I posted a awhile ago about walking a slow camino. I'm set to start June 25 or so and at 40-45 days that would put me into Santiago at or close to the Pope's visit. It may seem counter-intuitive to those who do not like crowds, but . . . well, it's the Pope. And it's the Pope in Santiago at the end of a pilgrimage which is pretty much a Catholic phenomenon. So, the Pope in Santiago at the conclusion of a Camino. I'm not sure it can get any better than that. I just went on booking.com and booked the nights of Aug 7 and 8. Prices are already high in August anyway--I imagine they will go up considerably given the Papal visit. I would think at some point it will be like trying to get a room in Pamplona the second week in July.
Good news for those who enjoy crowds. Even when the then Pope came to visit Ireland in 1979, I eschewed the option of going to be one of 1 million plus attendees at the Papal mass. Just not my scene. For many reasons, not least tactical, or as they say, logistical. Very seriously, for those for whom it will be a dream realised, I wish you well. Follow Bob Howard's example, and book well ahead for lodgings.
I am not sure, if it will only be a pleasure for the pilgrims. In 2017 I witnessed a visit from Pope to Fatima on the sidelines. The police and the military are on high alert throughout the country. Many border crossings closed and otherwise many strict controls. The fact that many "hostels" were fully occupied by normal tourists should only be mentioned in passing.
buen camino Hans
That’s wonderful news to me, on many levels - and perhaps one for these times is the prospect of the wide embrace this visit offers the broad pilgrim community from a spiritual ecology perspective. May hope spring in troubled times .
Thanks for sharing Ivar.