History

Autumn in the Spanish Pyrenees – Part 1

It’s that time of year again and Autumn is in full swing here in the Central Spanish Pyrenees. The hillsides and valleys are awash with colour, temperatures are dropping, days are getting shorter, mushrooms are erupting from the earth, chestnuts are ripening…

It is a wonderful time to be in the mountains and as long as you’re able to be outside, it doesn’t matter what your cup of tea is, it’s just a joy to be here .

Whether you’re on a simple stroll through the towns of Jaca or Benasque, hiking one of the fabulous trails in Ordesa & Monte […]

A Pagan History of the Camino

 

The objective of most pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago is reach the city of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, in the northwest corner of Spain. Some believe that the name of Compostela comes from Latin “campus stellae” meaning field of stars, others believe it comes from “compositum” – burial place. Disagreement about the origins of the city’s name aside, it is a proven fact that there was a pre-Christian necropolis on the site and also that the Path followed by the Camino existed long before the finding of St. James’ remains in the 9th century.

Up until then the […]