On the Camino there’s some examples of architecture so full of history and character that you can’t miss. The 11th Century Romanesque bridge Puente la Reina is one these. Built by a medieval queen for pilgrims on the way to Santiago de Compostela, this beautiful bridge whispers its own legends!
Santiago de Compostela Blog
We Europeans are well used to the intricacies and tricks of the low-cost flight. Pilgrims from other countries may not be so aware of how to find the best deals from budget airlines, or the tricks the airlines pull to land you with additional charges. If you want to visit some other European countries before or after your Camino then you need to read this!
Aside from the Camino de Santiago, we sometimes write about other similar Catholic pilgrimages around the world where there is little existing information available in English on the internet.
People have been walking the Camino for hundreds of years, and it’s a powerful feeling that you’re following in their footsteps, participating in the same tradition. For those of us with European heritage, more than likely some of our ancient ancestors made the same pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela! Many well known figures from history have made the journey too, from powerful kings, to US presidents, Popes and Hollywood movie stars.
You probably already know that ‘Santiago’ is Spanish for ‘Saint James’, and that Saint James was one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus. No doubt you have also heard the legend that his remains are kept in the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. For many people this is now where they reach the limits of their knowledge! So what is so great about this person that everyone is walking so far to see?
It’s quite common, and fortunately straight forward, to send luggage ahead of you on the Camino. Perhaps you are coming from an extended trip around Europe and have nowhere to leave your non-essential luggage? Or perhaps you’re suffering from a short term injury and just need a day’s relief from carrying your sack?