The Way of St James


The legends of how the relics of St James the Great arrived in Northern Spain are complex, and sceptics have doubts, but perhaps this doesn’t matter. Pilgrims have been journeying to Santiago de Compostela since the ninth century, and their faith and determination, continuing today, are what counts.
  There are a number of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, but the best known and most travelled, is the Camino, or French way, starting at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, 5 miles inside France, and continuing for nearly 500 miles across the north of Spain.
  To be a true pilgrim this should be walked, which, for the fit and determined, will take around a month. (There is a get-out which allows you to walk, or ride on a horse, just for the last 60 miles or so.) This was a little too challenging for us!  Our tour mainly involved a tourist bus, and took 12 days. We visited many of the towns, churches and monasteries on the way, and this posting is an attempt to record our experience.


Click on the pilgrimage sign below to start the journey in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port.  Individual links below that allow you to jump to other destinations.

Ibaneta and Roncevalles   

Pamplona
 

Monastery of Leyre

Santa Domingo de la Calzada

Burgos 

Monastery of San Zoilo 

 Leon 

Astorga 

Ponferrada  

Santiago de Compostela

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