What is the Camino?

The Camino de Santiago which translates to “The Way of Saint James” in English, is a network of pilgrims' ways serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint 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. As Catholics, we walk this path as a means of personal and spiritual formation, and as a full immersion into the history of our faith, and faith culture.

The Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela is one of three major, traditional pilgrimage sites in the Christian world, the others being Rome and Jerusalem. Having been trafficked by Christians for over 1,000yrs, it serves as the last remaining pilgrimage site in which a vast majority of pilgrims reach their destination by means of walking. The Camino is truly unique in that it has maintained an extensive infrastructure of pilgrim accommodation. There is truly no experience like it on earth!