The Pilgrims’ Path
The history of the Camino de Santiago dates back to the 9th Century, when the tomb of the evangelical apostle St. James was discovered in what is today Santiago de Compostela. Since then, pilgrims from all over the world have walked St. James' Way, originally seeking forgiveness for their sins, and today often just spending time on a journey of personal growth. This challenging experience of the mind, body, and soul does require significant physical effort as you walk through forests and along busy roads for many miles each day. Its rewards are intangible, yet priceless with the opportunity to enjoy nature, meditate, and challenge your limits through the beautiful rural areas of northern Spain.
Jacobean Holy Year
Extended to 2022!
This historical pilgrimage on the French Way of St. James is even more meaningful during the Jacobean year. Due to Covid-19, the 2021 Holy Year of St. James has been extended by Pope Francis to include 2022. This extended Jacobean Year has only occurred once before in the nine centuries of the Jacobean Year—the first in 1937-1938 due to the effects of the Spanish-Civil War. The tradition of commemorating Saint James Day (July 25) as a Holy Year typically follows yearly increments of 6-5-6-11 when falling on a Sunday—with the next Jacobean Year occurring in 2027. During these designated Holy Years, the Porta Santa (Holy Door) of the Santiago Cathedral remains open, allowing pilgrims who have completed the Camino de Santiago to enter and receive a full plenary indulgence (absolute remission (forgiveness) of sin) through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Mass is also celebrated in the cathedral during the Jacobean year. Extended through 2022, the Jacobean Holy Year now offers more opportunity for travelers from around the world to join us on this life-changing pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago.