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Sugaluga

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Hi all, I would like to do my first Camino walk either this year in Sept/Oct or next year May/June. I intend doing a short version this time around. Perhaps 100 - 120 kms. As a novice which would be the best one to tackle? eg Portugal, Spain or Italy. I would love some feedback from rather experienced Camino Adventurers.. (bearing in mind that I am over 60 years of age). Any assistance will really be appreciated. I will organise transfers for my luggage etc and rebooked accommodation. HELP
 

domigee

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Hi all, I would like to do my first Camino walk either this year in Sept/Oct or next year May/June. I intend doing a short version this time around. Perhaps 100 - 120 kms. As a novice which would be the best one to tackle? eg Portugal, Spain or Italy. I would love some feedback from rather experienced Camino Adventurers.. (bearing in mind that I am over 60 years of age). Any assistance will really be appreciated. I will organise transfers for my luggage etc and rebooked accommodation. HELP
Hi and welcome!
In Spain, you could start with the Camino francés from Sarria or the Camino Inglés from La Coruña, both just over 100 km so you can get a Compostela at the end.
The Camino francés is far more crowded, it depends how you feel about crowds.... If you book ahead there is no problem accommodation-wise.
When I walked the Camino inglés - last August - it was empty. It may be a bit busier on the months you suggest but nothing like the francés.
There are others but for the first time, that’s what I’d recommend. (I haven’t walked the Portuguese).
In Italy, I haven’t seen any luggage transport (but it may be available, I don’t know).
 

Raggy

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Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
Camino Inglés from La Coruña
Camino Inglés from La Coruña is less than 100km and does not qualify for a Compostela. Camino Inglés from Ferrol will qualify.

If @Sugaluga doesn't care about reaching Santiago and getting a Compostela, then the options are endless. There are many beautiful stretches of Camino to choose from and you can do 100km this year, then pick up where you left off next year.
 

tpmchugh

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Frances (2016)
Camino Frances (2018}
Hi all, I would like to do my first Camino walk either this year in Sept/Oct or next year May/June. I intend doing a short version this time around. Perhaps 100 - 120 kms. As a novice which would be the best one to tackle? eg Portugal, Spain or Italy. I would love some feedback from rather experienced Camino Adventurers.. (bearing in mind that I am over 60 years of age). Any assistance will really be appreciated. I will organise transfers for my luggage etc and rebooked accommodation. HELP
At the age of 64, I set out to walk from Pamplona to Burgos. Got to Burgos and decided to walk on. I did eventually go home but 6 weeks later went back to Burgos and finished in Santiago. That would be my recommendation. Start at the beginning then go back and restart from the point you left off. Personally, I would carry my pack and book only the first night. If my pack is going to one place, I cant change my mind and go to another. With bookings, you can phone and cancel if you cant go another step but if you dont have your pack then you are in trouble.
 

Tincatinker

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Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
@Sugaluga you're having a Giraffe aren'y you? Over 60 is a given for the majority of pilgrims for most of the year on the Caminos. We are the only ones who have the time and the €'s to walk.

So, for the second time this week I'll ask some questions: Are you considering making a pilgrimage to the shrine of Santiago, or perhaps to the End-of-the-World and the sundering sea? Do you just fancy a well supported hiking trip? What is it you want from your Camino walk? If these questions seem rude then perhaps they are but they are asked with sincere intent.

It is difficult for any member of this forum, kindly as they are, to respond to your post in any meaningful way. If you want to walk 100 or so Kms and arrive in Santiago and, perhaps, receive a Compostella then you can start walking from Tui or Ferrol or Sarria and you will find many service providers who will transport your luggage and many accommodations that will reserve you a bed, even a room.

As you are aware from replies in your earlier thread you can only receive a Compostella if you have walked at least 100km to the shrine of Santiago with religious or spiritual intent (I paraphrase). But if, despite my rude challenge, you still want to walk some camino then make your way to wherever you can reasonably easily get to on any of the many ways, tighten your laces and go for it :)

www.gronze.com will provide an introduction to the possibilities
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Previously you were considering part of the Arles route or Tui to SdC, so I'm guessing you aren't sure what you want to do. I suggest you do some background reading on the history, geography, culture etc of Portugal, Spain, France and Italy. Then give some thought to why you want to do this. Perhaps these will help you decide where you want to go.

I've occasionally decided on routes based on which airports have cheaper flights at that time.
 

domigee

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Camino Inglés from La Coruña is less than 100km and does not qualify for a Compostela. Camino Inglés from Ferrol will qualify.
You’re absolutely right, my mistake, oops. Thanks for the correction.
 
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