Hiking The Way Of Saint James Trek
El Camino de Santiago (also known as the Way of Saint James) has existed for over a thousand years and was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times. While the religious symbolism remains for many, reasons for completing the world famous pilgrim route have evolved in recent years and walking the Camino is now widely regarded as a journey of self-discovery and reconnection as well as, of course, being fun for trekkers. 2010 saw a record number of nearly five million people walking the world famous trek in Northern Spain and 2011 is set to break records again as the Camino gets ready for its debut on the big screen. The superb scenery of the Camino will entertain cinema audiences this Spring with the release of the movie 'The Way' (www.theway-themovie.com),starring Martin Sheen; he believes viewers will fall in love with Northern Spain as he did when filming. Over 300,000 people from the UK walked the Camino last year and numbers show no signs of dwindling. Specialist holiday company Follow the Camino caters to walking enthusiasts from all around the world and specialises in walking tours of the UNESCO world heritage site of El Camino de Santiago. The Ireland-based company offers self-guided and group tours making it a sound choice for independent travellers as well as those looking for a guiding hand. The trek has been divided into nine different routes, originating from France, Spain and Portugal and walkers can complete the routes in one fell swoop or decide to return to tackle each section until they have completed the whole Camino. For more info, visit www.followthecamino.com.