2017 is the biggest year for the Camino de Santiago on record as the Pilgrim Office in Santiago de Compostela announced last week they gave out a total of 301 036 Compostelas, Certificates of Achievement of the Camino de Santiago.
Congratulations to all those brave pilgrims who walked, cycled or horse-rode over 100 km into the City of the Apostle Saint James!
Each Camino has its reason and is an achievement.
Whichever way you have done it (with luggage transfers, support van & booked luxury accommodation or with just your backpack and a map), you dedicated at least a week of your time plus preparation, you overcame your fears and each one of the challenges that were put in front of you, you went out of your comfort zone and interacted with other human beings. Even if you are a seasoned traveller and have walked the Camino in the past, each Camino is unique and worthy of respect and praise.
So, we dedicate this post to the 300 000 intrepid pilgrims who accomplished their goal last year, to those who are not in this list but who walked a long section of the Camino somewhere not finishing in Santiago and to all those who have done it in the past and will in the future! Well done!
One of the most enthusiast Caminoer we know and a wonderful poet, has just published her first book and the subject is how to prepare yourself for a Buen Camino. So if you are looking for that extra push to decide to embark on this once in a lifetime experience, we highly recommend you give it a read!
How to plan, where to stay, how to pack, what not to miss, and how to have a Buen Camino from the #littleoldladywalking!
Buen Camino! is not a guidebook, there are no maps, no long-winded legends or history – just lots of fun little stories and helpful tips from a veteran American pilgrim to anyone planning their first Camino by themselves or just waiting to go back without the help of an agency or staying in albergues.
Experience the Camino de Santiago differently, walking each day with the great Tenebrae Choir in your ipod. The unique cappella choir will shed new light on your journey along the 4 stages of the French Way with their moving new album Path of Miracles.
The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle Saint James, but for many pilgrims, the experience they had along the Way brought them something more than what they were expecting which motivated to give a new direction to their life. This is the case of Joby Talbot who spent three and a half years composing this “musical pilgrimage” or “choral odyssey” based on the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage – the great Pilgrimage to Santiago.