Light up the Xacobeo: St. James Way

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Light up the Xacobeo is an initiative where more than a hundred monuments and unique buildings throughout Spain are illuminated to mark the beginning of the Xacobeo (Holy Year) 2021. As the Holy Year was extended to 2022 due to the Covid-19 and the restrictions to travel, we will be able to enjoy again this amazing spectacle to start the year 2022. More than 52 buildings along the Way in Spain will be part of this initiative.


Joining in those celebrations until January 7th will be two Saint James parishes in the Philippines, Alabang, and Ibaan, Batangas. The response from the parishes has been overwhelming so the project might be extended and light up other Saint James churches along 2022, together with planned exhibitions and conferences.


Traveling the Way of Saint James is taking a very special journey through Spain. For many people, it’s a unique adventure that they would repeat in a heartbeat. Embarking on this historical route represents an experience that is a combination of personal challenge, finding oneself, sport, nature, and an interest in history and art. And if your trip coincides with a Jacobean, or Holy Year, the experience will be all the more exceptional.


Torre de Hercules A Coruña.


Almost every step of the Jacobean route reveals a surprise in the form of a monument, work of art, or cultural manifestation. Cathedrals, bridges, monasteries, palaces, small churches, popular architectural constructions, and so on, some of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition to the wealth of heritage, the Way of Saint James also offers visitors the chance to experience the local culture through the festivals and typical traditions of each place.

When you do the Way of Saint James, sitting down to a good meal to recharge your batteries is usually one of the best moments of the day. Among other reasons, because it’s when you get the chance to sample some of the area’s typical dishes and products. The gastronomy of the different regions along the route is full of delicious recipes and traditional flavors, prepared using quality local, seasonal produce.


It is hard to feel left out on the Way of Saint James. Throughout the journey, you will meet friendly strangers willing to help the pilgrims. You’ll meet people of all ages and from all walks of life who have come from all over the world and you’ll make new friends. These are special and unique days where you will experience enriching moments at both a human and personal level.

Many people say that there is something spiritual about the Jacobean route, and not just because of its religious origin and tradition. Many people go on the Camino driven by the need or desire to know themselves better, devote time to thinking, and seek inner peace. So the journey to Santiago de Compostela can also become an inner journey that will stay with you for years to come.

Just walk. Buen Camino.

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