A500-mile walk at all. You can do a section of it — for a weekend or a fortnight. The whole thing takes between 30 and 40 days. There are some who complete their Camino by going back year after year. It’s up to you.There are no rules. You take it as you find it and walk as you will. You can do it on a bike. I met a French couple who did it by Citroen. Second, it’s not necessarily religious. It can be if you wish it to be.After all, it began as a pilgrimage to the relics of the Apostle James, interred in the grand old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Ever since his grave was discovered in AD800, hundreds of thousands of the great and good have trod the path across northern Spain, making the Camino the most famous pilgrimage in the world.
The most popular route is the Camino Frances, which starts from St Jean de Pied de Port on the French side of the Pyrenees ,Camino is a pleasure, not an endurance test. And you can travel alone, with a partner or in a group.The whole walk covers two mountain ranges, plains and a huge variety of countryside in between.
It passes through orchards and vineyards, along the occasional highway, takes you into villages, towns and even through the cities of Pamplona, Burgos and Leon.