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Historic Roads Santiago

The Pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, came from all parts and places guided by the Milky Way. Following the Way of the Stars, reached the Campo de las Estrellas, where he lies James. Since ancient times, was believed to Finisterre, was the end of the world and the Atlantic was "the tomb of the sun." The indication of Finisterre, also was given by the Milky Way. These astronomical events helped to strengthen the magnetism that walking brings in millions of pilgrims and the creation of Legends of the Way of St James. Large waves of pilgrims from Europe, defined different ways, almost always marked by the churches and monasteries. Imagine for a moment, the difficulties, which involved a pilgrimage: without knowing the language, no unified currency, through very small kingdoms and most of the time with wars and intrigues, exposed to the assailants, to the exploitation of the Taverners, without maps, without paved roads, no bridges, fording rivers and streams without proper footwear and clothing, exposed to endemic diseases, rain, snow, fog and frost ...... with the help of a cane and a lot of Faith These pages will help you decipher some of the puzzles and learn about the origins of: The Way of the Stars, The Way of the Geese, Game of the Goose, Mary Magdalene, Merovingian, Templars, Order of Santiago, Legends, Bestiary and Esoteric.


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Camino de Santiago or Way of Saint James: That is it?

Way of Saint James, is more than the realization of a particular physical path. It means, the road ahead to achieve a defined goal and each pilgrim defined his own goal , something that perfectly reflected the sayings following:
  • There are as many ways as Pilgrim
  • The Way to Santiago begins at your home
  • Thousand roads, one destination.
If the quoted above is true, the fact remains that every pilgrim wanted achieve its goal and for that, followed the indications given, so that defined what is now called Roads Historic.
The five criteria, of the historic Route:
  1. Existence of a defined historical traces of continuous use and old Mapping of it.
  2. Names Towns, related to the Way: Santiago, Maria Magdalene, Duck (pato), Goose (oca), Templars (Templarios) , Real, Camino, Hospital ...
  3. Historic Network of: Shelters, Hospital (Mercy) along the Road. Just as the existence of bridges, roads, villages with Jacobean architecture and Other Acts Jacobeos.
  4. historical documents and correspondence of the Pilgrims . Miracles and Legends of pilgrims along the Camino. Oral tradition to endorse the passage of pilgrims.
  5. churches and chapels, with images of the apostle and Romanesque architecture
The pass of the pilgrims, opened roads, which were fused in the different routes, which we describe below:


Vía de la Plata 2







Maps of the Roads to Santiago

Maps of the Roads to Santiago in Europe


Mapa de los Caminos de Santiago en Europa

Maps of the Roads to Santiago in Galicia




Mapa de los Caminos de Galicia, con Pueblos




Way of Saint James French doble flecha View Stages doble flecha View Shelters

It is the best known and popular. The four French routes come together in Spain through Roncesvalles and Somport. Passes through the communities of Aragon Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon and Galicia.
It presents an alternative that uses the Roman road: Road or Via Trajan.
From Villafranca Bierzo is called Way of Forgiveness, going into the Valley Valcarce. Soon, we perceive the Magic and Esoteric of stages of Villafranca-Vega de Valcarce-O Cebreiro.
It has a large number of monuments and infrastructure and is well signposted.
Valiña Elias, "O Cura do Cebreiro" pioneered in marked with a yellow-painted arrow brush, which has become the symbol of the Camino. The choice of color, it´s casual, due to painting, donated by the Ministry of Public Works. El Camino adopted its signaling, and this moment, being shared by Shell and the Cross of Santiago.

Way of Saint James French. Route Navarre




Way of Saint James Norte. Route Coastdoble flecha View Stages doble flecha Viev Shelters

Log in Spain for the Basque Country, across the river Bidasoa, continues the line of Coast, crossing Guipúzcoa and Vizcaya, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia. Our converges with the French Road or Arzúa Melide.
Very nice. ideal for cycling tourism. There are few shelters, but many hostels and hotels.


Way of Saint James Primitive.doble flecha View Stagesdoble flecha View Shelters

Born in Oviedo, with King Alfonso pilgrimage to Santiago. In Galicia, converges with the French Road in Melide or Arzúa.
If the route was the Cantabrian more important until the tenth century, the oldest is the one from Padron to Santiago, for here the first pilgrimage began with the transfer of the body of St. James, who arrived in the Arosa estuary to Iria Flavia in his home Ultimately, Compostela.
Perfect for riding or mountain biking

Way of Saint James Primitive





Camino de Santiago por la Vía de la Platadoble flecha View Stages doble flecha View Shelters

Can be considered out of Sevilla takes advantage of the Roman road which joined Merida and Astorga, Astorga joining in the French Road.
There are variations that come to Galicia by A Mosque. In A Gudiña there are two new branches. It is the route of the pilgrims of Western Andalusia, Extremadura, Salamanca, Zamora and some towns in León.
Perfect for riding or mountain biking.Walking, has very long stages.
The variant that comes from the Granja de la Moreruela called Sanabres Route:

Route Sanabresdoble flecha View Stages doble flecha View Shelters


Way of Saint James along the Silver Way





Way of Saint James Englishdoble flecha View Stages doble flecha View Shelters

The Nordic nations: English, Scottish, Irish, Scandinavian, made the journey by boat and unloaded at the ports of Ferrol and Coruña, continue on foot to Santiago de Compostela.

Way of Saint James English




Way of Saint James Portuguesedoble flecha View Stages doble flecha View Shelters

The Portuguese, with a language and culture very similar to the Galician, they had fewer difficulties to do the pilgrimage, that the pilgrim of Central Europe. The Route, has two variants, one that came through Tui and follows to Porrino, and the other comes from Chaves (Portugal) and is tied to the Sanabres Route in Verin.




Way of Saint James along Marítime Routedoble flecha View Stages doble flecha View Shelters

It develops, following the path that makes the tradition of the arrival of the remains of the Apostle Santiago. Basically it is a symbolic path that develops in large part by the sea.

Marítime Route




Traditional Song impressive Jacobean



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The Knights Templar, protecting the Pilgrims on the Way of Saint James.
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