2021 - What is the Camino de Santiago Holy Year?
2021 is set to be a memorable year for pilgrims around the world as it is the next Holy Year on the Camino de Santiago. Celebrated whenever the Feast of St James (July 25) falls on a Sunday, the last one was in 2010, and pilgrims who walk the Camino in 2021 will be able to enter the Cathedral by the “Holy Door” which is only opened during that year.
What will happen during a Holy Year?
As well as the Holy Door to the Cathedral being opened, pilgrims who visit the Apostle’s tomb at the Cathedral of Santiago during the Holy Year will obtain their “Jubilee” which means they obtain plenary indulgence, the complete forgiveness of all your sins. To obtain this they must also say a prayer and receive the Sacraments of Penance and Communion.
What if I want to walk the Camino during a Holy Year?
Because of this being a special year, many people who have walked the Camino previously return to do it again and it gets crazy buys. This is not some crazy push for sales, we are not into that kind of thing! However, due to the volume of traffic, we recommend getting booked up as soon as possible! All of our Camino routes are available to book now for 2021 now so getting onto it as soon as possible gives you the best chance of us being able to secure accommodations for your pilgrimage.
Other things to consider for Holy Year
Bear in mind that July 25th is the actual Feast of St James, so whilst it is special to walk the Camino at any time during the Holy Year, the time leading up to this date will be busiest. If you want to avoid the crowds, then perhaps consider other months.
Or another thing to consider is walking one of the lesser-known Camino routes such as the Camino Primitivo (the original and challenging route to Santiago) or the Camino Ingles. While these routes will still be popular during a Holy Year, they may offer a quieter experience than the more popular Camino Frances, Camino Portuguese and Camino del Norte. Of course, if you have your heart set on one of those, then just let us know as soon as possible!
Regardless of which Camino you choose, the experience of walking into Santiago de Compostela in 2021 is sure to be a very memorable one! If you have any questions about any of the Camino routes you can download our Free Guide, head to our Camino YouTube Playlist or contact one of our specialists.