Light up the Xacobeo: St. James Way

The Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral Basilica by Victoriano Izquierdo via Unsplash

Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – 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 this amazing spectacle again to start the year 2022. More than 52 buildings along the Way in Spain will be part of this initiative.

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Joining in those celebrations until January 7th will be 2 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.

Catedral Santiago de Compostela
Catedral Santiago de Compostela

Traveling the Way of Saint James takes an extraordinary journey through Spain. For many people, it’s a totally 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.

Centro Botin Santander
Centro Botin Santander

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, famous 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 each place’s festivals and typical traditions.

Pilgrim in front of the Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral Basilica
Pilgrim in front of the Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral Basilica

When you do the Way of Saint James, sitting down to an excellent 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.

Torre de Hercules A Coruna
Torre de Hercules A Coruna

It is hard to feel left out on the Way of Saint James. You will meet friendly strangers throughout the journey 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.

The Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral Basilica by Victoriano Izquierdo via Unsplash
The Santiago de Compostela Archcathedral Basilica by Victoriano Izquierdo via Unsplash

Many people say that there is something spiritual about the Jacobean route, 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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