The “Camino de Santiago” is known all over the world as one of the main routes for Christian pilgrimage in Europe. All along the journey you can see a variety of landscapes and constructions dedicated to the rest and prayer of the pilgrims, some of which are authentic wonders. One of the stages to be highlighted in this aspect is the one that crosses the northern part of the Basque Country, going through the Cantatrian Cornice.
Although the details of the origins of the worship to Santiago in the Ancient Age are not accurate, the remains of the apostle were found in this Galician locality in 812. As a result, the king Alfonso II ordered to build a small church, a church that has been gathering an increasing number of visitors over time. Over the centuries a lot of hostels have been built along the Santiago´s Path in order to make the way easier for pilgrims. Nowadays, many of the hostels that were built centuries ago remain in good conditions.
While the northern rout has historically been used by pilgrims coming from Nordic countries, the southern one was mainly for those coming from France. Starting the route by the banks of Bidasoa River, Irún, and ending up in the Basque villa of Muskiz, you can enjoy a road full of wonders that are waiting for you to be discovered.
There’s a stage that I would like to stand out: the one that begins from Pasaje de San Pedro. Reaching this beautiful village by boat, you will see the charming and typical fishermen’s houses. Continuing this spectacular stage along the breathtaking cliffs you will enjoy some of the best views and will visit some monasteries located in beautiful sites. Faro de la Plata (Lighthouse of the Silver) is one of the most emblematic. This monastery receives the name from the rock in which it is located, which appears to shine like silver with the light of sun.
In Biscay, the Path crosses its green valleys together with some appealing cities like Gernika and Bilbao. In the case of the Old Part of the latter, you will find the Santiago Cathedral, the only church dedicated to the apostle, with the exception of the one in Santiago de Compostela.
Due to this increasing importance of the Path within the Basque Country, the Basque government has declared the road on its way through the Basque Country a Cultural Property, protecting all the constructions of the road. It has also been made a great effort to establish historical and safe routes which improve the experience of the walkers who travel through it.
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