St. James’s Way

Identifying routes to be protected of the French and English St. James’s way in Galicia

St. James’s way is a pilgrimage route that leads to the city of Santiago de Compostela, whose cathedral are the relics of St. James. His best-known variant, the French Way, was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993 and is European Cultural Planning.

While the French Way is the most popular route, there are many others such as Portuguese Way, Via de la Plata, Camino del Norte, Camino Ingles, etc … During this past year the Xunta de Galicia through the Dirección Xeral de Patrimonio e Cultura has been working to formalize the different routes and define the scope of protection in each one.

iCarto has participated in projects delimitation of the official route and protect the territory within the Galicia region, for the French and English St. James’s way.




  • Identify the official route of the ways passing through Galicia.
  • Define the scope of protection in the municipalities through which the routes pass.
  • 200 alternative variants of the previously marked trails have been analyzed.
  • More than 500 km of pilgrimage paths have been traveled on foot in Galicia.
  • Indicators of the conservation and perceived quality of the Way have been redesigned.