HAVE A NICE TRIP, PILGRIM!
El Camino de Santiago is a route that during the Middle Ages was heavily traveled, after that Age it was a bit forgotten and nowadays has taken a great rise. It is visited by walkers from all over the world to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela (La Coruña), where the relics of the apostle Santiago el Mayor are preserved and venerated.
WHO MAKES EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO?
- Thousands of pilgrims travel each year. First of all is possible to think that it is a route that needs a great physical effort, and although it is possible, there can be many ways to do it. The public is very extensive, from excursions programmed by bus of the Institute of Older and Social Services (IMSERSO) to excursions of students of schools (fundamentally religious), passing through groups of friends, sports organizations (cyclists) or on horseback finding even certain people who do it alone.
- So well, the reasons for doing this route could be diverse, although fundamentally they are two: Leisure (fun) and Penance (promise of a religious character).
- In more than one thousand years of history it has generated a great social, cultural and economic vitality.
HOW TO GET YOUR RECOGNITION?
There are two types of official recognitions.
On the one hand we have La Credencial which is the “passport” where are placed the stamps of the sites of passage and on the other hand we have La Compostela, which is the recognition of having made the Camino by the Church to the pilgrims for their Devotion to the Apostle Santiago martyr. In order to obtain La Compostela, it is necessary to have made the Camino de Santiago on foot, by bicycle or on horseback and to prove by the stamps of the Credential (which can be free or cost 0.20 or 0.30 cents €) at least 100 km. on foot or 200 km by bicycle or on horseback.
RECOGNITION AT INTERNATIONAL LEVEL.
- Unesco declared as a World Heritage in 1993 and 1998 the French Way of Santiago and the French routes of the Way.
- In 2004 he also received the honorary title “Calle mayor de Europa” and the Prince of Asturias Foundation awarded him the Prince of Asturias Award of Concord “as a place of pilgrimage and encounter between people and peoples who, throughout the centuries , Has become a symbol of fraternity and the basis of a European conscience.
- In 2015 the Primitive Road, the Coastal Path, the Basque-La Riojan Road and the Camino de Liébana were included in the European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.
CAMINANTE NO HAY CAMINO, SE HACE CAMINO AL ANDAR…
Caminante, son tus huellas
el camino y nada más;
Caminante, no hay camino,
se hace camino al andar.
Al andar se hace el camino,
y al volver la vista atrás
se ve la senda que nunca
se ha de volver a pisar.
Caminante no hay camino
sino estelas en la mar.