Camino de Santiago, Spain

The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is actually a series of trails across Europe, and they converge on the Spanish pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela. St James (Santiago in Spanish) was notable for driving the Moors from Spain, and hence the cathedral named in his honour has been a major Christian pilgrimage site since medieval times.

Camino de Santiago

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Each trail spans hundreds of kilometres and passes between mountain ranges, valleys and through villages where there are places to stay and eat. The Camino Frances is the most popular of these trails: it begins in St. Jean-Pied-du-Port, near Biarritz in France, and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. The route was at its most popular between the 12th and 14th centuries and a recent resurgence has occurred, with thousands of pilgrims and ordinary hikers completing the walk each year.

Camino de Santiago France

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There are, of course opportunities to do just part of a trail or a circular walk and take in some of the more scenic areas. As the trail winds through wild mountain landscapes, undulating and fertile farmland, the Rioja wine growing country and hot plains, ultimately arriving at the burial place of St James, this is a wonderful way to experience the true spirit of this part of northern Spain.

Date posted: 23rd August, 2017

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