The Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St. James, was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages. The pilgrimage finds its way to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the Saint are buried.
Today, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims set out each year from their front doorsteps or from popular starting points across Europe, to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Most travel by foot, some by bicycle and even a few by horseback or donkey. In our case, we took a specialized off-road wheelchair!
In addition to those undertaking a religious pilgrimage, many hikers walk the route for personal reasons: travel, sport, or simply the challenge of weeks of walking in a foreign country.
Pilgrims who walk the Camino typically walk for weeks or months before arriving at the Cathedral of Santiago. They follow yellow arrows and signs that point them towards Santiago.