The Camino de Santiago, otherwise known as the Way of St James, has been a pilgrim route since the 9th century, when it was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages. Thousands still walk the route every year, some even cycle it or make the journey on horseback. This legendary path leads from the western Pyrenees across northern Spain to the west coast and the Galician capital of Santiago de Compostela, complete with its famous 15th century cathedral, the final resting place of St James.
The most scenic sections of the walk are found between Burgos, the home of El Cid as well as a fine historic town centre, and Santiago itself. The route passes through several towns and villages as well as crossing the scenic high plains of the Castillan meseta and the Galician mountains.
The city of Leon, noted for its magnificent cathedral with beautifully stained glass windows as well as its lively bars and restaurants, makes for an interesting stop. In addition the small Galician village of O Cebreiro is not to be missed: the site of a miracle in which stale bread and sour wine were transformed into flesh and blood, this village nestled at 1300 metres in the mountains has magnificent panoramic views.
An ever-changing landscapes of mountains, rolling hills, farmland and forests along with interesting stops in urban and rural settlements along the way guarantee the Camino de Santiago to be a perpetually popular hiking route.