Camino de Santiago (The way of St James) also known as “The French Way” is an 800 kilometre Pilgrimage starting in St Jean Pied de Port in France at the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains crossing inland Spain to Santiago de Compostella and historically further to Fisterre known as the “End of the World” a path laid out for you with yellow arrows and shells to guide the way.
Todays Legend of Camino de Santiago is that of St James and the Catholic version of the pilgrimage, however, historical writings and remains along the Camino tell of a Pilgrimage with its origins lost in time. Celtic people walked it 1000 years BC in search of lands’ end, the resting place of the Sun, Pagans walked the path in a born-again ritual on the Megalithic path following the Milky Way and then there are Legends and Mythical tales of Witches, Wizards, Kings and Queens, Castles and Kingdoms with historical battles and revolutions making this a Historically, Culturally and Spiritually rich land walked by millions.
One thing certain about the “French Way” is the energy that is a constant companion on your walk, it is difficult to put words to, however, there are books written about it, movies portraying it, Poems penned and ultimately Pilgrims who have walked it, who will enthusiastically share a tale or two about their experience of walking Camino de Santiago …
We like to call it the Camino Magic!
Walking Camino is an opportunity to live and breathe rich and diverse landscape; you will, cross the Pyrenees Mountains, walk through cities of great historical significance, meander through ancient villages, meet the locals and get to know their ways, enjoy the gastronomy of the land and quench your thirst with fabulous local wines.
Camino de Santiago is a unique path where people, as pilgrims, from all over the world meet as equals, where the 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 where you engage, or not, where unspoken respect for your fellow pilgrim allows space and privacy with the same goal in mind; make it to the next stage of the day until you reach your destination.
Camino de Santiago a Pilgrimage of Faith and self-love with its Origins lost in time
• History and Culture
A country rich in diverse geography and culture, buildings and works of art by European masters, monuments, ancient cities and villages, music, cuisine and so much more …
• Being a Pilgrim
Buen Camino the greeting you share every day as you meet pilgrims from all over the world, some of them will become lifetime friends, some teachers and guides while others will add a bit of colour and dimension to your day, and your thoughts, of which you will have many!