On the base of a pilgrimage tour there is always the idea of travel, of movement. The man since the dawn of humanity is moving and as established somewhere permanently is looking after a while for another land and new places to explore.
A pilgrimage tour, a journey for pilgrimage purposes differs from other travel habits. The destination of such a tour is a place with religious significance. A point of land that can elevate you, to bring you in touch with another reality that is not limited by your five senses. A place that when you reach it you will open new horizons referring somewhere else.
That is precisely what seeks a “pilgrim” when visiting holy shrines, churches with miraculous icons and holy relics, monasteries and hermitages, holy water fountains, places that bring together religious memories, small chapels that celebrate persons that their reputation has surpassed the local range and attracts people from everywhere in the world who seek peace of body and soul. It is very important not to forget the purpose for which people choose these pilgrimage tours.
That purpose, consciously or unconsciously, encompasses more often the overcoming of daily life, spiritual exaltation and devotion, encounter with another reality, expectation of supplication, search of personal and collective-mass tourism cases. There they can enjoy spiritual healing, be regenerated physically and mentally to acquire psychophysical wellbeing and strength to face responsibilities and difficulties when they return.
These places are then “signs” which are part in a “spiritual geography”, which when joined together, mapping religious tourism treks, submit projects for pious, holy migrations and hikes.