The Camino de Santiago and its different routes were great protagonists in the list of presentations that hosted the stand of Galicia during the International Tourism Fair of Madrid. One more year, FITUR was the great showcase in which the main tourist resources of our territory were presented, as well as the novelties or bets for this 2017 and in this frame could not miss the Way, which with four presentations became a great protagonist Of the event.
Thus the Camino and its record of pilgrims reached in 2016 became a letter of introduction and differentiating element of the Galician community, nexus of union between peoples, as emphasized the director of Tourism of Galicia, Nava Castro, and vertebrador of the character and Hospitable spirit of the Galicians, as recalled the President of the Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijoo on Galicia Day in Fitur. In his speech, the president of the Xunta also took the opportunity to announce the approval of a protocol with the City Council of Santiago de Compostela to improve the entrances of the Road to the Galician capital, which will involve an investment of 4.2 million euros, Initiative based on an urban report that will be executed in harmony with the municipal institution and that will allow to approach actions at the entrance of the English Way and the French Way.
Castro highlighted in the first day of the Fair the actions put in place in the framework of the Way Master Plan as well as the promotion efforts and the work of improvement and conservation of the Road, as well as actions to improve the accessibility of this Route, Actions that gain more relevance if it fits in 2017 as Year dedicated to Accessible Tourism.
French Way and Betanzos Road
The Galician area also hosted a presentation on the Galician municipalities through which the French Way to Santiago passes, which was in charge of the Commonwealth of Galician municipalities of the French way, which covers all municipalities, since the Camino de Santiago enters Galicia To the limit with Santiago de Compostela. The so-called Route of Stories is a beautiful route where the visitor will be welcomed by beautiful landscapes and pleasant people, which will make the visit an experience difficult to forget.
But it was not the only one of the Routes that took place in Fitur, ay that the Provincial of A Coruña presented for its part the Route of the Medievo or Way of Betanzos, the itinerary that communicates Santiago and San Andrés, with axis of connection in the capital Of the ancient Kingdom of Galicia. This is one of the three routes that cross the province of A Coruña, along with English and Fisterra-Muxía, which are already well known for what the Diputación wants to make efforts to publicize this route and signpost it.
Road to the Coast
For its part, the Provincial Council of Pontevedra turned to Fitur in the promotion of the Portuguese Way along the Coast, which runs through 15 town halls, from A Guarda to Pontecesures. With this initiative, the provincial entity hopes to promote this alternative to reach Santiago, which has the sea as a great tourist attraction. With this objective of promotion the provincial entity has developed guides and a promotional video titled A place in the world with soundtrack by Teo Cardalda where a pilgrim walks the 15 concellos for what passes this route.