Camino de Levante is one of the routes of Camino de Santiago. Did you know that it starts in Valencia? If you feel like venturing through these beautiful routes, check out the blog of our Spanish school El Rincón del Tándem. And let yourself be inspired for your next trip 😉
If we talk about Spain, travel and culture we cannot omit the Camino de Santiago. One of the experiences we advise to do at least once in a lifetime. Specifically, today we speak about one the many routes that compose it: the Camino de Levante.
First of all, it is necessary to mention what is the Camino de Santiago.
With Camino de Santiago we mean a range of Christian pilgrimage routes that trace back to the Middle Ages. All of them have different starting points and lead to the same destination: Santiago el Mayor’s tomb, located in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
In the Middle Ages, many believers from different places began to undertake pilgrimages to the tomb of the Saint. Over the centuries, this custom spread and intensified, new routes were enabled and facilities (shelters, restaurants, etc.) were built to host and accommodate pilgrims.
In addition, in 1993 the Camino de Santiago was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. And that is not surprising, considering its great historical, spiritual, cultural value and its impressive beauty and landscape diversity.
The routes that make up the Camino are: the French Way, the Northern Way, the Original Way, the English Way, the Portuguese Way, the Silver Road, the Muxía Way, the Arousa Sea Way.
In addition to the routes mentioned and known as official (rutas jacobeas), there are many others crossing the Iberian Peninsula. Among them: the Camino de Levante.
The Camino de Levante starts in Valencia and joins the eastern part with the northwest, partially coming together with the Southwest Way, starting in Alicante. In details, it is a route of 841,701 km composed of 42 stages, which connects the east (El Levante) with the two Castilla regions and then Galicia.
Also in this case, the route began to become a popular destination in the middle ages, for many pilgrims coming from other Mediterranean countries.
Who wants to venture along this path, will also have the opportunity to learn about the environmental and cultural heritage of the Valencian Community. In fact, the route will take us to know about twenty villages and towns of great beauty and known as tourist attractions, such as Xátiva, Moixent and Algemesì.
Therefore, regardless of the reason why you do it, we invite you to take your backpack and undertake this unique journey. On the way you will meet people from all over the world, you will be alone with yourself, appreciate the landscape, learn about other ways of living and local customs, etc ..
Even, take a break from the accelerated rhythms of the city and immerse yourself in a spiritual trip of personal change.
Furthermore, as summer is almost over and so is the most intense heat, this is the perfect time of the year to undertake this long walk, isn’t it?
Finally, we invite you to plan this trip responsibly, looking for more information on the web page of the Camino de Santiago. You can even contact the Association of the Camino de Santiago friends of the Valencian Community to receive useful information to prepare yourself in the most appropriate way.
So, are you ready for this transformative experience?
We hope this blog has provided you with useful information about Spanish culture. As usual, we invite you to read our blog to continue discovering the peculiarities and the most interesting aspects of Spain and Valencia.
In addition, we remind you that our school El Rincón del Tándem waits for you with its cheap Spanish courses in Valencia, to help you learn Spanish in a fun and practical way.
Have a nice day!