Other important religious pilgrimages in Spain besides the Camino de Santiago

What does it mean to you to become a pilgrim?

Pilgrimage is understood as a journey made by a believer or group of believers to a place considered sacred. It could be said that to be a pilgrim, religious motives and devotion are key factors.

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This does not mean, however, that pilgrims are not enriched by other types of life experiences. The pilgrimage offers the possibility of getting to know closely the essence of a country, its history, its traditions, its typical music and cuisine, its folklore….

Although Spain is a politically secular country, it has a large number of religious traditions, liturgical celebrations (such as Easter and its many processions, the Pilgrimage of El Rocío, the feast of Corpus Christi) and of course, with many manifestations of Christian art of all periods (Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance …).

Our roads are full of culture, legends and priceless monuments. Religious tourism in Spain is a growing phenomenon that attracts a large number of visitors at regional and international level.

The Camino de Santiago is undoubtedly the pilgrimage with the greatest projection and importance in our country. From the Middle Ages to the present day, it has contributed to the development of many towns, leaving in its wake a rich cultural legacy, testimony to the knowledge, coexistence and faith of all those who one day undertook the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

But, in addition to the Camino de Santiago, there are other lesser-known pilgrimages that have also had their importance in the historical development of our spirituality. Many of these routes correspond to the place where some saints were born and preached the Gospel. Other sites are visited by traditions that narrate the apparition of some saint or of the Virgin.

For example, it is estimated that one of the religious routes that attracts the largest number of believers in the Iberian Peninsula (almost six million people) is the pilgrimage to the main Marian shrines. Do you feel a special devotion to the Virgin Mary? In this case, you will be amazed by the beauty and spirituality of the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar (a jewel of Aragonese Baroque), which houses works of great value: Plateresque altarpieces, paintings by Goya and the dazzling Santa Capilla, which is located in the heart of the Basilica.

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Not far away (about 70 km.) we can visit the city of Huesca, its old town, its cathedral and the Church of San Pedro el Viejo.

The sanctuary of Torreciudad is considered an important center of devotion, but it is also admired for its beautiful natural landscapes and its breathtaking panoramic views over the El Grado reservoir. A region also known for the quality of its wines belonging to the Somontano Denomination of Origin.

In Barbastro we cannot leave without visiting the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace (with its Diocesan Museum) that preserves great works such as the mitre of San Vitorián, a capital of the ancient mosque of Barbastro or the Christ of San Juan de Toledo de La Nata.

Usually, the Marian pilgrimages continue their journey through Monzón, Binéfar and the beautiful province of Lleida, before reaching Montserrat, one of the most important spiritual centers in the history of Spain. It is said that Saint Ignatius of Loyola reaffirmed his religious vocation before the image of this Virgin, and thousands of pilgrims from all ages have come to pray before this image of singular beauty.

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With respect to the religious routes undertaken in honor of the saints, in Spain the tours of the Carmelite sanctuaries are especially relevant, especially those founded by St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross, two personalities who shared the same era and left an incomparable mark on our culture.

Saint Dominic was also very important for his work as a preacher of the Gospel. The religious pilgrimages that follow the trajectories of his life in Spain pass through places such as the Dominican Monastery of St. Dominic the Real in Segovia (where his baptismal font is kept), the cave where the saint went to pray, the convent of St. Dominic of Silos and other Dominican convents.

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Actually, since it is a question of faith, the choice of one or another religious pilgrimage will depend a lot on the person. So, if you are looking forward to undertake a special religious tour, contact us! We will advise you on the itinerary and the most representative places to visit.

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