The Way of St James is an ancient pilgrimage that has been walked by millions of people since the Middle Ages. The people of Spain call it simply ‘The Way’.
While some walk the Camino for religious reasons, many see it as one of the world’s great treks – a way of experiencing northern Spain’s unique countryside, history, architecture, languages, wine and food.
Whether you walk all or part of it, the Camino provides an opportunity for personal and spiritual contemplation and reinvigoration.
Clearly signposted with its symbol – the scallop shell – the Camino makes its way through tiny villages in the Pyrenees, through ancient forests, rolling farm country, picturesque wine regions, the high, wide plain of the Meseta, and then to green Galicia in Spain’s northeast. Pilgrims walk a path that varies from an earthen track to ancient Roman road – through fortressed towns and tiny villages, medieval monasteries and castles, before kicking off their hiking boots in front of the Camino’s final goal – the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostella.’Walking the Camino’ is a practical guide, with advice about how to prepare physically and mentally, the terrain across the different regions, what to pack and when to go, accommodation, food, culture and language.
Some walk the Camino for religious reasons, some as a kind of walking meditation. All see it as one of the world’s great treks – a way of experiencing Northern Spain’s unique countryside, history, architecture, language, wine and food.