The Pilgrims’ Way: Camino de Santiago, Spain

A wheat field near Los Arcos, one of endless agricultural scenes that pilgrims walk by on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. Also known as The Way of St. James, the Camino an ancient Christian pilgrimage that has become a mostly non-denominational spiritual walk today.

The typical route for the Camino begins at Saint Jean Pied de Port in France, and travels 500 miles through four of Spain’s 15 regions, ending at the 9th century Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, the supposed burial place of St. James, one of the apostles of Jesus.

Hikers along the Camino de Santiago, a pilgrimage of Medieval origin in northwest Spain.

The journey along the Camino takes walkers over the Pyrenees Mountains, past vineyards and eucalyptus forests and it dotted with Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture. UNESCO declared the trail a World Heritage Site.

The Monastery of Santa María la Real stands out in the small town of Nájera in the La Rioja community, Spain. Construction of the site dates back to the 11th century.
The Camino Francés is the most traditional route along the Camino de Santiago, and also the most popular among hikers today. Traversing a distance of 790 km, it starts from the gorgeous red and white town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France and finishes in the holy city of Santiago de Compostela, northwest Spain.

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