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Walk the Portuguese Santiago

PORTUGAL TO SPAIN: the Santiago Trail

Centuries ago, pilgrims followed the St James Way by foot or on horseback for months at a time, carefully treading the mapped-out cross-section of routes that wove right across Europe and down into North Africa. They wanted to reach one divine destination: the burial ground of St James at the Santiago de Compostela cathedral in Galicia, the northermost corner of Spain. Today, the perils along the way - robbers and pirates - are nowhere to be found, but the trail remains one of the most popular pilgrim routes in the world.

The 108-km route from the scenic Minho region of Portugal to the apostle's burial site is not only one of the most famous St James Way pilgrimages, but also the most beautiful. What is the best way to see the rolling river valleys, the long sandy beaches, the creeping vineyards and the vibrant market towns? While riding a horse, of course.

Portuguese tour operator EATour Specialist ( a seven-day horse-riding trek along the Portuguese trail to Santiago. Meeting at Vigo Airport, riders will travel north for up to 35km a day, crossing the Lima and Minho rivers before the open Portuguese countryside gives way to the densely-forested and hilly landscapes of Galicia. Modern-day pilgrims can expect to pass the same medieval monuments and Roman bridges as their forbearers did hundreds of years ago, while also having the chance to explore some of the oldest and most remote villages in Portugal. Overnight stops are spent in rustic Portuguese homes or grand colonial manor houses. On the final day, riders will take a guided tour around the city of Santiago before completing the pilgrimage with a visit to St James himself in the elaborate Santiago de Compostela cathedral. Prices are available on request.

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Why does Murad want to leave Morocco in The Trip and what does he expect his life to be like in Spain?

Because he is seeking a better life and he is worried about not making enough money for his mother and sister, he thinks he will get a better job in Spain. !