The Camino Santiago De Compostela, or Way of St. James, is one of the most famous long distance pilgrimage walks in the world. Its history is steeped in tradition of over a thousand years when pilgrims came to visit the final resting place of the Apostle who, as legend has it, was buried there in the 9th century after his martyrdom in the Holy Land.
To complete the whole journey from beginning to end you would have to be fairly motivated to cover the distance of over seven hundred and fifty kilometres, a feat often accomplished these days without interruption, but only by those truly dedicated and with time to spare. For the majority who don’t, the last 100km from Sarria to Santiago is the next best thing and allows you to go through the same experience in a more realistic time frame.
There are many reasons why people decide to walk the Camino de Santiago. In addition to those undertaking a religious pilgrimage, many are hikers who walk the route for other reasons: travel, sport, curiosity or simply the challenge of walking in a foreign land. Also, many consider the experience a spiritual adventure to remove themselves from the bustle of modern life. It serves as a retreat for many modern “pilgrims”.
Whatever the reason the sense of accomplishment at the end remains the same. It is one of those life time experiences that each and every one of us should undertake. If it seems daunting then a guided Camino holiday will be the answer for you and for the more independent traveller the self-guided trip will be perfect. And the good news? We can help you with both here at Go Visit Ireland.
What can you expect from us? Apart from the flights we take care of everything on the ground in Spain once you have landed until the time you depart. We will collect you from the airport, book your accommodation, transfer your luggage from hotel to hotel daily and bring you back to the airport again on departure day. Whether you decide on the guided or the self-guided holidays you walk at your own pace and enjoy your own journey. We all get there in the end no matter the speed.
What can you expect from the Camino itself? This, only you can answer after you have completed your own journey and experiences. Each Camino will always be different to everyone else’s and truly yours to treasure exclusively.