Thursday, October 22, 2009

Spanish property on the Camino route could be attractive

Those considering buying Spanish property could be interested to learn of the sights and attractions on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route which could be particularly attractive in the coming year as the region celebrates a Holy Year.

According to Scottish tour operator Macs Adventures, While 100,000 people take to the hiking trail in an ordinary year, in 2010 the figure is expected to more than double. The Camino de Santiago de Compostela, also known in English as The Way of St James, is a collection of old pilgrimage routes which cover all Europe. The pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, in what is now Galicia, of the tomb of the Apostle James the Great sometime early in the 9th century. They all have Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain as their final destination and in 1987 it was declared the first European cultural route by the Council of Europe.

The main Camino route is the Camino Frances. This part of the Camino de Santiago traditionally starts in St Jean Pied de Port and finishes in Santiago de Compostela about 780km later, after traveling the breadth of Northern Spain and Portugal, and many more distant points in France, Germany, and further afield. There are many quieter routes are developing rapidly, several of them by now perfectly viable alternatives to the traditional route. Spanish property anywhere along the trail could allow enthusiasts of the region to become involved in the festivities.

According to Kate Kenward, executive director at AITO, British find that taking a trip to Europe at a quieter time of year could make visiting cities and other attractions "a joy".

Taking a trip at a time when fewer tourists are choosing to travel could give Brits the chance to enjoy areas in Europe more and could also see them able to choose from a wider range of properties in Spain.