Shell motif Camino de Santiago

The pilgrimage routes to
Santiago de Compostela
in pictures

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Postcards of the Caminos

We have a new series of mega-postcards, which you can buy online to send to all your friends as you journey along your Camino.
  • Postcard LA - Camino Francés I - St. Jean-Pied-du-Port to Logroño
  • Postcard LB - Camino Francés II - Logroño to Ponferrada
  • Postcard LC - Camino Francés III - Ponfrrada to Santiago de Compostela
  • Postcard LD - Via de la Plata - Sevilla to Santiago de Compostela
  • Postcard LE - Camino Inglés - Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela
  • Postcard LF - Camino de Finisterre - Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre and Muxía

Each postcard has a key, shown below, to the pictures on the reverse side

Postcard LA - Camino Francés I - St. Jean-Pied-du-Port to Logroño - Picture key
These pictures show the first 200 km. of the 800 km. route of the Camino Francés, the best known of the network of routes forming the Camino de Santiago. There are many others for each of the 30 stages of the walk on the Picture Pages of the Camino at www.santiago-compostela.net. Postcard and images © Piers Nicholson 2006

Top row: The start of the Camino Francés at St. Jean-Pied-du-Port; 2. Virgén d'Orisson; 3. the Franco-Spanish frontier; 4. Descent through beech woods; 5. the monastery at Roncesvalles; 6. Woodland path; 7. Burguete
Row 2: 1. Medieval bridge at Zubari; 2. Old house in Larrasoaña; 3. Ancient church; 4. House covered with scallop shells; 5. Pamplona Cathedral; 6. Cizur Menor; 7. top of the hill
Row 3: 1. Uterga; 2. Octagonal church at Eunate; 3. Title bar with two scallop shells (the badge of St. James worn by pilgrims); 4 Church in Puente La Reina; 5. The medieval bridge
Row 4: 1. Ciraqui - roman road; 2. Estella - church of San Miguel; 3. wine fountain at Irache; 4. the first vineyards; 5. Torres del Río; 6. Church with sundial; 7. Approaaching Viana
Row 5: 1. Pedestrianised centre of Logroño; 2.Castle of Clavijo (detour); 3. waynark; 4. Statue in Naverete; 5: Church in Nájera; 6. Medieval library at Yuso monastery (diversion); 7. Abbess' tomb at Cañas


Postcard LB - Camino Francés II - Logroño to Ponferrada - Picture key
These pictures show the middle 340 km. of the 800 km. route of the Camino Francés, the best known of the network of routes forming the Camino de Santiago. There are many others for each of the 30 stages of the walk on the Picture Pages of the Camino at www.santiago-compostela.net.

Top Row:1. Gruñon - pavement waymark; 2. Stepping stones; 3. Village fountain; 4. Bridges in Belorado; 5. Valdefuentes - ruined hermitage; 6. San Juan de Ortega; 7.Atapuerca
Row 2: 1.Informal waymark ; 2. Street sculpture in Burgos; 3. The cathedral; 4. Entering Castrojeríz; 5. Historical causeway; 6. Boadilla del Camino ; 7 Refugio in Frómista
Row 3: 1.Church in Villacazar de Sirga; 2. retablo with Santiago; 3. Title bar with two scallop shells (the badge of St. James worn by pilgrims); 4 monastery in Carrión de las Condes; 5. A countess portrayed as Mary Magdalen
Row 4: 1. Sculpture outside the refugio in Sahagún; 2. Arch in Sahagún; 3. refugio in Bercianos de Real Camino; 4. Mansilla de las Mulas; 5. Puerto de Villarente - Roman bridge; 6. León- main square; 7. León Cathedral
Row 5: 1. León - monastery of San Marcos; 2. Elegant waymarks in León; 3. Storks on Virgén del Camino church; 4. Bridge at Hospital de Orbigo; 5. refugio; 6. Interior of Bishops Palace at Astorga (Gaudi); 7. Exterior


Camino Francés III - Ponferrada to Santiago de Compostela - Picture key
These pictures show the last 260 km. of the 800 km. route of the Camino Francés, the best knownof the network of routes forming the Camino de Santiago. There are many others for each of the 30 stages of the walk on the Picture Pages of the Camino at www.santiago-compostela.net.

Top Row: 1. A maker of pilgrim staffs; 2. Outside El Ganso; 3 Refugio Nuestra Señora del Pilar; 4. Refugio Gaucelmo, Rabanal, 5. Foncebadón; 6 El Acebo; 7. Molinaseca
Row 2: 1. Main street, Molinaseca; 2 Compostilla pilgrim monument; 3. Fuentes Nuevas; 4. Entering Villafranca del Bierzo 5. Ancient doorway; 6. The route divides; 7. Chestnut groves
Row 3: 1. A long ascent; 2. Mountains of Galicia; 3. Title bar with two scallop shells (the badge of St. James worn by pilgrims); 4.. Pilgrim statue, El Cebreiro; 5. Chapel near Fonfría
Row 4: 1. Distant mountains; 2. Monastery at Samos; 3. Bridge near Vilei; 4. The "postbox" hermitage at Morgade; 5. An ancient cart; 6. The iron bridge at Portomarín; 7: Easy walking
Row 5: 1.Coat of arms in a wall at Ventas de Narón; 2. The istoric church at Vilar de Donas (detour); 3. Eucalyptus woods; 4. Only 44 km.t to go; 5. Refugio at Ribadiso do Baixo; 6. Santiago de Compostela boundary stone; 7. The streets of Santiago


Postcard LD - Via de la Plata - Sevilla to Santiago de Compostela - Picture key
The Via de la Plata stretches 1,000 km. from Seville in Andalucia to Santiago de Compostela. It is the longest of the network of Spanish pilgrimage routes leading to Santiago. The Picture Pages of the Camino at www.santiago-compostela.net, have over 1,000 pictures of the route, divided into 35 stages.
Top row: 1. Seville cathedral; 2. church in Los Santos; 3. Albergue turistico in Almazara,; 4. River Guadiana, Merida; 5. Roman aqueduct in Merida; 6.Waymarks near Aljucen, 7.Wayside cross near Alcuescar
Row 2: 1. Roman bridge, Casas de Don Antonio; 2. finca, 3. church of San Juan in Caceres; 4. Lake Tajo; 5. Tower in the town wall, Gallisteo; 6. Aldanueva; 7. church in Calzada de Bejar
Row 3: 1. refugio in Fuenterroble, 2. Happy black pigs; 3. Title bar with two scallop shells (the badge of St. James worn by pilgrims); 4. Plaza Mayor in Salamanca; 5. Casa de los Conchas, covered with scallop sheels
Row 4: 1. Waymark and wide open spaces; 2. Zamora, Puente de Piedra; 3. Church of Santiago del Burgo, Zamora; 4. 11th.c. statue of Santiago, Sta. Marta de Tera; 5. Swimming in the Rio Tera, Rionegro del Puente; 6. Refugio in Mobuey; 7. Entering Galicia
Row 5: 1. Refugio Casa de Escudo, Verín; 2. Alleriz, main square; 3. View over Ourense; 4.. Ourense. Rio Miño; 5.. refugio in Cea; 6. monastery at Oseira; 7 Obradoiro square, Santiago

Postcard LE - Camino Inglés - Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela - Picture key

Postcard LF - Camino de Finisterre - Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre and Muxía - Picture key
The Camino de Finisterre goes from Santiago de Compostela to Hospital, where it divides, the left route going to the Cape of Finisterre (the "end of the World") and the right route to MuxIa. The route is waymarked to Finisterre and then along the coast to Muxia, and for the direct route to Muxía. The whole is a very pleasant 5-day walk, and is much less crowded that the Camino Francés. There are many more pictures on the Picture Pages of the Camino at www.santiago-compostela.net. Postcard and images © Piers Nicholson 2006
Top Row: 1. Medieval bridge; 2. Roadside cross; 3. The bridge at Ponte Maceira; 4. The town walls of Negreira; 5.A major junction of forest paths
Row 2: 1. The new fuente in Cornado; 2.Rio Xallas; 3.The double waymark where the Camino divides, 4.First view of the sea; 5.Ceé - esplanade and fishing boats
Row 3: 1.Cape Finisterre; 2. Title bar with two scallop shells (the badge of St. James worn by pilgrims); 3. shaded woodland path
Row 4;:1. Horreo (grain store) with 24 pairs of legs; 2. Lovely views of the coast; 3. Inviting beaches; 4. The "sacred stone" at the end of the Muxia promontory ; 5. Excellent view of Muxia on its promontary

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