CIS offers a unique and very special course to afford students the possibility to become even more profoundly familiar with Spanish History and culture. The Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago) has existed for over a thousand years. During Medieval times it was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages. According to the legend, Saint James’ remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem (via the Mediterranean Sea) to northern Spain. Then (1st Century C.E.) he was buried at the same site of what is today the city of Santiago de Compostela.
The Way of Saint James traditionally begins at one’s home and ends at the pilgrimage site. There are many routes to the Camino but only a few of them are considered primary.
During the Middle Ages the route was highly travelled. The pilgrimage to Santiago has never ceased since the time of the discovery of Saint James’ remains. But since the 1980s the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day pilgrims from around the planet.
The route is considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and was also declared the First European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in October 1987.
The course includes learning materials, more than 20 guided visits by The CIS Director of Art and Spanish Culture, room and board in a hotel or rural house in a double room (although a single room is available for an additional cost) with breakfast included; trip insurance; and in addition to that there will always be a member of our staff available to the students.