Camino de Santiago: an inspirational journey

by Cristina on August 31, 2011

by Cristina | August 31st, 2011  

We all draw inspiration for traveling from various sources. I remember reading when I was younger that someone wanted to visit all European capitals. Guess what? I’m on that quest as well, ticking off 4 of them already (with the past 4 years).

Drawing inspiration from famous journeys can also upon up new horizons for our vacations. I plan to do the Camingo de Santiago one day , especially because it involves walking the entire paths.

The benefits to traveling by foot , aside from the obvious fact that you get to work out and keep fit in a very nice way, also include: avoiding the crowds, getting to know the locals, enjoying nature in a more personal way and feeling like you belong there.

There is no set route for Camino de Santiago. Pilgrims just set off from their homes – wherever it may be – and walk to the tomb of St. James, which is located in the cathedral of Santiago in Santiago de Compostela. Traditionally though, the route starts on the French side of the Pyrenees in St. Jean Pied de Port and finishes in Spain, after the pilgrims have walked for about 800 km.

There are many refugios (hostels with basic facilities) available along the route, especially in churches and monasteries. But you can also look for hostels across Spain if you still want to keep the costs down but want a bit more privacy.

If you are looking for a less challenging approach, you can bike the entire route.

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Heather Waring August 31, 2011 at 8:39 am
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As someone who is walking the Camino at present, this is a great thing to do. We are not doing ours in one go as lifestyle will not allow it at present and we choose to start in le Puy en Velay in France. It’s a great joy to do this walk and to explore parts of countries that we might never find in any other ways. Hopefully in 2012 we will do two sections to bring us to the border. For some info, have a look at our blog, the link is on the website above. Keep in touch.

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RenegadePilgrim October 24, 2011 at 7:28 am
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I walked the Camino last year and am currently volunteering as a hospitalera in Sto. Domingo de la Calzada in La Rioja. Stay tuned for blog posts about my experiences in Spain…the Camino is an amazing experience. If there is anything I can do to help you with your planning please let me know!

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sustainable-spain November 26, 2011 at 11:38 am
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The historical and cultural heritage that can be discovered along the “Camino de Santiago” is just huge. One of the many interesting reasons to make a profitable visit to Spain.

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