Accessible territories development: Hostels and religious architecture on Portuguese way to Santiago

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Author list: Silva, M. F., & Borges, I.
Publication year: 2019
Start page: 308
End page: 320
Number of pages: 13
ISBN: 978-1-912764-13-6
eISBN: 978-1-912764-14-3
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Tourism is a very common and widespread way of accessing culture and
heritage. The growing importance of the religious tourism as an economic
activity and a crowd mover, especially in destinations like Santiago de
Compostela, has called the attention of researchers and stakeholders.
The number of pilgrims is steadily growing and has come to include
travellers who may be interested not only in the spirituality of the Way
but in the cultural landscapes and itineraries. The Way increasingly
marks the tourist reality of the counties it goes through. The evolution
of lodging has been a reality as evidenced by the number of official
and, above all, private hostels that have grown in number, creating
several impacts on the populations. Sharing good practices and
benchmarking the Galicia model, can be reinforced by efficient and
continuous information about accessibility. Communication helps to
ensure that the goal is set, and the needs are known by all
stakeholders. The present research is based on the idea of a sustainable
and accessible management of the Ways to Santiago de Compostela, the
religious architectural heritage and the associated pilgrim hostels. The
rehabilitation of various civil architectural heritage and its
transformation into hostels for pilgrims, namely public, changing
functionalities, maintains and projects in the future memories of the
past, also allowing the maintenance and management of several heritage,
creating new impacts on the development of the territory. The historical
and theoretical framework was based on a critical review of the few
existing literature on religious and cultural tourism, highlighting the
accessible tourism. The pioneer study in Portugal, the statistical and
the analytical characterization of the distinct types of accessibility
allowed a reflection on the existing one and the necessary
transformations of the associated cultural equipment and hostels so that
the accessible religious tourism for all is a reality.


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