• HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
  • HIKING ROUTES

    The Saint James Way
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Saint James Way

Discover the mythical and fascinating Saint James Way !
The Saint James Way a major Christian pilgrimage route !

The Camino de Santiago known in English as the Way of Saint James is a network of pilgrims`ways serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in north-western Spain where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organized tour groups.

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned.

Legend holds that St. James`s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried in what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela. The name Santiago is the local Galician evolution of Latin “Sancti Iacobi” or “Saint James”.

The Way can take one of dozens of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela however a few of the routes are considered main ones. During the Middle Ages the routes was highly travelled. However due to political unrest and many diseases the in 16th century Europe it led to a decline. By the 1980s only a few hundred pilgrims per year registered in the pilgrim’s office in Santiago but In October 1987 the route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe as named one of UNESCO`s World Heritage Sites. Since then the routes has attracted a growing number of modern-day international pilgrims.

The pilgrimage to Santiago has never ceased from the time of the discovery of St. James’s remains in 812 CE and today the possibilities and variations of the routes seems endless.

The main pilgrimage route to Santiago follows an earlier Roman trade route which continues to the Atlantic coast of Galicia ending at Cape Finisterre (in Latin “Finisterrae” literally the “end of the world”) and therefore known as “The Finisterre Way”.  At night, the Milky Way overhead seems to point the way so the route acquired the nickname that way. Many has gathered at popular starting points across Europe to make their way to Santiago de Compostela and the combinations and variations are endless.

The French Way is another known route and one of the most popular and historically most pilgrims came from France this way typically from Arles, Le Puy, Paris and Vezelay. Cluny site of the celebrated medieval abbey was another important rallying point for pilgrims and in 2002, it was integrated into the official European pilgrimage route linking Vézelay and Le Puy.

The network of the Saint James` hiking routes seems endless and tempting known routes like the Portuguese Way, the Northern Way, the Silver Route, the Original Way, the English Way, The Sanabria Way and many many more, are just awaiting you visit. Each route again offers an endless string of variants and combinations, on foot walking or on bicycle and with options like luggage transfer, support vehicle or the hard core way walking all the way with a back pack.

The accommodation is a chapter of its own choosing between simple bed & breakfast, guest houses, rural hotels, good city hotels, wellness resorts or luxury accommodations. All can combined and arranged after desires, needs and wishes and only the sky is the limit or our organization…………………..

Choose any route from one destination to any other destination

Only your imagination is the limit! Logically, it’s convenient to select a departure point close to the area of interest, but all routes which can be found in this catalogue can be arranged from any airport, port or any point throughout Spain. Below please find examples of routes studied and designed to be as rich as possible in culture, art, ancient traditions, breath-taking landscapes, tasteful gastronomy, delicious wines etc – All in all filled with experiences, impressions and adventures.

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The Saint James Way Routes
Link to: Original Way RoutesLink to: English Way RoutesLink to: Portuguese Way RoutesLink to: French Way Routes
Link to: Finisterre Way RoutesLink to: Northern Way RoutesLink to: Sanabria Way RoutesLink to: Silver Way Routes

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