World travelers and vacationers know the best tours in Spain can sometimes be those that are off the beaten path; Camino de Compostela tours is one such journey. Globetrotters, both new and seasoned, can enjoy the scenic beauty of Northern Spain, while also engaging in one of the oldest religious pilgrimages known in the world.
The significance of El Camino de Compostela is its religious importance to those of the Christian faith. Legend says that the remains of James the Apostle were discovered in the year 816 AD in a field near Galacia, in the northwest region of Spain through miraculous circumstances; a hermit, named Paio, was directed through divine intervention by a light encircled by stars to the final resting place of James. Since then, Christian pilgrims from around the world have trekked the various roads that lead to the city of Santiago Compostela, the capital of Galicia.
However, this journey is not just for those of the faith, but for anyone who would enjoy a charming, scenic trek through historical sites, buildings, and picturesque landscapes. Because there are many routes to reach the capital city of Galicia, subsequent tours for “The Way of Saint James” can offer a new experience each time.
An old saying states that the beginning of a trip starts with the first step. In the case of Camino de Compostela tours, this meaning takes on a literal sense because these excursions are traditionally done by walking.
For the adventurous and daring, the most popular route called “The French Way,” means a 30 to 40 day trip on foot, covering a distance of 780 kilometers or 485 miles. The beginning point starts on the French side of the Pyrenees in St.-Jean-Pied-de-Port and continues through various towns and cities to the final destination.
Over the years, other popular routes have been blazed, such as The Coastal Route, The English Route, The Eastern Route and The Camino de la Plata, which starts in the city of Seville. Presently, there are over 100 different routes that lead to the city of Camino de Santiago Compostela, and no doubt, there will be others to come.
Because there are so many ways to take to your destination, this means shorter routes are also available for people to enjoy, which can vary from 60 miles and more. So whatever route you select, there is sure to be one that will fit your interests, needs and schedule.
Travelers also may want to choose the option of embarking on a Camino de Compostela journey without a tour company, and there are plenty of people who choose this option. Bus rides or viewing the spectacular Spanish countryside by bicycle are also both options for travelers to enjoy the wonders of this famous pilgrimage route.
One Journey: Many Reasons
For centuries, The Way of Saint James has been a way for people to get away from the distractions of life and take a journey that not only is refreshing for the spirit and soul, but also an avenue to just enjoy the small towns, villages, local citizens and churches that dot the trip along the way.
No matter what your reasons are, a Camino de Compostela tour is sure to make a lasting impression for your travel logs.
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