El Camino de Santiago 'Compostela' translates as The Way of St. James 'field of stars' (from the Latin ‘campus stellae’). It is traditionally known as a Catholic pilgrimage to the bones of St. James (Santiago). The historic trail runs directly beneath a series of stars in the Milky Way that lend an unparalleled supportive energy to aid pilgrims. Thanks to this galactic energy, walking the Camino to undergo spiritual transformation predates Catholicism by thousands of years. For the modern day pilgrim, you are walking in the footsteps of millions of fellow seekers throughout time. Therefore it is not simply the energy of the stars you experience but also the influence of those who paved the path before you...
Today there are several variations of the Camino originating in destinations all over Spain. The traditional path known as The Camino Frances follows the stars all the way from St. Jean Pied de Port in southwestern France to Santiago. This program includes The Camino Frances as well as the four day pilgrimage from Santiago to the Atlantic ocean known as The Camino Fisterra. Both routes combined span 555 miles, traversing everything from the stunning Pyrenees to leisurely wine country, past quaint medieval villages and bustling modern cities.
Visiting the cathedral in Santiago remains the pinnacle of the journey, the final resting place for many travelers. All along The Way, however, pilgrims enjoy several breathtaking sites, including the Astorga Cathedral, the city of Pamplona (home to the running of the bulls) and the gothic cathedral of Leon.
Stretching across diverse regions throughout northern Spain, the Camino is a lively celebration of Spanish culture, cuisine and heritage. Galicia features extraordinary natural beauty and Celtic roots, while Navarra boasts migas de pastor (traditional sheep's cheese) and the adjacent region of La Rioja is known for its world renowned wines. Did you know the true essence of flamenco lies in the guitar? Or that your tapa was originally meant to defend your drink from flies?