Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage
Walk the Camino
Catholic Pilgrimage Along the Camino
Embark on a wondrous journey of faith as you visit places of holiness in connection with our Catholic history and tradition. Follow in the footsteps of millions of other pilgrims as you trod the well-worn pilgrim road known as the Camino de Santiago. Contemplate the Communion of Saints as you meander the peaceful paths of Galicia, Spain. Lay the intentions you carry across the miles at the tomb of St. James the Greater inside the magnificent Cathedral de Santiago. A journey along the Camino is about learning to walk with our Lord in each of our everyday encounters.
“We wish to thank the staff for such careful planning and organization of our trip. Every detail was taken care of beforehand, and our Spanish guide and bus drivers were the best!”
- Barbara D., Pilgrim from Indianapolis, IN
Along the Camino
The Camino de Santiago – Way of St. James – is an ancient path through the cities and countryside of portions of northern Spain. As a pilgrim you’ll journey on foot through the hills and valleys of Galicia with others from all over the world to the final resting place of St. James. Your walking days will be filled with woodland paths, ancient trails, and small cities and villages that have welcomed pilgrims for over 1,000 years.
Sarria / Portomarin
The fourteen miles of this first leg of the journey are spread equally between quiet country roads and natural pathways, passing through many small hamlets that seem to blend seamlessly one into the next. view more
Portomarin / Palas de Rei
A day of varied terrain begins by heading downhill through Portomarin, then skirting Belesar reservoir. The Camino turns into a dirt path, climbing up through woodland – gaining nearly 1200 feet over a span of 8 miles. view more
Palas de Rei / Melide
Today is a shorter day, offering ample time to meander through the four river valleys that need to be crossed. Beginning as a pathway through peaceful woodland, the Camino becomes more urban as it draws closer to Melide. view more
The Camino Beckons
Journey along the Camino, following the footsteps of millions of pilgrims, to the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago. Experience the peacefulness of Fatima, the Eucharistic miracle of Santarem, and the beauty of Avila.
Other Pilgrimage Sites that can be Combined with a Pilgrimage along the Camino
There are many options to add to a pilgrimage along the Camino. Learn about the life and times of St. Teresa of Avila, experience the peacefulness of Fatima, venerate the Eucharistic miracle of Santarem, and more.
A full tour of Madrid showcases some of the history and tradition of Spain, including the Prado Museum with its masterpieces of El Greco, Goya, and Velasquez, the Royal Palace, the University with Cervantes' monument, Puerta del Sol and Retiro Park.
Just outside the Romanesque walled city of Avila, the birthplace of St. Theresa, lies the Monastery of the Incarnation where St. Teresa spent many years of her life and began the great reform of the Carmelite Order in 1561, as well as the Monastery of St. Joseph, her first foundation. view more
The capital of Portugal, Christianity has been part of Lisbon since the earliest centuries of Christianity. Though falling into the hands of the Moors in 716, it was liberated in 1147 and the cathedral – built in 306 and turned into a mosque during the occupation – was rededicated to God at that time. view more
Named for Santa Iria (St. Irene), who lived in a nearby convent, Santarem is home to St. Stephen’s Church, famous for its venerated relic, "the Bleeding Host." In the 1200s, a woman stole a consecrated Host to bring to a fortune-teller, as part of a spell, but as she was walking home from church it began to bleed profusely. view more
One of the most well-known sites of a Marian Apparition, Fatima is located just north of Lisbon. As in most small villages in the early years of the 20th century, the parish church was the center of life and faith in Fatima, home to the shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. view more
“I am beyond grateful to the staff at Tekton Ministries and my fellow pilgrims for this life-changing experience! Thank you!”
- Lynn B., Pilgrim from Champaign, IL
Why Choose Tekton?
Tekton Ministries has been leading Catholic pilgrimages for more than 20 years. We work and listen closely to our priests and pilgrimage leaders to create thoughtfully planned itineraries. We help make the Catholic faith more tangible to your daily life by taking you where the seeds of Catholicism were first planted to be spread across the world. Daily Mass and time for prayerful reflection are important parts of each day’s experience.
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