Walking Across Europe is superb so get on your walking boots to see the region at its very best and really get away from it all.
The most famous and the longest route that goes in the north of Spain is Camino de Santiago. You might also heard about it as St James Way, as it‘s the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Northwestern Spain, where it‘s believed that the remains of the apostle Saint James are buried.
Walkers from all around the world gather not only just for religious purpose but also to try their stamina. The most popular is the 800km-long Northern Trail, starting from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and crossing Spain from east to west. However, if you don’t have time to walk it all through, don’t be upset, as the Camino de Santiago route is in fact a network of routes. So, you may choose a shorter and quieter route that is developing rapidly, and by now has perfectly viable alternatives to the traditional route.
What to expect from the St. James Way? Firstly, you’ll pass the Pyrenees Mountains along the Spanish-French border. Further, you can choose a coastal way with beautiful beaches, small towns and great scenery or step on a more historical way and pass towns with great architecture, such as Logrono, Burgos, Leon, and admire the beauty of Spanish valleys.
starting point: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
route length: 800 km
highlights: Augustinian monastery at Roncesvalles, Gothic cathedral at Leon, the vineyards of Rioja, valleys of Galicia, Monte de Gozo (Mountain of Joy), medieval Santiago city, Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.
finish point: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Northwestern Spain.
The biggest island of Balearic Islands is Mallorca. It has gorgeous beaches, extreme roads to the mountains and various paths for walking. One of the most popular pilgrimage routes in Mallorca lies to Lluc Monastery, where the miraculous black statue of Virgin Mary is kept.
From Inca there is a regular bus line to Lluc, but if you really want to enjoy the scenery, it is advisable to get off at Caimari and then continue on foot to the monastery. The walk takes about three hours in the Tramuntana mountains, but is really worth it. After seeing the monastery we recommend following the path of the Via Crucis or ‘stations of the cross’, which goes around a promontory located behind the Monastery. From here there is a magnificent view of the valley of Aubarca and the farm of Escorca. You can then return to Inca by bus.
starting point: Caimari
route length: 11 km
highlights: Mallorca, Lluc Monastery, the miraculous statue of Virgin Mary, pilgrimage route, stations of the cross, Inca, bus station.
finish point: Lluc Monastery in Escorca.
Try Catalonia Trekking! There is a Garrotxa’s National Volcanic Park area where you might see over 40 volcanic cones and 20 lava flows. Walk for one day and have experience for the rest of your life.
The route in La Garrotxa starts at Santa Pau’s Council House square. After getting out of the town, you’ll pass ancient bridges and structures and enter into the Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa. You’ll be walking among spectacular beech forests, which make up the national park and we recommend you to visit them in spring and autumn. The route ends in Santa Maria de Finestres’ Sanctuary. The Catalan Romanesque monastery located on the top of a cliff at over 850m. Its location offers amazing views of La Garrotxa and Pla de L’Estany Counties. Admire this view on the sunset of a great walking day.
starting point: Santa Pau’s Council House square.
route length: 14 km
highlights: Garrotxa’s National Volcanic Park, Santa Maria de Finestres monastery, volcanic cones, beech forest, ancient bridges.
finish point: Santa Maria de Finestres‘ Sanctuary