Where should I start the camino de santiago?
Do NOT give me "at your front door" just give me a direct answer of where I should begin
- zafirLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
It really depends on how much time you have available to walk the Camino, and which Camino you plan to walk - there are several routes to Santiago de Compostela.
The modern traditional starting place on the popular Camino Frances is either St Jean Pied de Port on the French side of the Spanish/French border, or Roncesvalles which is 25kms away on the Spanish side of the border. This gives a distance of about 500kms. Most people allow six weeks to walk this distance, but faster, stronger walkers can do it in one month or so.
If you have more time available, and are feeling energetic, you could walk from one of the four medieval French starting points - Paris, Vezelay, Arles, or Le Puy en Velay.
If you have less than six weeks available to you, then consider starting closer to Compostela, perhaps from one of the larger cities such as Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, or Astorga. It's really up to you.
I really suggest you have a look at a couple of Camino websites, there are several, and a couple of ones I like are the Confraternity of St James, which also publishes a Guide to the Camino Frances, containing distances between towns and villages, number of albergues in each town with number of beds, list of private albergues and hotels, if the village contains a shop, and other useful information; and CaminodeSantiago with a website containing plenty of information for pilgrims, a forum where you can ask questions, and also a Facebook page.
So, just work out how much time you want to spend, the amount you're likely to walk each day, and then work out a starting point from Santiago de Compostela. Just remember that, if you want to get a Compostela certificate from the Pilgrim's Office in Santiago, you will need to walk the final 100 kms.
- 8 years ago
At your front door depending on where you live is still not a bad answer. We were always jealous of meeting people on the Camino Frances that had walked out of their front door.
Anyway having done two Caminos - the Camino Frances and the Camino Portuguese, you really have a lot of choice of both staring places and Caminos. We started our Camino Frances in St Jean Pied de Port in France and our Camino Portuguese in Lisbon. You really need to think how much time you have. It is better to start closer and give yourself more time than rush from a greater distance. If you have lots of time then start from further away. If you are doing the Camino Frances you could start in Le Puy in France.
For a guide here is our Camino Portuguese blog:
and here is our Camino Frances blog:
- brookLv 44 years ago
In St. Jean Pied de Port they have a solid vacationer workplace, you may ask there, ussually you may get your pilgrim passport interior the churches. approximately being an american do no longer complication, there is human beings from lots af counties who do the camino de santiago. appreciate.