For more than a thousand years pilgrims have walked this trail across northern Spain and every year more and more people join that number.
The Way of Saint James, as it is called in English, was an important pilgrimage made in medieval times. It is believed that the remains of Saint James were carried from Jerusalem to Spain along this path before being buried where the city of Santiago de Compostela now stands, the end point for the pilgrimage walk. The cathedral was built in the 9th century.
There are five main routes that are walked: the Camino Frances, the Via de la Plata, the Northern Routes, the English Road, and the Portuguese Road.
This is the most popular of all the Camino Routes and probably best for first timers as it is well-supported with hostels along the way. It starts in St Jean Pied de Port and runs for 485 miles (780km) west to Santiago de Compostela. Many people just do a section of this route.
Via de la Plata (Silver Route)
Following an old Roman road this way leads south to north starting in Seville, or alternatively in Granada. The Silver Route is about 620 miles (1000km) and normally takes 6 or 7 weeks walking. As facilities along this route improve it is becoming a popular alternative to the increasingly busy Camino Frances.