No matter what kind of person you are, or what your religious beliefs are, walking the Camino’s medieval villages and beautiful wild landscapes, becomes a journey of inner discovery and a truly authentic experience. Here’s our Top 5 Reasons to walk the Camino:
1.Disconnect from Busy Lives
We all lead busy lives and there are times when the need to escape from the daily burden of work and routine becomes necessary. Shutting off your phone while walking the Camino is how you start to disconnect and the reward is clarity and a feeling of peace that you will find. Many say the Camino is as much a mental/inner journey as it is a physical journey.
2.Discover the Local Culture
Apart from the fact that you will get to see the natural highlights of the area you are walking in, you will also get to understand the culture. While enjoying overnight stays in small family owned hotels, eating in local restaurants and getting to speak to the locals is the best way to immerse yourself in a country’s traditions and culture.
”As I walked the Camino and opened my heart to the possibilities, to the wonders of nature and to the child within me, I was filled with peace and joy….” Author, Jane V. Blanchard
3.Make new friends
Everyone on the Camino is in transition. When you venture on a Camino Walk that takes many days or even weeks, you will spend a lot of time with the people you are walking with. Some people may be recently retired, divorcees and widows contemplating their lives alone or people who are recovering from an illness or bereavement. Either way, you are sure to have great conversations; share life experiences and make friends for a lifetime.
We all know that contact with nature and clean air provide us with a feeling of serenity. Getting away from the noise, the hectic traffic and the pollution is the best way to reward ourselves. The fact that walking is one of the best forms of exercise, and no better way to improve your respiratory system and increase your fitness levels; particularly when you are climbing the steep hills and mountains of the Camino!
5.Explore your Spiritual Side
The Camino was historically a religious pilgrimage to the tomb of St. James and today many people still walk for a religious or spiritual reason. Whatever your religion or faith, many pilgrims walk to connect and discover a deeper meaning in life or to spiritually connect with nature or themselves.