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Revista interamericana de ambiente y turismo

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TOMATIS, Francisco. Analysis of possible repercussions of climate change on the Camino de Santiago Francés (“French Way”) as it passes throught Castilla y León (Spain). Rev. interam. ambient. tur. [online]. 2020, vol.16, n.2, pp.202-216. ISSN 0717-6651.

The French Way of Santiago (“El Camino de Santiago Francés” in Spanish) is the most traveled route by pilgrims and tourists who make the Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela (Galicia, Spain). On its way, more than half of the route in Spanish territory belongs to the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León, crossing the provinces of Burgos, Palencia and León. For the characteristic climate of this area, various modifications are projected as a consequence of climate change, according to the Guide to Regionalized Climate Change Scenarios for Spain based on the results of the IPCC-AR5 (2017) and the Climate Change Scenarios Viewer developed in the PNACC framework based on the results of the IPCC-AR5 (2017), among which the increase in maximum and minimum temperatures, the increase in the duration of heat waves, the reduction of rainfall, the reduction of the numbers of rainy days and the increase in precipitation in 24- hour periods. These variations have the potential to cause alterations on the “French Way of Santiago” or “Camino de Santiago Frances” in Castilla y León, which are valuable to know in order to anticipate such scenarios and favor the adoption of adaptation and resilience measures. Considering the variety of possible repercussions, this article particularly analyzes the seasonality of the visits, the health of the pilgrims, the services of the cities and towns and the effects on the cultural heritage.

Keywords : climate change; tourism; climate projections; Camino de Santiago.

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