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Walking Europe’s Classic Pilgrim Trails

Ancient pilgrim routes are today some of Europe’s best walking trails – full of history, amazing sights and great food.

You can see it all by taking a walking holiday with CaminoWays.com and explore along some of Europe’s most famous pilgrim trails – Camino de Santiago, Via Francigena and Saint Francis Way.

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Walking holidays along classic pilgrimage trails are popular, not just for religious or spiritual reasons, but also for their natural beauty, as a cultural and social experience or just for the challenge. Whatever the reason, spiritual or leisure, these walking trails are unique experiences for the traveller looking for a holiday with a difference.

Camino de Santiago – The Saint James Way

There are many routes along the Camino de Santiago, or Saint James Way, leading to Santiago de Compostela, in Galicia (north west Spain).

Since the middle ages, pilgrims from all over Europe have made their way to Santiago to visit the city’s cathedral and the tomb of Saint James. The most prominent route is the French Way, covering 800 kilometres from the French Pyrenees across Spain’s Meseta and into Galicia, on the Atlantic coast.

Via Francigena – The original pilgrimage to Rome

Another classic walking trail in Europe, the Via Francigena follows an ancient pilgrimage route to Rome starting in Canterbury in the UK and leading walkers across France and Switzerland, before reaching Italy.

The Via was an important road in medieval times and it is a designated European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe since 1994. The trail passes important landmarks and beautiful landscapes in Europe – from the WWI battlefields in northern France to the Alps and the Tuscan countryside.

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Saint Francis Way – following Saint Francis

The Saint Francis Way or Camino di Francesco, in Italy, follows the steps of Saint Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order.

This trail takes an alternative route between the cities of Florence and Rome, along an ancient Roman road, passing through important and beautiful sites such as Assisi and Rieti, in Umbria.

These walking holidays are available all year round with CaminoWays.com, a walking and cycling holiday specialist. You can go to http://www.caminoways.com/destinations if you’re interested in getting more information.

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