Way of Saint James

The jacobean route of the Way of the North runs along the Cantabrian coast from Irun to Santiago.

In Asturias it divides into two branches: The Way of the Coast and the Primitive way. It was one of the most active routes in the first years of pilgrimage. Pilgrims' hospitals and monasteries are as trace, as well as documentation that attests the step of pilgrims in the 10th century.

The reasons for realizing the pilgrimage were varied. The most common was the devotion, the search of the forgiveness of sins, the fulfillment of a vote or the cure of diseases. The overcrowding and the strengthening of security on the route served to join to the way thousands of merchants or gentlemen who used the pilgrimage to satisfy their curiosity about people and lands.