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30th October, 2020

Once in your lifetime…

In the third blog from our 'once in your lifetime' series, we explore the historical walking route of the 'Way of St James' in Spain.

Walk the Santiago Trail

In days gone by, only the devout walked the Santiago Trail, a network of walking routes and pathways that lead across Spain to Santiago de Compostela, the burial place of St James.

Today however, people walk the trail for other reasons too: recreational, spiritual and just for the pleasure of following these lovely, mostly level paths through some of Northern Spain’s prettiest scenery.

The Santiago Trail is not one route but a network of trails, all of which converge for one final section leading to Santiago de Compostela Cathedral. Walkers can start the route at any point, but many choose to join the last 120-mile stretch. It’s a beautiful route through medieval villages, leafy bridleways, ancient paths and forests of pine, and takes about a week from start to finish.

You can walk the Santiago Trail at any time of year, but most walkers choose spring or autumn when the weather is dry and mild. With your luggage travelling ahead of you daily by road, you only need a small backpack to carry essentials, such as water, sunscreen and your all-important Camino Pilgrims Passport. Don’t forget to get it stamped along the way!

Walk the 'Way of St James' on our Walking the Santiago Trail tour. Or take the lesser known path on our Walking the ‘Portuguese’ Santiago Trail tour.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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