2018 World Trails Conference
Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 26-29 September
The 7th World Trails Conference, of which the Camino de Santiago forms part, is celebrated on a biennial basis, will take place in Santiago de Compostela, at the end of the Jacobean routes, between September 26 and 29. 2018, counting on its organization with the direction of the Xunta de Galicia, through the Xacobeo that is part of Turismo de Galicia.
This international congress will have a significant projection for Galicia in general and Santiago de Compostela and its routes in particular, as speakers and delegates from five continents participate, representing various cultural, ecological and pilgrimage itineraries from around the world, such as Kumano Kodo and Shikoku Henro (Japan), Jeju Olle (South Korea), Great Himalaya Trails (Nepal), Paths of Greece (Greece), Pacific Trail (Costa Rica), Walking Panama, Bibbulmun Track (Australia), Rim of Africa Trail (South Africa), Thousand Miles Trail of Taiwan, Bruce Trail (Canada), American Trails (USA) and the World Wildlife Fund-Brazil (World Forum for Nature-Brazil). Its sessions will consist of various lectures and round tables, as well as specific meetings, a film festival and a small promotional fair, in which representatives of the different trails of the world that are part of the World Trails Network will participate.
We welcome to Galicia all the participants and representatives of the trails of the world included in the World Trails Network-. During the days of the conference in Compostela and in the visits to the Camino de Santiago, you will get to know a little better this hostpitable land, known internationally as a meeting place and destination of the Camino de Santiago, Europe’s First Cultural Itinerary and World Heritage Site. We are sure that you will enjoy a route that is a living memory of European identity, as well as our landscape, gastronomy, heritage and culture.
The inspiration for the celebration of this international congress in Santiago de Compostela is obtained, from the vocation of conserving, valuing and promoting the natural assets and the historical and cultural memory of these routes, of the recognition of the human values of the communities that live in the surroundings of these itineraries, and of the secular hospital and solidary experience of the Camino de Santiago; a universal message recognized every year by the hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who come to Compostela, in this case reinforced by the cultural, ecological and human contents of this extraordinary set of trails of the world who gather in the network of exchange and collaboration that is the World Trails Network.
Nava Castro Domínguez
Director of Turism of Galicia