El Camino de Santiago y Salamanca - St James way and Salamanca city
Camino de Santiago
Known as St James' Way (Camino de Santiago), the pilgrimage route is a number of different walking trails that lead to the St James Temple in Santiago de Compostela (Galicia). Galicia is in northwest Spain.
The route is marked with a scallop shell, the symbol of St James.
The Silver Route Salamanca’s traditional connection with St. James (Santiago) goes back to the times of the Mozarab pilgrims and their routes: the Road to Santiago by Vía de la Plata (the Silver Route) and the Road to Fonseca (from Salamanca to Santiago de Compostela).
The roads owe their existence to Vía de la Plata, built by the Romans to link the northern and southern regions of the Iberian Peninsula by covering a route which, then as now, was indispensable.
During our tour, we shall be reminded of Santiago and the Archbishop of Fonseca as we amble along the streets leading to the most noteworthy constructions: the pilgrim entered the city through PUERTA DE ANIBAL
Salamanca has the Albergue de Peregrinos, housed in the former Casa de la Calera, next to HUERTO DE CALISTO Y MELIBEA. With all mod cons, the hostel provides accommodation for up to 22 pilgrims.
Moreover, the urban section of Vía de la Plata is signposted with bronze mosaics indicating the original route through the city.
The city of Salamanca has around 160,000 inhabitants and there is also an important floating population in the form of Spanish students. There are also many foreign students who chose Salamanca to do courses at Spanish language school BERCEO.
As far as inland Spain goes, Salamanca is one of the most popular choices among tourists. Its humanist tradition, its rich historical and artistic heritage, the colour of its beautiful Villamayor stone and its lively atmosphere earned the UNESCO title of World
Heritage City in 1988. In 2002, it was chosen as European Capital of Culture and is currently a key destination on the inland tourism route.
Much of Salamanca’s life revolves round its students and a variety of peculiar characteristics endowing the city with a cosmopolitan, contemporary atmosphere.
This is further enhanced by the arrival of people from all over the world with an interest in learning Spanish; the city’s relationship with Latin America; and the non-stop, throbbing pace of life: 24 hours of vibrancy and action.