The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James, and even just The Way is the ancient Catholic pilgrimage route to the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. Legend has it that the bones of the apostle James were brought by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain and are buried under the site of what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela.
The Camino trial has been an important pilgrimage route for over 1000 years. There are many routes to Santiago de Compostela, starting from a variety of points, from as far away as Belgium to as close as 100kms from Santiago. Traditionally the route starts from when you leave home. Each route passes through large cities and ancient villages and hamlets with a wide variety of scenery along the way. Some walk the whole route and some just part of it, the first of last 100km or the middle section. As well as walking you can cycle and some even ride a horse or donkey!
Today a huge variety of people walk the Camino. From over 130 different countries, the religious, the non-religious, those interested in its ancient past, the young, the old, the fit, the unfit, the seasoned hiker, the sports lover, those on a personal spiritual journey or those wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and those who simply want an adventure walking through a foreign country for a few weeks. Together, the history along the way, the mix of nationalities and scenery, along with the Spanish food and wine and the hospitality shown to those on the pilgrim route make for a fascinating and unforgettable journey.