Pueblos on the Camino de Santiago

Romanesque church in Spanish meseta

Almost all pueblos on the Camino de Santiago had a church dominating their skyline. The typical style was Romanesque, which was known in medieval times as ‘pilgrims-style’. Most of the churches were kept open, allowing pilgrims to randomly enter, look around, pray, and even sing.

American pilgrims on the Camino frequently commented on how much becoming were the pueblos we periodically passed. “You can walk through town and see everything in ten minutes,” one Irish pilgrim chortled. Of course, many chose to have a coffee, beverage, or ‘bocadillo (sandwich)’ before heading back out onto the Camino. On average, pueblos were about 8 kilometers (5 miles) spaced out.

Bill Walker is the author of ‘The Best Way–El Camino de Santiago’ (2012). He is also the author of Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail (2008), as well as Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail (2010). Walker, who is just shy of 7-feet tall, is working on a whimsical book on the subject of height.


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