Camino de Santiago... more than a walk !!

One of the world’s great historical trails, El Camino de Santiago, also known as the “Camino trail” or the “Way of St James”, is an epic 800km walk across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

It began as a religious pilgrimage to the relics of the Apostle James, interred in the grand old Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and since the ninth century hundreds of thousands have made the life-changing journey. It can take between 30 and 40 days if you choose to do it all in one go, however many also do a portion at a time, and some only walk the last 100km's as this entitles the pilgrim the Compostela recognition.

There are many varied reasons that people walk the Camino, which is renowned as one of the most inspirational and rewarding experiences. Some people do it simply for health and wellbeing, whilst many refer to it as a religious or spiritual journey. There is an enormous depth of history and everyday learning’s, as people of all ages from all over the world come together to walk the paths that so many have done before them. The small villages along the way would not exist if it wasn't for the Camino, and the Camino wouldn't exist if it wasn’t for the villages. The local people who are proud of their country and their culture, readily offer their hospitality and their generosity is overwhelming.

The countryside is extremely picturesque, with the rolling hills often dotted with a church steeple on the horizon. The daily walk provides plenty of thinking and reflection time, time to crystallise the 'where to from here', or if you prefer, don't bother thinking at all. The challenge of walking distances of 20 to 30 kilometres per day becomes easier as fitness increases with each step. Engaging with the locals is most rewarding and at times quite emotional, with many elderly ladies in the local churches keen to stamp your pilgrim’s passbook in recognition of your visit.

Whilst the most popular path is the French Way, or the Camino Francis, there are several options and stages to commence your pilgrimage of a lifetime. If it suits choose the last 100 kilometers on either the French Way, Portuguese Path, the Silver Route and the Camino del Norte, or really challenge yourself to a longer journey, perhaps finishing at Finisterre, the end of the world! However, the choice is yours and you will likely discover you cannot stop at one!

In 2019, I notched up my 24th Camino and when the time is right I will be back there again, and if I am not walking the Camino, I prefer to be talking about it, after-all it was the place that was my life-changer, making my motto… "more walking, less working" and sharing the travel I love… hence I founded Wandering the World.

Join me on the trail, I will show you places off the beaten track that will stay in your memory forever, or allow me to make your arrangements to ensure your Camino is a walk of a lifetime. There has never been a time when we have needed to embrace nature and the great outdoors, we just need to be patient until we can safely make our way to this incredible trail. 
Glenyce Johnson - Founder, Wandering the World.

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