Streets of Santiago, Spain
For centuries, thousands of people have flocked across Europe toward a small city in northern Spain, seeking redemption, forgiveness and charity—in this life and the next.
What is the Camino de Santiago?
The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is one of Europe’s oldest and most popular pilgrim routes, drawing nearly a quarter of a million people each year on a spiritual journey to the resting place of St. James, one of the 12 apostles.
St. James the Greater, a fisherman’s son from Galilee who was St. John the Baptist’s brother and one of the 12 apostles, was given the task of spreading the word of the Lord on the Iberian Peninsula.
After some serious evangelizing, he returned home in AD 44, only to be decapitated; consequently, he was accorded full martyr status. His head and body were cast adrift in a boat that miraculously ran aground eight centuries later at a spot called el Padrõn in Galicia, in northern Spain.
His disciples there had meanwhile converted Queen Lupa, who conveniently transformed her palace into a tomb for the relics of St. James. Around AD 813, a hermit named Pelayo, guided by a mysterious star, discovered the tomb and spread the word throughout Christendom.
Sample Day by Day
Meet in Leon this evening for an enlightening overview on the subject of the week to come: the legendary 800-km trail leading to Saint James the Apostle’s tomb. With a glass of Ribera del Duero in hand, we’ll toast to the beginning of our unique pilgrimage!
After a quick drive out of Leon, we begin our journey through the fertile landscape and ravines that divide the plain from the Sierra de Ancares. We’ll dig into a lunch of local specialties (Sopa de trucha, anyone?) before heading to Astorga for a tour of the town’s architectural marvels.
From Leon to Santiago; by walking, biking, driving or horseback! Let us know your preference and we can design your perfect
7-10 day trip!
7-10 day trip!
A route marker on the Camino de Santiago
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Source; B&R Lewis Evans