The Jacobean Way to Santiago by sea -along the Cantabrian Sea- has been recovered following the agreement between the Diocese of Compostela and the association of marinas of the Cantabrian, ‘North Marinas’, which has launched the project Navigate the Way. As a result the Diocese of Compostela grants accreditation of the ‘Compostela’ to those pilgrims who perform at least 150 nautical miles (280 kilometers) by sea with the spirit of pilgrimage to the tomb of the apostle. The pilgrimage must be performed by sailboat.
The full route of pilgrimage by sea to Santiago de Compostela is to sail from the port of Hondarribia -in the border with France- to the port of Muros in La Coruna, to then move overland to the Monte do Gouzo and perform the last walking step: enter Santiago de Compostela by the usual route of the French, North, Primitive and Aragonese Ways.
It is possible to make the Way to Santiago by sea with various combinations of the pilgrimage route, there are seventeen ports and marinas of the Cantabrian Sea in which you could seal the Compostela. What is relevant is to land in at least two of these ports and seal the accreditation in his captaincy, so that when you reach Santiago de Compostela with it, the minimum distance is accredited and this is recognized by the Pilgrim office of the Diocese of Compostela.
Due to the difficulties of a long journey by sea in one of the areas in the world with more shipwrecks -the “Costa da Morte” and the cape of the “Estaca de Bares”- the safest option to plan a pilgrimage by sea to Compostela is to sail from a northern port of Spain and disembark at a port in the region of Mariña then perform the rest of the Way on foot or by bicycle to Santiago.