Pilgrimage for the modern penitent

Walking to Compostella is so 1482! Today, pilgrims reach Santiago de Compostela by bicycle, bus, and even airplane. This is one of many ways that the famed Pilgrim route has adapted to the modern world.

Both local pilgrims' hostels and churches give special priveleges to those who walk. The certifcate of Compostella is only available to those who can prove they have walked at least 100 km of the trip.

The pilgrimage is no longer exclusively the realm of Catholics. Hikers, those on more generic spiritual jounreys, and Europeans just looking for a cheap holiday adventure also travel the route. [photos]