Before existing planes, trains and automobiles, Europeans traveling on foot to visit famous religious sites. Today, many tourists perform religious routes across Europe to explore their spirituality, live an epic adventure and learn more about the culture of the people who pass through these routes. Whatever their motives, every traveler gets a dose of spirituality pilgrimage to Europe.
The most famous route is definitely the Camino de Santiago . All the different routes whose starting point Switzerland, Portugal and France, ending its journey in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where it is said that they are buried the remains of St. James. If you go biking, horseback riding or walking, you need a kind of passport of pilgrimage called “Pilgrim’s”. At various stops along your tour you will stamp your credential as proof of their journey and with which you can receive in Santiago de Compostela’s famous “Compostela”, a certificate of completion the road. Some pilgrims continue their route to Finisterre, or what is the same, “the end of the earth.” Finisterre enjoy the wonderful views of the Atlantic Ocean, according to the modern tradition, burn their shoes and clothes used in the Way.
For a shorter journey, climb to the top of Croagh Patrick in Ireland and visit the Chapel Summit Chapel to see the place where St. Patrick fasted and prayed during Lent. The mountain is nicknamed ‘the Reek’ (the “Stinky”). Every year during the last Sunday of July, pilgrims climb up the mountainside to the chapel at the top.
In Turkey there is another pilgrimage route more difficult, following in the footsteps of the first mission of St. Paul, along more than 500 kilometers an old Roman roads. Be sure to bring a sleeping bag because there are several sections where there will be camping under the stars.
For a unique and personal experience combining different European traditions, history and Norse Norwegian culture, explore the Way of St. Olav. With itineraries ranging from 160 kilometers to 5,000 kilometers away, travelers have the opportunity to explore the influence of Norway, Sweden and Denmark in the Middle Ages, in the historic battles and the European religion.
Another popular pilgrimage route is located in Lithuania, where the spiritual visitors come from all over to walk along the Hill of Crosses , a truly amazing destination. The Hill of Crosses is a sacred place, full of thousands of crosses. Visitors can bring their own cross to this town, with their names, intentions and pleas of mercy.
Nor can you miss the route of Jewish heritage. Embark on the route of the modernist architecture of the European Synagogues, that will take you from the Subotica Synagogue in modern Serbia to the elegant synagogue Lucerne in Switzerland. In the route of the wooden synagogues of Central and Eastern Europe visit rural villages virtually disappeared with wooden synagogues of Lithuania and Romania. Finally, immerse yourself in the path of Women of Judaism, which emphasizes and celebrates the contribution of women to the Jewish cultural heritage.