CaminoWays.com, the walking and cycling specialists, have picked 5 great Camino routes to experience in 2016, Holy Year of Mercy and a very special year for pilgrims. Ready for your next adventure? Get your walking shoes on…
1- UNESCO Northern Caminos There are many reasons to discover the Northern Way, the Camino route that follows the Northern Coast of Spain this year. The Northern Camino routes have been recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site.
In addition, San Sebastian (Donostia in Basque), starting point of the Camino del Norte, is European city of culture in 2016. As well as treating yourself to scrumptious food in this Michelin-starred city and foodie haven, there will be many celebrations and cultural events to showcase the best of San Sebastian throughout the year.
Walking the full Camino del Norte from San Sebastian to Santiago will take 37 days (18 if you are cycling) but you can start at any point of the trail and walk as much or as little as you like. A 7-night self-guided tour from San Sebastian to Bilbao starts at €781 per person sharing. More details here: Camino del Norte.
2- The oldest Camino Also included in the UNESCO listing is the Camino Primitivo or Original Way, which is in fact the oldest Camino route, hence its name. Perfect for those looking for a challenge, the Camino Primitivo starts in the city of Oviedo and crosses spectacular and off the beaten track mountain regions in Asturias and Galicia on the way to Lugo, famous for its Roman wall surrounding this historic town.
You can walk the full way from Oviedo in 2 weeks or trek the last section from Lugo to Santiago in just a week, price starts at €656 per person sharing. More details here: Camino Primitivo.
3-The Portuguese Way from Tui The Portuguese Way is the second most popular of the Camino routes but you don’t have to trek all the way from Lisbon to discover this classic Camino trail.
Start from the town of Tui in Galicia, separated from Portugal only by the River Minho, and walk to Santiago in just a week. Tui is home to a wonderful historic centre and spectacular medieval cathedral-fortress. On your way you will reach the coast in the fishing village of Arcade, where you should taste the famous local oysters.
A 7-night self-guided tour on the Portuguese Way from Tui to Santiago starts from €746 per person sharing. More details here: Camino Portugues.
4- NEW English Way guided A Camino guided tour is ideal for beginners and everybody comes back home with at least one new friend! For 2016, we have a new guided tour on the Camino Ingles or English Way. On this guided tour you will be following in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims from Britain and Ireland, who traditionally travelled by boat to the Northern coast of Galicia and continue on foot to Santiago.
Price for this guided tour is €740 per person sharing, including airport transfer. For all Camino guided tour schedule see: Camino guided tours 2016.
Price includes: half-board accommodation, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel and holiday pack with practical information and pilgrim passport.
Price does not include: flights, transport or travel insurance.
Special: book 2 months in advance to get 5% off the base price.
Also available: hotel upgrades, airport transfers and bike rental.
Visit the CaminoWays.com team at the ADVENTURE TRAVEL LONDON, on 23rd and 24th January, at stand C2; and HOLIDAY WORLD SHOW DUBLIN from 22nd-24th January, at stand K9.