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The Camino at Easter

Easter has traditionally been a time of the year when many pilgrims have taken the road and walked at least a part of the Camino. This year, however, and given the ongoing pandemic situation, we have received several inquiries about our policy during this time.

Although at the time of this writing no final decision has been taken yet (the key date is March 10th, during the meeting of the Interterritorial Health Council in Spain), all signs point towards keeping the currently existing restrictions. This means that, in the regions through which the Camino passes, the following rules will apply:

  • Navarra: regional lockdown. Travellers cannot enter or exit the region without cause.
  • La Rioja: regional lockdown.
  • Castilla y León: regional lockdown.
  • Galicia: regional lockdown, plus travelling restrictions among municipalities.
  • Asturias: regional lockdown, plus travelling restrictions among municipalities.
  • Portugal: border controls with Spain.

Given this situation, we ask those pilgrims who wish to walk the Camino during Easter and need luggage transfer or people transfer services to write us at contacto@caminofacil.net, so that we can study their situation and give them if possible a customised solution.

We hope that these measures, along with the ongoing vaccination campaign, are the final push needed so that we can all see each other on the Camino again starting from this summer. We remind you that our website is still open and accepting reservations from April 10th on, and that all our reservations have free date changes.

Merry Christmas from Caminofácil

After a difficult year, we at Caminofácil hope that you and your loved ones are safe, and we would like to send you our wish that we can all see each other at the Camino again in Jubilee Year 2021. We are already working to make your Camino easier and safer.

Buen Camino!

Today (October 12th) is the last day of our regular luggage transfer service for this year. It’s been a difficul season for obvious reasons, where we have all had to make the utmost efforts to provide the best service to the pilgrims that have visited us.

Next year is an “Año Jacobeo” (Jubilee Year) and it undoubtedly be better, so we will be around again helping all pilgrims who need it. We hope to see you on the Camino!

As usual, we remind you that our taxi service is still active, and that you can make your booking at https://taxi.caminofacil.net/en/. Also, if you are still on the  Camino and need luggage transfer service, please write us at contacto@caminofacil.net, and we will try to give you a customized solution.

Buen Camino!

Registry for travellers arriving to Galicia from certain territories

Galicia’s regional government has announced today that travellers arriving to the region from certain territories with a high Covid-19 incidence must provide their contact information on arrival.

The measure applies to anyone who has been in those territories in the 14 days prior to their arrival to Galicia. Travellers can provide their information through the phone number 881002021, or the website https://coronavirus.sergas.gal/viaxeiros/.

The territories to which this applies are the following:

  • Spain: Aragón, Cataluña, Navarra, Basque Country and La Rioja.
  • Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbajian, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Moldavia, Monaco, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Sweden and Ukraine.
  • America: Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Montserrat, Panama, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, San Vicente and Granadines, St Martin, Surinam, United States, Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Haití, Jamaica and Nicaragua.
  • Asia: Bahrein, Bangladesh, India, Irán, Irak, Israel, Kazajistán, Kuwait, Kyrguistán, Lebanon, Maldives, Omán, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, UAE, Uzbekhistan, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Syria, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • África: all countries.

 

Reopening: yes, we will be on the Camino this summer!

As we approach the end of the “state of alarm” in Spain and we come back to a (relative) normal state of affairs, we have been getting questions from pilgrims interested in walking the Camino this summer. We want to confirm to our friends that yes, we will be providing service as usual in all Caminos, both with luggage transfer and passenger transportation.

Clients that already had confirmed bookings with us can modify their starting date using our website, which is open 24/7. They can also make bookings through it as usual. We want to remind our customers that, if you change your mind, you can change dates later at no cost and also cancel your booking.

Obviously luggage transfer isn’t everything, and the posibility of walking the Camino also depends on the availability of albergues and hotels. We will try our best to share news in that regard through our social media.

Given the current situation, we at Caminofácil have also adopted strict measures to ensure the safety of our services, with protocols such as the use of masks and gloves, as well as using alcohol and ozone machines to clean our passenger cars after each trip.

Despite these difficult times, we hope we’ll be able to see you this summer and autumn on the Camino de Santiago, enjoying the nature and sights that our country has to offer.

Regarding the current situation in Spain and the Camino de Santiago

As you know, the Spanish Government announced yesterday (March 14) the “state of alarm” in the spanish territory, which among other things bans people’s movements without just cause. This obviously means that our luggage transfer service is suspended as long as said state remains in place.

Those of our clients who have bookings with us can switch them free of charge to a later date. If you wish to cancel your booking, you can do so by logging into our website or emailing us at contacto@caminofacil.net.

If you are on the Camino right now, you can get information at these points (info vía A survival guide to the Camino de Santiago in Galicia):

We hope that all our clients are well and take care of themselves and their loved ones through the social distancing measures explained by health authorities, and we hope that we’ll be able to see each other soon on the Camino.

2021, “Año Jacobeo”

Official logo for the 2021 “Año Xacobeo”

Many of our readers, as they prepare their future Camino, must have heard that the year 2021 is a special one, since it’s a Jubilee Year or “Año Jacobeo” (“Año Xacobeo” in galician). What does this mean?

According to the Catholic Church, a Jubilee Year is celebrated in Santiago de Compostela whenever July 25th (the day of Santiago the elder) falls on a Sunday. And indeed, the next time this will happen will be on 2021 (and then in 2027). For catholic christians, this means that they can attain a plenary indulgence (full forgiveness of their sins) if they:

  • Visit the Santiago cathedral. (Strictly speaking, one doesn’t need to have made the full pilgrimage; it’s enough to have visited Santiago).
  • Pray for the pope (at least the Lord’s Prayer or the Creed).
  • Receive the Sacraments of Penance and Communion.

The Jubilee Year is also special because it’s only on those occasions when the cathedral’s Holy Door is open.

Indulgence can also be gained, for those pilgrims who haven’t been able to reach Santiago due to accident or illness, if you reach Villafranca del Bierzo and cross the Forgiveness Gate at its church.

This tradition was created by pope Calixtus II in 1120, and it was a big factor in the increase of pilgrimages to Santiago during the Middle Ages. (For those readers knowledgeable about the History of the Camino and who might find Calixtus II’s name familiar, the “Codex Calixtinus” takes its name from a supposed letter by this pope attached to the beginning of the document).

From a practical point of view, on jubilee years there is a considerable increase in the number of pilgrims, so it’s convenient to plan in advance and make reservations for your lodgings, specially in Santiago. Of course, one can also avoid such hassle by walking the Camino on a non-Jacobean year, such as 2020 itself…

 

Caminofácil: now on the Camino Inglés!

Puerto del Ferrol

We have some great news to share: starting today, Caminofácil provides luggae transfer services on the Camino Inglés, starting from Ferrol. Pilgrims who wish to experience the Camino in a (up to now) less known route will enjoy now the comfort of having their luggage waiting for them at the lodgings at the end of the stage, thanks to our service.

What is the Camino Inglés?

The Camino Inglés has its origins in the Middle Ages, when it was the route used by english and irish pilgrims who arrive by boat to Galicia. Their boats desembarked them at Coruña o Ferrol, and from there they walked to Santiago. Despite its name, it wasn’t used solely by english people; there is a case of an icelandic pilgrim who arrived in 1154.

The modern Camino Inglés, which Caminofácil starts to cover now, has its origin in Ferrol, and it has a length of 112 km., enough to get the compostela at the pilgrim’s arrival at Santiago. Along the route, the pilgrim crosses towns like Pontedeume or Betanzos, and can enjoy the beautiful galician scenery and coasts.

The battle of Atapuerca

Foto gentileza de www.batalladeatapuerca.com

Atapuerca is one of the best known villages through which the Camino de Santiago passes. Known today mostly thanks to its archeological site, it is also relevant though for the yearly reenactment of the historical battle that took place in the town in the Middle Ages.

The battle

The battle of Atapuerca took place on September 1st of 1054, between kings Fernando I of León and Count of Castile, and García Sánchez III of Pamplona. Both of them were sons of king Sancho III of Navarre, who divided his kingdom at death between them.

A series of personal conflicts among both brothers, that had roots in part in king Bermudo III of León’s attempt to wage war against Fernando and García’s help to the latter, provoked the battle between both kings on the plain in the valley of Atapuerca.

The battle concluded with the death of García Sanchez, but Navarre’s army managed to keep calm and recover the king’s body in order to bring it back to the pantheon in Nájera. García’s son, Sancho Garcés IV, was named king on the battlefield itself.

The event

(Pictures courtesy of www.batalladeatapuerca.com).

The current reenactment began in 1996, as an initiative of a group of neighbours organised in the association “Amigos de Atapuerca”. It has now been declared an Event of Touristic Interest by the Castilla-León regional government, and it has a medieval market that takes place during the day. All the elements used in the reenactment (shields, tents, historical clothing…) are made by the village’s inhabitants.

This year (2019) the reenactment will take place on August 24 and 25. If you are interested, you can get more information at www.batalladeatapuerca.com.