Camino de Santiago

January 25, 2021

Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of St. James, is a network of pilgrims' ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saints are buried there.

Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.

By the 1980s, only a few hundred pilgrims per year registered in the pilgrim's office in Santiago. In October 1987, the route was declared the first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe; it was also named one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Since then the route has attracted a growing number of modern-day international pilgrims and is now also popular with hiking and cycling enthusiasts and organised tour groups.

The modern day symbol shown below is derived for the original scallop symbol which came from a common myth about Saint James' death. You may have seen this symbol on hiking and travel gear or trekking maps and not realised what it symbolised.

camino de santiago symbol

BUFF® has had a long tradition of creating Camino de Santiago designs featuring maps of the way or symbols from the journeys. This is the current very special collection inspired by the pilgrim's road. Feel the Camino de Santiago experience and enjoy your hikes and walks. Are you ready to walk?

Check out our current styles in the Camino de Santiago Collection.