The Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, is a network of paths throughout Spain and many European countries, all leading to Santiago de Compostella, where Saint James’ remains are buried. The actual pilgrimage dates back to the 10th Century, a holy route for Christians (along with Rome and Jerusalem) for spiritual connection and renewal. Today, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims hike the many routes leading to Santiago, for adventure, physical challenge, spiritual growth, or whatever reason they please.
The French (Frances) route is most popular, starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and stretching over 790 kilometers (500 miles) across northern Spain to Santiago.
Most notably, the Camino de Santiago became well known from the movie, “The Way,” starring Martin Sheen and directed by Emilio Estevez.
I will be walking the Camino in April and May of 2022. I have just embarked on an adventure through Europe and what better way to begin than walking the Camino. And what makes it even more special is that my father walked the Camino 8 years ago in the spring of 2014. I will quite literally be following in my father’s footsteps.
Join me as I share each days events on the Camino, however exciting, boring, or painful. And wish me luck as I hike over 500 miles to Santiago (and maybe beyond)!