The cultural heritage, the tradition and the mind-blowing landscapes of the Camino de Santiago are the perfect scenery for a movie. If you add to this the pilgrim experience, you get the perfect mix between emotion and beauty. This is why many films have taken place on the different Camino de Santiago Routes.
Today we sum up some of the most popular movies, so you can enjoy the experience of the Camino de Santiago from the comfort of your home, and help you remember the times you walked it or let you see what’s out there for when you finally decide to embark in this journey.
The first movie we think about when talking about the Camino is “The Way” a 2010 movie starring Martin Sheen, directed, written and produced by his real-life son Emilio Estevez.
In this story, after his son dies while walking the Camino de Santiago, Tom Avery (Martin Sheen) decides to travel abroad and not only recover his son’s body, but he decides to pick up the pilgrimage where he left it and scatter his ashes along the Camino Francés. During his Camino he meets pilgrims from very different backgrounds and that decided to walk the Jacobean route for various reasons.
This documentary film is the perfect mixture between the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage and music. This movie takes us on the pilgrimage with Dan, an American cellist that walked the Camino with his instrument, playing for pilgrims along the Camino. Along his journey we get to know the story of other pilgrims and their experience on the Camino.
If you happen to be in New York, you can join the Galician cinema & food festival on June 27th and watch this film at New York’s Instituto Cervantes. You have all the information on this festival here: http://www.galiciancinemafestival.gal/
This two and a half hours long movie tells the story of three pilgrims from very different backgrounds. They come from Brazil, Holland and Japan and travel the Camino Francés in different seasons: summer, spring and winter and for very different reasons.
They all reflect on their journey from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela once they’re back home. Through this film we not only get to see the same places on the Camino in different seasons, but we will also be able to experience how this journey affects these pilgrims in different ways and changes them.
This documentary takes us along The Way with several pilgrims from very different age groups as they walk the Camino de Santiago. We will be able to accompany them as they travel 500 miles on foot, face their struggles and evolve as they get closer to Santiago de Compostela.
As they define it on their webpage, “Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”: “Rather than merely entertaining with mental diversion, the film will engage its audience in an active rumination on their own lives”.
This documentary tells the story of a Roman Catholic priest from Phoenix, Arizona. He gathers a group of men from very different backgrounds and in different points of their life to walk the Camino de Santiago.
The ten men, plus the priest, walk from France to Santiago de Compostela following the Camino del Norte (Northern Way). Each one of them will add to the experience what they are best at. During their pilgrimage they face blistered feet, bad weather and hard stages but they take away a very valuable life lesson.
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We transfer your rucksack
So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago
We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.
Bicycle transportation services
We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point
Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.
For everything you want in or out of your rucksack
With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.
So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino
Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.
Stamping Your Credential
So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport
Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.
Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago
Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!
You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you.
Lockers in Santiago
So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city
Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.
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We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.