Get your hiking boots ready and don’t forget to pack your swimming gear; we have picked four fantastic Camino Summer routes.
From the foodie charms of the Basque Country to rugged tracks along the Atlantic, these Camino routes are best enjoyed in the Summer months:
The Portuguese Coastal Camino If you are looking for an off the beaten track Camino route, the Portuguese Coastal Way is perfect for you. While the traditional Portuguese Camino route heads inland, the Portuguese Coastal Way follows the Atlantic Ocean North instead and takes walkers to little fishing villages and coastal towns that come to life in the Summer months. Along the way, sandy strands are ideal for a picnic stop or even a swimming break. Starting in picturesque Porto, wander its cobbled lanes, chill by its colourful riverfront with a glass of port wine or join the Mid-Summer celebrations before you set off.
The full Portuguese Coastal Way from Porto to Santiago takes only two weeks to complete walking and can be cycled in one week; you can also walk from Baiona (Galicia) to Santiago in just a week.
Price: from €760 per person sharing for 7 nights.
More details: Portuguese Coastal Way.
Delights of the Northern Way The full 800kms of the Camino del Norte, or Northern Way route, take over a month to complete. However, you can get a taste for this wonderful Camino trail trekking from dazzling San Sebastian to Bilbao over a week. San Sebastian (Donosti in Basque) is not only European city of culture in 2016 but also one of the foodie capitals of Europe and home to several Michelin-starred restaurants.
Rolling hills, woodland tracks in the heart of the Basque Country and coastal villages make this trail challenging but very scenic and rewarding.
Price: from €781 per person sharing 7 nights.
More details: Northern Way.
Traditional English Way The Camino route known as the English Way was traditionally taken by pilgrims travelling to Santiago from Britain and Ireland, hence its name. The trail offers a mix of lively historic towns such as Pontedeume and Betanzos with plenty of Summer festivals where walkers can celebrate with locals; and rural countryside, so you can get the best of both worlds.
Price: from €652 per person sharing for 6 nights.
More details: English Way.
Galicia’s Lighthouses While not strictly a Camino de Santiago route, the Lighthouse Wayor the Camino dos Faros, is a truly spectacular coastal trail, perfect for experienced walkers and those looking to discover the wildest side of Atlantic Galicia.
Superb ocean views, pristine sandy beaches and a rich cultural heritage, as well as some of the country’s best seafood await on this superb hiking trail. The destination is Cape Fisterra, final stop of the Camino de Santiago. This is a new route for Summer 2016.
Price: from €741 per person sharing 7 nights.