The Camino de Santiago in Portugal

While the Camino de Santiago is indelibly linked with Spain, there are an increasing number of camino routes in Portugal in addition to the country’s other long-distance trails including the Rota Vicentina and pilgrimage routes to Fátima. Here is an overview of the 10 main routes that form the Camino de Santiago in Portugal, whereContinue reading “The Camino de Santiago in Portugal”

Caminho da Geira e dos Arrieiros Highlights

The Caminho da Geira e dos Arrieiros is an up-and-coming 239km camino linking the Portuguese city of Braga to Santiago de Compostela. ‘The Geira’ is an isolated camino that takes adventurous pilgrims on Roman roads past beautiful natural scenery, three border crossings and some of Galicia’s oldest vineyards. Here are the highlights of the theContinue reading “Caminho da Geira e dos Arrieiros Highlights”

Caminho Nascente Highlights

The Caminho Nascente is a little-known but extraordinary Camino de Santiago route that starts at the Church of Santiago in the city of Tavira on the south coast of Portugal. Also known as the Via Portugal Nascente, the camino traverses the Portuguese regions of the Algarve, the Alentejo and the Beiras for 650km before finishingContinue reading “Caminho Nascente Highlights”

Lisbon Highlights

Before the pandemic, Lisbon had become one of the trendiest destinations in Europe, as visitors were drawn in by its special light, brilliant colours, warm weather, low prices and friendly people.  After living in the Portuguese capital for four years, these are my Lisbon highlights. ‘Lisbon’s special appeal lies elsewhere (beyond tourist attractions). Its secretContinue reading “Lisbon Highlights”

Best Islamic Architecture on the Camino de Santiago

Though modern pilgrims cite various reasons for undertaking the Camino de Santiago – ranging from adventure to spirituality to physical exercise – the journey is, at its heart, a Christian pilgrimage with roots deep in the Middle Ages.  The medieval era in Spain is not simply a Christian story, however. On the contrary, the periodContinue reading “Best Islamic Architecture on the Camino de Santiago”

Best Experiences on the Portuguese Way

Every camino has its highlights, and the Portuguese Way is no exception. But beyond the cities, churches and landscapes, the Camino de Santiago offers more to the pilgrims who traverse it: singular experiences that live on in our memories long after recollections of museums and Romanesque portals begin to fade.  These are our favourite experiencesContinue reading “Best Experiences on the Portuguese Way”

Camino de Madrid Highlights

The Camino de Madrid is a brilliant if obscure camino linking the Spanish capital to Sahagún on the Camino Francés, a journey of 322km that takes about 13 days. While not a historical Camino de Santiago, this route offers several outstanding historic sites, a surprising variety of landscapes, an opportunity to get off the beatenContinue reading “Camino de Madrid Highlights”

Best Roman Sites on the Camino de Santiago

Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago tread in the very footsteps of the Roman Empire, traversing Roman roads and Roman bridges as they make their way to Santiago de Compostela. Roman milestones and castra (fortified settlements) are also found along the camino and serve as constant reminders of Rome’s expanse and organisational capacity. These mostContinue reading “Best Roman Sites on the Camino de Santiago”

Estoria de Espanna

The Estoria de Espanna (modern Spanish: Historia de España) is a landmark 13th-century history of Spain written in Old Spanish under the patronage of King Alfonso X ‘The Wise’ of Castile. Recently, the University of Birmingham created a digital edition of the Estoria by bringing together various extant medieval manuscripts. I was fortunate to beContinue reading “Estoria de Espanna”

Nearly 85% Decrease in Pilgrims in 2020

With global travel including the Camino de Santiago thrown into turmoil by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 saw the fewest pilgrims on record (for the period 2004-2020) and an 84.5% decrease from the peak of 2019. That eye-opening decrease is the most notable detail of the following analysis, which uses pilgrim statistics published by the PilgrimContinue reading “Nearly 85% Decrease in Pilgrims in 2020”