WALK THE CAMINO

The Camino de Santiago is Europe's most important significant and internationally renowned pilgrimage route, as well as a world-known UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Way of St James or Camino de Santiago derives from a medieval pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of apostle Saint James (also known as Saint Jacob) are buried.

The medieval Christian world had three major pilgrimage sites: Jerusalem in the East, Rome in the South, and Santiago de Compostela in the West. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, Santiago de Compostela was by far the most popular of the three.

The route was highly travelled during the Middle Ages. Kings and queens, knights and saints from many different nations made the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Sant-Iago. Hospitals and hospices were built along the routes and enjoyed royal patronage. The Way of St James and the city of Santiago became the most internationally visited part of Europe.

The Reformation and the wars in 16th-century Europe led to the decline of the pilgrimage until the Camino was re-discovered in the late 20th century. Ever since, on a yearly basis, tens of thousands of modern-day pilgrims can be found across Europe walking the several routes to Santiago de Compostela.

In 1987 the Camino de Santiago was declared the first "European Cultural Route" by the Council of Europe, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thousands of folk make their way to Santiago de Compostela mainly by foot, but also by bicycle, horseback or by car. Many still walk the Way as a Christian pilgrimage, whilst others are walkers who travel on the Camino for adventure, sport, or as a spiritual retreat from the bustle of modern life.

We enjoyed our holiday very much - it was a wonderful experience. Something completely different! The organisation of the holiday was spot-on. You really couldn't have done a better job. The whole thing was perfectly tailored to our needs. It's hard to express in an e-mail how good it all was.

Anne Corrigan, UK, walking the Camino Frances

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday and found the organisation excellent. We were also impressed by the friendliness and welcome we received everywhere. The information pack was useful and contained all the information we needed. So many, many thanks again for your kindness, efficiency and help in giving us such a good holiday.

Anne and Brian Harris, UK, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago

We had an amazing time on the Camino... I would recommend this 6 day walk to anyone. All in all a memorable trip, and you guys did a great job in planning, arranging and organising it.

Chris and Davina, Australia, walking the Camino Frances from Sarria to Santiago