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What is the Camino de Santiago, how long does it take to walk the pilgrimage route and what’s the best time of year?; Jon Rogers; The Sun

Spain – Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain

The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage has increased in popularity in recent years but what exactly is it?

KNOWN in English as The Way of St James, the Camino de Santiago is a network of routes that serve as a pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle St James in the Santiago cathedral.

The Santiago de Compostela is in Galicia, a northwestern region of Spain where it is said the remains of the saint still lie.

What is the Camino de Santiago?

During the Middle Ages the Camino was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages, along with the ones to Rome and Jerusalem.

According to legend, the body of St James was taken by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he is buried in what became the city of Santiago de Compostela, the name deriving from the Latin Sancti Iacobi – Saint James.

There is no one precise route, but dozens.

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