The Camino de Santiago

Where does one begin describing or explaining it? At it's most fundamental level, it is basically a long walk. At deeper levels, it becomes a spiritual journey; it is certainly a wandering through a 1,200-year long cultural, spiritual and religious history, a history that will come alive as you traverse it; it is a commingling of kindred souls in a vast community of pilgrims, a strange community that is not fixed in space but flows ever westward toward Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Perhaps ultimately it is an analogy for life itself.

The term 'Camino de Santiago' broadly speaking refers to the various pilgrimage routes throughout Europe that all lead to the cathedral city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain. Most originated a millennium or more ago. Speaking more narrowly, the 'Camino de Santiago' usually refers the 'Camino francés' the most popular contemporary pilgrimage route across northern Spain, originating on one side or the other of the French-Spanish border in the Pyrenees Mountains and passing through Pamplona, Burgos and León on its way to Santiago.

It is the goal of the American Pilgrims on the Camino and its website to act as a comprehensive source and resource for you, both the experienced and the prospective peregrino (pilgrim), with a comprehensive collection of information and resources covering all aspects of the Camino de Santiago. Specifically concerning the Camino, you will find:

          A brief review of the history and traditions of the Santiago pilgrimage phenomenon

          Access summary information about the routes to Santiago in Spain, Portugal and France

          How to request a pilgrim credential (pilgrim's passport)

          A general overview of cycling the Camino

          Scholarly (and fun!) articles and essays on various aspects of pilgrimage

          A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page

          Information about giving back to the Camino through serving as a volunteer hospitalero

          Our page with news and timely information about the Camino and Spain

Rev 08/30/15