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Camino de Santiago de Compestela
The Camino de Santiago is the ancient pilgrim route across Northern Spain to the tomb of St James the Apostle in Santiago at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times, together with Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned; other major pilgrimage routes include the Via Francigena to Rome and the pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
"All the information that's need and more is to be seen in the Confraternity of St James website (which is linked below). The main thing that I'd like to say to anybody doing the Camino is that the journey, like in everything, is way more important than the destination.
- There has many churches etc, visit as many as you can but I'd strongly recommend taking time to visit the Cathedral in Burgos
- You'll find lots of places offering a Pilgrim's Menu; it's good food and reasonable. Try out other local dishes as you pass through the regions. In particular have Morcilla de Burgos in Burgos, Pulpo in Mellide, Viera in Santiago, any where you'll get them have Pimientos de Padrón, Patatas Bravas, Tortilla, Gambas a Ajillo.... the list goes on....
- No doubt you'll run into a festival or two on the way, enjoy!
This is regarded as one the best and most informative site to date which is maintained by the Confraternity of St James. There is also an online bookshop which sells many books. The best book/guide I've seen is John Brierley's book "A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago" (Camino Guides, Findhorn, 2009 288pp) which is highly recommend that to anybody doing any part of the Camino Francés. There is also an Irish Society of St James.
Other recommended sites to have a look at:
- Pilgrimsway to Santiago
- Camino Santiago Compostela
- The Way of St James
- Walking Through Shadows
- Pilgrims Progress
- A Concha e o Cajado"
Gospel - Matthew 13:1-23
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