Portuguese Coast Route of Santiago de Compostela
Given its geographic location, walks became always obligatory passage point for pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela, here crossed two main routes or the pilgrim take the path of the Interior or the Northwest Path or take the Seaway. The proximity on the Minho River as an alternative allows the passage to Galicia (Spain).
The Camino de Santiago, also known by the English names Way of St. James, St. James’s Way, St. James’s Path, St. James’s Trail, Route of Santiago de Compostela, and Road to Santiago, is the name of any of the pilgrimage routes (most commonly the Camino Francés or French route) to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat, for their spiritual growth.