THE "CAMINO CATALÁN" TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Catalonia is one of the most favourite tourist destinations worldwide, not only because of its cities, villages and cultural heritage but also because of the nature and landscapes surrounding it. Catalonia is a famous place for hikers as it offers many hiking options, extraordinary landscapes and clean air. 

In the following post, we will recommend you different options to follow the Camino Catalán (that means the Catalan Path) to Santiago de Compostela. 

You just have to book your ticket with Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation, bring your hiking equipment and start the path in Catalonia. 


The Way of Saint James


The monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes

It starts at Port de la Selva, a village in the eastern coast of Spain, and it is the beginning of a path that crosses the peninsula from east to west and that ends at finis terrae (that means the end of the Earth). It passes by the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, which was -after Santiago- the most important pilgrimage place at the peninsula during the Middle Ages. It is also the point where the main routes crossing Catalonia come together as described below. 




The Camino de Girona

You have two possibilities to start this path: you can start it at the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes or at the Coll de Panissars – La Jonquera

Both ways will take you to Vilabertran, which is located 3 kilometres away from Figueras and from where you can reach the Montserrat monastery. This monastery is one of the main cultural and religious symbols of the country, built in the rocks and founded in 1025. From this monastery, you can start the Camino Catalan. 

The Camino de Girona is about 230 kilometres long and is perfectly indicated. It is particularly beautiful because it allows you to visit some typical Catalan villages, such as Santa Llogaia, Álguema, Borrassà and Creixell i Pontós. Moreover, it is famous for its amazing views.  


The Camino de San Esteve d'en Bas


Some examples of views that you can see on your way

This is an alternative way that can be done instead of the Camino de Girona. It is also very well indicated and the official way of the Generalitat. It crosses Olot, the Royal Road and then follows again the same route. 

For a shorter path, you can also start at Cellera de Ser and go directly to Vic without passing through San Esteve d'en Bas or Olot.


The Camino Catalán​


Some examples of views that you can see on your way

This perfectly indicated path starts from Montserrat, in Barcelona, and passes through Lleida, the Monegros and Pina de Ebro, where it joins the Camino del Ebro. 

The path takes a little more than 300 kilometres and it is not very difficult, except the climb of the Panadella at the 110th kilometre. So, we suggest that you stop at Iguala and then take a break at the Piazza Pius XII, where the Basilica of Santa Maria is located. This basilica dates from the twelfth century. It was built in the Renaissance in gothic style and includes in its interior a beautiful baroque reredos.

At Jorba, you can see the ruins of the castle with the same name. You will cross Santa María del Camí, Montmaneu, Panadella and Pallrols, where we advise you to rest and visit the Church of San Jaume, which was built during the 11th century. 

You should be aware that in summer the main obstacle is the heat while in autumn and spring it is the wind, especially in the Monegros. However, regardless of the season, the charm of these small Catalan villages and the beauty of its landscapes is reason enough to do some stops.




And after these intense m​oments, there is nothing better than to sit comfortably in one of our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains and to relax while admiring the landscapes passing in front of your eyes.



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