Ignatian Way Walking Holiday

Ignatian Way Walking Holiday

Our Ignition Way Walking Holiday follows in the footsteps Saint Ignatius on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 1522. Set over 8days beginning in Loyola and ending in Laguardia. this is the first stage of the Ignatian Way.

Most people are  familiar with the popular Camino de Santiago (St. James’s Way). This Walking Holiday offers an alternative to the St James Way.

The Ignition Way Walking Holiday gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful Basque country of Spain. This For each days walking we offer a longer and shorter route and two options for accommodations. You will stay in excellent quality guest houses and hotels. For this self guided Ignition Way walking holiday we provide detailed route notes, maps and local 24/7 support.

Destination Basque Country  Spain
Holiday TypeSelf guided walking holiday
Start/FinishBilba0 or San Sebastian
Duration7 nights 8 days
Distance20 to 25 km per day.
SeasonApril/May – September/October

Fitness Levels
Expect to cover on average 20 kilometres per day walking between five and eight hours each day. You do not need high levels of fitness, however the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the experience. If you are a regular walker you should have no difficulty. Get in training be doing regular walks during the week of 30-45 mins and longer walks at the weekend. You should do as much walking as possible prior to your walk as this will simply add to your enjoyment. That said if you are not at peak fitness you will find you will soon walk yourself fit.

What type of trails will I be walking on?
A mixture of farm/dirt tracks, minor roads and footpaths. The route is way-marked on rocks walls and buildings with yellow painted arrows and shells. There are always other walkers to ask for assistance if required.

Why is baggage transfer optional?
Most walkers carry their own bags. If you pack lightly (10kgs) you can comfortably carry what you need. As you will be staying in hotels you will be provided with toiletries, towels etc. If you want to avoid washing you clothes along the way, or bring more clothes use the luggage transfer option.

When is the best time of year to go?
We recommend April/May when the spring flowers are at their best and September/October when the autumn leaves are turning. It can get very hot in June, July and August.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?
Public transport and taxis are available, if you are need of support our local partner in Spain will be more than happy to help.

Day 1: Arrival in Loiola.

Overnight: Arrupe Hotel *

Day 2: Loyola – Zumarraga  17,5km (4h30) or 12 km (3h)

Overnight: Etxeberri Hotel ***

Day 3: Zumarraga – Arantzazu. 19,2km (7h00) – 9 km (4h00)

Overnight: Goiko Benta *

Day 4: Arantzazu – Araia, 17,7km (5h30) or 11,5km (4h)

Overnight: El Gordo Pensión (located in Agurain-Salvatierra, transfer 12 kms by taxi)

Overnight (second option): Casa de oración Haitzur (located in Egino, 6 kms far from Araia, it is a catholic religious community). Transfer by taxi.

Day 5 : Araia (San Román) – Alda. 18,0 km (5,30) or 12,0 km (4h)

Overnight: Biltegi Etxea (Country house)

Day 6: Alda-Genevilla. 18,3 km (4h30)

Overnight (option A): Genevilla. Usategieta Country House. 3 rooms with double bed and private bathroom. Bed and Breakfast. Dinner is not available.

Overnight (option B): Genevilla. El Encinedo Country House. 1 rooms with double bed and private bathroom, 2 rooms with twin beds and shared bathroom. Bed and Breakfast. Dinner is available by request.

Overnight (option C): Ibernalo Hostal, located two kilometers from Santa Cruz de Campezo. Transfer by taxi.

Day 7: Genevilla-Laguardia. 27 km (7h30) or 16 km (4h30)

Overnight: Hotel Villa de Laguardia ****

Day 8: back home

Date Price
January – March & October – December €605 per person sharing
April – September €625 per person
Optional Extras
Luggage transfers €180 per person.
Return airport transfers from Bilbao €139 per person
  • Accommodation & Breakfasts
  • Route notes and description, maps and tips
  • Local phone support 24/7 in English
  • Pilgrim Credentials
  • Optional luggage transfers
  • Optional private airport transfers.


During you stage you will be accommodated in a mix  of 2,3 & 4 star hotels.

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.

On some of our holidays we offer different type of accommodations. i.e.,  guesthouse and boutique hotels. If this is not listed as an option ask us and well try and arrange what suits you. If you have questions about the accommodation, require an upgrade, have a specific dietary requirement just ask us using the enquiry button on the tour page or give us a call.

Getting there
Fly into Bilbao or San Sebastián airport (flights not included) – Private airport transfers available. Better public transport options are available from San Sebastian

Getting Back
The best way to get back from Logrono is as follows
Bus to Vitoria, Vitoria to Bilbao. Private transfers are available. We can provide public transport time table.

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