Camino Starting Cities

One of the most common questions about the Camino de Santiago is one without a good answer: ‘How on earth do I get to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port?’ The small village in the French Pyrenees, the modern starting point of the Camino Francés, is not exactly an international transport hub and is difficult to reach, no matter whereContinue reading “Camino Starting Cities”

Lisbon Highlights

In recent years, Lisbon has become one of the trendiest destinations in Europe, as visitors are drawn in by its special light, brilliant colours, warm weather, low prices and friendly people.  Having lived in the city for nearly seven years, these are my Lisbon highlights. ‘Lisbon’s special appeal lies elsewhere (beyond tourist attractions). Its secretContinue reading “Lisbon Highlights”

Best Experiences on the Portuguese Way

Every camino has its highlights, and the Portuguese Way is no exception. But beyond the cities, churches and landscapes, the Camino de Santiago offers more to the pilgrims who traverse it: singular experiences that live on in our memories long after recollections of museums and Romanesque portals begin to fade.  These are our favourite experiencesContinue reading “Best Experiences on the Portuguese Way”

Variante Espiritual Highlights

The Variante Espiritual is an increasingly popular variant towards the end of the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago, starting just after the Galician city of Pontevedra. Regardless of whether you choose the coastal or central route of the Camino Portugués, you can experience this highly recommended ‘spiritual variant’. Our highlights of the VarianteContinue reading “Variante Espiritual Highlights”

Portuguese Way Highlights

The Portuguese Way (Portuguese: Caminho Português; Spanish: Camino Portugués) is the second most popular Camino de Santiago route after the Camino Francés. Regardless of whether you begin in Lisbon or Porto, or take the central or coastal way, this camino is a special experience that justifies its popularity.  These are our six favourite Portuguese WayContinue reading “Portuguese Way Highlights”

How a Pandemic Camino is Different

As with almost everything else around the globe, the Camino de Santiago has been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The pilgrimage ground to a halt when Europe went into lockdown in spring 2020, but as Spain began to reopen in June and July, it became possible to walk the camino again. Being residents inContinue reading “How a Pandemic Camino is Different”