The Camino de Santiago de Compostela across northern Spain is one of the world's oldest pilgrimage routes.
For more than 1000 years pilgrims have made their way to Santiago and in 1987 it was declared the first European Culture Route. Also known as 'The Way of St James', it originated from the discovery of the tomb of the Apostle James in the 9th Century.
The way is marked by the symbol of the scallop shell, typically found on the Galician shores, and the grooves in the shell that join together are said to represent the many different ways pilgrims traveled from to reach Compostela.
A great tradition of the route is to obtain the 'compostela', a certificate of accomplishment given to pilgrims on completing at least 100km of the route.
Countries visited: Spain
Short transfer to Cruz de Ferro to start the trek; follow an easy path to riverside Molinaseca.
Another short transfer, then ascend the Rio Valcarce valley to the pretty village of O'Cebreiro; walk to a superb viewpoint above the village for sunset.
Walk between villages overlooking the famous Monastery of Samos and then continue to Sarria - the antiques capital of Galicia.
Head up the Celerio Valley then descend into Portomarin.
More farming country as we walk up the Torres valley to our farmhouse accommodation at Lestedo.
Pass the hillside town of Palas del Rei with great views to Montes del Vacaloura on our way to Melide.
Take in the sights of Melide, a thriving country town before walking to Arzua. Transfer back to Melide.
Drive back to Arzua then walk through river valleys and cross rushing streams on our way to Rua where we stay in a converted watermill.
Head towards Monte de Gozo, the Mount of Joy, where we get our first glimpse of Santiago's spires. Reach the historic centre , visit the cathedral and collect your compostela from the Pilgrim Office.
End Santiago de Compostela.