The Camino de San­ti­ago

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The Camino de San­ti­ago in Spain is a glo­ri­ous route also known as The Way of Saint James or the Pil­grim­age of Com­postela. The main route be­gins at Saint Jean Pied de Por t, on the French side of the Pyre­nees, and goes over the moun­tains, pass­ing vine­yards and trail­ing through glo­ri­ous eu­ca­lyp­tus forests.

Ded­i­cated pil­grims fol­low this 500mile walk to the Cathe­dral of San­ti­ago de Com­postela in Gali­cia, to see the shrine of St James, where Je­sus’s dis­ci­ple is said to be buried.

This route is a UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site and in 1987 it was named the EU’s first Euro­pean Cul­tural Route. To­day cy­clists fol­low the route as well as hik­ers. It takes about a month to com­plete on foot, or two weeks on a bi­cy­cle. You can join the trail at any town along the way, and most pil­grims be­gin at Sar­ria and walk 69 miles to San­ti­ago, which is a more man­age­able dis­tance if you’re not su­per-fit! Watch The Way (2010), where the pil­grim­age is de­picted on the sil­ver screen.

Right: pic­turesque Saint Jean Pied-de-Port Be­low: the Cathe­dral of San­ti­ago

The breath­tak­ing in­te­rior of the cathe­dral Pil­grim rods on the Camino de San­ti­ago On the pil­grim way at Avey­ron, France

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