Camino de Santiago

Walking Camino de Santiago is one of the most incredible things I’ve done in my life. Leading up to my walk across Spain, I relied heavily on the Camino forum and personal accounts from fellow pilgrims. Since returning from Spain, I’ve found it impossible to let go of what the Camino means to me. The Camino has given me so much, and I feel it’s my duty to try and give back. Below you will find a day-by-day guide of my Camino, which is for fast walkers, but useful for all. I’ve also put together a documentary and recommended gear list. Feel free to leave comments or write me with any questions.

Day and City




 Day 0: Barcelona > Pamplona > St Jean  L’Spirit du Chemin
 Day 1: St Jean PDP to Roncesvalles 25km (15.5m)  Roncesvalles Albergue
 Day 2: Roncesvalles to Pamplona  42km (26m)  Hostel Hemmingway  Burguete/Larrasoana
 Day 3: Pamplona to Puenta la Reina  25km (15.5)  Jakue Priv.  Uterga
 Day 4: Puenta la Reina to Villamayor de Monjardin  33km (20.5m)  Hogar Monjardin  Cirauqui/Estella/
 Day 5: Villamayor de Monjardin to Logrono  38km (23.5m)  Private Overflow  Los Arcos/Viana
 Day 6: Logrono to Najera  30km (18.6m)  Muni. Albergue  Navarette
 Day 7: Najera to Redecilla del Camino  31km (19.2m)  Muni Albergue  Ciruena/Santo Domingo
 Day 8: Redecilla to San Juan de Ortega 37km (23m)  Par. Albergue  Belorado
 Day 9: San Juan to Tardajos  35km (21.7m)  Muni. Albergue  Burgos
 Day 10: Tardajos to Castrojeriz  31km (19.2m)  Albergue Casa Nostra  Hornillos/Hontanas
 Day 11: Castrojeriz to Villalcazar de Sirga  40km (25m)  Muni. Albergue  Fromista
 Day 12: Villarcazar to Sahagun  44km (27m) Muni. Albergue  Terradillos
 Day 13: Sahagun to Mansilla de las Mulas  39km (24m)  Priv. El Jardin  Hermanillos/Reliegos
 Day 14: Mansilla to San Martin del Camino 45km (28m) Santa Ana Priv.  Leon/Villar de Mazarife
 Day 15: San Martin to Rabanal  47km (29m)  Albergue  Astorga/El Ganso
 Day 16: Rabanal to Molinaseca  26km (16m)  Privado  Cruz de Ferro
 Day 17: Molinaseca to Trabadelo  43km (26.6m)  Muni. Albergue  Villafranca
 Day 18: Trabadelo to O’Cebreiro  20km (12.4m)  Muni. Albergue  Herrerias
 Day 19: O’Cebreiro to Sarria  40km (25m)  Privado  Triacastela
 Day 20: Sarria to Palas de Rei  47km (29m)  Privado  Portomarin
 Day 21: Palas de Rei to O’Pedrouzo  48km (29.7m)  Privado  Ribadiso
 Day 22: O’Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostella 20km (12.4m)  Privado Lavacolla
 Camino Finisterre Begins!
Day 23: Santiago to Negreira  21km (13m)  Privado
 Day 24: Negreira to Olveiroa  33km (20.4m)  Privado
 Day 25: Olveiroa to Finisterre  35km (21.7m)  Privado


  1. Movie Review: Walking the Camino Six Ways to Santiago
  2. My Camino de Santiago Documentary on YouTube and Vimeo
  3. The Movie Trailer for my Documentary
  4. Camino Speed Video
  5. “Buen Camino!” Compilation Video
  6. Galcia Bonus Photos
  7. Movie Review: The Way

46 comments on “Camino de Santiago

  1. Wow! That is impressive. We chose to walk it slow. It took us 42 days of walking and resting days. It is easily one of the BEST things we have done. We were so glad to have done it.

    • If I could do it again, I would love to take 30-40 days. There were so many small towns I wanted to stop in and spend at least a day getting to explore. I’m hoping to make my way back to walk the Norte someday soon, and will hope for at least 30 days to enjoy it.

  2. I loved Your daily report. I do the same when on road trip. 🙂

  3. Just watched your Camino documentary. Fabulous! I’m planning to walk it too in the next couple of years. Buen Camino!

  4. Drew, you have a great site! I’m in the middle of working my way through the Camino with friends. We’re taking a week a year to finish it. This Spring we’ll do our 2nd leg. The first leg was an incredible experience. The personal lessons you take away and the people you meet are a treasure. I love hearing from others about their experience on this amazing pilgrimage. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks! Very cool that you guys are walking the Camino in sections. I look forward to hearing about your upcoming second leg!

  5. Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my articles about Mount Kinabalu and Mount Rinjani. I used to live in the south of Spain. I really wanted to go North and do the Camino but unfortunately I ran out of time before I left. I’m hoping to go back one day,so looking forward to reading this in it’s entirety!

    • Hopefully you can make it back to walk some day. I’d love to hike Kinabalu and Rinjani soon!

  6. Anonymous

    Thx for the inspiration!Greetings from Greece!

  7. Absolutely brilliant account. I love Spain and have spent many years there, it is a great country with far much more to offer than just beaches

  8. Amazing resource here! I’m gonna check out your recommended gear next!

  9. Hi, I’m going to do the Camino this Summer, which shoes you would recommend?

    • I would recommend a pair of trail runners for summer. No need for boots or GTX, as they’ll just weigh you down and overheat. La Sportiva Ultra Raptor or Wildcat, Brooks Cascadia, Salomon Xa Pro or X Ultra…just a few names to look at. Go to a running or outdoor retail store if possible and try on a few pairs. It’s all about what fits your feet best. After that, make sure to log some nice training miles!

  10. This is something I’ve always wanted to do! So great to hear that it was a meaningful pilgrimage for you.

  11. Amazing, thanks for such a great post. I’m doing the camino next month and this has been perfect answering some of my questions x

  12. Carmelita Antonio

    Hi! My husband and me will walk the Camino after he retires from the service. We are from the Philippines. What is the best time to walk?

    • Great to hear you’ll be walking. It depends on what kind of weather you like. I like it hot with little rain, so I chose to walk in the summer. If you like cooler weather, the fall and spring are nice, but you might get a little more rain.

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  14. Hi! my Name is Yully and i will be walk the camino frances this upcoming September 2016. my friend will join me later on the way in Leon. i cant seem to find an estimate of how long it will take me to reach Leon so my friend can know when to leave an meet me. would you be able to give me an estimate how long will it take from starting point Saint John to Leon?

    • It really depends on how fast you plan to walk. It took me 14 days, but I was walking 30-45km each day. If you plan on shorter days, it could take 21 days.

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  16. Hi there Drew!
    Quick question for you..I am back on the Camino in September to walk to Finistere but have recently won a pair of Brooks trail/running shoes. I just need to choose the most suitable one and I will get fitted then.
    Do you know of the brand and are there any that you would recommend?

    • Hello David, Brooks is a very popular brand here in the States. Their most popular trail shoe is the Cascadia (version 11 is the current model). It would make for a really nice Camino shoe. Many hikers wear it on the John Muir Trail and Pacific Crest Trail here in California. It has nice cushion, grip, comfort, and protection.

      • It’s strange as it’s virtually unknown here in Ireland. I’ve always stuck with the main brands…Colombia, North face and for the most part, they have been great. But I will take a look at the Cascadia in the coming week. Thanks for the help!

      • No problem. Brooks started as a small company in Seattle, but have since grown quite large. They’re not quite on the level of Columbia, Northface, or Patagonia for US domestic brands, but they’ve grown pretty large in the running world.

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  18. Hi! Great video! I will be doing the Camino in October, and I was wondering if a pair of Salomon Sense Pro would be right? If not…..can you recommend me some? I am not interested in durability, I am only interested in not getting any blisters lol.

    Greetings from Argentina

    • Hello, Guillermo! The Sense Pro would be a nice option for the Camino as long as it’s not raining a lot in October. The lugs on the Sense Pro are a little shallow and might struggle for traction on a muddy trail. Other than that, they are very comfortable and probably wouldn’t cause any blisters. If I were hiking in October, I might also look at the La Sportiva Akasha and Mutant.

  19. Coming back from my Camino in 37 days (+1 by bus to Finistere), I had pleasure browsing over yours again.
    I loved every single day of walking and the feeling of achievement when I got to Santiago.
    Bathing in the ocean in Fisterra on October 7 to celebrate the end was such a treat in spite of the cold.

    When my friends think of hiking too, I’ll remind them to read your advice too.

    Cheers and Buen Camino towards new awesome adventures!


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  21. Hi Drew,
    Thanks for all of your great advice on this site. I’m looking at hiking the Camino Frances this summer with La Sportiva Wildcat trail runners and Superfeet blue insoles. The shoes have been great, but I’m wondering if I SOLES would be better. After a month with Superfeet, I’m still getting some pain on the bottom of my feet, right where the plastic ends. I’m wondering if I should give them more time or seek something that flexes better. Any suggestions or comparisons between the two brands?

    • Aj, great choice on the shoes. I think the Wildcats are perfect for the Camino. As for the insoles, I’ve never tried anything other than Superfeet. If you have the time, give the Blue’s a few weeks to break in.

  22. Thanks, Drew! I have another month yet before I have to decide if I want to return them, so I’ll keep trying to break them in.

  23. I’m hoping to walk the camino within the next year and this page will definitely come in handy! Thanks for sharing your experiences and information 🙂

    • Great to hear you’ll be walking the Camino soon. I haven’t had time to really do my Camino Guide page justice. I’m hoping to add a lot more content in the months ahead.

  24. Hello.
    This Easter I will do el Camino Ingles with my teenager son.
    Last Caminos I have done always with Skechers Go Run , Go Run Ultra 2 and next will be Go Trail Ultra 3.
    Perfect choice. Never had a blister.
    First and second, Portuguese and Frances, had a second pair of Joma Olimpo (Spanish brand, but you can find out in Mexico or Perhaps in the States)
    Nice election to change shoesome after walking and explore the villages.

    Buen Camino

    • Glad to hear you’ve had such great fortune with Skechers. I brought a pair of sandals to explore towns after a day of walking. I found that my feet needed the air!

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