For now we begin by saying that we arrived safe and sound in Leon on May 23, and the days have been full of wonder, discovery, and high spirits and hilarity.

June 2: Sarria

Today we walked about 25 kilometers from Triacastela to Sarria in the Galicia region of Spain. Sarria was a pre-Roman settlement, first documented in the 6th century. King Alphonse IX of León died in Sarria in 1230 while making a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. King Alphonse sponsored many different building projects during his time …

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Myths of the Camino

While the Camino de Santiago has long enjoyed its prominent position in history, religion, and culture, it passes through many places that have their own stories to tell. Included below are several Spanish myths of monsters and transformations. ———————— THE LEGEND OF ALVARO PEREZ “This man, Álvaro Pérez, did not live much and, according to …

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Villafranca del Bierzo

Though Villafranca del Bierzo’s name can be traced back to 791, it has existed as a town for much longer than that. The first settlements in the area date back to the Neolithic age, but the first historically known group of people to inhabit the area were the Celtiberians. The town became more widely known …

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June 3: Portomarin

Our battle with the rain continued as we walked through the Galician countryside. The undulating hills of this region came to a halt as we descended towards the river Mino. Miraculously, the rain ended and the sky cleared. We reached our stop for the night: Portomarín.     Long before the Camino de Santiago emerged as …

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May 26: Astorga

  We peregrinos didn’t need to go to Barcelona to see the work of famous Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi: only a few short days into our hike, we’ve already seen the remarkable result of his distinctive style here in Astorga, our stopping place for today. And that’s just the beginning of what we saw there! …

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May 23-4: León

We began our Camino in the city of León, which is two and a half hours north of Madrid by train. It is located near the halfway point of the Camino, so it is 322 km from Santiago—our final destination.