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Way of St James

Paths, particularly those with as much history as the Way of St. James, do not only guide us through different places, but, with a bit of curiosity and imagination, also take us on a journey back through time to a distant and mysterious past.

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The St. James´ way   The St. James´ way

Since ancient times there was in Gipuzkoa an important route coming from Aquitaine. This route was part of one of the main European routes leading towards the peninsula, and it was the one which from Oiasso - today's Irun-continued to the Meseta. From here, making its way alongside the River Bidasoa, there was another traditional route which ran along the coast, though it was somewhat more difficult to distinguish. These ways evolved with the passage of time, becoming at a point part of two different roads to Santiago, the desirable destination of hordes of pilgrims since the 9th century.

In the Late Middle Ages, the prevailing manorial structure based on self-sufficient economy led its way to new ranks formed by middle class tradesmen. Thus, thanks to the return of trade, a commercial and monetary economy took over. This gradually strengthened the routes of communication and commercial exchange between towns, particularly the Way of St. James.

Both routes have been recently retraced, so they can be easily followed now. Today they link countless places which are important because of their religious, cultural or natural interest. Each itinerary is clearly signposted and normally stands back from the road. The route is also accessible by mountain bike, with occasional recommended detours for stretches less suitable for pedalling.

Lastly, we should mention that other paths, such as the Arditurri cycle lane in Oiartzun, link the two itineraries, allowing us to take the route of our choice.

 

Along the St. James´ way in Gipuzkoa

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