On 25 – 26 June 2021 University of A Coruña UDC conducted the seventh edition of the summer course “A new vision of the pilgrimage routes. The Camino de Santiago and the Xacobeo”, focused on the analyses of the phenomenon of pilgrimage and its evolution and in particular on the Camino de Santiago and the Xacobeo routes.
The course, titled “A new vision of the pilgrimage routes” was held in the town of Noia and conducted by Susana Reboreda and Martín López Nores from the Universtiy of Vigo.
Such important representatives of the tourism sector as Nava Castro, the Director of Tourism of Galicia; Cesáreo Pardal, the president of the Galician Tourism Cluster; and José Perez, the Councillor for Culture of the Noia City Council participated in the roundtable, organised in the framework of the course and moderated by Carlos Rodríguez, professor of UDC.
Nava Castro, the Director of Tourism of Galicia highlighted in her speech that “courses like this one allow to make a common reflection and advance in how the Jacobean phenomenon changes, the multiple possibilities of socio-economic and tourist development offered by the Jacobean Route”.
The impact of the Camino in development of rural territories from an educational, associative, business or institutional perspective was the main focus of this summer course, open to graduates in Tourism, Sociology, Economy and Geography and to tourism professionals .
The Way of Saint James (UNESCO Routes of Santiago de Compostela) is the most popular pilgrimage route in Europe, crossing the Iberian Peninsula towards the tomb of the Apostle James the Greater in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, in the Spanish region of Galicia. Since it was rediscovered and boosted as a tourist product in the 1980s, the Way has been an important economic asset for the crossed regions.
rurAllure literary pilot, operating along the Portuguese Way of the Camino de Santiago, focuses on the literary heritage, diving into literature as a tool to interpret and disseminate unknown heritage through storytelling, and is connected to travel literature, pilgrimage literature and oral tradition.
This summer course was an important event to showcase the rurAllure objectives and methods, committed to providing alternative routes to prevent saturation of highly crowded locations and creating opportunities in sustainable development for these territories. For more information about the course, click here.
In the picture below, from left to right: Martín López Nores from UVIGO, Iria Caamaño Franco from UDC, Susana Reboreda Morillo from UVIGO (second person from the right). In the middle, Nava Castro, Director of Tourism of Galicia.