We are sure you know what it is. The Road to SantiagoBut did you know that there is more than one way? Did you know that each one starts in a different place? In this post we tell you everything you need to know about the different types of El Camino de Santiago.
In the year 820 approximately the discovery of the tomb of Santiago el Mayor, an event that will mean the creation of a tradition with thousands of years of antiquity and is that the Camino de Santiago. This route has been and continues to be one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Europe.
The final destination, the Cathedral of Santiago, was erected from a modest church in 899 and since then thousands of people from all over the world have come to venerate the sacred remains of the apostle. But did you know that the Camino de Santiago has many routes? Yes, nowadays there are several ways to get to the city of Santiago de Compostela and from our Eco-hotel we are going to tell you all the routes so that, wherever you are, you know how to get there. Are you ready?
The French Way is the best known itinerary worldwide and the busiest compared to the other routes mentioned. It was described in the year 1153 in the Codex Calixtinus and the stages that make it up are also detailed in the Codex Calixtinus. In 2004 it received the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord for being an "exponent for the coexistence of people and cultures and the development of the European roots of Christianity".
The French Route joins Saint Jean de Pied de Port (Donibane Garazi) with Santiago de Compostela and is composed of 31 stages that cover the entire north of the Peninsula. It is undoubtedly the best signposted route to Santiago and has a large number of hostels and hotels for the pilgrim to rest, in fact, in its passage through Palencia you will find our Eco-Hotel Doña Mayor.
The French Way in Palencia runs through the province from east to west from Burgos to León. The route consists of about 70 kilometers through the lands of Palencia and of these kilometers there are another 36 that are made by pilgrims who go by bicycle.
The French Way through Palencia has been catalogued as "First European Cultural Itinerary" as well as "World Heritage". In itself the route is not very difficult and it is a fairly flat road without slopes: you can discover the wonderful Tierra de Campos or the green banks of the river Carrión and the river Pisuerga. The Canal de Castilla is another great tourist attraction that you can enjoy if you do the French Way in Palencia.
Following the Jacobean path along the French Way in Palencia you will arrive to Frómista and it is right here where you will find our Eco-Hotel Doña Mayor, an accommodation in the heart of the French Way totally ecological and whose motto is "the essence of the rural". When you arrive at this stage of the itinerary do not forget to stay here, you will rest as if you were at home. Try our 0 kilometer gastronomy, freshly squeezed juices, fresh fruit and seasonal products. It is the ideal hotel to make a stop in Palencia, a moment of relaxation and enjoyment that will allow you to discover Frómista, a lively town that has much to offer.
In our Eco-hotel in Palencia we also have services for cyclists, perfect for pilgrims on the French Way on two wheels.
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The Forgotten Way is one of the oldest routes to the tomb of the apostle Santiago and joins Bilbao with Villafranca del Bierzo and then links up with the French Way or the Winter Way.
This Camino Olvidado or Camino de la Montaña or Camino Viejo in its route also passes through Palencia, specifically through Aguilar de Campoo in stage 8 and goes straight to Cervera de Pisuerga. Our Eco-Hotel in Frómista is only half an hour away from Aguilar de Campoo.
Nowadays this Way is known by very few people and some associations are recovering the use of this pilgrimage route.
In our Eco-hotel we love the Camino de Santiago and we have also created other posts for you to travel in the best possible way in this important pilgrimage, from what to carry in your backpack on the Camino from Santiago to Roncesvalles. Camino de Santiago from RoncesvallesDon't miss them!