Galicia, Spain: A Culinary Walk along the Celtic Camino Reply

Celtic Camino Spain

Tamasin Day-Lewis and her daughter pace themselves as they tackle the rugged challenge of Galicia’s Celtic Camino–To be a pilgrim walking the Celtic Camino in Galicia, you need to be in possession of two essentials: a pair of magic boots and an appetite for shellfish. Heading up through the woods above the fingers of the north-west Spanish coastline in May, the air is brisk with breeze, but when the rain comes down as all-penetrating as the Irish mizzle, no overnight dehumidifier un-dampens your sodden walking boots. Part of the pilgrim’s penance: you have to put them back on in the morning and pray for a fine day.

My daughter Miranda and I have flown to Santiago de Compostela to walk 100km of the Celtic Camino over five days, starting in Noia, renowned for its shellfish harvested in the nearby rias – inlets – since it became a fishing village more than 1,000 years ago. It is Sunday, and apart from two cafés on the wide square brimmed by the medieval church of San Martino, nothing is open but the Tasca Tipica.



Spain: Pilgrim’s Progress Reply

Pilgrims to Santiago

With a little help from two wheels and a combustion engine, Mike Cowling joins the faithful at Santiago de Compostela.

Yorkshire–The emotion of it all was too much as tears streamed down their cheeks. Two young women, rucksacks and walking sticks discarded, hugging each other for all it was worth, had finished the pilgrim’s route Camino de Santiago and were standing outside the city’s cathedral, journey’s end.

Santiago de Compostela, in Spain, has been a site of pilgrimage for centuries since claims of the discovery of the remains of St James were made. It would appear that it doesn’t matter if you haven’t walked or cycled one of the many routes of the Camino de Santiago (The Way of St James to the English), all are welcome and have been since the Middle Ages.

The back streets, stunning plazas and alleyways of this randomly laid out city have history and the visitor feels part of that evolving story. Santiago de Compostela was the focal point of our trip, one powered by internal combustion engine and not by human power. That would have taken too long for our week in Spain that started well after a smooth crossing from Portsmouth.


“Full Cycle” on the Camino de Santiago–Reflections on a Life 1

Marty Kendall Joe“An 800-kilometre bike ride across Spain gives you plenty of time to think,” says Martha (Marty) Kendall, an American teacher, writer, cellist, wife and mother who bicycled the Camino de Santiago with her family in 2002 and wrote a book about the experience. The book’s title, Full Cycle, is a double entendre. It’s obviously about cycling, but it’s also about living a life. The captivating thing about Marty’s book, her 20th, is not only its account of a family’s three-week cycling trip across the parched plains and verdant hills of northern Spain, but the author’s skillfully interwoven interior journey. More…

The Way of St. James–Much More Than Just a Long Journey on Foot 3

Camino Santiago SpainPilgrims from all over the world have followed the Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago) for a thousand years. Originally a religious pilgrimage to the apocryphal tomb of St. James, the walk soon became a trade and cultural route, one of the first to unite the north and south of Europe. The pilgrimage remains alive today, and people come from every continent to enjoy the landscapes, the hospitality, and the challenges offered at every stage of the way. Many of them discover much more than a mere long walk. Whichever route you choose, the French one across the Pyrenees, or the Portuguese one that borders the Atlantic, the month of June is an ideal time to start walking! More…