The Camino de Santiago attracts many people. For some, it is a way to spend the holidays, it is also a way to meet many and diverse people. It is also an opportunity to pass through areas profoundly marked by history. One is able to encounter different customs, cultures and people from different regions. Of course, it is a way to take advantage of the incredible display of artistic achievements along the Camino. For others, it is a return to nature and the leaving behind of urban life.
In addition to all of these, there is the facet for the believer. The Camino de Santiago was and continues to be a meaningful way for Christians on their way to the tomb of the apostle, St. James. In other words, it is a form of spiritual exercise to become closer to God through Jesus Christ. St. James was one of Jesus’ friends and one of his apostles.
Being on pilgrimage consists of movement, not only with one’s feet towards Compostela, but also movement of one’s heart towards the heavens. In essence, it implies a rupture with everything and an opportunity to have a much more profound intimacy with God. This was the case in the past and it can be the same today.