Romy Fernandez
May-June 2018, Spain. 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. Yearly, hundreds of thousands of people of various backgrounds walk the Camino de Santiago either on their own or in organized groups. The most popular route (which gets very crowded in mid-summer) is the Camino Francés which stretches 780 km (nearly 500 miles) from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port in France to Santiago. The scallop shell is the most iconic symbol associated with the Camino de Santiago. It’s seen everywhere, from churches and distance markers to pavements and backpacks.
The beginning of the French way, crossing the Pyrenees to enter in Spain.
Statue of the Virgin of Orisson (1100m) at the French Pyrenees on the way to Santiago
Pilgrim's mass in Roncesvalles.
Pilgrim watching famous Pamplona's main square.
Alto Del Perdon (‘Mount of Forgiveness’), 780m. The climb up to the summit is an arduous one for walkers and cyclists and can be quite treacherous if the ground is muddy after heavy rains.
Inside the albergue in Grañon.
A moment of reflection at the Grañon albergue.
A pilgrim waiting to the Carrion de los Condes albergue opens his doors.
The feared Meseta between Burgos and Leon.
The word ‘Ultreia’ (also ‘ultrella’ or ‘ultreya’) comes from Latin and it means ‘beyond’. Ultreia is another pilgrim salute, like the more popular ‘Buen Camino!’. While ‘Buen Camino’ literally means ‘have a good journey, a good Camino’, the meaning of ‘Ultreia!’ goes a bit deeper, implying encouragement to keep going, reaching ‘beyond’, heading onwards.
Cruz de Ferro (Iron Cross) is a cross on the Camino de Santiago. The tradition is to throw a stone, brought from the place of origin of the pilgrim, with his or her back to the cross to symbolize their journey.
Milestone that marks the entrance to Galicia.
Milestone that marks the last 100 km to Santiago de Compostela.
Inside the Pulperia Ezequiel in Melide, one of the most famous pulperias in Galicia.
That kind of things that you can see while you're walking.
The famous passage that gets access to the Praza do Obradoiro, where the Cathedral of Santiago is situated.
Inside the office, where the pilgrims can get the official Compostela, the accreditation of the pilgrimage.
After Santiago many pilgrims continue their way to Muxia or Finisterre, or both.
Pilgrim's clothes hanging inside the albergue.
View of Muxia and the Costa da Morte.
Zero Kilometer trademark in Muxía with the Monument to the Prestige Tanker that spilled 70,000 gallons of oil into the Atlantic Ocean in 2002.
The way to Finisterre is a lovely extension to the Camino de Santiago, to complete the pilgrimage to the medieval "end of the world."
At the end of the world in Finisterre.
View from the end of the world.