The Camino Maltés Route
The Camino Maltés commences in Malta, connects with the Cammino di San Giacomo in Sicily, the Camminu Santu Jacu in Sardinia and the Camino Catalan-Aragonés in Spain, ending in Santiago de Compostela. At 3,600km, it is one of the longest Caminos de Santiago on record.
You can view information about several waypoints on the Camino Maltés route here:
Camino Maltés de Santiago de Compostela
The Order of the Knights of St. John of Malta have been associated with Xenodochia (refuges or hostels for pilgrims) since 1113 in Jerusalem. The Ordinis hospitalis Sanctj Jacobj de Alto Pascu, established to provide refuge to pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela, also had a presence in Medieval Malta. King Frederick IV of Aragon instructed Sicilian, Maltese and Gozitan officials in 1373 to provide assistance to Italian members of the Order of St James visiting Malta.
In a Liber Bullarum entry of the early 17th century Grandmaster Alof Wignacourt provides safe passage (a Credencial) to Don Juan Benegas de Cordoba, a hermit from St. Paul’s Grotto, Rabat, to visit holy places in Europe including Saint James In Galicia.
The Camino Maltés complements the work of the Malta Tourism Authority in promoting Malta’s multi-millennial Christian faith and supporting related entities and activities. The journey has been a collaborative effort between XirCammini, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Maltese Embassy to Spain and the Spanish Ambassador to Malta, the Government of Galicia, Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago, Heritage Malta and Malta Tourism Authority. Malta Tourism Authority has financed the rolling out of the Camino Maltés project by XirCammini. XirCammini volunteers have pooled together intellectual, financial resources time and physical energy to bring this project to fruition.
You can view and download the various segments on our Walk page, and view the whole route on our interactive map above.