May 2016: Camino Finisterre
The Camino Finisterre, can be a pilgrimage in its own right or an extension to another Camino. The beauty of the Camino Finisterre is it takes only an additional three to four days to complete. This ancient medieval pilgrimage route, a total of 90 kilometers, was often taken after completing the French Way and a visit to the Cathedral of Santiago.
I have walked from Santiago to Cape Finisterre in September 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed it. You can read about my experience here. The sunset at Cape Finisterre is one of the most special sights.
May 2018: Camino Portuguese Pola Costa
The Portuguese Coast Way begins in Porto and most of its route runs along the Atlantic Ocean. It passes through important cities such as Póvoa de Varzim, Vigo and Pontevedra and through picturesque towns such as Viana do Castelo, A Guarda and Baiona. In Redondela, you leave the coast to join the Central Portuguese Way and continue through the towns of Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón until you reach Santiago de Compostela.
In May 2018, my brother and I walked the final 250 km of this route from the small picturesque town of A Guarda. We stuck to the coast for the long as we could until we reached Vigo. From there, we walked along the Portuguese Central route to Santiago. You can read about this trip here, and my piece I wrote for the Camino Society Ireland newsletter here.
Camino Inglés 2019
The Camino Ingles or English way is a short Camino within Galicia, from Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela, or from A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela. Historically, it was used by pilgrims who sailed by boat to the Northern Spanish ports of Ferrol A Coruña, and Vigo. It is one of the shortest routes to walk to earn the Compostela but has the best scenery. From the blue coastline to green mountains. The Camino is generally well waymarked by yellow arrows and is easy to follow.
In May 2019, my brother and I walked from Ferrol to Betanzos before walking from A Coruña to Santiago de Compostela. We earned a Compostela having walked 25 kms in Ireland and completed the Celtic Camino.
You can follow my daily posts below:
- Camino Ingles – Day 0 – Dublin to Ferrol
- Camino Ingles – Day 1 – Ferrol to Pontedeume
- Camino Ingles – Day 2 – Pontedeume to Betanzos
- Camino Ingles – Day 3 – Arrival in A Coruña
- Camino Ingles – Day 4 – A Coruña to Sergude
- Camino Ingles – Day 5 – Sergude to Hospital de Bruma
- Camino Ingles – Day 6 – Hospital de Bruma to Sigüeiro
- Camino Ingles – Day 7 – Sigueiro to Santiago de Compostela
September 2019: Lisbon – Coimbra via Fatima
I will walk from Lisbon in September this year along the Portuguese route. I have ten walking days and I am aiming for Agueda, which is roughly 250 kms. I fly out from Porto. I will write about it here. The Portuguese Camino gives you the option to walk via Fatima and I hope to walk in that direction. On this Camino, blue arrows guide you to Fatima.