How many Caminos de Santiago are there?

The Camino de Santiago is one of the most travelled pilgrimages in the world. Every year it attracts millions of people from different parts willing to enjoy this incredible experience.

Although there are millions of people who start walking every year, surely you have ever heard the phrase “there are as many caminos as pilgrims”, but … Is this possible? It may sound strange but the answer is yes and we are going to tell you why.

The answer is very simple. Since the discovery of the supposed tomb of the disciple of Jesus in Galicia, each pilgrim made his own way, from the door of his house to Compostela. That is to say, formerly the beginning of the road was not marked, only the goal was. For this reason, each pilgrim decided from where to start their journey.

Some of the routes chosen by the pilgrims became more and more popular and busy for several reasons (security, provisioning facilities), but they never had the exclusivity of the name Camino de Santiago.

It was in 1993 when Unesco included the Camino de Santiago in the world heritage list and the award was granted to the French Way, for being the most traveled since ancient times. To this day, the French Way is still the most popular.

In the last decades, in order to offer pilgrims the services and signs they need on their way to the Cathedral of the city of Santiago, different routes have been marked. The most popular are the Portuguese Way, the Northern Way, the English Way or the French Way, but it should be noted that only in the Iberian Peninsula there are more than 50 roads and that in Europe the options are countless.

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