I’m sure that many of you have asked yourselves this question: What are the reasons for people to do the Camino de Santiago? Why is it such a fulfilling experience for everyone who does it?

We all know someone who has done the Camino de Santiago and has recommended it actively and passively to all those close to them. In this article we will try to reveal some of the secrets of this unique experience, but you will really have to be encouraged to discover them for yourself and you will understand that everything you have been told really doesn’t matter compared to what you have experienced.

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The Way makes you free

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The Way embraces you and sets you free, and this is something that most pilgrims agree on. They all start their journey with two backpacks, one in which they keep their clothes and personal belongings, and another, much heavier one, full of the day-to-day problems, unanswered questions, longings and dreams to be fulfilled… each and every one of the little things that, without realizing it, we drag along over the years and do not let us be completely happy.

As you leave behind kilometers in each of the stages, many of those “stones” that accompany you will also fall little by little, you will stop giving importance to many things, walking more and more lightly and free of worries.

This is the healing power of the Camino de Santiago.

Personal development

personal development

It is said that you do not make the Way, but the Way makes you. Even if you decide to make the journey with your family or friends, even if you meet many people along the way and make new friends, it is really a journey with yourself, a journey of introspection in which you rediscover yourself, recovering all your energy and vitality. In our daily lives we are always more concerned with others than with ourselves, and we are not used to giving ourselves enough time to get to know each other. But throughout the days you will have a lot of time to think, to engage in conversations with yourself that perhaps you would never have considered before, so you will get to know yourself better and you will get rid of all those barriers and limits that were only in your mind, ending the journey completely renewed.

The nature

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People and nature have always been intimately linked, and that is why when we need to clear our heads and disconnect we almost always turn to it, to the countryside, to the sea, to the mountains… as they give us the peace and quiet we need at certain times when we feel overwhelmed. Imagine walking for days and days through valleys, rivers, fields, forests, mountains, all kinds of landscapes, with the only concern of enjoying every step, breathing fresh air and that the only noise you hear is that of the birds.

In addition, the variety of landscape and the virgin nature of the Galician surface make any trip through Galicia a surprising itinerary. You will enter the land of “meigas” and other mythological beings, getting to know the legends, mysteries and prophecies that are part of the culture of the Galician people, letting yourself be seduced by their spell. Do you need more reasons? Keep reading!

Meet new people

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Whether you do the Camino de Santiago alone or accompanied, we are sure you will return with a backpack full of new friends. You are about to make one of the most powerful socializing trips there is, as it connects people without reasons of prejudice or stereotypes.

For many days you will share the same path with the same people, with faces that will become more and more familiar to you, with whom you will soon be exchanging smiles, tables, conversations, accommodations, life stories, you will let your emotions flow, you will hug people you would never have thought you could hug, with people you might have had next to you anywhere and never noticed. And that is the magic of the Camino de Santiago, which brings out the best in people, regardless of gender, age, belief or nationality.

Physical activity

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This is perhaps one of the main reasons why many pilgrims are encouraged to do the Camino de Santiago and what leads them to discover the other benefits hidden in the route. But at the same time it is also one of the main reasons why others do not dare to do it; it is common to think “I will not be able to walk so many kilometres” or “I am not fit enough”. But believe us when we tell you that every year all kinds of people make the journey and finish it without any problem. For example: small children, very old people or people with special needs.

You will walk an average of 25 kilometres a day, with refreshment points every few kilometres where you can rest and replenish your strength. You should also bear in mind that there are no established rules. For example, you can design the route adapting it to your needs. It is good to know that there are many different routes and you can always do it from the distance you consider best for your physical condition.

Therefore, removing your fears, limits and prejudices. This is the first step to begin what we are sure will be one of the best journeys of your life.

And so far our reasons. But we have only told you a small part of what it means to do the Camino de Santiago! Do you want to know the rest?

Good Way, friends!

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