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7th World Trails Conference, 26 – 29 September 2018 

Santiago de Compostela in Galicia northwestern Spain, is home to the world’s most famous pilgrimage trail  – the Camino de Santiago or Way of St James as it is also known. It is a region of vast natural beauty, rich culture, coastal gems and hidden heritage. The ideal location for the 7th World Trails Conference.

The conference is a stimulating gathering of the world’s leading trails, trail destinations, trail professionals and trail users – and is not be missed. With only 250 seats available, tickets are expected to sell out by early May 2018.

Register soon to secure your place.

Give a Presentation, host a Workshop or convene a Discussion


  • Join the program as a presenter and share your knowledge and experience with trail professionals from around the world.
  • Convene a discussion panel with colleagues on hot topics that trails are faced with today.
  • Host a workshop and share your skills on trail marketing, technology, trail assessment or building techniques.
  • Come as a delegate and learn from some of the world’s leading trails from 5 continents.

Our sessions are designed to create interactive discussions with the aim of seeking global solutions to the many challenges our sector faces.

Deadline for proposals is 19 March 2018.


  • Trails and Culture, Heritage and Pilgrimage
  • Trail Tourism, Marketing and Events
  • Trails and Technology
  • Trails and Protected Areas
  • Trail Sustainability, Development and Management

Camino Journeys – Join a Multi-Day Trail Adventure 

Our Camino Journey  adventures take place prior to the conference with different teams of delegates walking, cycling or trail running one of three routes, to arrive in Santiago de Compostela together on the same day in time for the start of the conference proceedings.

This is an amazing opportunity to explore Galicia and the various Camino routes over 6 days.

If you prefer a single day trail excursion during the conference, that is also an option.

The Camino Journeys are facilitated by the World Trails Network as a networking opportunity, giving delegates a chance to meet other trail professionals while on trail. Each journey has a convener and participants are responsible for their own food and lodging. Each participant is encouraged to adopt one of the projects of the World Trails Fund and raise $350 through their community. 

Promote and Market your Trail to Visitors in Santiago de Compostela

The conference venue is inside a centuries old palace which all pilgrims arriving in Santiago walk past just before reaching the famous Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with pilgrims from across the world. If you wish to have a display stand, please indicate as such in your registration. 

Frequently Asked Questions

We are gathering all the details you need to join us. Please visit on the 17 January 2018 when the following will be listed on our site:

  • Travel suggestions
  • Registration forms
  • Hotel and Accommodation booking options
  • Various Camino Journey options, with estimated costs

Message from Hosts and Organizing Team

Santiago de Compostela is one of the world’s great walking destinations and the Way of St James lies at the heart of it all. 

We are proud to host the 7th World Trails Conference and the first such conference outside of Asia.

Galicia looks forward to sharing our natural beauty, rich culture and hospitality with delegates from across the world.

We trust you will enjoy the excursions we have planned and that your Camino Journey is one you will always remember.

Wishing all delegates a successful conference.

Rafael Sánchez Bargiela
Xacobeo Galicia – Managing Director

Trails matter. They shape us. They inspire us. They make the world a better place, connecting us to nature, culture and to each other.

This is the gathering of the world’s leading trails, trail destinations and trail professionals together with an exciting and growing component of trail users and all of us who bike, who ride, who walk, who run.

We invite you to join us for an adventure filled program as we learn, share and discuss trails and their future together. 

Make new friends, share your knowledge, promote your trail and destination to the many pilgrims and hikers who will pass our venue each day.

For the love of trails.

Galeo Saintz
World Trails Network – Founding Chair                     

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