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The Spanish town of Santiago de Compostela has been a pilgrimage destination since the Middle Ages. Better known by its Spanish name “The Camino.” This trail is one of the oldest challenges worldwide. Millions of people have travelled to Santiago de Compostela on these ancient roads, coming from all across Europe since Medieval times.
Nowadays, The Camino attracts more people than ever, as it has become a world-renowned challenge inviting people to surpass themselves and live a once in a lifetime experience, regardless of age and background. Every year more and more people reach the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Each with their own story and, of course their own reason.
The Way of St. James
Many of the legends relating to St. James are concerned with his travel to Spain and his activities there. It is thus not surprising that he is the Patron Saint of Spain, and many Christians throughout the ages believed his body was buried in the town of Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia in northwest Spain.
The greatest of the legends states that in 813 AD a hermit was led by a vision to a spot where a body was found buried in a field. The body which had not decomposed was presumed to be St. James, and this fact was soon authenticated by the local bishop. Of course how the saint’s body ended up in Spain is shrouded in mystery, the story spread, more miracles were reported, the faithful began to flock to the site, and have done so ever since. A church was built, a town grew up around it and eventually a great cathedral was built to house the Saint’s relics.
The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela became the most important Christian pilgrimage outside of the Holy Land. The traditional pilgrimage is known as El Camino de Santiago (in English: The Way of St. James), and it has always been a walking pilgrimage. In fact pilgrims have walked there from many sites all over Europe since the ninth century, so there are many different routes. The most travelled route is known as the Camino Frances; it starts at the border between France and Spain in the western Pyrenees, and winds its way for approximately five hundred miles across northern Spain.
The Camino Frances has been such a popular pilgrimage that it has been designated a World Heritage Site.
Camino Calendar 2020
Plan your Camino for 2020 with our fantastic offers.
Variante Espiritual –The Spiritual Route
Most of the Camino will be walked in Spain following the Portuguese Camino de Santiago route and the Spiritual route.
3rd April 2020 – 9th April 2020
Camino da Costa – Baiona
The route Camino Portuguese to Baiona, Nigran, Vigo where it will then join the traditional Portuguese route.
6th June 2020 – 18th June 2020.
Lugo to Santiago
Along this route you will explore the 6 stages of the Northern Way and enjoy wonderful landscapes while staying in friendly rural accommodation.
6th July 2020 – 11th July 2020
Cycle the Camino – from San Sabastiaõ to Santiago
Cycle through long ever-changing scenery as we cross Northern Spain from East to West.
25 August 2020 – 8th September 2020
Walking, Music, Meditation & Food on the Camino de Santiago
An authentic Cultural Experience on the Camino de Santiago French route.
19th September 2020 – 27th September 2020
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The Portugués Coastal Route
Km per stage = ±19km
Longest km per day = 26km
Km to Santiago = 251km
You have the choice of walking on the beach
or on the ancient merchant roads
Porto to Santiago ±251km
The Portugués Central Route
Km per stage = ±25km
Longest km = 34km
Km to Santiago = 240km
The best known route is the Central Route.
You can choose to start this route from Lisbon to make it 630km
Porto to Santiago – 240km
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Art on Camino
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