St. James’s Way

St. James’s Way

Larrabetzu is on the Coastal Way, one of the oldest pilgrimage routes to Compostela, which starts in Irun and runs parallel to the Bay of Biscay.

Larrabetzu, one of the twenty medieval charter towns currently to be found in Bizkaia, owes its origin to being on St. James's Way. Its old urban structure can still be made out; the buildings were constructed along a main street that, in reality, was the Way that crossed it.

The so-called Coastal Way was a pilgrimage route used from the earliest times of the devotion of St. James (9th and 10th centuries).  It was initially at alternative to the Inland Route, as the pilgrims were under serious threat from the Moors as they passed through Navarra. During the 13th century, despite the inland route becoming safer, the Coastal Route was able to withstand the competition and continued to receive pilgrims that came through Irun and those that landed at the ports along the Bay of Biscay.

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