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Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola

30-day Retreat: 26 June - 30 July, 2021
Jesuit Retreat Centre in Loyola, Spain

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What you will need

A pair of comfortable walking shoes.
Minimum of about €150 euro - the Spanish currency.
A small umbrella or a lightweight raincoat.
A European Health Insurance Card and/or Travel and Health Insurance.
Passport and Airline tickets/boarding cards.
Summer clothing (self-service washing and ironing facilities are available in the Spirituality Centre).

The Weather

The weather in Loyola in June and July may well be cloudy and can rain sometimes. Temperatures range from 16-32°C with 20-25°C being most common. It rarely suffers the hot, dry heat of the rest of Spain.

The Cost

This retreat is priced in euro: for 2021 is at €2,450 euro.* (Which at February 2020 rate of exchange is £2,150 or US$ 2,800)
We are able to accept payments in euro € or US dollars - please ask us for details when making a payment.
* As we have to pay the Retreat costs in euro, if currency rates fluctuate by +or-5% then the price in Pounds or Dollars would be adjusted accordingly.
Current costs are based on £1=€1.14 (Royal Bank of Scotland Tourist Rate). 

For those who are doing the Spiritual Exercises with us the Pilgrimage is an extra €530 (with a single room supplement €45).
Those who have booked to take part in the Pilgrimage will join the Pilgrimage group for the journey across Spain on the 30th July.

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We require full payment of all fees 6 weeks before the retreat

Grants: A grant towards this retreat is often available for those who find our full offering difficult to afford. Request details.

What is Included

  • Retreat direction
  • Guided walking tours Ignatian sites in Loyola, Azpeitia and Azkoitia.
  • Accommodation in single rooms with en-suite bathroom
  • Full board with mid morning and afternoon snacks
  • Entry fee to Loyola Tower House,
  • Probably visits to Xavier and Aránzazu.
  • Airport transfer to and from Bilbao.

Flights to and from Spain are not included.


We suggest that before coming on a 30-day Spiritual Exercises retreat participants should have experience of shorter silent retreats and be familiar with Lectio Divina and Ignatian Contemplation.

There is an application form to fill out and two reference forms are also usually required.

Travel from UK/Ireland 2020

To arrive on the 26th of June.

We shall pick up from Bilbao airport.

Arrival Times below:
British Airways from London Gatwick- Arrives 14.30.
Aer Lingus from Dublin - Arrives 16.20
Easyjet and Ryanair also fly into Bilbao; summer 2020 timetables issued in October 2019.

Our direct transfer bus takes about 1 hour to Loyola. 
Public Transport from Bilbao to Loyola is easiest via San Sebastian ('Donostia' in Basque), but this will take the best part of three hours.  In previous years many early arrivers in Bilbao have enjoyed a day in the City of Bilbao and then returned to the airport for the direct bus.

The return transfer bus will leave Loyola at 9am on 30th of July, arrive in Bilbao airport at approx. 10am so we suggest booking a flight after 12.00.
If you are going on the pilgrimage, then return flights should be booked from Barcelona El Prat airport on the 3rd of August to depart after 12.30pm.

Travel from outside UK/Ireland

We offer one transfer coach from Bilbao airport direct to Loyola. If you wish to travel on this let us know what flight you have booked and the arrival time in Bilbao.

If you are travelling from elsewhere in Spain or plan to arrive in Bilbao at a different time, direct buses are available to Loyola from the rail station in Zumarraga and from the bus station in San Sebastian. Taxi from Loyola to Bilbao airport cost about €120. 

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