During the Middle Ages, the Camino was responsible for the largest movement of people in Europe: millions of people, both rich and poor, made their way to Santiago de Compostela along this route, where at the end the pilgrim mass and certificate of pilgrimage ensured they would spend less time in purgatory. The route was nearly lost to history until the past couple of decades.
When most people talk about "the Camino", they are referring to just one of the many routes to Santiago de Compostela also known as the Camino Francés (the French Way), this route starts at St. Jean Pied-du-Port in France, crosses the Pyrenees, and continues westwards across Spain about 60 miles south of the coast. It passes through the cities of Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, and a host of smaller towns and villages, and is about 500 miles in length.
Choose Happiness Adventures offers a portion of this 890 kilometer/500 mile walk beginning in Astorga and concluding at the Cathedral Santiago de Compostela. Our tour totals 265 kilometers/165 miles and will take 17 days to complete.