The very first time I heard about the Camino of Santiago de Compostela was when I read Paolo Coehlo's book "The Pilgrimage". This, and subsequent conversations with friends who had walked The Way, sparked my imagination and interest.
What is the Camino of Santiago de Compostela and how did it all start? The legend of St. James, the apostle of Jesus Christ, goes back to the very earliest days of Christianity. After the death of Christ, it is said that St. James travelled to Galicia in the North West of Spain to convert the inhabitants to the faith.
Few people are aware that before Saint-Emilion became famous for its great wines, the region had already established a European wide reputation for excellence in other spheres of life, which in no small way have given a contribution to the Saint-Emilion and the wines that we know today.