This Sunday, pilgrims from all over the world celebrate Santiago's Day, a very special July 25 as it is the Compostela Holy Year. The number 120 of its history, nothing more and nothing less.
There are many pilgrims who come to Compostela these days to experience the big day of the Xacobeo at the goal of the Camino. Here we leave you a small guide so that you can enjoy this day and live it in an unforgettable way.
This July 25, the Cathedral of Santiago will host a total of six Pilgrim Masses that will take place at 9:30 a.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the main altar of the Cathedral of Santiago.
At 12:30 pm the Solemn Mass and the National Offering will take place by the Archbishop of Santiago, Don Julián Barrio.
We remind you that the capacity is limited to 225 people.
Cathedral of Santiago opening hours
The Cathedral of Santiago is open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. However, during the pilgrim's Masses and it will not be possible to access for the visit due to capacity reasons.
Pick up the Compostela
On July 25 it will be possible to collect the Compostela at the Pilgrim's Office, located at Calle Carretas, 33. The hours to collect the Compostela is from 10:00 to 18:00.
We remind you that to get an appointment it is necessary to capture the QR code found at the entrance of the Pilgrim's Office. Once the reading is done, you will receive your turn and the approximate time you can enter to collect the Compostela.
Do not forget to pre-register (available on the website www.oficinadelperegrino.com or from the digital Credential) indicating all the necessary data to receive the Compostela.
Pilgrim service at Correos
Correos has the pilgrim service point open at its office on Rúa do Franco, 4, just 2 minutes' walk from Plaza del Obradoiro. The schedule for this July 25, as for the rest of the week, is from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
You can leave your backpack, bike or walking sticks in the luggage storage while you visit the Cathedral, attend the Pilgrim's Mass and take a walk around the city. You can also send your luggage or your bicycle back to your town thanks to the Paq Peregrino and Paq Bicicleta services. Or take a souvenir from the Camino or the city in our Pilgrim Shop.
And if your idea is to continue your way to Fisterra or Muxía, you can also hire the Paq Mochila, the luggage transport service from accommodation to accommodation.
Fires of the Apostle outside the Obradoiro
One of the great attractions on July 25 is the traditional Apostle Fires, which take place the night before: July 24.
For years, a privileged few could enter the Plaza del Obradoiro to enjoy the pyrotechnic show in front of them and, lately, the audiovisual projections. The arrival of Covid-19 in our lives, as well as the restoration of the Cathedral and the risk of deterioration of the roofs of the Pazo de Raxoi, led the City Council to make an unusual decision: that the Fires of the Apostle leave the Plaza del Obradoiro after four centuries.
As in 2020, the fires of this 2022 will not take place in the Obradoiro, but will be visible from different points of the city. They will be launched from Fontiñas, Mount Gaiás, Alameda, Restollal and Cancelas so that the show reaches more people but avoiding crowds. During the show about 4,000 kilos of gunpowder will be burned and it will last for about 15 minutes.
July 25 is also a unique date to enjoy Santiago de Compostela. The arrival of pilgrims merges with the local population, who live their big festival that day. That is why it is a good time to discover its rich heritage, enjoy its gastronomy or lose yourself among the Jacobean history deposited in each stone of this World Heritage city.
So that you do not miss anything, here are ten plans with the essentials to visit Santiago in one day ... Or whatever you want.
From El Camino con Correos we hope you enjoy the Camino de Santiago a lot and we wish you a happy Santiago Day to all the pilgrims in the world.
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