Some pilgrims confess they would like to give back to the Way as much as they have received by helping others on their path, perhaps as hosts at a hostel. The best way to do so is to contact Acogida Cristiana en los Caminos de Santiago.
After the pilgrimage
Become a volunteer
From 15th June to 15th August, in the Chapel of the Pilgrim’s Reception Centre, every day at 5.00 p.m. Outside this period, see our social networks (Facebook) for schedule.
A time and a space for silence and singing to rest on arrival in Santiago.
Enjoy the city of Santiago
Congratulations! You have finished your pilgrimage! We hope you enjoyed it, and now it is time to take a break and explore the city of Santiago. It is a historical city with many museums and attractions. Please remember that by presenting your Credencial you can get discounts on tickets to some places, including the Cathedral of Santiago Museum.
The staff at the Pilgrim’s Reception Office will try to answer all your questions, and if you would like more information, you can also go to the two Tourist Offices. The first is located at No. 32 Rúa do Vilar, and has information on Galicia; the second is at No. 63, and is a local tourist office with all the information about Santiago. They can both give you a street map to help you get around. The Santiago Tourist Office also has a great website with lots of content and information, including a hotel booking service. It is available at: www.santiagoturismo.com
Complementary to the tour of the Cathedral and essential to understanding its history through its cultural heritage is a visit to the Cathedral Museum, offering different types of visits: permanent collection, Roof, Excavations, Gallery, Portico of Glory and temporary exhibitions of Gelmírez Palace. Access to all of these areas is via the visitor reception centre of the Crypt of the Portico of Glory, on the same façade as the Obradoiro. For more information and online booking: www.catedraldesantiago.es.
Time for Reflection: Prayer and Meditation
Many pilgrims want to rest and wind down after their pilgrimage. Santiago is a great city for this and there are many quiet places where you can just sit and think. Rest and be thankful.
The Cathedral is open all day and many people sit in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel (to the Left of the nave facing the altar) to think or pray.
Most of the churches in the city are open in the mornings and evenings. Check the notice boards at each church. You can also attend the Prayer Meetings specially held for pilgrims each evening in the Cathedral.
Prayer of thanks
Dear Lord! Today I return home. I return happy and content. My heart is full of wonderful experiences. I never imagined that the Way of St. James could give so much meaning to my life. I most certainly leave a very different person than when I arrived. I am so thankful to you and to so many people that I have encountered and who have helped me. I ask that you allow me to repay you in the best way possible: to be a witness to the values of your Gospel and to be a devout follower of St. James. I humbly pray to you by the Passion, the Death and Resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ and the intercession of Mary and the Apostle St. James. Amen.
The pilgrimage to Santiago has a profound effect on many pilgrims. You may feel the desire to talk to your local parish priest, since he could give you advice and support to continue the spiritual journey that you have begun on the Way. One option would be to join a local association of St. James, like the ones listed on our site or if there are none at your place of residence you could create one.