Croatia’s ancient Camino Routes restored and ready for pilgrims
- by croatiaweek
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Camino Croatia Presented at the International Congress in Spain.
Ourense, Spain – Camino Croatia was presented at the 13th International Camino Congress in Spain, where over 50 Camino associations from all over the world gathered to discuss and promote the ancient pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela.
During the conference, the Confraternity of St. James – Croatia, presented the Camino Croatia, showcasing the rich Croatian Camino heritage.
Croatian pilgrims have been walking the Camino de Santiago from Croatia since 1203. In 2019, the restoration project of these medieval routes was initiated and, since then, more than 3,300 pilgrims have walked the Camino route in Croatia on the five restored stages (Krk, Imota, Podravina, Šibenik and Banovina).
By the end of 2023, the Croatian Confraternity of St. James aims to present six more stages, including Brač, Korčula, Gorski Kotar, south Istria, as well as the Camino route connecting Dubrovnik and Međugorje.
One of the main topics discussed at the congress was traditional hospitality offered to the pilgrims and the reasons it was submitted as UNESCO’s immaterial heritage project.
During the congress it was highlighted that pilgrims on the Croatian Camino route have the opportunity to stay in over a dozen “donativo” type accommodations which offer the traditional spirit of pilgrim hospitality.
“Camino Croatia offers a unique and fascinating experience, based on over 820 years of Croatian Camino heritage, and we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to share it with the international Camino community at the congress,” said Lovorka Korica, project director at Croatian Confraternity of St. James.
For more information, you can visit www.caminocroatia.com.