Yesterday we started hiking the Camino de Santiago from Almería, Spain on the Mediterranean to Fisterra on the northwestern Atlantic coast. This is a first installment post with trip stories and details to follow.
The Camino is a network of medieval Christian pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain.
How and where:
We’re walking the Camino de Mozárabe from Almería to Mérida by way of Granada. It connects to the Vía de la Plata, which takes us to Santiago de Compostela. From there we’ll continue to Fisterra, the end of the known world for Europeans in the Middle Ages. The map below shows our route:
We’ll be backpacking from village to village.
918 957 mile trek should take us between 70-80 70 days. (Visa is 90 days!)
The idea for this hike came to us after watching the documentary Six Ways to Santiago, which features the more famous Camino Francés. Since goal of the trip since April has been to learn and practice Spanish, we found a much less crowded route. (“Pilgrims without a reasonable command of Spanish will find this route much more difficult than the Camino francés.“) We also wanted to do a much longer camino since we do a lot of hiking and feel up to it.
Along the way, Angela will be posting daily pics on Instagram. Our goal is to post a summary on this blog every week or so including GPS tracks that show our progress.
We’re on our second day and already we’ve made a few humorous mistakes. We’ll summarize later when we hit a big city. Suffice to say our computer charger adapter took the train back to Madrid and typing a blog on a phone isn’t the best.