El Camino

El Camino

Since the year 813, El Camino de Santiago has been the most important pilgrimage in Europe for Christians and even for non-Christians today. We have had quite a few pilgrims joining us on one of our many Madrid tapas tours, either before doing  El Camino or after, not a bad idea considering all the effort and mental work that El Camino requires. Today we are going to share some El Camino facts in case you are planning on doing this amazing journey.

In the 12th century, King Alfonso XII ordered to construct a little church where the tomb of Santiago had been discovered centuries before, from that moment on is when peoples from all over Europe started doing El Camino voyage.

During the 14th century, El Camino had a big decline in numbers due to the black plague that Europe suffered. El Camino had to wait another two centuries to become popularized again.

1993 saw the great re-birth of El Camino where UNESCO named the French El Camino route as Patrimony of Humanity, no doubt this year marks the rebirth of El Camino in the 20th century.

In 2010, North American actor Emilio Estevez, wrote, produced and directed a movie based on El Camino (The Way), inspiring North Americans and other Anglo-saxons around the world to do this amazing feat.

El Camino

Many Spaniards have either thought about doing El Camino or have done it more than once. It is a way of overcoming difficulties in a modern and stressed out society. Which is why so many Spaniards repeat parts of El Camino during their summer holidays.

The best way to do El Camino is either alone or with a partner, doing El Camino alone guarantees meeting new people making it an unforgettable and long lasting experience.

Just last year, over 300,000 people ventured in El Camino and we are expecting almost 400,000 finishing off in 2018.

After or before El Camino, join us for a Madrid Tapas Tours taking you where real Madrid locals go for some of the best Spanish Tapas in Madrid.

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