El Camino de Santiago
El Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James in English, was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times and today is a beautiful way of seeing and experiencing northern Spain. Every year thousands of people from all over the world walk, cycle or “go by donkey” (no joke!) for some or all of the 800km route that ends gloriously in Santiago de Compostela.
Although traditionally people walked it as a religious pilgrimage, these days many people do it for fun, for the experience, for a challenge, or as a spiritual adventure. You can walk along part of it for a few days, or the entire thing for, well, as long as it takes. There are quite a few starting points, a popular one being Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees. Aother popular one is Pamplona in Spain, famous for the running of the bulls (encierro) fiesta.
Pamplona Learning Spanish Institute runs Spanish language courses all year and in case you’re considering (or have been inspired to) walking part of el Camino de Santiago, this would be a great way to brush up on some Spanish so you can fully enjoy the experience.