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  1. J

    Aljucen Easter procession

    This video has been produce in Aljucen on Easter day weekend in 2019 while walking de Via de la plata camino. Most of the people carryings the religious modules are pilgrims that I meet while walking de camino. All the people of Aljucen were present during this procession. It was very...
  2. rabtacoma

    Holy Days celebrated at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

    My husband and I walked from Leon to Santiago in October 2019 intending to return in 2020 for the first half. We are now planning that return of SJPDP to Leon in April/May 2022. As the Cathederal was under construction when we were there, even though we will end in Leon, we intend to take the...
  3. Arn

    Semana Santa / Holy week Santiago de Compostela 2021

    As it stands, at present, the celebration of the Easter Mass at the Cathedral will be limited to pilgrims from Galicia and, of course, others from the region. For those of you that have memories of attending the Easter Mass at the cathedral, what stands out to you? Was it a goal of yours to...
  4. Harland2019

    Hospital de Órbigo - Sunday 19 May 2019

    Can anyone let me know what event this was? Mainly all women dressed up in bright costumes but some men carrying a few long poles estimated as some 12-15 feet long.
  5. henrythedog

    San Froilan festival in Leon - any experience?

    I'm refining my itinerary for a (hopeful) completion of the Camino de Madrid and a short section of the Frances in October 2021.(let's leave the 'should I?' or 'Will you be able to?' out of this please. We're not at home to Mr. Negative at the moment, and all I've got at risk is a £80 flight...
  6. Kev&Kath

    VdlP Easter Week '22

    My wife and I plan to walk the VdlP, starting in Seville, during the latter part of Semana Santa '22 (19 Apr 22). Appreciating the crowds that will likely be in Seville during the Easter period I'd appreciate hearing from anyone that actually started their pilgrimage at this time of year...
  7. VNwalking

    Cherry festivals on the Lana and VDLP

    Looking for some information in another thread, I discovered this: Apparently, both Covarrubias and the area North of Caceres are known for their cherries. So if you are walking the Lana or the Via De La Plata when the trees are blooming or...
  8. ivar

    Fireworks 💥 last night from police helicopter

  9. koilife

    St. John's Eve along the Final Stages of the Primitivo or in SdC?

    On my first camino, I was in O Cebreiro on St. John's Eve (June 23), which was a really incredible Spanish "event" (party is too small a word for it). Then, we arrived in SdC on the evening of the feast of Peter and Paul. We felt like salmon swimming upstream while making our way up through the...
  10. M

    Holy Year & Feast Day

    I am currently planning on walking during the Holy Year and to be in Santiago for the Feast of St James. Has any one on this forum been there for a Holy Year and on the Feast of St. James? I have already tried to book a room at the Parador for the vigil (I was told that is the place to be at...
  11. D

    Summer solstice bonfire?

    A bonfire is ready in the plaza in Portomarin. Even though the solstice was Friday, will there be a bonfire tonight?
  12. DebR

    Christmas eve / Christmas day in Santiago

    My plans for a short Christmas camino are firming up pretty nicely, but I'm interested to hear the experiences of anyone who arrived in SDC on Christmas eve, or was there through Christmas eve and Christmas day. Were there any restaurants / bars open at all? Do I need to plan to visit a...
  13. RealErnie

    Astorga Market Day(s)

    When is market day in Astorga?
  14. L

    Market Day in Padron

    I will be walking into padron on a sunday which i think is market day there. Can anyone confirm what time the market will be wrapped up? I will probably adjust my leaving time from Caldas De Reis in order to have time to poke around the market. I have already booked my accomodation, which I...
  15. t2andreo

    Official Holy Week (Semana Santa) Schedule...

    I received this from Santiago this morning. I converted it to a .pdf file and am attaching it here. It is the official Cathedral schedule for the formal Holy Week observances through Easter on 21 April. This affects life in and around Santiago. As the Cathedral is 'offline' for renovations, pay...
  16. gschmidl

    May 1st

    Since our camino will take place over May 1st, I was wondering. I assume all stores are closed as I would expect on a public holiday. But what about cafés and the like? Should we make sure and get food for the whole of May 1 on April 30th? I also assume Sellos will not be hard to come by or I'd...
  17. D

    Cheese festival in Hinojosa del Duque (16-17, March)

    If you happen to be walking through Hinojosa del Duque in mid-March, this should be fun.- 70 different cheeses:
  18. A

    Booking accommodation in Easter week?

    Hi! I'm setting out on my first Camino in the end of March from Burgos. My boyfriend can only get a few days of work, and is planning to meet me in Sarria (the 16th of April) and we'll do the rest of the walk together. That means we will arrive in Santiago either Easter day (21st) or the day...
  19. A

    Should I book accommodation for Easter

    Dear All, This will be my first Camino, I will start at 13rd of April form Pamplona, and I'm not sure about Easter. I heard Easter time is nice in Spain, so I'm really excited about it:) However I don't know what will be open in that 4 days or should I prebook the accommodation (because of...