The Way

EL CAMINO DE SANTIAGO, the spiritual axis of Europe

In all the cultures the idea of pilgrimage shares some elements: to go to a sacred place stripped of appearances, power and all possessions to be purified, to live a spiritual experience and to find oneself.

Santiago is one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations of humanity, like Rome, Jerusalem, Mecca, the river Ganges or Lhasa.

Its history dates back to the Middle Ages, in the 9th century. Christians in Europe saw it as a journey of atonement, a way to get leniency for their sins and open the gates of the afterlife. A journey of initiation that follows the route of the Milky Way to Compostela (field of stars), where the apostle St James is said to be buried.

The Camino is divided into daily stages of 20-30 kilometres. Almost two hundred thousand pilgrims from around the world walk the route every year. A spirit of fraternity among pilgrims, unique landscapes, living in hostels and the arrival to the final destination in Santiago de Compostela are all ingredients of an unforgettable experience.

 12 days from La Bouza to Santiago de Compostela

The Northern route enters Spain from France through Irun. It comprises 32 stages and the route passes through Soto del Barco, where you can find the Palacio de la Bouza, Iberlingva´s schhol-residence in Asturias.

This is precisely the beginning of our journey, which will last 12 days from Soto del Barco to Santiago de Compostela. There, our students will receive the official pilgrim certificate or compostela.

Accompanied by an Iberlingva instructor, participants will enjoy an immersive experience in the Spanish language, landscape and culture. They will talk to other walkers from Spain and all over the world. Each day will be a highly interactive speaking practice lived in all its depth in Spanish.

A 16-PEOPLE GROUP

Necessary inputs (people, material and equipment necessary for the Camino which are provided by Iberlingva)

  1. A guide, who will be a free time monitor with the suitable profile:  a bachelor´s degree (in Humanities, History, Architecture or similar), good coordinator, in excellent shape and a good knowledge of the Camino.
  2. A driver, a versatile free time monitor, who will be responsible for alternative daily accommodation and meals and will also care for the injured or sick pilgrims. He will be the “guardian angel” of the whole group.
  3. Personal items provided by Iberlingva (per person): 1 sleeping bag, 1 backpack, 1 mat, reflective arm bands,  individual crockery and cutlery, 1 water bottle …
  4. Items for the group provided by Iberlingva*: 2 pairs of binoculars, tents for the pilgrims, 1 camping gas cooker, crockery, 1 first-aid kit, mobile phones for the guide and driver …
  5. A support vehicle (a medium-, full-sized three-seater van) will carry the gear as well as the support material: camp showers, 1 gas cooker, gas bottles, crockery, water, food, 1 first-aid kit … Insurance, fuel and parking fees included.
  6. A central support office will deal with and meet the needs of the group as these come up: medical evacuations; a substitute guide and driver in case of illness or emergency; and any other problem that may arise.
  7. Accommodation and meals in Iberlingva on the1st day and in pilgrim´s hostels along the Camino until the 13th day, in Santiago de Compostela.

* Since accommodation and meals in pilgrims’ hostels cannot be guaranteed in advance, Iberlingva will provide alternative solutions, given the case: 1: accommodation in private hostels; 2: camping on our own. The same goes for the meals.

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