We first saw this abandoned and derelict abbey whilst walking the Camino de Santiago in 2010 and dreamed of fixing it up. In late 2014 after two years of protracted negotiations, the Archdiocese of Pamplona finally sold us the church and it's land.
Our plan is to create a not-for-profit establishment where pilgrims can take refuge under shady oaks from the scorching summer sun. A place where they can relax in hammocks alongside the stream that flows through the garden or sleep out under the stars at night.
We dream of creating a space where the comercialism of the Camino can be held at bay for a little while longer… and to create a space where the true spirit of the Camino will be fostered.
So many historical buildings on the Camino have been allowed to fall into ruin - our hope is that by saving this one we'll be able to create a ‘home from home’ for fellow pilgrims travelling on the Camino de Santiago.
If you'd like to know more about our project or have any questions please visit our page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/theabbey.es
We're currently trying to raise the funds needed to buy equipment, tools and materials to make the buildings habitable to house the volunteers that have already offered to help. If you would like to support our project, please go to this link: www.gofundme.com/theabbey-es
If you're passing by please drop in and say hello. We look forward to welcoming you to The Abbey.
NB: The Abbey is situated directly on the Camino Frances between Ilarratz and Eskirotz. It is listed on official maps as La Abadia de Eskirotz e Ilarratz.