Walking the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is an impressive, ancient network of pilgrimages that has captivated walkers for centuries. The footpaths weave their way throughout the most beautiful landscapes throughout Spain and neighbouring countries.

With all paths leading to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, the Camino is considered one of the holiest pilgrimages in world. For centuries Christians have journeyed here to pay homage; nowadays, these pilgrims are also joined by explorers from around the world, captivated by the fascinating history of the route. Expect stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife and friendly encounters with fellow pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago.

History of the Camino de Santiago

Since the unveiling of St James Tomb in the 9th century millions of pilgrims have walked a Camino to Santiago to visit the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Today walking the Camino de Santiago is undertaken by people from around the world not just for religious motivations but for the challenge of completing a scenic long distance trail and for the experience of the journey along the way.

Pilgrimages date back to the Old Testament of the bible but it wasn’t until the second millennium that the Compostella de Santiago became a place of pilgrimage, after the tomb of Apostle St James was discovered.

Remember Your Pilgrim Passport

When walking the Camino de Santiago, be sure to stamp your ‘Pilgrim Passport,’ an essential item for anyone traversing the Camino. The passports serve as proof and documentation of your journey, typically stamped at various locations along the way, such as cafes, and churches. These stamps are not only a way to track progress but also necessary to earn the Compostela certificate at the end of the pilgrimage.

Camino: More than just spiritual journey

Walking the Camino de Santiago is a spiritual journey for many as you leave the stresses of everyday life behind and discover rural parts of France, Portugal, Spain and Galicia you may never otherwise have visited. Live, taste and smell the experience, traditions and history of these ancient routes with KE Adventure. Walking the Camino de Santiago is more than just a spiritual journey.

Why do the Camino with an organisation?

Thousands of people take on the Camino every year. Some like to organise their own trip, while others like to book it themselves. So, why should you book your Camino with KE?

The short answer is certainty, comfort and smelly feet. Along the Camino there are plenty of places to stay, but most of them are hostels with limited availability and no forward booking operating on a frist come first served basis. This means that some people get up at 0530 just to make sure they can find accommodation for that night.

In contrast, we have prebooked your comfortable hotel room so you can truly immerse yourelf in the journey without the fret of available accommodation or whether your legs will be able to make it to the top of the bunk bed.

Smelly feet? Well imagine the odour of all those sweaty pilgrimes feets from weeks of trekking in the warm Spanish countryside.

More Information About the Camino de Santiago

July and August are the the most popular months on the Camino, however at this time of year it is a bit hotter. May, June, and September offer the best conditions for hiking the Camino de Santiago, with delightful weather, reduced chances of heavy rainfall, and a good number of fellow pilgrims to accompany you – all without the excessive crowds.

The Camino de Santiago Routes

KE offer 5 great walking holidays along the Camino de Santiago, which include three self-guided and two guided holidays. Depending on your experience, your fitness and the time at your disposal, you can choose one that works for you.

We make all of the arrangements so can enjoy the experience of walking the route. We've hand picked the hotels, your luggage will be transported every day and you can be assured that someone is close by in case of any emergencies.

 

The Portuguese Way - Porto To Santiago De Compostela  (SGPS) Portugal and Spain

It is said that there is the Camino you walk and the Camino you live. This 2 week walking holiday allows you to live the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago de Compostela. Taking the route less travelled you will start your journey in the UNESCO city of Porto, before stepping out to discover beautiful peaceful landscapes, vineyards, and quaint Portuguese villages with rich histories and legends. You’ll then cross the Spanish border to embrace Galician culture and arrive at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Stand proud at the foot of Santiago de Compostela with your certificate of distance, in the knowledge that you completed the 225km route of the Portuguese Way under your own steam from Porto.

Trip Facts:  Self-Guided | 2 Weeks | 225km | 7 nights hotel (2 night with swimming pool) 2 nights guest house | 13 breakfasts included

 

The Portuguese Way - Tui To Santiago De Compostela (SGTS) - Spain

This one week walking holiday along the Camino de Santiago allows you to live the final stage of the Portuguese Way from Tui to Santiago de Compostela. You will follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims through vineyards and valleys, and historic villages full of charm where you can embrace Galician culture. You will even spend the night in Pontevedra, where the Santa Maria, the flagship of the great explore Christopher Colombus was crafted. Along the way you will stay in a welcoming selection of hotels and guesthouses, close to the Camino, on a bed and breakfast basis, giving you opportunity to dine on the fantastic seafood dishes the locals love so much. The jewel in the crown is your arrival at the impressive cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Trip Facts:  Self-Guided | 1 Week | 117km | 4 nights hotel (2 night with swimming pool) 1 night guest house | 7 breakfasts included.

 

The French Way - Sarria To Santiago De Compostela (CDS) - Spain

On this fully guided walking holiday we’ll be following Spain's Camino de Santiago via the Way of St James. We set out from the pretty, tree-shaded streets of Sarria, armed with our 'Pilgrim's Passports', which we'll enjoy filling with stamps each day in the small cafes and Romanesque churches we pass by.  Our route leads us beside waterways, through woodland and picturesque rural villages.  Along the way we will be sure to encounter a variety of friendly fellow pilgrims and, after greeting each other with a "Bon Camino, Peregrino!", we can enjoy sharing stories as we walk before arriving at the Santiago de Compostela, thus completing the last 100km stretch that qualifies us for our Compostela pilgrimage certificate.

Trip Facts: Guided | 1 week | 123km | Grade 4 | 7 nights hotel | 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners included.

 

The French Way - Leon To Santiago De Compostela (SGFW) - Spain

Walking the final 315km of the Camino de Santiago you will make your way from Leon to be presented with your ‘certificate of distance’ in Santiago de Compostela. Following the iconic scallop shell markers your route will take you through peaceful rolling landscapes; to the iconic Cruz de Ferro and through the rich vineyards of Bierzo before reaching the unique region of Galicia and your final goal; the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. One of the most magical parts of undertaking this famed route is the people you meet along your way and the experiences you share as you submerse yourself in the culture and tradition of the route. With specially selected accommodation and luggage transfers included, all you simply need to choose the date which suits you.

Trip Facts: Self-Guided | 2 weeks | 315km | Grade 5 | 15 nights hotel | 14 breakfasts and 14 dinners included

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