Xacobeo Webinar, March 20th, 2021

We have received the following message from the Association of the Friends of the Way which we are happy to share with you:

Dear friends of the Jacobean associations, foundations and brotherhood and of the Galician communities abroad:

As you well know, we are preparing as best as possible the arrival of the pilgrims to Santiago, in this Compostela Holy Year 2021 that Pope Francis has extended to 2022.

One of our priorities is to preserve the safety of the pilgrim, both along the Camino -of all the Jacobean routes in Galicia-, and in the city of Santiago. Health security and personal safety measures that are taken along theWay of the St. James and in the public shelters along the route in Galicia. In the same way, we are also focused on rescheduling cultural and festive activities, from the curatorship of Xacobeo 21-22, which complement the spiritual sense of the Compostelanean Jubilee.

To disseminate these concepts, we have designed for next Saturday March 20, starting at 12 noon (Spanish time), a round table in a “webinar” format, in which the main specialists in reception, hospitality and security will participate, for which we request your active participation online. After the interventions of the speakers there will be a question time in which you can comment and ask any questions that may arise.

In a few days you will receive the registration link.

I bid you farewell and wait to see you in this “webinar”; wishing you health and serenity!

Ildefonso de la Campa Montenegro

Director of Administration and Relations with the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago

S.A. Xestión do Plan Xacobeo. Xunta de Galicia

Can you spare a few minutes for a Camino Survey?

The Territorial Studies Group (GET) of the Faculty of Sociology of the University of A Coruña is conducting a study on the Camino de Santiago in Galicia. I would be grateful if you could answer some questions if you are over 18 years old and have made this Pilgrimage Route between 2015 and 2020. The information will be treated in a completely anonymous and confidential way so that you can answer the questions with total sincerity and freedom. It will only be 4 minutes. Thanks a lot.


O Grupo de Estudos Territoriais ( GET) da Facultade de Socioloxía da Universidade da Coruña está a realizar un estudo sobre o Camiño de Santiago en Galicia. Agradeceríamoslle que contestase ao seguinte cuestionario se ten máis de 18 anos e se realizou este Roteiro de Peregrinación entre 2015 e 2020. A información será tratada de maneira totalmente anónima e confidencial. Serán  soamente 4 minutos. Moitas grazas.

El Grupo de Estudios Territoriales (GET) de la Facultad de Sociología de la Universidad de A Coruña está realizando un estudio sobre el Camino de Santiago en Galicia.
Le agradecería que nos contestase a unas preguntas si tiene más de 18 años y ha realizado esta Ruta de Peregrinación entre 2015 y 2020.
La información será tratada de manera totalmente anónima y confidencial de forma que puede contestar con total sinceridad y libertad a las preguntas.
Serán sólamente 4 minutos.


Área Cultura Xacobea

Turismo de Galicia – S.A. de Xestión do Plan Xacobeo
Estrada Santiago – Noia, Km 3 / A Barcia
15897 Santiago de Compostela


XirCammini, as the Malta representative of the Associations of Friends of the Way of St. James, has received the following message and announcement from the Xunta de Galicia to share with our members, pilgrims and Camino aficionados.

More information, not only in terms of Covid-19 updates in Galicia but about the continuous work of the Xunta de Galicia can also be found on https://www.caminodesantiago.gal/en

Dear President.

Following instructions from the First Vice President of the Xunta de Galicia, I am enclosing a report on the situation of COVID19 on the Camino de Santiago. In this report, you will see the actions implemented by the Government of Galicia and their impact on pilgrims in our region, as well as reference to the main information resources on COVID19 in our region.

I hope that this information will be useful for your association.

Yours sincerely

Ildefonso de la Campa Montenegro, Managing  Director


29 January 2021.


After the publication of DECREE 8/2021, of 26 January, adopting measures in the territory of the Autonomous Community of Galicia to deal with the healthcare crisis, under the condition of competent delegated authority within the framework of the provisions of Royal Decree 926/2020, of 25 October, declaring a state of alarm to prevent the spread of infections caused by SARS-CoV-2:
, its impact on the Camino de Santiago is as follows:

  1. Limitation on the entry and exit of people to and from the territory
    of the Autonomous Community of Galicia
    from another region of Spain or from foreign countries, except for the exceptions set forth in this decree, from 00:00 on 27 January to 00:00 on 17 February.
  2. Limitations on the entry and exit of people to and from the territory of each of the municipalities of the Autonomous Community of Galicia, except for the exceptions set forth in this decree, from 00.00 on 27 January 2021 until 00.00 on 17 February.
  3. Closure of the public network of pilgrim hostels from 00:00 on 27 January 2021 until 00:00 on 17 February.


To access up-to-date information on the pandemic situation and anti-COVID measures in the municipalities of Galicia, visit the Health Council of the Xunta de Galicia’s website:



As indicated in point 1, the public network of pilgrim shelters will be closed from 00:00 on 27 January 2021 until 00:00 on 17 February.



Radar COVID is an application designed by the Government of Spain to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Radar COVID anonymously notifies you of possible contact that you may have had in the last 14 days with a person who was infected. In the case that this contact occurred, it enables easy communication with public health.


PassCOVID.gal is an application designed by the Xunta de Galicia to help keep citizens safe from COVID-19. PassCovid complements RadarCovid and allows you to: consult information of interest; receive notifications if you were in an establishment of risk due to the concentration of infections; communicate any positive COVID-19 diagnosis you may have to contacts you had and the places you visited; and find your Radar COVID code.

It allows you to check the updated status of restrictions in Galicia’s different municipalities.

It enables you to immediately receive important information, to consult the recommendations and to find information about the current state of the pandemic in Galicia.


The Xunta de Galicia has launched the Camino Seguro (Safe Camino) programme, an initiative that promotes pilgrimages adapted to the current health situation through a comprehensive protocol of action on Jacobean routes in Galicia.

This programme has established a series of measures for pilgrims and professionals, management entities or volunteers who work on the Jacobean Route.

You can find the protocols, plans and support materials through the following links:

Information for professionals and management entities:

Information for pilgrims:

Opening of the Holy Door, Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Message from Dirección Xacobeo

On behalf of the director of Administration and Relations with the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago, Ildefonso de la Campa Montenegro, we attach the following links for the streaming broadcast of the opening of the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago which, as you know, marks the beginning of Xacobeo 2021.

The broadcast will take place live on December 31st from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Spanish time.

These are the specifications given to us by Televisión de Galicia, TVG, the host broadcaster, providing coverage which you will be able to use in different ways:

The iframe with which you will be able to embed the signal of our live broadcast on your website. The iframe itself contains TVG’s broadcast, so right now what it reproduces is TVG’s daily programming. As the event will be broadcast on Opening Day, that is when you will be able to see if you embed it (it is an HTML code that you have to embed in your website). It is the retransmission of this special programme.

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This is the link to TVG’s website where the Opening of the Holy Door can be watched live: http://www.crtvg.es/en-directo/apertura-puerta-santa-de la-catedral-de-santiago-de-compostela

This link will not be active until the moment before the start of the programme.

The third link, and the one that will probably work best for you, is that of Televisión de Galicia (TVG)’s Youtube Channel.

This is the direct link to the broadcast of the 31st:  

This is the direct link to TVG’s Youtube Channel. You can always enter it and connect to what is being broadcast at the time:

https://www.youtube.com/c/televisiondegalicia/videos? view=57

We Strike Gold!

In the words of appreciation by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Autonomous Community of Galicia:

 The above is taken from his letter to the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago – of which XirCammini is part – on being awarded the Casteleo Medal.

The Castelao Medal is awarded by the Galician Government to people and organisations in recognition of exceptional work they do from which the Galician region benefits.

Pilgrimage Tips from the Jacobean Council

The following is a translated excerpt from the latest meeting (25th June) of the Jacobean Council regarding re-commencing the Camino.

“The Executive Commission of the Jacobean Council held its second meeting on June 25 during the health crisis with the aim of preparing the Camino de Santiago before its re-activation in the “new normality”.

The importance of offering the pilgrim information on the new situation of the Camino de Santiago during the health crisis was one of the prevalent conclusions of the Commission.

To this end, we highlight:


Recommendations for the Camino de Santiago during the health crisis COVID-19

The Jacobean Council includes in this section all the recommendations that may be useful for pilgrims and all agents of the Camino de Santiago during the health crisis with the aim of minimizing the risks of contagion. The fulfillment of all these recommendations will contribute to allow the continuity of the Camino during the duration of the pandemic.

It is necessary to take into account that, in the state of new normality, each Autonomous Community can establish its own rules regarding capacity restrictions, group activities, public transport, etc. which can be consulted in the links in the right column.

If you are thinking of doing the Camino, download these tips to help you on your pilgrimage:

Before Departing
On the Camino
Applicable to the Albergue


Where in doubt please always err on the side of prudence. The Camino has been with us for centuries and will be with us after this episode. Life is more fragile.

Buen Camino.

A message from San Juan Bautista, Granon

We received a message from Ms. Marina Saiz,  the person responsible for the running of the much-loved San Juan Bautista albergue in Grañon, in La Rioja, in Spain.

The following is a paraphrase of it:

“Due to the pandemic of Covid-19, we are not going to open the albergue
this summer. Since we are first and foremost a parish, and our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our elderly parishioners in Grañón. 

Therefore, we feel obliged to ask you if you could please warn pilgrims of the risk they inadvertently pose to our elderly parishioners who stand to suffer from a fresh outbreak of Covid-19. Therefore if you were still planning to undertake a Camino this year we please ask you to reconsider.”