May 2016: Camino Finisterre
The Camino Finisterre, can be a pilgrimage in it’s own right or an extension to another Camino. The beauty of the Camino Finisterre is it takes only an additional three to four days to complete. This ancient medieval pilgrimage route, a total of 90 kilometers, was often taken after completing the French Way and a visit to the Cathedral of Santiago.
I have walked from Santiago to Cape Finisterre in September 2016 and thoroughly enjoyed it. You can read about my experience here. The sunset at Cape Finisterre is one of the most special sights.
May 2018: Camino Portuguese Pola Costa
The Portuguese Coast Way begins in Porto and most of its route runs along the Atlantic Ocean. It passes through important cities such as Póvoa de Varzim, Vigo and Pontevedra and through picturesque towns such as Viana do Castelo, A Guarda and Baiona. In Redondela, you leave the coast to join the Central Portuguese Way and continue through the towns of Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón until you reach Santiago de Compostela.
In May 2018, my brother and I walked the final 250 km of this route from the small picturesque town of A Guarda. We stuck to the coast for the long as we could until we reached Vigo. From there, we walked along the Portuguese Central route to Santiago. You can read about this trip here, and my piece I wrote for the Camino Society Ireland newsletter here.
September 2019: Lisbon – Agueda via Fatima
I will walk from Lisbon in September this year along the Portuguese route. I have ten walking days and I am aiming for Agueda, which is roughly 250 kms. I fly out from Porto. I will write about it here. The Portuguese Camino gives you the option to walk via Fatima and I hope to walk in that direction. On this Camino, blue arrows guide you to Fatima.
May 2019: Camino Ingles / Celtic Camino
The Cathedral of Santiago has agreed to grant a Compostela to pilgrims who complete the 75km Camino Ingles route from A Coruña to Santiago, as long as they have already completed a certified 25 km pilgrimage in their country of origin. I have already walked 25 km in Ireland in June 2017 but while my brother and I will gain the Compostela after walking from A Coruña, we also plan to walk from Ferrol to Betanzos and then on to the Finisterre on arrival in Santiago. I look forward to Galicia.
Keep an eye on this blog as I go to Spain in less than 2 months.