The Camino de Santiago
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