The route now known as the Camino Ignaciano (Ignatian Way) was taken by the badly wounded Iñigo de Loyola in 1522 from his family’s medieval tower, located near Azpeitia, to Manresa, the town where he stayed for a few months in Barcelona. On this journey he underwent the personal transformations that allowed him to write his famous “Spiritual Exercises.” In the hundreds of kilometers that he traveled, he had some ups and downs and inner transformations that allowed for his progressive transformation from a brave and gallant knight into a servant of his neighbor.
The road to immortality of the future founder of the Society of Jesus has the characteristics of harshness, variety and great stretches of solitude that historians have associated with the great Basque saint. It is worth remembering that he walked the current Ignatian Way alone and on foot, being lame and in poor health due to his war injury. This path has some challenging stretches; it is only suitable for hiking or mountain biking experts (and during favourable weather conditions).