The Portuguese Way
This route became more popular from the 12th century onwards, just after Portugal gained its independence. It incorporated several ancient roads and routes, such as the Vía XIX, which was created in the first century and provided a route between Braga and Astorga through Ponte de Lima, Tui, Pontevedra, Santiago, and Lugo. It was also one of the most important Roman roads, as it was the backbone of the province of Gallaecia. One version of this route that follows the coast crosses the Miño river in A Guarda and, following the shoreline, heading inland in Redondela.
The Portuguese Way is key to understanding the true international reach of the pilgrimage phenomenon. This route became more relevant from the 12th century onwards, just after Portugal gained its independence in the middle of century.