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Europe’s premier cultural route and a UNESCO World Heritage feature. The entire itinerary invites pilgrims to embark on the inner journey they’ve come in search of.
The Way of Saint James pilgrimage route originated from the worship of the remains of the saints. Thus, followers covered great distances to be as close as possible to Saint James the Apostle, at Santiago de Compostela, in Spain. Nowadays, besides religious beliefs, people have other motivations to make the long journey, including culture and
The decision to follow the Way of Saint James is often motivated by personal reasons, but every pilgrim is transformed by this unique experience. These paths are no longer taken for purely spiritual reasons. They offer walkers an opportunity to get to know themselves better, by going back to basics and, above all, surpassing themselves.
Each year, more than 200,000 people walk to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are 1448 km between the Tour Saint-Jacques (Saint James Tower) in Paris and Santiago de Compostela in Spain, via the “via Turonensis“, or Tours route. Two options are possible, reaching Tours via either Chartres or Orléans.
The Destination Paris-Saclay team have worked for many years to promote this itinerary. Our professionals do all they can to offer pilgrims accommodation with the local inhabitants. For a stress-free journey, we recommend you contact the Tourist Office at least one week ahead for peace of mind while travelling. Since 2017, the Ile-de-France part of the itinerary is identified by ground markers and stickers.
In Ile-de-France, 130 km of the itinerary have been marked out by Compostelle 2000, an association which provides help for future pilgrims and walkers, guiding them in the preparation of their journey to Santiago de Compostela.
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