History of St Jacques de Compostelle

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Chemin St Jacques de Compostel

You may be familiar with the Santiago de Compostela which is Spanish for the “Way of St James” or “Chemin St. Jaques” in French. It is the pilgrimage route followed by countless pilgrims for over a millennium and ends at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela on the west coast of Spain, where, tradition has it that, the remains of the apostle St James are buried.

There are numerous legends and historical explanations about this route.

For these see : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Way_of_St._James

Owing to many factors, such as, the black plague and successions of wars, the numbers of pilgrims dwindled over the centuries, but since the 1980’s when the European council declared it “The first European cultural route”, the numbers have been steadily increasing.

These days, thousands of people, from all over the world, set out on a myriad of pathways each of which, traditionally, starts from one’s home and does not necessarily end at Santiago de Compostela, since one can walk any part of the pathway. There are many reasons in modern times, to undertake this experience, whether on foot, horseback or even by bicycle, since it offers the possibility of experiencing the quiet power of nature in some exquisite landscapes and wonderfully preserved historical settings. Whatever one’s focus, it’s an opportunity to be with oneself, while nourishing body and soul, and to take a break from busy and oftentimes stressful lives.

All this comes with affordable lodging and good food along the way.

There are many different beaten tracks and recently one has opened up that passes Chateau de Sallelles.

There is also a loop starting from the Chateau, which takes you on a four day journey across the plateau of Aubrac. So you can arrive, spend the night, leave your car, walk for four days and come back for the last night.

See : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert


We are delighted to open our doors to those who would appreciate a lovely place to rest and enjoy our delicious, organic, vegetarian food and perhaps rejuvenate with foot reflexology and a shoulder rub before continuing across the truly beautiful high plateaus, which, so pleasant for hiking in the summer, surround the Chateau.