El Camino de Santiago: One Name, Many Routes
El Camino de Santiago, the most famous and oldest European pilgrimage journey, sees hundreds of thousands of people every year. Various trails across Western Europe lead pilgrims to their final destination, the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. Pilgrims end their journeys rejoicing with fellow walkers, enjoying delicious Galician food and drinking wine, including Albariño from Rías Baixas.
GETTING TO SANTIAGO THROUGH RÍAS BAIXAS
El Camino Portugués, or Portuguese Camino, is a popular route among those looking for a more rural experience on the Camino de Santiago. This trail begins in Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, it then goes through the Portuguese countryside through villages and towns before getting to Pontevedra – Rías Baixas territory. In Pontevedra, pilgrims can wander among the picturesque streets and enjoy tapas with some Albariño. After this cultural and meal break, the journey continues on to Santiago de Compostela. To get there, people have to cross a Roman bridge built in the first century, Ponte do Burgo. Once in the town of Padron, you can feel the excitement in the atmosphere as pilgrims are now in the last segment of their journey. Finally, at their destination, pilgrims can relax and share their adventures with fellow pilgrims over glasses of Albariño.
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