25/Jan/2017

The Xunta highlights the recently officialised Portuguese Camino de la Costa

• The Director of Turismo de Galicia and the territorial delegate in Vigo presented the official milestone which the Xunta de Galicia will place in each of the Town Halls crossed by this recently officialised Camino de Santiago
• The Camino Portugués de la Costa was officially recognised as a Jacobean pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, together with the Winter Camino, with the approval of the Heritage Law of Galicia
• The person responsible for Tourism of the Xunta stated that this recognition constitutes an important boost to the growth of the history of the Camino de Santiago

The Director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, and the territorial delegate in Vigo, Ignacio López-Chaves, presented the official milestone which the Xunta de Galicia will place in each of the Town Halls crossed by the recently officialised Camino Portugués de la Costa.

The act was also attended by the Mayors of Redondela, O Rosal and Oia and the Tourism Councillor of Baiona. Moreover, also present were the President of the Port of Vigo and representatives of associations linked to the Camino de Santiago, of the Association of Friends of los Pazos and the Brotherhood of Santiago in Vigo.

Nava Castro reminded us that the Portuguese Camino de la Costa was officially recognised as a Jacobean route of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, together with the Winter Camino, with the approval of the Heritage Law of Galicia. “This inclusion Was the fruit of the studies carried out in recent years which accredit the history of this route and responds to a vindication of the groups related to this Jacobean route”, he explained.

In this regard, the person responsible for Tourism of the Xunta stated that this recognition constituted an important boost for the growth of the history of the Camino de Santiago.

Furthermore, Nava Castro stressed that the Strategic Master Plan of the Camino de Santiago, which he referred to as “one of the key documents in the field of touristic development of Galicia”, follows the same line of work as what is established in the new legal regulations. “Both have the principal objectives to maintain the essential values and the cultural heritage associated to the Camino de Santiago”.

He explained, through this pioneer plan  progress is being made in ordering, regulating and highlighting one of the major symbols of Galicia, the Jacobean routes, with the horizon of the 2021 Holy Year. “The official recognition of the Camino Portugués de la Costa constitutes one more step in this objective to guarantee the protection and conservation of these Jacobean Routes”.

Camino Portugués de la Costa

The person responsible for Tourism of the Xunta explained that this Route starts from Oporto, passes through Viana do Castelo and Caminha, crosses the mouth of the River Miño in Spain and continues through A Guarda, O Rosal, Oia, Baiona, Nigrán and Vigo to Redondela, where it joins the Camino Portugués. “Almost 150 kilometres which run through an incomparable natural environment”. Nava Castro finished by ensuring that this coastal variant will be consolidated as one of the grand attractions of the province of Pontevedra.