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Contemplating alternate to Camino Frances

JamesGeier

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I have walked the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela twice, once in the spring of 2016 and again in the autumn of 2017. I would like to return to Spain and make a long walk...TomNorth said in another post, “I'm returning because it's there... and it's calling me... and I need to go walk.“ not sure when I'll be able to do this due to work-related committments, maybe autumn 2019 or spring 2020.

I may walk the Via de la Plata from Sevilla to Zamora then the Camino Sanabres via Ourense to Santiago de Compostela. I expect this to be much more solitary a walk than the Camino Frances, especially the last 100 kilometers from Ourense to Santiago compared to Sarria to Santiago.

Another idea is to customize my own Camino route. An idea floating around would be to walk from SJPdP to Pamplona, then take the Camino Viejas route to somewhere close to Ponferrada, somehow get to Astorga instead of Ponferrada, then walk south towards Zamora, and at (I think) Montemarta, turn northwest and cover the Camino Sanabres to Ourense and on to Santiago de Compostela. This would certainly avoid the Camino Frances crowds. But would this be at all practical? [I do realize that "practical" is a very relative term...]

Buen Camino,
--jim geier--
 
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The Camino Aragones is looking for a few good men, as the saying goes....

I'm off in a week to walk it: Lourdes - Oloron - Somport Pass - Jaca - San Juan de la Pena - Leyre - Xavier - Sangueza - Foz de Lumbier - Monreal - Eunate - Puente la Reina Gares.... Those who've done it say that its great, and still uncrowded.
 

p_mci

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Hi Jim, you don't mention how much time you have to do your Camino, but it sounds like you are determined to walk all the way to Santiago...?

A customized Camino sounds great as long as you enjoy planning, don't mind going "against" the arrows at times and don't mind leaving behind people you may meet along the way as you divert and move between paths. But there are so many other established Camino's that you might consider...

To go with your other idea... April/May on the Plata+Sanabrés, for example. It is definitely not as crowded as the Francés but it's certainly not solitary. Many pilgrims do this as their 3rd or 4th Camino. And as the stages are quite 'fixed' (i.e. there is not as much choice as far as accommodation is concerned in between stages), you stay with the same group of people for quite long stretches. In this way, though you might walk alone during the day, you get a real sense of camaraderie and community, at least I found this to be true. So, though the route can be physically challenging at times, it feels quite laidback, if that makes sense. You also get to experience Extremadura province which is quite special and different to the northern routes.
 

p_mci

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Francés, Inglés, Portugués (2014) Norte, Primitivo (2015) Vía de la Plata (2017) Mozárabe (2018)
The Camino Aragones is looking for a few good men, as the saying goes....

I'm off in a week to walk it: Lourdes - Oloron - Somport Pass - Jaca - San Juan de la Pena - Leyre - Xavier - Sangueza - Foz de Lumbier - Monreal - Eunate - Puente la Reina Gares.... Those who've done it say that its great, and still uncrowded.

This sounds wonderful! Buen Camino!
 
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Denisealldridge

Camino Frances 2014- 2015 Camino Portuguese 2017
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Camino Frances 2014 first half
2015 Camino Frances Completed -
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I have walked the Camino Frances from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela twice, once in the spring of 2016 and again in the autumn of 2017. I would like to return to Spain and make a long walk...TomNorth said in another post, “I'm returning because it's there... and it's calling me... and I need to go walk.“ not sure when I'll be able to do this due to work-related committments, maybe autumn 2019 or spring 2020.

I may walk the Via de la Plata from Sevilla to Zamora then the Camino Sanabres via Ourense to Santiago de Compostela. I expect this to be much more solitary a walk than the Camino Frances, especially the last 100 kilometers from Ourense to Santiago compared to Sarria to Santiago.

Another idea is to customize my own Camino route. An idea floating around would be to walk from SJPdP to Pamplona, then take the Camino Viejas route to somewhere close to Ponferrada, somehow get to Astorga instead of Ponferrada, then walk south towards Zamora, and at (I think) Montemarta, turn northwest and cover the Camino Sanabres to Ourense and on to Santiago de Compostela. This would certainly avoid the Camino Frances crowds. But would this be at all practical? [I do realize that "practical" is a very relative term...]

Buen Camino,
--jim geier--
Hi,

i know your feeling... I have walked 2014 Camino Frances first half. 2015 completed Camino Frances. and 2017 I walked Porto to Santiago the Portuguese route. . I am going to walk again the Frances Camino St jean to Burgos in September this year. I can't explain how it gets into your bones, and all you want to do is get back there. I hope you work out a route , have fun. cheers
Denise
 

scruffy1

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Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
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