The camino

The way of Saint-James or the “Camino” is one of the most iconic Christian pilgrimages and has been so for nearly a thousand years. The traditional start of the route is in a small French village of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port at the foot of the Pyrenees and it ends after 790 kilometers in Spain in the city of Santiago de Compostela where the tomb of Saint-James, Jesus’ disciple is located.

Each year hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world take up the challenge to cross this long-distance mostly on foot, but also on horse-back or by bicycle. Old and young, religious and atheist, sportsman or adventurers choose to leave their home comfort and walk almost a month in the company of many other pilgrims.

Solidarity and human / Christian fraternity among the pilgrims is exceptional. The common goal, the pain and the joy unites people and gives them the feeling of a strong community. Acquaintances built during the voyage turn often into strong ties and lasting friendships.