Santiago’s road; discover its routes through eight audiovisual stories.
We present the Camino de Santiago through the audiovisual platform ¡Bye!, that brings together in the same space general information, personal experiences and a web series that will review all the routes from the point of view of the most diverse pilgrims.
A unique way of looking at the Camino de Santiago through a web series that brings together all pilgrimage perspectives, using digital technologies to show us the human gaze of the people who walk through it and reach where our eyes cannot reach.
Chapter 1: Paco, the Silver Way
The Vía de la Plata (or Camino de la Plata) is the most important Camino de Santiago from the south of the peninsula. Nowadays, Seville is considered the starting city, and the itinerary has its origin in different Roman roads that pilgrims took advantage of in the Middle Ages. It is characterized by the enormous distances between towns, loneliness and extreme temperatures in summer.
Chapter 2: Paula, The Winter Way
The Winter Way is the Jacobean route that connects Ponferrada with Santiago de Compostela, passing through the Sil river valley and the Ribeira Sacra. It is a great southern variant of the French Way that avoids the summits of Cebreiro, and therefore is more affordable in winter, as medieval pilgrims already knew. It is still a minority road, although well signposted and with great scenic and cultural attractions.
Chapter 3: Pearl. Route of the Sea of Arousa and Ulla River
The ports of Ribeira and O Grove mark the entrance to the Arousa estuary, through whose waters the apostle’s boat sailed its last miles. The Ruta del Mar de Arousa y Río Ulla is a unique maritime and fluvial itinerary that commemorates the arrival in Galicia, by sea, of the body of the Apostle Santiago after his martyrdom in Jerusalem, around the year 44.
Chapter 4: Ana. Northern Way
It is one of the roads with the longest history along with the Camino Primitivo, and with a similar age to the French route. The Camino del Norte was the road generally used by the kings of the entire European continent to reach Santiago.
It runs along the entire peninsular coast from east to west bordering the Cantabrian Sea along the municipalities of northern Spain. It departs from Irún towards Compostela, leaving an indelible trail in cities such as San Sebastián, Bilbao, Santander or Gijón until entering Galicia.
From Gijón we are presented with the decision to take a link that directs us to Oviedo to continue along the Camino Primitivo or, on the contrary, continue the Camino del Norte towards Avilés and enter Galicia through the Lugo town of Ribadeo, a coastal municipality de la Mariña Lucense that separates us 180km from our arrival in Santiago.
Chapter 5: Linen. English Way
The English Way is the route that connects the ports of Ferrol and A Coruña with Santiago de Compostela.
It has two alternatives: the 73 km route from A Coruña, and the 112.5 km one that starts from Ferrol. Both, full of attractions and history, converge halfway, in the town of Bruma, where they continue together the last 40 km to Compostela.
This path was born in the middle of the Middle Ages for a combination of spiritual and logistical reasons, the result of a skillful fusion of commercial and passenger transport that allowed many faithful from Great Britain, Ireland or northern Europe to embark on merchant ships to visit the tomb of the Apostle. After going down to the port, they began the itinerary by land to Compostela, either on horseback or on foot, which today has been recovered and is known as the English Way.
Chapter 6: Julia, Roberto and Dani. Portuguese Way along the coast
The Portuguese Coastal Way, also known as the Monacal Way in its Galician section, is the Jacobean itinerary that runs along the Atlantic coast; It starts in Porto, and passes through Vila do Conde, Viana do Castelo, Caminha, A Guarda (the first town in Galicia) and Vigo, to connect with the classic Portuguese Way in Redondela. Its total route from Porto to Santiago is 271 km.
This route stands out for its beautiful landscapes, for the incentive that the proximity of the sea supposes and for being not physically demanding, since the slopes to overcome are minimal.
To be continue….
Every month we will upload a new video with the remaining routes.
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