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Plan a Family Camino

One of our favourite Camino de Santiago trips to organise is a family Camino. There are so many types of families and combinations of family members who walk the Camino together. Whether it is parents walking with their children, a solo parent with their kids, cousins, siblings, father-son bonding, or grandparents taking their grown-up children – the Camino is for all types of families!

A walk on the Camino de Santiago offers a unique family bonding experience. You get to spend as many days as you like walking, exploring, and spending time with each other.

For parents, this offers an excellent opportunity to connect with your children. For children, it is an adventure where they can learn about the world and see their parents in a new way. Siblings can grow apart as they get older, and the Camino can bring you back together. Cousins can share a holiday with a difference on this pilgrimage through Spain, with plenty of excellent stories to tell.

We are also seeing an increase in “skip-gen” family holidays on the Camino. Skip-gen or skipped generation travel means grandparents taking their grandchildren on holiday (or the other way around!). These trips are a wonderful experience for the whole family. Grandparents can spend more time with their grandkids, and parents get some time off.

No matter what size or shape your family is there are options on the Camino de Santiago for you. Additionally, we have shorter walking days options for younger kids, older people, and people with mobility challenges. We can arrange bicycles too if you’d like to change up your active family holiday!

Organise a unique family reunion on the Camino. It will be a family holiday you will never forget!

Why Choose Follow the Camino for Your Family Holiday?

We are the original Camino Tour Company

We have been leading the way in Camino de Santiago tour planning since 2007. Follow the Camino was the first tour operator on the Way of Saint James and our team has decades of experience between them. Our team have walked thousands of kilometres of the Way across Spain, Portugal, and France.

We know our stuff.

We have planned hundreds of family Camino de Santiago holidays

Over the last decade, our team has planned thousands of Camino itineraries for every type of group. They have come from all over the world and had all types of families. We have planned pilgrimage itineraries for each of them – and they have loved them!

That is why our reviews are so great and our ratings are so high. You can read them on TripAdvisor, Facebook, and Google.

We know all of our suppliers and know what they offer for families

Our team gets to know the accommodation and service providers that we use along the Camino de Santiago. That means that we can pick the best options for your family group. Whether you are looking for places that have extra activities for the kids or super comfy rooms for the grandparents – we know who to ask.

We also try to work with a lot of smaller businesses – so we are supporting family businesses as well!

We customise all our Camino itineraries to each family group’s unique needs

Every single Camino holiday that we plan is customised. Your dedicated Camino Planner will learn about your family so that they can create the ideal trip for you. They can add extra rest and exploring days, recommend the best route, and make bookings a breeze. If you need anything extra – they know all the best additional experiences and upgrades too!

From planning short walking days and bag transfers to recommending ice cream stops – we have you covered on your family Camino.

Our Favourite Routes for Families on the Camino de Santiago

Following the Portuguese coast around to the Vigo estuary on this section you will get the opportunity to stay in the beautiful coastal cities of Baiona and Vigo before rejoining the traditional Camino Portuguese from Redondela to Santiago de Compostela. With a mixture of beaches, forests, and towns there will be much to keep your kids entertained along! If you would like to spend a few extra days in Santiago after this trip, we can arrange an apartment option.
The Camino Frances is a pilgrimage from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France over the Pyrenees and across the north of Spain to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James. Passing through famous Spanish towns and cities such as Pamplona, Burgos, Leon and Ponferrada, you have plenty of opportunity to enjoy the unique culture of this region. The walk will have you traversing varying landscapes from the mountainous Pyrenees, to the flat plateau of Northern Spain to the undulating hilly landscape of Galicia. To complete the full French Way you do need to have a reasonable level of fitness and also more than a month free to give you the time to walk and incorporate a few rest days along the way.

This route is the starting point of the Camino Frances. It begins in France at the town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and finishes in Pamplona, the town famous for its ‘Running of the Bulls’ festival in San Fermin each July, described by Ernest Hemingway in his novel The Sun Also Rises. At first, it follows the Route de Napoleon over the Roncesvalles Pass (at an elevation of 1,500m) into the Basque country, and then crosses into more gentle terrain in the great region of Navarra.

Starting in the mountain-hugging town of Ponferrada and finishing in Santiago de Compostela, this section crosses both the Castilla y Leon and Galicia regions. Leaving the mediaeval city of Ponferrada, this Camino crosses the magnificent O’Cebreiro Mountains before heading towards the heart of Galicia and its lush green hills. This section can be physically demanding and requires a good level of fitness, but it is also a highly rewarding leg of the Camino, offering beautiful landscapes and numerous cultural sights.

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