These are the guides. Six to choose from.
The original wise pilgrim guide and the longest in the series. At 500km (800 miles), the Camino Francés is among the longest routes to Santiago. For the last 1000 years it has also been the most popular.
A detour from the Francés, or a journey all of it’s own.
Once upon a time the devout would break from the Camino Francés in Leon and turn north to Oviedo to visit the Camara Santa at the cathedral of San Salvador. Today you can do the same if you have a few extra weeks to spare.
Camino de Invierno
The Camino de Invierno, or Winter Route, is steadily becoming a viable alternative to the final stretch of the Camino Francés. It begins in Ponferrada and follows a more Southern approach to Santiago. In so doing the Camino de Invierno bypasses the snowier mountain passes in favor of a warmer climate. These days it is actually more popular during the summer, as accommodation along the way has yet to fully mature.
Or as the locals call it, the knee wrecker.
This camino begins at San Salvador in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. The going is tough but rewarding. It joins the Camino Francés near Melide before ending in Santiago de Compostela. Don’t let the name scare you away.
An alternate start to the Camino Francés
Not so much a camino of it’s own, this route is an alternate beginning to the Camino Francés. It begins in the mountain pass of Somport to the Souttheast of St. Jean, and rejoins the French route near Puente la Reina.
Caminos to Finisterre and Muxía
Following in the footsteps of sun worshippers.
It is not uncommon to arrive in Santiago with an itch to keep moving. For those not quite done with their journey the road continues to Finisterre, and from there to Muxía. And from there back to Santiago.