Spain is an exotic and diverse country with an ancient history and heritage. It is homogeneous and yet varied in language, climate and customs. In this country we find a magnificent mix of art, culture and architecture in cities and towns such as Madrid, Barcelona, Granada and Seville. Spain conjures up vivid images of bull running, matadors and flamenco dancing and the famous legend about St. James’s remains arriving from Jerusalem. Our first journey is in Spain and follows the Way of St James, the pilgrimage route to Santiago and Finisterre on the north-western coast of Galicia, to his burial place on the site of today’s Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
The Way of Saint James, as with most pilgrimages, began at one’s home and ended at the pilgrimage site. There were therefore many routes, all gradually converging with one another and during the Middle Ages it was highly traveled. However, the Black Death, the Protestant Reformation and political unrest in 16th-century Europe led to its decline. Few pilgrims traveled during the European wars and by the 1980’s only a few pilgrims per year arrived in Santiago. More recently the route has become popular again and it is now also one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
El Camino de Santiago
Tracing back along the footsteps if ancient pilgrims across Northen Spain, on this tour you will climb the spectacular Pyrenees, visit stunning cities like Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, Astorga & Santiago, but most importantly feel that energy which has moved so many people to walk this timeless route.