Welcome to Russ and Jan’s Camino page.
The Camino Frances, or simply “the way”, is a 800km walk from St Jean Pied de Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Often this is a religious pilgrimage for Christians, as it is believed that the remains of the Apostle St. James are buried at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. We are a couple from Melbourne, Australia that are undertaking this adventure for our own reasons. Why? Because it’s there, because we can?. It took us 6 weeks.
The Camino Frances, the traditional Camino route runs through Saint Pied de Port in France through Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Astorga to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Santiago to Finisterre
Finisterre (Fisterra in Galician) was both the end of the known world until Columbus altered things and the final destination of many of the pilgrims who made the journey to Santiago in past centuries. Only a very small proportion of all those who make the journey to the “City of the Apostle” continue on to the “end of the world”. ~89km
Camino Portugues – The Portuguese Way
The Camino Portugues or the Portuguese Way spans from Lisbon to Santiago, ~620kms.
This Camino was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the 13th Century, crossing some of the most beautiful parts of North Portugal and South Galicia. The Portuguese Way is the second most popular camino in terms of numbers of pilgrims.
There are many pilgrim paths to Santiago. And there is none so intimately connected with the actual life and ministry of St. James as well as his death and burial. It was here that he first preached Christ’s message in Iberia and it was also along this route that his body made its last journey to Libredon, later to become known as Santiago de Compostela.
We will document our new adventure in this blog.