Perhaps one of the biggest attractions of this pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993, is the chance to set your own pace. Discovering the territories of Spain that the Way goes through, either alone or sharing sensations with visitors from all over the world; experiencing the essence of the local customs, fiestas and cuisine; immersing yourself in nature and architectural heritage; and endless contrasts... Can you imagine the feeling of crossing the peaks of the Pyrenees and reaching the flat plains of Castilla? We’ll help you visualise it!
Choose your route and pace
Following Saint James’ Way requires some forward planning. You need to be aware of your fitness level and whether you need to do any training. A standard recommendation for people who are not used to long days of cycling is to work up to an average of 50 kilometres a day. At this pace, you can complete one of the most popular routes, the French Way, in two weeks. You have the option of only doing part of the route, as to get the ‘Compostela’ – the document certifying you have taken the Way - when you get to Plaza del Obradoiro you only need to demonstrate you have completed 200 kilometres.