An interest in history and art, a personal challenge, contact with nature, a spiritual journey…there are as many reasons for taking the Way as there are pilgrims. Whatever the reason, it’s an experience worth doing at least once in your life. Thousands of people each year discover the diversity of Spain on the Way of Saint James – and many returns to do it again.
The Jacobean pilgrimage route is a fascinating journey to Santiago de Compostela, including the opportunity to admire imposing built heritage, explore varied landscapes, enjoy delicious local cuisine, and visit locales steeped in history.
A different adventure every day
However, you cover the route – on foot, horseback, bike, or any other way- every day on the Way of Saint James is different. Landscapes, cities, villages, people, and history vary. The situations and experiences you live each day are an opportunity to learn about yourself and others. At the end of the trip, when everyone meets up in front of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the effort will have been worth it.
Connecting with nature
Covering the Way of Saint James also allows you to admire Spain’s fantastic, contrasting landscapes. The route crosses some of the most outstanding natural areas in the country, from mountain peaks and forests to wide plains and cultivated fields, coastal areas, lush green valleys and pastures. Time seems to stand still and the sense of connection with nature is sensational.
Discover the art and culture of Spain
Almost every step of the Jacobean route reveals a surprise in the form of a monument, artwork, or cultural aspect. Cathedrals, bridges, monasteries, palaces, small churches, and more abound, some of them UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to this rich heritage, the Way of Saint James gives visitors an experience of local culture through the festivals and the typical traditions of each place.
A journey of a thousand flavors
When you travel the Way of Saint James, sitting down to a good meal to recharge your batteries is usually one of the day’s best moments. It is the opportunity to sample some of each area’s typical recipes, prepared using quality local, seasonal produce.
Meeting different people
It’s hard to feel left out on the Way of Saint James. Throughout the journey, you’ll meet friendly strangers willing to help you. You’ll meet people of all ages and from all walks of life from all over the world. These are special, unique days when you will experience enriching moments at both the community and personal levels.
There is something spiritual about the Jacobean route, and not just because of its religious origin and tradition. Many people go on the Camino driven by the desire to know themselves better, devote time to thinking, and seek inner peace. A long walk of days or weeks can reveal a world and self you didn’t know existed and become an inner journey that will continue for years to come.