What is the Camino de Santiago? It is an ancient 500 mile pilgrimage across the Northern region of Spain. There are many Caminos throughout Europe, and they all lead to the tomb of St. James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. It is historically a Christian religious passage, but has become modernized to be a spiritual journey and now tens of thousands of people from all around the world do this pilgrimage each year. I opted to do the most popular route, the French Way, starting in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France and on day one you cross the Pyrenees mountains into Northern Spain.
I’ve planned to do my trip in 35 days or less, aiming to end in Compostela on the death-aversary of my mom, but I’m not attaching too much to the day as my intention for this trip is to be in a state of peaceful acceptance. Here you can see the route and the many stops along the way. I am going to be staying in Albergues, hostels specifically for Pilgrims, but treating myself to a hotel here and there when I need some alone time.