Camino Ways Santiago introduces new guided tours for 2019 is introducing two new Camino Walk & Coach guided tours for 2019: the Camino del Norte and the Camino Portugues.

Ideal for Camino beginners, the Walk & Coach tours are the perfect introduction to the unique experience that is the Camino de Santiago. The tours give pilgrims the best of both worlds: combining sightseeing in some of the most important towns and monuments along the way with easy two-hour walks in scenic sections of the routes.

Starting in Lisbon, the Camino Portugues Walk & Coach follows the traditional route taken by Portuguese pilgrims to Santiago. With departures in June and October, the groups will visit Portugal’s most famous sanctuary in Fatima, Coimbra and Porto. Once in Galicia, the Atlantic city of Vigo and the quaint cobbled streets of Pontevedra are a must-see for pilgrims on their way to Santiago.

The Camino del Norte, running next May, takes pilgrims along the coast of Northern Spain, starting in Bilbao. Picos de Europa National Park, the Cathedrals Beach and Lugo’s Roman Wall are some of the sights along this route, in addition to stunning coastal landscapes and fascinating historic towns.

In 2017, 301,036 pilgrims received their Compostela certificate in Santiago, according to statistics from the Pilgrims Office. This reflects the number of pilgrims walking at least the last 100km of any of the Camino routes and requesting their certificate; or cycling at least the last 200km.