The Camino de Santiago, also known by the English names Way of St. James is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth. Aside from the numerous Catholics who do the walk there are also a flock of non believers who take on the journey for various reasons. Some journey to loose weight whilst others walk to get away from reality. Along the journey travellers meet and exchange ideas, thoughts or sit back quietly and listen. The shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galiciain northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. This is the offical finishing point for many pilgrims but some also decide to continue onto the nearest coastline.