The Camino de Santiago or the Way of St. James is one of the most famous pilgrimages in the world. It is estimated that more than 200,000 people walk the Camino de Santiago each year and it is more than a pilgrimage: it is a social, cultural and picturesque experience.
Today TD Active Vacations outlined everything you need to know about the Camino to help you prepare for one of the Europe’s most famous walking holidays.
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Why do people walk the Camino?
The history of the Camino de Santiago dates back to the beginning of the 9th century, when the tomb of Saint James, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus, was discovered and started to attract pilgrims from all over Europe to this holy place. . Traditionally, people left their homes towards Santiago, this is how the Camino developed. While some people still embark on the Camino for religious reasons, many do so for the physical challenge and adventure. There is a tranquility to traveling the Camino that cannot be fully described, only experienced. A tradition is to greet everyone you meet along the way with “Buen Camino”. You catch yourself saying this every few minutes because you are never alone on the Camino. There are always people who make their journey, who pass by with friendly grateful smiles. As you travel the Camino you get a tremendous sense of accomplishment and camaraderie from the friends you meet along the way.
How many routes to Santiago de Compostela are there?
It is a vast network of roads leading to the Sanctuary of Saint Jacques in Saint Jacques de Compostela. The Camino route network stretches across Europe, with starting points in France, Spain, Portugal and even Ireland. Although there are several different trails and routes, there are seven well-established routes to the Camino de Santiago. The French Way or Camino Frances which starts from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and extends over 790 km and has been a pilgrimage route since the 10th century. The Portuguese Way or Portuguese Camino starts in Lisbon and is over 600 km long. The beauty of the Camino is that you can choose which parts to hike, so it’s perfect for all ability levels and you don’t have to be an expert walker to experience it. You can even cycle the Camino if you prefer.
Can we get lost on the Camino?
The benefit of booking with TD Active Vacations is that you have your own local expert guide for the duration of your walks, which means you have more time to take in the scenery without worrying about getting lost! The walking routes along each section of the Camino de Santiago are generally very well marked, making it difficult to get lost. The scallop shell is one of the most emblematic symbols of the ancient pilgrimage and today it is used, along with the yellow arrow, to guide pilgrims heading towards Santiago de Compostela along its many different routes. You will see it painted on trees, sidewalks, tiles, etc. The scallop would be a metaphor, its lines representing the different routes taken by pilgrims from all over the world, all the hiking trails leading to a single point: the tomb of Saint-Jacques. The shape of the scallop is also said to resemble the setting sun, which would have been an important daily event, full of symbolism in pre-Christian societies. The scallop is subject to interpretation in different regions, so it is best to follow the yellow arrows as these are the most accurate road signs.
Where does the Camino de Santiago end?
Santiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous community of Galicia in northwestern Spain and its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s cathedral has been the end point of the Camino de Santiago since the 9th century. It is the presumed burial place of the biblical apostle Saint James and his remains are in the cathedral. The facade of the cathedral can be found in Praza do Obradoiro Square, in the heart of the old town, which has narrow, winding streets full of historic buildings, squares and monuments in Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. The ancient city of Santiago de Compostela is captivating and a fantastic place to visit, especially if you arrived there after taking the adventurous journey along the Camino de Santiago.
How do I get my pilgrim’s passport for the Camino?
Most of those who embark on the Camino de Santiago, even if they are not religious, carry the âcredencial del peregrinoâ or pilgrim’s passport. The pilgrim’s passport is issued by the Cathedral of Santiago and the information and instructions are written in Spanish. The blank boxes mark the space for your stamps, which you will collect on the way to Santiago de Compostela. You will need to get two stamps per day (for example, in hotels, bars, restaurants, churches along the way) and walk at least the last 100 km or cycle 200 km to Saint-Jacques-de -Compostela to receive your pilgrim certificate. When you arrive in Santiago de Compostela, you will collect your last stamp from the pilgrims office located at RÃºa Carretas 33. This is where you can request your ‘Compostela’ pilgrim certificate, proof of having completed the journey, and celebrate the accomplishment of doing it all!
What are the best Camino routes for beginners?
For those who want to experience it but don’t want to walk 20km + per day, our In the footsteps of the holidays on foot of the Camino is a great option. This will give you a taste of what the Camino de Santiago has to offer while enjoying the food, wine and culture along the famous route. It is possible to visit the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, which has a fantastic collection of modern and contemporary art, and a local winery in the Rioja region.
Are there difficult Camino routes?
For more experienced walkers, our Camino de Santiago – The last 100 kilometers Where Portuguese Coastal Path would be a great option. It offers more of a challenge with daily walking distances between 14km and 28km per day. In addition, by walking more than 100 km, it allows you to reach the âCompostelaâ. The last 100 kilometers take you through woods, farmland and rustic hamlets, while the Coastal Path follows a beautiful coastal road to bring you to Santiago.
On the active TD Camino de Santiago walking vacation, you will be looked after by dedicated and knowledgeable local guides, you won’t have to worry about carrying your luggage as it will be transferred to your next hotel while you check in. tackle the section of the day trail. . So all you have to do is grab your trekking poles and hiking boots and join us on an epic hike on the Camino de Santiago for an amazing experience you will never forget!
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