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Bilboa to Barcelona, Spain

September 3-13, 2021

“For it is not knowing much, but realising and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.”

- St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556 AD)

In 1522 Ignatius of Loyola travelled on foot from his home in Loyola, in the Basque region of Spain, to Montserrat and Manresa near Barcelona. This pilgrimage changed his life. His subsequent undertakings changed the world. Experience the highlights of Spain's Ignatian Pilgrimage route on this gentle walking tour that allows for travel by foot and the comfort of a coach. Two outstanding guides will accompany us on a spiritual journey of stillness, solitude and reflection. And they will provide unparalleled expertise on St. Ignatius and the sacred sites along this route.

Peregrino, or "pilgrim", is at the heart of

Ignatian spirituality

SDI is pleased to invite you on a pilgrimage to Spain in the footsteps of St. Ignatius. This Pilgrimage will follow the newly designed “Ignatian Camino,” or Ignatian Way from September 3-13, 2021. 

St. Ignatius knew himself as a pilgrim, with God as his companion. As a pilgrim he was led on his way to a deeper relationship with God. This grace Ignatius received is intended for all those who follow the Ignatian way, his camino, the spirituality of St. Ignatius.




Pilgrims may choose to pray selections from the Spiritual Exercises composed by Ignatius during this time. As we pass through many sacred locations, we will experience, in a new way, the life of Ignatius and the scriptures he pondered.  While we desire a felt experience of God in prayer and a meaningful journey of faith at Ignatian shrines, we also hope to have a sense of peace and joy, gifts historically received during pilgrimages.


  • 2021 pricing coming soon

Scholarships available

Included in the price:

  • 10 nights in single/double occupancy

  • Breakfasts

  • Lunches

  • Dinners

  • Transportation assistance along the route

  • Guided spiritual direction and Tours

Not included:

  • Transportation to and from  Spain

  • Travel Protection Insurance

Pilgrimage package includes: 

  • All Accommodations: Pilgrims will stay in local hotels and simple refugios. Accommodations will either be shared (in double rooms for two pilgrims, or a double bed for a couple), with a limited number of single room upgrades for some of the nights.  

  • Meals: Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided throughout the pilgrimage, with the exception of two lunches and one dinner, which are out-of-pocket. 

  • Transportation:  During portions of the journey when pilgrims are not walking, air-conditioned coach buses will be provided. Vehicle assistance will be available if needed during the walks. Luggage transfer assistance. 

  • Guided prayer, personalized spiritual direction sessions, guided tours of sacred spaces, optional Eucharist each day. 


Please access the links below for more information on planning your Journey

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Sep 3: Arrive at Bilboa and Loyola

Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola - Azpeitia

Sep 7: Navarrete - Logrono - Javier

(7.5 miles)

Javier Retreat House

Sep 11: Barcelona

(5 miles)

Hotel TBD in Barcelona

Sep 4: Loyola

(5 miles)

Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola - Azpeitia

Sep 8: Javier - Verdu - Montserrat

(2.5 miles)

Hotel Abad Cisneros

Sep 12: Barcelona

(5 miles)

Hotel TBD in Barcelona

Sep 5: Loyola - Arantzazu - San Sebastian - Loyola

(5 miles)

Jesus Maria Retreat House, Loyola - Azpeitia

Sep 9: Montserrat - Manresa 

(6.2 miles)

Spirituality Center - La Cova

Sep 13: Departures

Journey officially ends after breakfast

Sep 6: Loyola - Laguardia - Navarrete

(6.8 miles)

Posada Ignatuius, Navarette and Pilgrims Hostel

Sep 10: Manresa

(6.2 miles)

Spirituality Center - La Cova

Visit the FAQ page below for more information



Fr Josep Lluis Iriberri, SJ

Father Jose serves as Director of the Pilgrim Office of the Ignatian Way in Spain. He has been guiding international pilgrim groups since 2012 and is a promoter of the Way through publications and conferences throughout the world.​ Born in Barcelona in 1959, Father Jose has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1981 and a priest since 1992. He holds a degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona and in Theology from the University of Louvain in Belgium. After attending two years in the center Lumen Vitae in Brussels, he earned a Master in Counseling from the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. He has studied in Jesuit formation in Belfast, worked for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Morocco and was the founder and first director of the Service Accueil Migrants in Casablanca. Father Jose is trained in Appreciative Coaching and is a certified professor of the Enneagram (Pastoral Institute, Loyola University, Chicago), offering training workshops on the Enneagram since 1998.

Sr Kathleen McAlpin

Kathleen McAlpin, RSM, is a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy and served many years in Formation and New Membership Programs. She holds a Doctor of Ministry from the Toronto School of Theol­ogy and a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago. She is a graduate of the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA in Spiritual Direction and Supervision. Kathleen assisted in the creation of the Spiritual Direction Program at Neumann College in Aston, PA. She created the Diploma Program in Spiritual Direction at Regis College in Toronto where she also directed the Integration for Ministry Master’s program. She is an adjunct faculty member for the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University in Omaha. Kathleen serves on the Spiritual Direction Formation Team at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia which focuses on the Contemplative Tradition, the Charism of Mercy, and the art of spiritual accompaniment with those on the margins of life.


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