The Camino de Santiago de Compostela
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known by the English names Way of St. James, St. James’ Way, St. James’ Path, St. James’ Trail, Route of Santiago de Compostela and Road to Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.
The Way can take one of dozens of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Traditionally, as with most pilgrimages, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela began at one’s home and ended at the pilgrimage site. However a few of the routes are considered main ones. Let’s take a closer look at them in the next section.