Join your fellow Princeotonians and walk (portions of) St. Paul's pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have walked the Way of St. James, in search of penance, enlightenment, and adventure. Wherever their journey began, their destination was Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where it is believed the remains of St. James—the Apostle and patron saint of Spain—are buried. Learn, first hand, about the history and mystery of this fabled route as you join Jessica Delgado, Assistant Professor of Religion and your fellow Princetonians on a series of selective hikes along Europe’s most famous walking trail.
After arriving in Pamplona, drive to Roncesvalles to receive your credencial, or pilgrim passport, and take your first walk on the legendary trail. Stay in Laguardia, medieval capital of the Rioja Alavesa wine region, and enjoy lunch at Bodegas Baigorri, where one of the top wines of the region is produced. See a Michelangelo painting in the cathedral in Logrono, and, in Burgos, visit the Gothic abbey of La Cartuja de Miraflores. Spend two nights in León and admire the 13th-century Gothic cathedral and Gaudí’s neo-Gothic Casa de Botines. Conclude in Santiago de Compostela, to witness the famous incense burning ritual at the cathedral, and enjoy a private tour of the Galicia Contemporary Art Center.
Along the way, savor local cuisine, sample regional vintages, and stay in deluxe hotels and paradores—former castles, monasteries, and other heritage buildings. Nearly every day, have the opportunity to walk a section of the trail. The easy terrain and moderate distances make the itinerary accessible for nearly all hearty walkers.
About the Study Leader
Jessica Delgado is Assistant Professor of Religion. Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality, the Catholic Church in colonial society, race, caste, and religion, and the intersection between social and spiritual status in the early modern world. Delgado’s first book, Laywomen and the Making of Colonial Catholicism in New Spain, 1630-1780, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Professor Delgado is excited to bring a new academic dimension to this spiritual journey.