There are thousands, perhaps millions, of pilgrims, some of them illustrious and celebrated figures, who since the discovery of the tomb of the apostle Saint James have been shaping what we know today as the Way of Saint James. There have been and still are many names or denominations, the Way of the Stars, the Main Street of Europe..., and more the different routes that compose it and that cross the fields and the mountains towards Santiago de Compostela. Roman roads, gullies, corredoiras, old communication routes that unite symbolic places where the pilgrim went in search of hospitality and the recollection of the people of the Way. These routes followed by the pilgrims have reached our days, not without the scars typical of the passage of time and the ups and downs of history. A network of routes that, with the resurgence that the Way of Saint James has been experiencing for some time now, have once again seen the effort, enthusiasm, promises and fervor that characterize the pilgrim.
There are still many reasons why pilgrims take the Way of Saint James, although many of them coincide with those of the old pilgrims who went on their way to Santiago from the very door of their homes. The Way has evolved over time and what used to be sandals, bags and hospitable charity has now become gore-tex, sophisticated backpacks and cosy hostels, which make the day-to-day life of the pilgrim more bearable, but which do not exempt him from continuing to strive to overcome the hard tests that the Jacobean Route puts on his path.
There are many roads that the pilgrim can follow from every cardinal point, each one with its own history and special symbolism. Here we leave you, about some of them, all the information of the stages, the places where they pass, the places of interest that surround them and all that useful information that the pilgrim could need along his journey to the tomb of the Apostle.
Perhaps one of the most frequented of them all. Known for being the route followed by the famous Charlemagne in his pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle. Numerous ramifications arrive to him from France in search of the best passage through the Pyrenees. Either from Roncesvalles or from Somport, the French Way enters Spain to travel from east to west. Once the two roads are joined at Puente la Reina, they march together towards Santiago, seeing how, along the way, there are several Ways that will join them in this arduous undertaking.
Alfonso II the Chaste has the honor of being the first pilgrim on record. Back in the 9th century, this King Astur travelled the distance that separated his court from the recently discovered tomb of the Apostle, hence the name Primitive Way, leaving, unknowingly, one of the most beautiful and demanding itineraries that the pilgrim has to face, always bearing in mind that there is nothing written about tastes. Its route is in charge of joining the Savior with Santiago, the Lord with the servant as the saying goes.
But the possibilities do not end here, this is only a small sample that we hope to be able to expand little by little, with the constant and calm step of the good pilgrim.
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