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The feel good factor: walk the Camino de Santiago.
Pilgrims have been flocking from all over Europe to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia for over 1000 years, where legend has it the remains of Saint James the apostle are buried. And interest has now increased with Martin Sheen’s recent film ‘The Way’. Modern day pilgrims can embark on the much beloved Camino de Santiago de Compostela at any time of year, but many aim to reach the town’s iconic, world-famous Cathedral, the Obradoiro, for the feast day of St James on the 25th of July. It’s Galicia's national day and celebrations abound.
Santiago offers trekkers other rewards too: splendid and plentiful cuisine, Albariño (an excellent white wine) to accompany arguably the best seafood in Spain and a beautiful old town with cobblestoned streets and plenty of character. There are plenty of websites with route maps and details of hostels if you want to do your own thing, or you can opt for covering an organized section of the route with www.followthecamino.com or www.worldwalks.com, who will arrange accommodation and baggage transfer. The medieval pilgrims didn’t have it so good!
Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) fly direct to Santiago de Compostela from London Stansted. So book now to be in time to join the party next month!