Welcome to Santiago de Compostela

Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the Sacred City, built stone by stone around the said resting place of the Apostle Saint James.

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela at sunset

The Galician novelist Valle Inclán wrote that: “… of all the old Spanish cities, the one which seems to be trapped in a dream of granite, immutable and eternal is Santiago de Compostela…. although it doesn’t appear ancient, but rather everlasting. But Compostela, in the ecstasy of the pilgrims, unites all its stones in one single evocation. There, the passing hours are just one hour, repeating itself eternally, under a grey rainy sky…”

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Join Esther on a Guided Journey of the Spirit on the French Way from Sarria to Santiago – 7th to 16th of June 2019

Will you walk the Camino de Santiago from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela with Esther Bartkiw in June?

El Camino, an Ancient Rite of Passage. Spiritual Journey and Pilgrimage. 

Esther Bartkiw Group relaxing on the Camino de Santiago

Over 300,000 people from all over the world embark on this once in a life-time quest every year to reconnect with themselves, God, Nature in a pure and pristine way.

Pilgrims searching for meaning in their lives; answers to those big questions, Who Am I? What Is My Purpose?

People ready to Unplug from the hustle and bustle of day to day living, the pressures, stress, technology and PLUG into with what is really important – Peace, Oneness, your Soul’s deepest longing and truths.

The Camino offers pilgrims like you a “Journey of the Spirit,” through challenges, lessons, friendships, communion with Mother Nature, clarity, insights, blessings, unexpected gifts and transformation along The Way.

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Join Danielle on her next Group Departure on the French Way from Sarria to Santiago from August 28th to September 6th, 2019

Why travel with Danielle on the Camino de Santiago from Sarria?

If you want hike the Camino de Santiago but don’t want to do it alone, I’d love to have you join me! We’ll begin our journey in the vibrant city of Madrid, starting our adventure off with a Flamenco show, a visit to the San Miguel night market, and a 100 year old Chocolateria for dessert.

Pilgrim feet on the Camino de Santiago
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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela announced that Pilgrim Mass will be moved from the Cathedral to other nearby Churches in all of 2019

The Pilgrim community woke up in shock this morning as the Dean of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela announced there will be no Mass at all in the Cathedral in 2019 because of the ongoing restoration works. In this article, we would like to clarify what this means, why this should not impact your travel plans and detail where you will be able to attend Mass during this time.

For the first time since it was built, there will be no service in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela at all for 12 to 18 months, starting from next week, Monday, January 28th 2019.

The Cathedral & the Pilgrim Office did warn pilgrims and neighbours of Santiago for over a year that there might not be any use of the Botafumeiro during Pilgrim Mass for 6 months in 2019, but the latest news is much worst than expected:

After months of investigation and negotiation, the Dean of the Cathedral has announced today that due to the unexpected scope and magnitude of the essential works required in the interior it will be impossible to maintain the normal activity in the main altar, naves and in the chapels of the basilica.

So no Pilgrim Mass in the Cathedral, no guided tour of the Cathedral, no visit of the rooftop and no Botafumeiro Ceremony until the end of the renovations!

But the Cathedral will remain open for visits in the areas not under construction, you will be able to see the newly repainted Portico de la Gloria and Pilgrim Mass will be moved to different churches around the City.

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