The Camino is one of the most popular pilgrimage routes in the world. The route is 800km long and it starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France and leads to Santiago de Compostola, the capital of the Galicia region in Spain, through major cities like Pamplona, Burgos, and Leon.

The Camino or the St. James Way was named after the martyred St. James apostle, whose body (according to the legend) was buried in Santiago do Compostola. St. James is the patron saint of Spain, as well as of pilgrims, merchants, and pharmacists.

Pilgrimage takes the time it takes. Travel alone if at all possible- this way your are more likely to meet the local villagers and shepherds and absorb their wisdom and local lore. You will learn the native language as you go and you will also meet other fellow pilgrims along the way.

But above all, you may meet your Self and find that you are never alone- and that is surely a primary purpose of pilgrimage, perhaps life itself.

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