Practical Information

An incomparable venue: Loyola Sanctuary

The Sanctuary of Loyola is located in the valley of the river Urola (Guipúzcoa). It was built in the 17th century around the tower-house of the Loyola family. Two events made Loyola the center of a continuous pilgrimage: the birth of Ignatius of Loyola (1491) and his conversion (1521). After the battle of Pamplona, Ignacio was transferred to his tower-house. There, without being able to entertain himself with the chivalrous literatures, he will ask for some reading to spend the hours of his convalescence. His sister-in-law Magdalena de Araoz will offer him The Life of Christ of Ludolfo of Saxony and the Legend of the Saints of Jacob of Varazze. This time will be the occasion of his first conversion, which brought about a change in his outlook, discernment and questions about his past and present life.

SEE MAP OF LOYOLA

Accomodation: Loyola Retreat House

Loyola Retreat House is an institution of the Society of Jesus located in the Sanctuary of Loyola. It was founded in 1972, in a building that had been a centre for the formation of Jesuits for decades.

The purpose of the House is to promote Ignatian spirituality through retreats and courses.

We want to preserve the most authentic experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola, bringing spirituality for today’s world using new language and forms. A team of Jesuits, lay people and a community of religious sisters work in the house.

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Travel and Arrival

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BY CAR

A-8 Motorway
Direction San Sebastián: take exit 64 towards Elgoibar Azkoitia-Azpeitia.
Direction Bilbao: take exit 48 towards Zestoa-Azpeitia


BY BUS:

From San Sebastián

Direct bus stopping next to the Basilica of Loyola. See timetables

From Zumárraga

Direct bus stopping next to the Basilica of Loyola. Seetimetables

From Bilbao

Bus to Azpeitia-Loyola with transfer in Eibar. See timetables

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BY TRAIN:

Renfe stops in San Sebastian, Zumarraga and Bilbao
There are bus connections with Loyola from every place


BY PLANE:

Bilbao Airport(BIO)

Bus to San Sebastian and then direct bus stopping next to the Basilica of Loyola. See timetables

San Sebastián Airport (EAS)

Bus to San Sebastian and then direct bus stopping next to the Basilica of Loyola. See timetables

Santander Airport (SDR)

Bus to San Sebastian and then direct bus stopping next to the Basilica of Loyola. See timetables

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