The 5 stops to make when walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela

The Camino to Santiago de Compostela. There are several routes to the tomb of the apostle Saint James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Although the French route (Camino Francés) attracts the most pilgrims, several other pilgrimage routes have emerged through northern Spain over the centuries. Which Camino de Santiago route is most suitable for you? You can find out here.

In this blog, we describe the 5 most popular stops along the Camino to Santiago de Compstela. Most of these stops are on the Camino Frances. This starts in Saint Jean Pied de Port and ends, over 850 km away, in Santiago de Compostela. Besides an active effort, walking or cycling a Camino to Santiago de Compstella is a unique opportunity to discover northern Spain in a different way. Nature lovers also enjoy this journey as it is full of contrasts. It is definitely a wonderful adventure!

1. The streets of Pamplona

The Camino to Santiago de Compostela is not just about walking or cycling. The Camino to Santiago de Compostela is also about enjoying Spanish cuisine and culture. In Pamplona, which is located on the Camino Frances, pilgrims have life easy, as the narrow streets are full of tempting bars and restaurants. A visit to the city hall is not to be missed either – the building has an impressive Baroque façade. Of course, during your Camino to Santiago de Compostella in Pamplona, you will pay a visit to Plaza de Torros. Because Pamplona is of course world-famous for its controversial bull runs during the San Fermín festival (6 – 14 July). Our personal tip for delicious local sweets and coffee: Café Peregrino.

5 Stops Along The Camino To Santiago De Compostela | Pamplona

2. Episcopal Palace of Astorga

Most of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí’s work is in Barcelona, but if you visit the town of Astorga during your Camino to Santiago de Compostela, you can enjoy another of his fantastic architectural creations: the Episcopal Palace of Astorga. This stop is also on the Camino Frances. Which can be done either on foot or by bike (or Ebike).

The building, built in grey granite from El Bierzo , is in neo-medieval style in harmony with its location, including the cathedral in particular. However, it also contains some typical elements of the later Gaudí, such as the arches of the entrance with buttresses and the chimneys integrated into the side walls . Gaudí had conceived a five-metre-high angel to crown the façade, but it was never mounted. The facade has four cylindrical towers and is surrounded by a ditch.

Episcopal Palace Of Astorga

3. The Cathedral of León

Our personal favourite on the Camino to Santiago de Compostela and an absolutely obligatory stop during your Camino to Santiago de Compostela . León’s Cathedral, where the stained-glass windows are one of the most impressive splashes of colour. The stained glass in the cathedral dates from the 13th to the 20th century and covers an area of 1,765 square metres. Under the floor are Roman hippos that made it difficult to place the foundations of the pillars and caused water filtration.

Over the centuries, the cathedral of León has undergone successive restorations in which a number of famous architects have collaborated. Inside the cathedral, you can take an audio tour, even in Dutch. Booking in advance is not necessary.

Camino Naar Santiago De Compostela | Cathedral León

4. City walls of Lugo

Another place you should definitely stop at during your Camino to Santiago de Compostela: Lugo. The Camino Primitivo runs through Lugo. This Camino to Santiago de Compostela starts in Oviedo and ends in Santiago de Compostela.

Lugo offers visitors 2.2 kilometres of Roman city walls. They are the best preserved in the world. The wall, which surrounds the city’s old town, became a World Heritage Site in 2000. The wall contains a total area of 34.4 ha. The width of the wall is 4.2 metres but reaches 7 metres here and there.

The wall has a series of defensive towers. Considering the distance between the towers, there could have been 85 or 86 towers, 46 of them are very well preserved and the other 39 are more or less preserved.

The towers range in size from 5.35 to 12.80 metres. One of the towers has windows 1.15 metres wide and 1.43 metres high.

5 Stops During The Camion To Santiago De Compostela | City Walls Lugo

5. Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Well, and then during your Camino you have arrived in the overwhelming Santiago de Compostela. Save the best for last! Because the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and admiring its spectacular beauty is the best reward after walking or cycling for miles.

There is no written rule, but the best view of the cathedral is the one you can see when you lie down on the ground in Plaza del Obradoiro

Camino Santiago De Compostela | Cathedral Santiago

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