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This was the route preferred by the pilgrims of the Northern Europe .Faster, more comfortable and less dangerous. Very popular around XIV and XV centuries, the most of the pilgrims were from England so that the name.
Its name comes from the country that it passed through in the Middle Ages and that has left its mark in places as important as Paris and its Tour de Saint Jacques. Today it is the most popular route, not in vain more than 60% of pilgrims who walk to Santiago choose her. Despite being the busiest it does not lose an iota of its charm and that is shown by the pilgrims who repeat.
Older tan the french route ,it was the route used by the former pilgrims,not the easiest but with amazing landscapes, when the christians started to push the moors to the south Little by Little was abandoned.
Even today is the most traveled road after the French one, follows the route that in the 15th century took the queen “Saint Isabel of Portugal” to Santiago
Our forefathers used to say “He who visits Santiago but not Oviedo, visits the servant but not the master”. This route follows the path of the first known itinerary taken by Alfonso II in the 9th century to visit the newly discovered tomb of the Apostle Saint James.
It is the road that connects Santiago with the south of the peninsula, it follows the route of various “Roman roads” that linked the north with the south of the peninsula. A road less traveled but no less beautiful for that.
For most of the pilgrims, their path did not end in Santiago, but they wanted to continue a little more and know the mythical “Finis Terrae” at the end of the world. Today many pilgrims also decide to go to the end of the medieval world and enjoy a amazing sunset.
In seas far north, day after day
We leaned upon the rail, engrossed
In frolic fin and jewel spray
And crystal headlands of the coast.
Katherine Lee Bates