This is a very special year for the Camino de Santiago. Xacobeo number 120 in its history is celebrated, which also extends to 2022. It will be two years of celebrations and activities on the Jacobean Routes, which seem to gradually recover the movement of pilgrims despite Covid 19, and which attract Santiago de Compostela to thousands of pilgrims from around the world.
The also known as Compostela Holy Year is commemorated the years in which the day of the Apostle Santiago (July 25) falls on Sunday, as established by Pope Callisto II in 1126, coinciding with the laying of the last stone of the compostelana cathedral. The Xacobeo is celebrated about 14 times every century.
This Xacobeo is also special because in 2020 it could not be celebrated because of Covid 19. For this reason, Pope Francis announced, after the opening of the Holy Door that the Holy Year 2021 will be extended to 2022. Thus begins a Jacobean decade in which You can enjoy several Compostela Holy Years in a row.
In its eagerness to meet the needs of its customers wherever they are, Correos has created a series of services to help pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago, before starting it, during and after the route is finished. Although postmen and pilgrims had been sharing the Camino for hundreds of years, since 2016 Correos has been deeply involved with the Jacobean community, and has put its logistics at their service through El Camino con Correos, an initiative that provides help and information to pilgrims and facilitates all types of shipments.
The services of ‘El Camino con Correos’ can be contracted online
And is that to enjoy the journey more and better, nothing like going light with luggage. For this reason, Correos offers the service Pack Backpack, which allows you to do the Camino without carrying all your luggage. The logistics company is responsible for transporting it daily, from accommodation to accommodation. The postmen collect the backpacks or suitcases first thing in the morning at the hostel, hotel or hostel that the client indicates and deliver it to the next accommodation before 2:30 p.m. on the same day, so that when the pilgrim finishes his stage, have your luggage. This service can be contracted online (www.paqmochila.com). In addition, the Paq Mochila has a traceability system, by which the pilgrim can receive on his mobile a notice of delivery and collection of his backpack.
Walkers who want to make the journey by bike have the Paq Bicycle option that facilitates the shipment of bikes from any post office to the starting point of the Camino or back home at the end. It has a special and ecological packaging, in addition to a minimum insurance of 300 euros. Click here to see all the information about this service.
For its part, the Paq Peregrino is a specific service for pilgrims who want to make shipments, both packages and suitcases, to any post office to pick them up when they arrive. They are saved up to 45 days so that the pilgrim has time to make his Way comfortably (www.elcaminoconcorreos.com/es/envio-maletas).
Likewise, the logistics company has a left-luggage office in Santiago de Compostela so that pilgrims can leave their backpack, bike or walking stick at the end of their Camino to enter the Cathedral (backpacks are not allowed) or walk through the city free of charge.
These services can be consulted in the page www.elcaminoconcorreos.com, which also contains useful information to prepare and organize the Camino: maps and description of the stages of the different routes to choose from, advice from the postmen and portfolios on what to see and do along the Camino or a search engine with information on more than 4,000 establishments on the different routes.
With a postmark dedicated to the Holy Door of the Cathedral of Santiago, Correos commemorates this Compostela Holy Year 2021-2022. Pilgrims who come to the main office in Santiago (Rúa do Franco, 4) will be able to stamp their letters or postcards to send them anywhere in Spain or the world; They can also stamp the pilgrim’s credential.
The postmark will help to publicize the image of the Holy Door throughout the world through the letters and postcards that are stamped in the main office of Santiago de Compostela, thus helping to spread the Holy Year, and will be in use until December 31, 2022.
This year begins a ‘Jacobean decade’ in which up to four holy years will be celebrated: 2021-2022, 2027 and 2032. It has also made a very special broadcast on the occasion of the Xacobeo 2021-2022. It is a commemorative stamp that features Floreano, one of the most beloved characters in the Galician press.
Created by the cartoonist Gogue, Floreano has made the leap from the pages of Faro de Vigo to become a pilgrim, with his cape, staff and pumpkin. The stamp can be purchased at the Correos online store or at any of its offices.