This year Galicia will be celebrating Xacobeo, also known as the Holy Year or Jubilee Year. Pilgrims from all over the world anticipate the Holy Year as the Camino de Santiago fills with cultural events and festivals. It’s the perfect trip to take, post-pandemic, to escape from daily-life, reconnect with nature, and self-reflect.
Xacobeo 2021– The definitive 2021 trip. Everything you need to know
St. James the Apostle, or Santiago in Spanish, is the patron saint of Spain and the Camino de Santiago. His remains are buried in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, making the shrine a
destination of thousands of pilgrims from around the world for centuries.
The Xacobeo Year is only celebrated when the festival of James the Apostle (July 25th) falls on a Sunday. Due to leap years this happens only 14 times per century. The last Holy Year fell in 2010.
During the Holy Years, the “Holy Door” to the cathedral is opened to pilgrims. Additionally, those who make a pilgrimage to Santiago in a Xacobeo Year can “earn the Jubilee” or total forgiveness for all their sins.
Planning your trip to the Camino de Santiago
The number of pilgrims to Santiago increases considerably during the Xacobeo Years. 2021 will be a unique year for those who seek to share the experience of the Camino with others and meet new people, but we recommend planning in advance.
Availability on the most popular routes of the Camino will be limited, especially during the summer months. One of the advantages of booking your trip with Bike Spain Tours, is that we will take care of organizing accommodation, luggage transfer and all the logistics related to your Camino de Santiago biking trip. We also offer guided Camino de Santiago luxury tours.
Which Route to Choose for Xacobeo 2021
Xacobeo Holy Year 2021 is a great opportunity to enjoy a biking tour off the beaten path.
The famous French Way is an all-time favorite. Leaving from Burgos or Leon you get to cycle through the plains of Castile-Leon into the green rolling hills of Galicia. This is a typical bike Spain tour and you can’t go wrong deciding to take this route.
Camino Portugués: Crossing two countries, this route is allows you to bike Portugal and Spain. Leaving from Porto you travel along the coast, making your way to Galicia, biking in Spain, and ending at the Cathedral.
Camino del Norte: This route mixes coastal and the lush greenery of northern Spain. This route gives the opportunity for Basque Country cycling, which is world-renowned for its extraordinary gastronomy.
Camino Primitivo: This was originally the first of the Camino de Santiago routes, but overtime it lost significance as other route became more popular. The route is not easy. Starting in Asturias and crossing though natural forests and mountainous terrain, it provides peace and the road less traveled.
How Bike Spain Tours Can Help
At Bike Spain Tours we provide bike tours for all levels on the routes of the Camino de Santiago.
We take care of the logistics of your bike trip. Whether you are looking for a guided or self-guided bike tour in Spain.
Every tour can also be fully customized and adapted in order to create exceptional tailor-made experiences.
Another added bonus this year with San Xacobeo celebration is La Vuelta a España will finish in Santiago de Compostela. Bike Spain Tours offers VIP day tickets so you can experience the bike race front and center.
Contact our team and we will help you plan your Camino de Santiago in Xacobeo 2021.