Camino de Santiago,
Originating in the ninth century when Pelayo (a religious hermit) followed a shining star to find the tomb of the apostle Saint James, the Camino de Santiago became extremely popular in the 11th and 12th centuries. Today the path attracts hundreds of modern-day pilgrims in search of spirituality and mindfulness. Marked by yellow arrows and scallop shells, the passage takes you through rustic countryside, medieval castles, Roman bridges, monasteries, fishing villages and sandy coves. While there are myriad paths or "caminos" to Santiago, you'll find the most trodden is Camino Frances. Over the course of five weeks, the trail will lead you from France through to the Pyrenees at Roncesvalles and then westwards for 775km of territory spanning Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y Leon and Galicia. Although Camino Frances is the most popular, it's definitely not the only one. If you're pressed for time and looking for a quicker jaunt, Macs Adventure offers a five-night journey covering the Camino Finisterre, whose 88km may not trace the entire pilgrimage but which does include incredible beaches along the way. Do as the pilgrims did and bring back a Galician scallop shell as proof of your journey.