St James´ Way Cruise goes through 400 nautical miles with stopover in San Sebastian and its Region, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Aviles and Asturias, a natural paradise of green and blues and last stop in the Compostela Sea, in the port of Vilagarcía de Arousa, the origin of all the ways of St James.
From the Middle Ages until nowadays, the way of Saint James is the biggest, most famous and most touristic pilgrimage route in the world, being considered by UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are plenty of different ways to walk or ride by bike or horse with a common shared ending, the shrine of the apostle Saint James in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
Firstly, the way was only made by religious people from whole Europe that were looking for enlightenment. But as the years went by the fame of the way started to attract more and more people with diverse motivations. In the last year (2017) there were more than 300.000 pilgrims from worldwide countries as Japan, Russia, Dominican Republic or Indonesia.
St James´ Way Cruise will anchor in the main spots of the coastal way of the Saint James pilgrimage: Pasaia Port, Port of Avilés and Port of Vilagarcía. The three of them are small ports, with little traffic of cruises. They are located in geographical enclaves with interesting attractions and are part of high quality destinations with great tourist tradition. There are about 200 nautical miles between one port and the next.
The port of Pasaia is a natural harbor with great beauty in its surroundings and a safe and attractive refuge for those cruisers that want to stop in the Cantabrian Sea. Located in the center of the Bay of Biscay, it becomes a hinge destination to be found on the Donostia-Bayonne cross-border axis, just 20 kilometers from the French border.
The port of Avilés is a port full of history. Located in the north of Spain, on both sides of the Ría de Avilés, Avilés is a very interesting city with a past marked by lineage and nobility. Due to its location and excellent communication through a wide network of highway, railway and bus, the port of Avilés is one of the main fishing and merchandise ports of Spain.
The port of Vilagarcia de Arousa, is located facing the Atlantic Ocean. Its being an important port because of its proximity to the capital Santiago de Compostela and the Rias Baixas. Once the tourist finished the pleasant journey they won´t need alternatives to enjoy Galicia´s surroundings, you will find a variety of activities that will make your stay unforgettable.
St James´ Way Cruise is the opportunity to visit three main destinations with great tourist tradition in the north of Spain. The three of them are identified by the high quality of their services and resources. The three of them are places where gastronomy rises up to the category of art. The three of them take care of their culture, both the avant-garde culture and the cultural heritage. And if that wasn´t enough, the three destinations can boast of having a natural environment of great value, characterised by the green of the mountains and the blue of the oceans.