The Camino de Santiago, also known by the English name, the Way of St. James, is a journey that thousands of pilgrims have taken since the 9th century to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Northern Spain. The purpose is to visit the tomb of the Apostle St. James the Great, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. There are several routes that you can follow stretching across Europe. the most popular route, the French Way, runs almost 800 km. Many walk the last 100 km of the French Way from Sarria to Santiago, getting stamps in a special pilgrim’s passport along the journey. When you complete it you receive the Compostela, a personal certificate.
Walking the Camino
Walk the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino is a lengthy walk, but there is an infrastructure of support to help pilgrims (peregrinos) with navigation, food, and accommodations.
The Camino is a pilgrimage for everyone, young or old, fit or unfit, the solo traveler and groups. A journey on this ancient route will take you through medieval villages, lush countryside, and enchanted forests with gnarled oak trees. Along the path you pass Romanesque architecture, come across breathtaking beach vistas, wander down cobblestone streets, meet fellow pilgrims, and enjoy Galician cuisine. Whether you choose to walk the Camino for spiritual reasons or not, it is an expedition that stays with you long after you have completed it.
Walking the Camino is a huge undertaking, and we can help you prepare for and plan each step of your journey