The Road to Santiago de Compostela, El Camino de Santiago or the Way of St James, is a medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. When Paulo Coelho undertook his pilgrimage, the route had almost disappeared from living memory.
Following publication of The Pilgrimage in 1987, there has been an exponential increase in the number of pilgrims. Their numbers is expected to exceed 200,000 this year.
On completion of the pilgrimage one is expected to create something to give thanks. Paulo Coelho wrote The Alchemist .