3. Pilgrimages


An invitation. . . . to the “Picos de Europa” July 26 - August 3 2018 (with the possibility of staying overnight till Aug 4)

The Spanish Pilgrims have organised the 2018 international pilgrimage in northern Spain. It will start in Comillas (Cantabria) on July 26 and will end in Potes at the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana on August 3, 2018.

Comillas, the starting point, is a signifcant town in Cantabria. Architecturally, as well the town square and church of the eighteenth century, it has many interesting Art Nouveau buildings - the Sobrellano Palace, the Pontifical University and the brilliant "El Capricho" designed by Antonio Gaudí.

The route of the pilgrimage is through the Picos de Europa - a Regional Park of great natural beauty, limestone mountains, sparkling rivers and great biodiversity in its animals and plant life. Some groups may walk part of the Liébana way - one of the old pilgrim routes, along which pilgrims travel to the Monastery of Santo Toribio, especially during Jubilee Years.

The route ends near Potes at the famous Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, where the final celebration of the Pilgrimage will take place. These buildings go back to the 6th c. and since 1961 have been under the care of a small community of Franciscans.

Alongside Santiago de Compostela, Rome, Jerusalem and Caravaca de la Cruz (Murcia), it is recognised as one of the 5 places in the Catholic world in which the Holy Year is celebrated; a tradition going back to 1512 and celebrated every time April 16, the feast of Santo Toribio, falls on a Sunday. The monastery is famous, among other things, because it was here that, in the 8th century, Beatus of Liébana, abbot of this monastery, wrote the "Commentaries to the Apocalypse” and Bishop Toribio de Astorga, brought, from the Holy Land, a relic of the "Lignum Crucis", the largest known piece of the Cross of Christ, and one of the few the Catholic church recognises as authentic.

During the Pilgrimage we will have opportunites to reflect on the theme for this year - “Migrations, people in movement" - a very current theme with all that is happening to refugees today. looking at the the ideas from the viewpoint of St Francis of Assisi who inspires the Pilgrims of St Francis

This is an invitation for everyone to join this pilgrimage. The Spanish also hope that some will be willing to serve as leaders of the groups (guardian, troubadour, spiritual animator, chapter animator or housekeeper) and that those who come by car will be willing to allow it to be used as a group vehicle carrying food and/or baggage for those who cannot carry everything.

Practical details

To join please complete an application form (included here).

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On the form please specify which kind of group you wish to be in:- There will be:- Groups where pilgrims walk to a different venue every day, (Specify whether all baggage can be carried or some help is needed); Star Groups, which will have three or four venues during the pilgrimage; A static Centre group for those who need beds. An Adventure group, without a car, where everyone carries all their baggage.

Starting point for the pilgrimage: Polideportivo Municipal de Comillas (Comillas Municipal Sports Centre) camino de Santa Lucía, s/n Comillas (Cantabria) Arrival is possible from 10 h. on July 26, 2018.

Getting there:

By plane:

Santander airport. Ryanair flights from Brussels/Charleroi airport. From the airport there is a bus to the Santander bus station, from there take the bus "La Cantábrica" (http: //www.lacantabrica .net / _archivos/Horarios_Descarga.pdf) direct to Comillas. There are several buses a day.

By Boat (for English Pilgrims!):

Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander. From Santander bus station, take bus "La Cantábrica”. (http://www.lacantabrica.net/_archivos/Horarios_Descarga.pdf) direct to Comillas. There are several a day.

By car:

From the border of Irún-Behobia (France / Spain). Take AP8 / A8. From the border it is 256 km to Comillas.

Prices:- € 170 Adults in walking groups. € 200 Centre group € 125 Students (from 13yrs old) / Unemployed € 70 Children (from 4 to 12 years old) Deposit: € 40 for adults, € 20 for children.

Start of Pilgrimage: Programme for July 26, 2018 10:00 Reception and welcome. 12:00 Inscriptions 16:00 Meetings for those with responsibilities. 17:30 The opening service. Formation of groups 18:30 Centre group leaves by bus The luggage not needed during the week’s walking is taken to the end of the Pilgrimage, Cars, not needed for the pilgrimage, are taken to the end and drivers are returned to their groups in Comillas.

Important: The star groups and walking groups (including the adventure group) will stay at the Polideportivo de Comillas overnight of July 26 and will leave before 8:30 h on 27 July.

End of Pilgrimage:

Programme for August 3, 2018.- 13:00 Groups arrive at Potes and stored baggage is delivered. 18:00 Final Eucharist Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana. 20:00 p.m. Meal at the Concepción Arenal School, Potes. 21:00 p.m. Veillee at the Concepción Arenal School, Potes

NB It is possible to stay in Potes overnight (plus breakfast) but only until 9,0am.

Some suggestions of places to stay before or afterwards Villa de Comillas Guesthouse - (5 min walk) from Sports Centre,

Calle Antonio López, 22 bajo, ☎︎ +34665309088 - +34617907689 pensionvilladecomillas@gmail.com

Viaceli Monastery Hospice (Cistercian Monks). 10 km distant. Barrio Corrales, 191, 39320 Cóbreces, ☎︎+34 942 72 50 17

Hostería Monasterio de Suesa (Trinitarian nuns). 47 Km. Barrio Mojante, 23, 39150 Suesa, Cantabria ☎︎ +34 942 51 01 29

Albergue La Cabaña del abuelo Peuto. 76 Km. Calle el Albergue nº 323. 39191 Güemes (Cantabria) ☎︎+34 942 62 11 22, Email: ernestobustio@yahoo.es

Gargantia Youth Hostel. 5 km Barrio La Iglesia, s / n, 39527 Ruiloba (Cantabria). ☎︎: +34 686 46 46 20, Email: albergue.gargantia@cantabria.es

Camping Comillas. Next to the Polideportivo de Comillas Calle Manuel Noriega, s / n, 39520 Comillas (Cantabria) ☎︎: 942 720 074

Camping El Helguero. 5 km Barrio La Iglesia, s / n, 39527 Ruiloba (Cantabria) ☎︎: +3494272 2124, Email: reservas@campingelhelguero.com

Accommodation at El Paramo. 13 Km Barrio Boria, 1, 39540 San Vicente de la Barquera (Cantabria,) ☎︎: +34 676 21 65 59

Other suggestions via: https://www.brujulea.net/hoteles-baratos/playa_comillas-

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