Welcome to El Camino that leads to Santiago de Compostela and beyond. During the past ten years the camino has witnessed an amazing revival to regain its place as the most popular Christian Pilgrim route in the world – but this is no modern fad for this ancient path has been transforming lives for more than ten centuries. In recognition of "The testimony to the power of faith and the 1,800 buildings of grat historic interest that lie along its path" It was proclaimed the first European Cultural itinerary in 1987 and inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993
The pilgrimage to Santiago began thousands of years ago, when the Apostle's tomb was discovered in the early 9th century. At the end of the 12th century Santiago evolved to the most significant pilgrimage in Europe and the attraction of this city seems to be increasing every year. Many monasteries and hospitals were built along the route to assist the pilgrims and nowadays several of them will be restored for the pilgrims of these days. Discover the fascinating Santiago trail and walk to Santiago de Compostela, accompanied by coach. The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago - the Camino de Santiago as it is called in Spanish, or "Way of St. James" is a journey of the soul and spirit, that takes the traveller in the footsteps of millions of others over a millennium, who sojourned from all over Christendom to this green and misty spot in the northwest corner of Iberia to venerate the tomb of the Apostle St. James - Santiago as he is known in Spanish. The site, now known as Santiago de Compostela, came to be Christianity's 3rd Holy City, along with Rome and Jerusalem, and Santiago became the Christians' patron saint and inspiration in their long struggle to re conquer Spain from the Moors.