About the Camino

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a large network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the tomb of St. James (Santiago in Spanish) in Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain. The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the beginning of the 9th century (year 814) the moment of discovery of the tomb of the evangelical apostle off the Iberian Peninsula. Since this discovery, Santiago de Compostela became a peregrination point of the entire European continent.

The Way was defined then by the net of Roman routes that joined the neuralgic points of the Peninsula. The impressive human flow that from very soon went towards Galicia quickly led to the development and establishment of hospitals, churches, monasteries, abbeys and towns around the route. During the 14th century the pilgrimage began to decay, due to wars, epidemics and natural catastrophes.

The recovery of the route began at the end of the 19th century, but it is during the last quarter of the 20th century when the authentic contemporary resurgence of the peregrination took place. There is no doubt that the social, tourist, cultural or sport components have had a great importance in the “jacobea” revitalization but we cannot forget that the route has gained its prestige thanks to its spiritual value.

Research shows that 28% of walkers today do the Camino for religious or spiritual reasons. The trek is undoubtedly a unique experience and is known as a haven for self reflection. In fact 17.8% of Camino walkers hit the trail to get away from their daily life and connect with nature. The Camino offers an escape, an opportunity to disconnect and detox from daily routines and habits.
Another popular reason for walking the Camino was looking for a new challenge. 28.2% of walkers wanted to test themselves physically and mentally along the way. The Camino is suitable for almost anyone and is as rewarding as it is challenging, 10.8% of people walk the trail specifically for health and exercise.

On reaching 50 years of age I thought it relevant and correct to use this milestone to be thankful and reflective. To that end the most fitting thing was to undertake an activity, task or challenge that would allow me to do exactly that.
What became apparent was to use the chosen undertaking as the opportunity to give back and or support a cause and issue closer to mine and my family’s hearts. And in so doing honor my wife and kids, for allowing me to be part of greater life experience than I would have never imagined, an experience from which I learnt about human value, sacrifice and serving others