The dual objective of the first associations was very clear: the study and valuing of the history, art and literature associated with the pilgrimage to Santiago and assistance to pilgrims

In 1987, from Strasbourg, the Council of Europe granted the badge of the First European Cultural Itinerary to the Way of Saint James, due to the power transmitted by the Way to the cultural union of the continent

In the same way as the medieval and modern fraternities, the Associations also organise activities for their members: periodical meetings, walks, banquets, etc

In June 2015, the I World Meeting in Galicia of Associations of Friends of the Way was held in Santiago and brought together more than 150 organisations from the five continents