Camino de Santiago
It is spring … the weather (according to Marbella Azul) is warmer and a young (pious) man´s fancy turns to pilgrimage. And Spain is home to the daddy of all pilgrimages – the world famous Camino de Santiago. Neither is it necessarily males…plenty of females take up the challenge ! Walking the Camino is not so difficult – most of the stages are fairly flat on good paths.
The main difficulty is that few pilgrims have walked continuously for up to 30 days…something the average pair of feet does not take kindly to !
The Camino de Santiago is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes (most commonly the Camino Francés or French route) to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia (northern Spain), where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried.
The route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987; it was also named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The scallop shell, often found on the shores in Galicia, has long been the symbol of the Camino de Santiago. One version of the most common myth about the origin of the symbol concern the death of Saint James, who was martyred by beheading in Jerusalem in 44 CE.
Legend has it that after his death, his disciples shipped his body to the Iberian Peninsula to be buried in what is now Santiago. Off the coast of Spain, a heavy storm hit the ship, and the body was lost to the ocean. After some time, however, it washed ashore undamaged, covered in scallops.
Post and images by photographer Derek Evans