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The 13 quiet pilgrims of Les Useres - Els Pelegrins de les Useres.

The Pilgrims of Les Useres
The last Friday in April each year
Les Useres, Castellón
The 13 quiet pilgrims of Les Useres
35 km walk in bare feet.

The small hamlet of Les Useres used to suffer serious epidemics, droughts and wars in the 14th and 15th centuries. In an effort to bring about easier times 13 pilgrims made a barefoot walk  wearing a harsh blue tunic, a belt and and a dropped brim hat over the mountain paths 21 miles to the Sanctuary at 'Sant Joan de Penyagolosa'.

The pilgrims walk in total silence.

Today they are accompanied by a priest, a guide, the Stations of the Cross, the prayer-reciter and the singers. There is a small cart pulled by a donkey that carries sparse provisions.

13 thirteen quiet pilgrims, les useres, castellon

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13 thirteen quiet pilgrims, les useres, castellon
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The view from Penyagolosa

Ayuntamiento de Les Useres: Tel. 964 38 86 09

Tourist information Castellón
Plaza María Agustina,5, bajos 12003 Castellón

During the pilgrimage they invoke the saint of each village and hermitage. In Les Useres they invoke San Juan Baptist, San Miguel Arcángel at the San Miquel hermitage in Torroselles, in Llucena, San Pedro Apostle in Xodos and near the Sanctuary of San Juan de Penyagolosa they invoke San Juan Baptist again.
The pilgrims celebrate a mass, rest and eat at the hermitage of Sant Miquel of Torroselles. At night, after having rested near Xodos, they arrive at San Joan de Penyagolosa  hermitage and they celebrate a procession with the image of San Juan Baptist.
Later, the pilgrims rest in a humble room called the Cova dels Pelegrins (Cave of the Pilgrims), they have supper and at night, next to the people that go with them, they sing Completas (the final prayer of the day). The way back begins at one in the afternoon and they arrive at Useres at night. Each pilgrim carries a light and they go from the hermitage of Loreto to the parochial temple, where the romería (procession) finishes.

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