18 Mansilla de la Mulas Leon 19  
4   The mountains of Leon 19 Leon San Martin del Camino 24 Short but difficult road route
20 San Martin del Camino Astorga 24 Country option
21 Astorga Rabanal del Camino 19  
22 Rabanal del Camino Molinaseca 24  
23 Molinaseca Cacabelos 21 Old route to Pontferada
24 Cacabelos Ambasmestas 26 Low level route
25 Ambasmestas O Cebreiro 9  
5   Galicia / Santiago 26 O Cebreiro Tricastella 21  
27 Tricastella Sarria 18 Samos avoided
28 Sarria Portomarin 22  
29 Portomarin Palas de Rei 24  
30 Palas de Rei Ribadiso 26  
31 Ribadiso Arca 23  
32 Arca Santiago 17  
         
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