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Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) is a network of pilgrims’ ways leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saints are buried there. Many follow its routes as a form of retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organised tour groups.

Traversing the path is whatever form is becoming more and more popular and there are plenty of places to rest and eat along the way.

So, what’s this have to do with Portugal I hear you ask. Well the Camino (Caminho in Portuguese) is not just in Spain, there are also official Ways in France and Portugal (see the map for routes of St James). The Ways have to have certain things on them to qualify but there are more even than on this map and I will be writing about the Ways in Portugal in further posts.

For more information and an introduction to the Camino de Santiago, check out the Wikipedia page.

Image by Manfred Zentgraf, Volkach, Germany – Manfred Zentgraf, Volkach, Germany, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

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