Camino Santiago in Latvia open for hikes

On July 27, Latvia will host the event "One Day in Latvia is Like Every Day in Spain", during which people interested can hike one of the 24 stages of Latvia's Way of St James, representatives of the organization "Camino Latvia" said. 

The Way of St James or Camino de Santiago is one of the most popular pilgrimage routes in Europe. Every year hundreds of thousands of people follow the Way of St James, and now different variations of the route have developed, as it is customary to consider that a pilgrimage starts from home, explained the representatives of the organization.

Many people follow the route for religious reasons, some to enjoy the walking and the adventure, to be alone, to experience nature, and to experience hardship.

In Latvia, the route was launched in 2019 and a total of 562 kilometers have been developed over five years. You can set off at any time of the year and cover whatever distance you like. The route consists of 24 stages - each stage is 11-32 kilometres long. However, as the Association pointed out, they can be divided into intermediate stages.

The starting point of the route is in Valka near the Estonian border, from where 12 stages (280 kilometers in total) lead to Riga. From Riga to the Lithuanian border, the route can be completed in two ways: with six stages to Žagare (133 km) or with six stages to Skaistkalne (149 km).

The organizers invited everyone to choose the stage that suits them best. Entry forms can be found here.

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