The Camino Catalán, Camí de Sant Jaume in Catalán (#camidesantjaume), is the Camino de Santiago route taking pilgrims from the Mediterranean coast in Catalonia to La Rioja, where pilgrims can join the French Way to continue their journey to Santiago de Compostela. This trail is also known as the Ignatian Way. Divided in four stages, the Camino Catalán starts in the seaside town of Port de la Selva, in the Costa Brava, heads West across the Catalonian countryside towards Aragón and finishes in Logroño, capital of the famous La Rioja wine region. Along the Camino Catalán, you will visit Dalí’s birthplace of Figueres, the breathtaking Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery looking out to the Mediterranean Sea, the gorgeous city of Girona, Montserrat Natural Park considered Catalonia’s ‘Holy Mountain’, Zaragoza city with its splendid architecture and the vineyards of La Rioja. Read more Camino Catalan articles on our blog.
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In the Middle Ages, the main ways to Santiago followed the old Roman road network, connecting cities with important political and religious status, since they were the safest and most popular. It is believed that pilgrims walked to Santiago from Catalonia and further afield as far back as the XIII century, but there were many different routes.
This could be due to the fact that, during the first centuries of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, pilgrims travelling from Catalonia had to adapt to frequent changes in the border between the Muslim and the Franc-Catalan areas, as the so called ‘Reconquista’ hadn’t yet been finalised. This was an added difficulty to pilgrims and many chose to access the Iberian Peninsula via the Western side of the Pyrenees instead, along the French Way.
Divided in four walking stages, today’s Camino Catalán to Santiago de Compostela starts at the seaside town of Port de la Selva in the Costa Brava and takes walkers across the Catalonian countryside and then West to Aragón before finishing in La Rioja. Along the way, travellers walk by towns, cities and countryside with striking landscapes, such as Montserrat and its sanctuary, Girona, the Ebro valley and the vineyards of La Rioja.