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Ons stap reeds meer as 'n dekade met ons pelgrims in die voetspore van Bybel figure. Israel... Jerusalem... Galilea... Griekeland... Jordanië... Turkye... elk het sy eie bekoring, waarhede en lesse wat met elke treetjie geleer word. Maar die Camino de Santiago roetes in Spanje bly my verwonder!

Hierdie lewensveranderende ondervinding lok pelgrims keer op keer terug. Met tuiskoms begin meeste omtrent dadelik die volgende stap beplan. Wat is dit aan hierdie roetes wat pelgrims laat terug hunker, verlang, onthou en baie dan hul hele lewe nuut begin inrig danksy hierdie grootse ervaring?


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For more than a decade we have been walking with our pilgrims in the footsteps of Bible figures and Saints. Israel... Jerusalem... Galilee... Greece... Jordan... Turkey... each has its own charm, truths, and lessons to be learned with each step. But the Camino de Santiago routes in Spain constantly amazes me!

This life-changing experience lure pilgrims back time and time again. On returning home, most people start planning their next Camino almost immediately. What is it about these ancient paths that make pilgrims long back, remember, and many restructure their lives thanks to this vast experience?

 

George: 8 & 9 February
Bloemfontein: 13 February
Johannesburg: 14 February
Pretoria: 15 February
Stellenbosch: 18 February
Durbanville: 19 February


RSVP by WhatsApp to 082 325 3053 or yolandi@stapdiecamino.co.za
 
 
Pilgrims numbers on the Increase
 
Die gewildheid van die Camino de Santiago jaarliks met sowat 7% toe. In 2019 het 336 591 pelgrims hul Compostelas by die pelgrimskantoor in Santiago ontvang - ongeveer 37 000 meer as in 2017.

2021 is die volgende 'Heilige Jaar' wanneer 25 Julie, wat bekendstaan as 'St Jakobus Dag', op 'n Sondag val. Statisties akkommodeer die Camino de Santiago roetes tydens 'n Heilge Jaar ongeveer dubbel die hoeveelheid pelgims as die vorige kalenderjaar, wat die skatting vir 2021 sowat 800 000 pelgrims maak.

Beplanning is dus van kardinale belang. Om seker te maak ons kry goeie akkommodasie vir jou op die roetes, moet jy ons asb. vroegtydig kontak!


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The Camino de Santiago's popularity is increasing by about 7% annually. In 2019, 336 591 pilgrims received their Compostela from the Pilgrimage office in Santiago - about 37,000 more than in 2017.

2021 will be the next 'Holy Year' when Santiago day, July 25th, falls on a Sunday. Statistically the number of pilgrims walking different routes of the Camino de Santiago, roughly doubles to the previous calendar year during a Holy Year, making the estimate for 2021 to be about 800 000 pilgrims.

Therefore proper planning is of the utmost essence. For us to make sure we get you the best accommodation right on the route, we need to plan way in advance.

 
 
New Schengen Visa Regulations


From 2 February 2020, new revisions will come into effect that was given the green light by the European Commission in June last year.

The new changes are set to make the visa process easier for countries and individuals in good standing with the EU, as well as address the rise in security concerns stemming from migration.

Bottom line: Longer stays for previous visitors that behave.

Those who frequently travel to EU member states with a good history of returning to their country of origin within the confines of previous visas will be eligible to receive multiple-entry visas for five years. 

So when applying for your Schengen visa we will help you to apply for an extended visa as you might want to walk a Camino more than once in your lifetime!

 


Visa Fees

On the downside, the Schengen Visa will be getting more expensive - it will now cost €80 per application, which currently stands at about R1 320 (at R16.50/€) + admin fee. Children between the ages of 0 and 6 will still be free. 

Another provision in the changes also allows the commission to assess whether the visa fees should change every three years. The visa process will also be used as leverage (including fees, processing time and visa periods) in a bid to improve cooperation with non-Schengen countries to readmit undocumented immigrants. Travel and medical insurance will remain mandatory.

 

Please feel free to contact us for Camino quotes, different options or any other inquiries.

Have a wonderful February!

Buen Camino!
Yolandi van der Wath
yolandi@stapdiecamino.co.za
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