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Es el camino que une Santiago con el sur de la península, sigue el recorrido de diversas “vías romanas” que unían el norte con el sur de la península. Un camino menos transitado pero no por ello menos bello.
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
“We are made of the same stuff as dreams” … William Shakespeare
This was the preferred route by the pilgrims of northern Europe faster, more comfortable and less dangerous. Got its climax on the XIV and XV centuries and most of its users were from England hence the name. They arrived by sea to one of the Galician ports and then on foot to Santiago.
For most medieval pilgrims, Santiago was not the end of their journey. They would want to reach the mythical Finisterrae, the End of the World. Many modern pilgrims decide to walk to the end of the medieval world and enjoy the most amazing sunset over the ocean.
Starting in France, hence the name, it is the most popular route (more than 60% of all pilgrims choose it). And yet, it maintains all its charms as corroborated by the many pilgrims who repeat the journey.
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.
Today, the most traveled road after the French, follows the route that in the 15th century led the queen Isabel from 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.