- Nava Castro opened this exhibition today at the Lonja de Fisterra. In upcoming months it will travel to the English Route, Portuguese Route and Portuguese Coastal Route
- The Turismo director remarked that the Way of St James Master Plan allocated its major investments to these four routes for 2017 and 2018
Fisterra (A Coruña), 5 December 2017
Beginning today, the Way of St James will be on view in 3D at the new exhibition sponsored by Turismo de Galicia. Titled From Sea to Sea, the show opened its doors at the Lonja de Fisterra. Nava Castro, director of the autonomous community government’s tourism arm, officially inaugurated this collection of large format photographs, which will later travel to the Fisterra–Muxía Route, English Route, Portuguese Route and Portuguese Coastal Route. As she noted, these are the four routes of the Camino to which the Way of St James Master Plan has allocated its major investments for 2017 and 2018.
The photos, produced using a stereographic technique, depict heritage sites, landscapes and pilgrims on these four routes, which the show will visit over the next year. It will be on view on the Costa da Morte until 22 December, before travelling to A Coruña and then on to the province of Pontevedra.
‘This new exhibition sponsored by Turismo de Galicia is part of our ongoing commitment to outreach and promotion around the Way of St James, in all of its aspects,’ stated Nava Castro. As she noted, this work is having an impact in the form of increasingly more diversified tourist flows. In fact, together, these four itineraries have grown by more than 25% in the past year, now accounting for 78,000 of the close to 300,000 pilgrims who have arrived in Santiago.
Tthe director highlighted this symbolic figure, which the Way of St James will be reaching in the next few days. With an 8.6% increase over the previous year, in 2017, the pilgrimage route will surpass this number for the first time in its history. With this in mind, she stated that ‘with the aim of looking after this cultural asset, which represents an opportunity for social and economic development,’ the Xunta de Galicia has been implementing the Way of St James Master Plan. More than half of the actions established in the plan have been carried out.
Looking forward to the upcoming Holy Year, Xacobeo 2021, the plan has 56 million euros in investment, part of which was allocated to the English Route and the Fisterra–Muxía Route. This year, work was completed on restoring and signing the official routes, improvements to the pilgrim hostels in aspects like accessibility, new infrastructure elements, and cultural stimulus and awareness-raising programmes such as Vive el Camino for local residents. In 2018, these activities will be centred on the Portuguese Route and Portuguese Coastal Route, while in 2016, the focus was on the Primitive Route and Northern Route.
Tourism on the rise on the Costa da Morte
Nava Castro took advantage of this opening to extend congratulations to the tourism industry of the Costa da Morte for its excellent results this year. Not counting the last two months, the number of travellers has increased to almost 131,000. The Turismo director placed particular emphasis on the 16% increase in the number of overnight stays, which topped 262,000.
‘Travellers are spending more time on the Costa da Morte. This means that they are finding reasons to stay longer,’ celebrated the Turismo director. She underscored that stays were up 15% over the first ten months of the year and occupancy rates had grown by 8.4 percentage points.
Now, the exhibition From Sea to Sea. The Way of St James in 3D will add to the extensive selection of options and resources for the Costa da Morte this December. It will be on view at the Lonja de Fisterra (Rúa Fonte Vella, 11) until the 22nd, open Monday–Friday, 4.30–7.00.