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¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here

September 24th, 2021

Every year, for over 12 centuries, thousands of people have gone on pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago trail from various parts of the world to arrive at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. In a unique natural and cultural setting that amazes pilgrims with every step they take, the Camino has been and continues to be the oldest, most widely used, and most famous pilgrimage route in Europe.

Today the ‘¡Buen Camino! project —  a virtual pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago —   invites everyone to explore its most emblematic routes, the cultural, natural, and architectural wonders, and the stories of the people who bring it to life. The project was created by the Regional Government of Galicia and Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with the Regional Government of Aragon, Santiago Cathedral Foundation, and the Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the Way of Saint James.

Thanks to over 100 online exhibitions, more than 4,700 photographs and videos, and 13 360º virtual visits, you can embark on a journey to discover monuments, charming villages, and even a local restaurateur ready to share his anecdotes. Best of all, the project helps you to find tips and recommendations to prepare for this great adventure.

Learn about the Path and its Pilgrims

¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
15 Things You May Not Know About the Camino,’ an illustrated map of St James Way’s routes in Europe, with quirky facts about the Camino.
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
Where does the name Compostela come from? – ‘Ten things you didn’t know about the Way of Saint James,’ helps you to answer that question.
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
They can also find stories that focus on people and their relationship with the Way of Saint James, which include ‘Meet Yoon,’ a Korean who fell in love with the Way and who runs a restaurant in Santiago de Compostela…
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
…or ‘Persons who work on the Way,’ which shows the stories of people whose jobs are linked to the Way of Saint James in one way or another
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The project also shows the Way of Saint James as accessible pilgrimage routes and includes features such as a guide via pictograms to do the Way to Santiago, a barrier-free route to do the Way in a wheelchair or the Way of diversity, with tips to ensure that everyone can fully enjoy the experience.

Discover the most emblematic routes

¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
Virtual pilgrims can choose between different routes to start their journey, such as the Primitive Way, used by the first pilgrims,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The Northern Way that guides travelers from the sea,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The French Way, the most famous and historic route,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The English Way, a route by land and sea,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The Portuguese Way, one of the oldest routes,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The Coastal Portuguese Way, a route along the dramatic coastal landscape, one of Galicia’s best-kept secret,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The Mozarabic Way, a route that brings together southern and northern roots,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The Winter Way, a route through the unrivaled beauty of Galicia’s valleys,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The Sea Route of Arousa and the Ulla River, a maritime and river route
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
The Finisterre-Muxía Way, a route that guides you to Eruope’s western edge.

Explore the cultural, natural and architectural wonders

¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
Galician music: The soundtrack of the Way of Saint James,’ a selection of modern music that explores a range of reinterpretations of the music of Galicia, from traditional music to folk, jazz, electro, trap and rock;
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
or the exhibition ‘Other kinds of architectural heritage on the Way of Saint James,’ which shows users some of the most surprising and best-kept secrets of the religious heritage of the Ways: some are famous, some are odd.
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
Finally, everyone can also enjoy virtual 360º tours to immerse themselves in places such as the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
the Tower of Hércules, the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse that is still used for maritime signaling,
¡Buen Camino! Your pilgrimage starts here
or the Vilar de Donas Church, a taste of art and history along the French Way.

‘¡Buen Camino’, which is available in 11 languages, including Spanish, Galician, English, Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian, sets out to inspire everyone around the world about the benefits of walking and connecting with nature, hopefully helping you feel the magic of walking the Camino de Santiago.

Find the project on the Google Arts & Culture app for iOS and Android and at g.co/buencamino.