The origin of the Way of St. James as a pilgrimage route, with the aim of venerating the remains of the apostle St. James the Greater, who is buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, dates back to the Middle Ages, from the ninth century onwards.
Classed as European Cultural Routes in the twentieth century, some parts are also World Heritage.
Among the various historical routes, the branches of the Portuguese Way offer several different itineraries in Portugal.
And it is possible to follow the Way of St. James starting in the Algarve.
Whether your motivation is faith, spirituality, a desire for adventure or any other reason, choose your route, contact the various pilgrimage associations for information and away you go!
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