El Camino de Santiago – Our Route

The Backstory

Tomorrow is the day! The journey begins after two years of thinking and planning and day dreaming. Now that we are so close, I thought I should talk a bit about the route that we will be following.

El Camino de Santiago is a very old walking path that was original formed by medieval pilgrims making their way to town of Santiago de Compostela and the important religious relics contained within the Cathedral. As such, the pilgrims came from all over, so there are actually many routes to take.

We will be following the most common route, known as The Way of Saint James or the French Way. The route traditionally starts in France and requires crossing the Pyrenees. This entire route can take 6-8 weeks. But we only have 4, due to restrictions like jobs and families. We also want to be able to enjoy this trip. The point is to explore and learn about Spain. The point is not to push the very limits of our physical boundaries (though that might happen anyway since I am out of shape.) In order to be back to the US in time and make sure that we have a route that allow us to walk at a comfortable pace we will be instead starting in Burgos which for most pilgrims is about two weeks into the trek.

I’ve made a guideline of our city to city plan to give us a rough idea of where we should start and end each day in order to achieve our 12 miles per day average goal and make sure we are in Santiago in time to make our return flight. I fully expect this to change along the way, some days we will walk more and some days we will walk less. There is also room in this budget for us to have 3 full “rest days” meaning that we can stop and let ourselves recover or spend extra time in a location we love.

The Route

Without further ado, here it is, where we will be and when. The first walking day will be July 4th.

  1. Burgos to Hornillos, 20.9km /13mi
  2. Hornillos to Castrojeriz, 20.0km/12.4mi
  3. Castrojeriz to Boadilla, 19.1km/11.9mi
  4. Boadilla to Villalcázar, 19.0km/11.8mi
  5. Villalcázar to Calzadilla, 22.5km/14mi
  6. Calzadilla to Sahagún, 22.4km/14mi
  7. Sahagún to Calzadilla, 13.6km/8.5mi
  8. Calzadilla to Mansilla de las Mulas, 23.6km/14.6mi
  9. Mansilla de las Mulas to León, 17.9km/11mi
  10. León to Villar de Mazarife, 21.5km/13.4mi
  11. Villar de Mazarife to Villares de Órbigo 17.6km/11mi
  12. Villares de Órbigo to Murias de Rechivaldo, 19.0km/11.8mi
  13. Murias de Rechivaldo to Foncebadón 20.8km/13mi
  14. Foncebadón to Molinaseca, 19.5km/12mi
  15. Molinaseca to Cacabelos, 24.4km/15mi
  16. Cacabelos to Trabadelo, 17.8km/11mi
  17. Trabadelo to O Cebreiro 18.7km/11.6mi
  18. O Cebreiro to Triacastela, 20.7km/12.9mi
  19. Triacastela to Sarria, 18.7km/11.6mi
  20. Sarria to Vilachá, 19.9km/12.3mi
  21. Vilachá to Ligonde, 19.1km/11.9mi
  22. Ligonde to Melide 23.2km/14.4mi
  23. Melide to Arzua, 13.9km/8.6mi
  24. Arzua to Arca, 19.1km/11.9mi
  25. Arca to Santiago, 20.0km/12.4mi

Looks pretty reasonable on paper right? I have a feeling that when it comes to actually walking those miles, I will feel much more challenged….

Follow along with us on Google maps! I’ll also post pictures and updates to this blog and the all the social media sites when I can.

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