Unlike the Appalachian Trail, the Camino has many different possible starting points. Completing a Camino is defined by hiking more than 100 miles to Santiago de Compostella.
I put together my own Just Pete Camino totaling 890 miles and encompassing all or parts of 5 different Caminos.
My trek began on the Camino Frances. This is the most travelled of the Caminos and I hiked the first 40 miles to Pamplona. The route goes over the Pyrenees and is the most physically challenging portion of the Camino Frances.
From Pamplona I took a bus to Irun and hiked the Camino del Norte which runs along the northern coast of Spain. This route is travelled by only about 6% of the Camino pilgrims as it is a bit more challenging than other routes. It was 518 miles to Santiago de Compostella and the path provided many incredible ocean views and lots of small surfing towns.
After reaching Santiago de Compostella, I continued walking to the “end of the world” along the Camino Finisterre.
I next attempted the Camino of the Lighthouses to Malpica. This was very little traveled with amazing views and challenging hiking. It was the most strenuous hiking I did and I had to eventually quit the route somewhere near Cereixo. It was impossible to navigate the trail and I was constantly off the trail. Sometimes in brush above my waist. This will be an amazing hike once it’s more developed and you can follow a trail.
I bused back to Camino de Santiago and headed south along the Portuguese Coastal Camino for 162 miles to Porto (Portugal). This was against the flow of traffic and most pilgrims I met along the way were heading the other direction.
I reached my goal of hiking 820 miles at Porto. That gave me a total of 3,010 miles for my 2 hikes. That’s a lot of steps.
All the photos from my time on the Camino.