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This route is as old as the French Way, the European kings of the Middle Ages leaned towards it to reach Santiago
As the Reconquista advanced and the southern lands regained peace, the Northern Way gradually gave way. For centuries it was hardly used by pilgrims, however, the boom of walking to Santiago has returned its status as a route and began to be again very popular. The distance is the second longest, behind the Silver Way. The landscape and the terrain make it a very special option, but on the contrary the network of pilgrim accommodation is somewhat scarce, although there are hostels throughout the tour and it is very well marked.