What is the Camino de Santiago?
The Camino de Santiago or Way of St. James is one of the oldest pilgrimage routes in Europe, dating back to the 9th century. It is a network of pilgrimage routes that expand all over Europe that all lead to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great inside the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain.
In the Middle Ages, the Way of St.James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages on which a plenary indulgence could be earned. The Camino was a form of penance for those guilty of crime and sin. This historic pilgrimage has continued over centuries and today over 300,000 people from all over the world, set off from their homes to walk “The Way” to Santiago de Compostela.