The Romeiros come from all around the world. They walk the island roads for eight days during the months of February and March. They travel clockwise on the island in groups by the dozens, from dawn to dusk.
They carry a staff and a rosary in their hand, a scarf around their neck, a bag and shawl on their backs. As night falls they are given shelter by families that offer dinner and some hours of sleep. It's through prayer that they free themselves from the burdens of the world. Some have been pilgrims for 2 or 3 decades consecutively. Some are pilgrims once, as if they had done it forever. Faith does not change it is a life commitment.