5 Reasons why you should walk the Camino de Santiago
Whether you need time out to reflect or want to challenge yourself to something new, walking the Camino de Santiago is the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors. Experience an ancient pilgrimage route and discover the beauty of Northern Spain as you walk through some of the most stunning Spanish countryside. From the top of the pyrenees mountains to the woodlands of Galicia, this adventure will give you a true taste of life.
Every year thousands of pilgrims and walking enthusiasts from around the world embark on this unique journey. The Camino isn’t a traditional type of holiday, it is often a linked to a passion for walking or perhaps it has been on your bucket-list for years.
At CaminoWays.com we give you everything you need to get started on your Camino journey. Life is about the journey and the people you meet along the way so why not get out on the trails and enjoy celebrating nature.
Here are some of the reasons why walking the Camino is a special journey for the soul…
1. Peace and quiet
Walking the Camino will give you time to reflect on the world around you. As you make your way from one town to the next you will pass through peaceful hamlets and quiet country villages. These tranquil surroundings are the ideal way to relax. Taking each day at your own pace you can enjoy wandering the backstreets of the rustic Spanish towns.
2. Soul Searching
For some, the Camino marks the end or beginning of a journey and is often a turning point in their lives. Your only goal each day is to follow the yellow arrows to reach the next town. Hence you will have plenty of time to ponder life’s questions and give yourself time to heal.
3. Unique Cultural Experience
Since the middle ages, the Camino has been popular with pilgrims from around the world. The Way of Saint James serves as a route to bring people from different cultures together. You will have the chance to taste the famous Spanish tapas, learn about local Galician culture and discover the traditions of the Camino. While walking the Camino you’re free to explore the stunning Spanish countryside and learn more about the cultural aspects of the Camino that make it an extra special journey.
4. Give yourself a challenge
Walking the Camino isn’t so much of an endurance challenge like completing a marathon, but more of a soulful challenge with a physical element. You will be walking between 20 to 30 kilometres per day over several days so if you are in the mood for a sense of achievement then the Camino will certainly offer it to you. You are presented with a long walk, taking you over and around many difference landscapes. The paths you follow have been trodden for hundreds of years.
Don’t panic if you are not super fit, you don’t need to be. There is a Camino route for everyone and the team at Caminoways will help you decide on the best terrain.
5. Meet fellow pilgrims
Spending time with your fellow peregrinos when you are out on the trails is one of our favourite reasons to walk the Camino. Energy, passion and encouragement are in abundance as you go from place to place. People often open up about various aspects of their life and you can be humbled by the difficulties others have faced. A glass of Albarino and a good story from a new found friend is the perfect way to finish off the day.
If you are ready to walk the Camino de Santiago or would like to learn more about the trails please feel free to contact one of the travel specialists at CaminoWays.com.
Written by Lisa Gibbons, Lisa is an adventure travel enthusiast who has walked the Camino several times.
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!