Coastal route Barayo-Navia
In 1988 this route became very popular when the mountain group Peña Furada inaugurated it. In 1991 the high number of participants set a new official Guiness World Record.
St. James Way
The Northern Route Way of St James: passing trough the council of Navia
St. James Way, on the western part of Asturias, is part of the North Way, which starts in Irún and goes through the Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia, until St. James of Compostella.
Location: Parish and council of Navia
Coordinates: Lat. 43º 32’ 22.04’’ N - Long. 6º 43’ 23.11’’ W
10th Stage: Piñera-La Caridad- 15 Km
Piñera - Navia: 5 Km
Altitude: 15 m
Way: Coastal Route
Navia, whose earliest references date back to 1284, soon gained relevance thanks to its fishing sector and salt trade. It underwent an important territorial expansion during the 19th and 20th Centuries.
In its urban architecture you can find traces of its maritime historical past and also vestiges of a medieval wall built in the 16th Century.
Starting in “La Colorada”, the pilgrimage way takes you down to Navia´s town centre across the district of San Roque, where you can find a small 16th Century chapel consecrated to St James.
On the way you can also see the tower of “Nuestra Señora de la Barca”, a church built in 1895 on the foundations of a medieval Gothic church of the 14th Century. It overlooks the Marketplace, formerly known as “El Pañolito”.
On the way you can also find the Town Hall, built in the first half of the 18th Century and first used as a courthouse in 1885, according to the clock inscription.
In Mariano Luiña Street or Tras la Cerca you can find the remains of the Medieval wall and the popular House of Coaña.
The pilgrim hospital in Navia was located at the beginning of San Francisco street. It was consecrated to the Blessed Sacrament and Saint Mary Magdalene. Next to it there was a chapel, which was transformed into a Gothic church in the 14th Century.
Around Navia you can see some interesting examples of the Indiano architectural style*. You will finally leave the town walking through the bridge overlooking the river Navia, which pilgrims had to cross by boat in the past.