The St. James’s Way (or the “Camino de Santiago” in Spanish) is the route that the pilgrims cross to come to the city of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia), to venerate the relics of the apostle Santiago Major, one of Twelve Apostles that Jesus chose to help him.
The history of the Way of Santiago begins in the 9th century with the discovery of the sepulcher of Santiago (the Major one) and two of his disciples in Libredón’s forest, place where later the city of Compostela would be founded.
During the Middle Age it was a very crowded route and eventhough through a period of time it felt unused, it reemerged strongly, up to the point that in the last quarter of the 20th century it has become a valued tourist, spiritual and sports activity for thousands of people. Since the late 90s, it has been considered to be A Heritage of the Humanity.
“The Way of Santiago” usually is done walking or in bycicle, in several consecutive stages,managing to cover big distances. Due to this reason, in all the routes you can find lodgings,inns and hotels that allow to the wayfarers to rest and to recover for the following day. The companionship and the familiar environment are habitual between the pilgrims and the local inhabitants where they go by, and it is one of the aspects most valued of this experience.
There exist several routes (ways) that, depending on the starting point, pass width and lengthways of the Iberian peninsula, spreading even over Europe. This allows the pilgrims to plan their trips depending on their available time, the level of physical exigency or the tourist interest. Many of them even complete the peregrinaje several times for different ways.
The French Way
The French Way is actually the original way, and the most travelled of all. It’s length is 750 kms. It was the first one that arose after the discovery of the tomb and therefore the way that most developed. Generally it begins in Roncesvalles with a mass that gives benediction to the pilgrims in seven languages.
The French Way allows to appreciate the diversity of places as Jaca, Pamplona, Logrono, Burgos, Castrojeriz, León or Astorga, and the wonderful sights of the landscapes that surround them.
Castrojeriz, a stop in the Way
Castrojeriz, located in the province of Burgos, is a distinguished stop of the French Way of Santiago, provided that it crosses the whole town along more than 1,5 Kms, becoming the longest urban crossing of the whole jacobean route.
In Emebed Posada we offer housing to pilgrims in a totally reformed building of the 19th century, but respecting its history. We have 10 rooms with all the comforts, in a singular well-treated space in order for the pilgrims to rest and take enough strength to face the still long way tour that they have left. In our inn,they will be able to enjoy a peaceful environment, excellent food, even a massage (prior reservation needed). And, very important, personalized attention for all that could be needed. We also accept groups, but we advice you to call us in advance. Why? We need enough time in order to organize everything and because depending on the dates there might not be availability.Do not hesitate to consult us if you have any doubt or need any more information.
“Good Camino” (¡Buen Camino!)