There are different ways to do the Camino de Santiago, the most common being on foot and by bicycle. However, sometimes we have had the opportunity to see pilgrims on horseback and in wheelchairs. All these modalities are recognized by the Church and the Pilgrim’s Office of Santiago de Compostela, and, since 2019, the sailing modality is also official. Well, raising anchor and tightening sails, the Camino del Mar de Muros y Noia offers us a very special Jacobean route, a way by sea and with historical justification that gives the possibility of having another perspective of the Jacobean ways.
What do you mean by a Camino de Santiago by sea?
Yes, and it is not an invention. If we go back to the era of the Second Crusade in the Holy Land, in the first half of the twelfth century, there is historical record that many warriors and soldiers committed to the holy war came from northern Europe, and on their journey to the Holy Land sailing along the coasts of Galicia. This was the case with the 200 ships from Great Britain, Burgundy, Flanders and Germany that arrived on the Galician coast in 1147. Before continuing their journey, they usually made a stop in Galicia to make a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela and ask the Holy Apostle for help in their risky undertaking.