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”

Variante Espiritual Highlights

The Variante Espiritual is an increasingly popular variant towards the end of the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago, starting just after the Galician city of Pontevedra. Regardless of whether you choose the coastal or central route of the Camino Portugués, you can experience this highly recommended ‘spiritual variant’. Our highlights of the VarianteContinue reading “Variante Espiritual Highlights”

Camino Primitivo Highlights

The Camino Primitivo – the Original Way – is the beginning of the Camino de Santiago itself. According to tradition, the first pilgrim to Santiago was King Alfonso II ‘The Chaste’ of Asturias, who embarked from his capital at Oviedo in AD 814 to verify that the tomb of the apostle had been discovered theContinue reading “Camino Primitivo Highlights”

Six Reasons Not to Skip the Meseta

When the topic of skipping stages on the Camino Francés comes up, talk will inevitably turn to the Meseta. Even admirers of this 180km stretch of the Camino de Santiago through flat, hot, shadeless fields between Burgos and León will describe the Meseta as monotonous, while detractors find it incredibly dull and boring.  If you’reContinue reading “Six Reasons Not to Skip the Meseta”

Portuguese Way Highlights

The Portuguese Way (Portuguese: Caminho Português; Spanish: Camino Portugués) is the second most popular Camino de Santiago route after the Camino Francés. Regardless of whether you begin in Lisbon or Porto, or take the central or coastal way, this camino is a special experience that justifies its popularity.  These are our six favourite Portuguese WayContinue reading “Portuguese Way Highlights”

How Will The Coronavirus Pandemic Affect Santiago Holy Year 2021?

The 2021 Holy Year in Santiago de Compostela and on the Camino de Santiago will undoubtedly be greatly affected by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. With the situation changing frequently, it’s impossible to predict 2021 pilgrim numbers with certainty or to know which safety and security measures that impact the camino will be in place. ThisContinue reading “How Will The Coronavirus Pandemic Affect Santiago Holy Year 2021?”

How a Pandemic Camino is Different

As with almost everything else around the globe, the Camino de Santiago has been greatly affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The pilgrimage ground to a halt when Europe went into lockdown in spring 2020, but as Spain began to reopen in June and July, it became possible to walk the camino again. Being residents inContinue reading “How a Pandemic Camino is Different”

Best Starting Points for the Camino Francés

For many pilgrims, the Camino Francés, or French Way, is the Camino de Santiago. In 2019, more than half the pilgrims who walked the camino and received a compostela walked the Camino Francés, despite the existence of many other routes. If you’re thinking about walking the Camino Francés but don’t know where to begin –Continue reading “Best Starting Points for the Camino Francés”

‘Always in All Things Changeable’: The Emperor and His Tomb

His camino took him all over his empire from his birthplace on what became the Vía de la Plata (Itálica) to Rome, Jerusalem and beyond. In life – and in death – the Roman emperor Hadrian was a fascinating figure. This article was originally published at Following Hadrian. The emperor of Rome, ‘god and Panhellene,’1DescribedContinue reading “‘Always in All Things Changeable’: The Emperor and His Tomb”