Why Camino De Santiago

Why Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago is a network of Pilgrimage paths running through France, Portugal and Spain towards Santiago de Compostela. The most famous route is “The French Way”. An 800km Pilgrimage starting in St Jean Pied de Port, at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains in France. Crossing inland Spain to Santiago de Compostela. And for some further to Fisterra, (Finisterre) known as the “End of the World”.

21st Century Camino

Today Camino de Santiago is a unique path where pilgrims from all over the world meet as equals. Where worldly boundaries of religion, culture, age and social status are dropped, and the simplicity of a daily walk with a backpack is your common ground. From the first step onward you become part of a community, with an unspoken respect for your fellow pilgrim with the same daily goal; to make it to their destination.

Legends of the Way

Today’s Legend is that of the Catholic church. A religious belief that all paths lead to the shrine of the Apostle Saint James. A path where a devotee of the Camino, Don Elías Valiña Sampedro a parish priest in O Cebreiro came up with the idea of yellow arrows to guide the way. Thank you, Don 🙏

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

Historical writings and relics of the past found on Camino de Santiago precede that of Christianity and tell stories of a Pilgrimage with its origins lost in time. Celtic people walked the path 1000 years BC in search of the land’s end the resting place of the Sun. Pagans walked the path in a born-again ritual on the Megalithic path following the Milky Way. 

Why Camino De Santiago

Whatever the reason you feel called to Camino de Santiago, be it religious, spiritual, emotional, or a physical challenge. Walking Camino de Santiago is an opportunity to release yourself from the everyday grind, and to have space and time to live and breathe the undeniable spiritual energy of a historically, culturally and spiritually rich land.

Buen Camino! 
Bom Caminho!
Bon Chemin!

“Walking Camino de Santiago is like having a meeting with yourself”

-Quim Monserrat