Young Adult Pilgrimage to Spain

Young adults (ages 18-35), join us for an incredible journey across Spain!

Millions of pilgrims from around the world have walked to the Tomb of St. James the Apostle in Compostela since the early Middle Ages. This amazing combination of physical and spiritual effort has proved itself life changing for many. Their journey has been supported by countless facilities established along the road: splendid gothic cathedrals and cozy village churches, vibrant monasteries, castles, and hospitals for pilgrims. This is what makes the Way of St. James infinitely more meaningful than backpacking. Of course, the beauty of northern Spain would be a sufficient reason for the trip anyway. Our goal is to experience the challenge of the way: covering about 20 miles a day, meeting people from all over the world, and enjoying epic local flavors as we walk through very traditional regions of Spain. Most importantly, we will be PRAYING TOGETHER as we want to share the most precious treasure that we have been entrusted. We will have morning and evening prayer as well as daily Eucharist, and you will see how transforming this experience can be!

Besides walking the Way of St. James, we do not want to miss the opportunity to explore the wonders of Spanish history. First we will explore the bustling city of Madrid with world-renowned galleries and museums. The we will travel to picturesque Avila with multiple early medieval churches and fortifications. Then there is proud Salamanca, which is home to the oldest university in Spain. Finally, we will visit ancient Leon. It was founded by the Romans and flourished in the Middle Ages as the capital of the mighty Kingdom of Castille. Faith, prayer, history, community, and 2 weeks of hiking – can you think of a better idea for the beginning of your summer?

Below you will find an itinerary of our trip.

Day

Activity

Description

Wed, 5/10

Departure from SLC

Multiple airlines offer connections to Madrid with prices starting at $1300 roundtrip

Thur, 5/11

Arrival in Madrid

Arrival in the morning or early afternoon

Public transportation to downtown Madrid

Check-in at Hostel (www.en.uhostels.com)

Sightseeing: Cathedral, Royal Palace

Mass at Santo Cristo del Olivar (Dominican church downtown Madrid)

Fri, 5/12

Madrid

Museum El Prado / Thyssen-Bornemisza / Reina Sofia; Madrid churches / Royal Palace

Sat, 5/13

Avila-Salamanca

Morning train to Avila (the town with the highest ratio of Romanesque churches per capita)

Visit to the Cathedral and the Carmelite convent where St. Teresa of Avila lived;

Afternoon train to Salamanca (where the oldest university in Spain is);

Visit to the Cathedral and the University;

stay in a hostel

Sun, 5/14

Bus to Leon

Morning walk around the city, then a 3-hour bus ride to Leon. Check-in at the Benedictine hostel, sightseeing, evening prayer with the nuns

Mon, 5/15

Leon – Villar de Mazarife

Walking 17 miles

Tue, 5/16

Villar de Mazarife – Astorga

Walking 14 miles. Afternoon in town (churches and the best chocolate factory in all of Spain!)

Wed, 5/17

Astorga – Rabanal

Walking 13 miles. This day we enter the mountain region. Evening prayer with the monks.

Thur, 5/18

Rabanal – Molinaseca

Walking 15 miles. Major elevation changes.

Fri, 5/19

Molinaseca – Villafranca

Walking 20 miles. Mostly flat.

Sat, 5/20

Villafranca – O Cebreiro

Walking 19 miles. Mostly uphill.

Sun, 5/21

O Cebreiro – Samos

Walking 19 miles. Downhill. Stay at one of the most famous Benedictine monasteries in Spain

Mon, 5/22

Samos – Portomarin

Walking 22 miles.

Tue, 5/23

Portomarin – Palas de Rei

Walking 15 miles.

Wed, 5/24

Palas de Rei – Arzua

Walking 20 miles.

Thur, 5/25

Arzua – Monte de Gozo

Walking 20 miles.

Fri, 5/26

Monte de Gozo – Santiago

Walking 3 miles. Pilgrim Mass at the Cathedral. Visit to the tomb of St. James and sightseeing. Heading back to Madrid by an overnight train or an evening flight.

Sat, 5/27

Return to SLC

Late morning / early afternoon departure from Madrid

How much would it cost?

Overall travel expenses $1400 (airfare $1150; trains, buses, public transportation ~ $250);

  Lodging: $200

Food: menu del diais usually $13, for breakfast and lunch some simple local stuff for not more than $7 per day, which gives $20 per day = ca. $300 in total.

TOTAL: $ 1900

Sample packing list

Info Meeting
We will be having an info session on November 12th at 6:00pm in the student lounge. We will be watching the movie The Way and discussing the pilgrimage. There will also be free food! Please join us if you are interested in walking the Camino.


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