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T R A N S F OR M AT I V E JOU R N E YS A N D DE S T I NAT ION S PILGRIMAGE ON THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO The Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James, is a region-wide network of ancient pilgrimage routes traversing Western Europe and converging at the tomb of St. James, (Santiago in Spanish), in Santiago de Compostela in Northwestern Spain. The history of the pilgrimage began in the early 9th century, 814 A.D., with the discovery of the tomb of St. James, the evangelical apostle of the Iberian Peninsula. Since the tomb’s discovery, it’s been a journey point for much of Europe. And not just for Christians — Muslims, agnostics and atheists have walked this path. People set out on the Camino for multiple reasons: spiritual, communing with other pilgrims, attending Masses along the way, in hopes of discarding the emotional baggage in one’s life and finding a moment of clarity, or just for the exercise and uniqueness of the experience. Pilgrims take multiple routes: the Portuguese Way, starting in Lisbon; the Andalusian Camino route, by way of Granada, in Southern Spain; or the North Coast Camino route, from San Sebastian. However, the most popular route is the Camino Francés, which extends nearly 500 miles from St. Jean-Pied-du-Port near Biarritz, France, to Santiago. Annually, hundreds of thousands of people walk the Camino de Santiago on their own or with an organized tour. The walk itself isn’t difficult, with most of the stages located on level paths. The challenge comes from walking continuously for 10, 20 or 30 days. But when the heart is inspired, the perspiration matters little. BOOK IT NOW Camino de Compostela Pilgrimage: Intercontinental Lisbon SELECT amenities for your journey include: • Resort credit of $100 USD per stay • Complimentary buffet breakfast for two daily • Early check-in and late checkout upon availability • Upgrade upon availability • High-speed/Enhanced Wi-Fi Contact us today to book a stay at Intercontinental Lisbon. Santiago de Compostela, Spain 32 · escape · SPRING 2020