The Xunta de Galicia celebrates the approval of the Decree Law which will regulate the Camino de Santiago in Portugal

  • In recent years, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism has collaborated with the Portuguese Government in the design of this regulation to harmonise it with the management carried out in Spain
  • This framework opens a new stage in the Jacobean Route in the neighbouring country and lays the foundations for a collaboration between Galicia and Portugal with an eye on the Xacobeo 2021

Santiago de Compostela, February 8, 2019

The Xunta de Galicia shows its deep satisfaction with the Portuguese Conselho de Ministros after it had approved the Decree Law which regulates the enhancement and promotion of the Camino de Santiago, through the certification of its itineraries and the creation of a national coordination body for the Jacobean Route.

The Galician Government, through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, has been collaborating since 2015 with the Portuguese authorities in the promotion of this regulation. In fact, in the last two years, it participated in several of the meetings and consultations which arranged the draft of said Decree Law, with the aim of there being a harmonisation with the management carried out in Galicia and Spain concerning the Camino de Santiago. In fact, the signposting guidelines approved by the Spanish Executive and the autonomous communities in the Jacobeo Council have been assumed as a reference.

The decree seeks to define the common criteria applicable to the official recognition of the Camino de Santiago, its safeguarding, enhancing and promotion. To this end, the Camino de Santiago Executive Board (CECS) is expected to be created as the coordinating body in the Portuguese national sphere, as well as a Scientific Council for the Camino de Santiago.

This approval opens a new stage in the management of the Camino de Santiago in Portugal and, at the same time, a new area of collaboration between Galicia and Portugal, extending the scope of the close cooperation maintained between both territories during the last years. In this sense, the Decree Law will allow to start working together around the pilgrimage to Compostela with the immediate objective of celebrating the Xacobeo 2021.

5 million investment

The Portuguese Way and the Portuguese Coastal Way are two of the itineraries which are experiencing a greater revitalisation. In fact, in 2018 they were travelled by 14.5% and 89% more pilgrims, respectively. The Portuguese Way brought almost 68,000 pilgrims, while its coastal variant accounted for nearly 14,000 pilgrims. Together, both itineraries account for 25% of the total Compostelas delivered, a Compostela being the certificate each pilgrim receives after having completed the Camino de Santiago.

Culture and Tourism is allocating 5 million euros to both routes, for their signposting, the rehabilitation of the Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC), the reform and promotion of their hostels, security and the care of their pilgrims, as well as numerous initiatives  for their promotion, dissemination and disclosure in both countries. It is also working on the Fazer Caminho project, which aims to finance the Spain-Portugal Cross Border Cooperation Program