A Camino de Santiago tour covers a series of pilgrimages that lead to the shrine of the apostle St James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This endpoint is located in Galicia in the northwest of Spain and it is said that the remains of the apostle are buried here.
Our Camino de Santiago walking and cycling holidays begin in St Jean Pied de Port in France, Porto in Portugal, Samos in northern Spain, and more. See our Camino de Santiago tours to access all the routes covered.
Again, there are several routes linked to the trail. Examples of the most popular Camino de Santiago walking routes include the following:
- Camino Frances
- Camino Portugues
- Camino del Norte
- Camino Primitivo
- Camino Ingles
- Via de la Plata
- Camino Finisterre
The Camino Frances and Camino Portugues tend to be the most favoured routes as they are accessible for beginners, with better infrastructure suited to walkers.
This will depend on the Camino de Santiago walking or cycling trip that you choose. Our tours range between just over 170km on our self-guided Following St James’ Way and Walking the Camino de Santiago tours beginning in Leon, while our Portugal Coastal Way to Santiago tour covers approximately 230km from Porto. Take a look at our full list of Camino de Santiago trips to see which one is right for you.
Depending on the Camino de Santiago holiday you choose, you could be on your adventure with us for 8-15 days.
Yes, we offer dedicated Camino de Santiago cycling trips. Choose between our guided group and self-guided routes, each with stunning architecture, soaring cathedrals and UNESCO-recognised pilgrimage routes aplenty.
Our self-guided Camino de Santiago cycle tours use RideWithGPS to keep you on track with turn-by-turn instructions.
The Camino de Santiago cycling tours that we offer cover eight or nine days.
Check the weather before your cycling or walking Camino de Santiago holiday. Typically, northern Spain will experience temperatures between 5-15°C in April and October. Meanwhile, temperatures in May, June and September are usually about 5°C warmer than this and July and August average between 15-25°C. If you’re covering another country, such as France or Portugal, be sure to factor this in too.
Using these conditions as a guide, it’s sensible to pack layers that can be easily added or removed. You’ll also need sturdy and comfortable walking shoes, as well as any sun protection, from hats to sunglasses and SPF.
If you plan to cycle the Camino de Santiago trail, be sure to bring a cycling helmet, which is a legal requirement in Span and compulsory for our cycling tours. For clothing, we recommend padded cycling shorts, sensible shoes and lightweight, waterproof tops. Bum bags are another handy item if you plan to carry a few items on you. Something important to note is that some of the villages you’ll pass through have residents who are unfamiliar with tight-fitting lycra and we therefore recommend baggy ‘over shorts’.
As with any multi-day trek, some will find a Camino de Santiago holiday more challenging than others. We assign activity-level guidelines and ratings to all our trip descriptions, which we recommend checking before booking. Typically, the activity levels range from two to three, requiring some fitness. The same applies to our cycling Camino de Santiago trips.
If you’re completely new to this type of holiday, we recommend you read our handy guide to walking and trekking adventures.
Our Camino de Santiago holidays start from around £1,200 for 11 days of walking. This includes accommodation but not flights, although these can be added for a fee. We offer a number of trips tailored to different budgets and preferences, giving you more choice.
Depending on the route you choose for your Camino de Santiago trip, you may encounter more people. For example, the Camino Frances tends to be the most popular. It is generally busiest during July and August, so many decide to avoid this time of year to enjoy a more tranquil walk and slightly milder temperatures.