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2019 Camino Guides

Astorga-Porto-Santiago

Camino(s) past & future
CF April 4- May 12, 2018
CP April 2019
#1
Hi All, I walked Pamplona to Santiago in April/May. It rained my first 10 days, then off and on into Castrojeriz.After Santiago i took the bus to Finisterre then took the bus back to Santiago via Muxia. Camino #2 April/May 2019 my initial plan walk Pamplona to Fromista( hopefully in sunshine this go round) then bus to Astorga for a couple rest days then either bus or train to Porto and do the CP. I'd also like to walk to Muxia and Finisterre this time. I figure 2 weeks Pamplona to Astorga how many days would i need for the CP and then Finisterre? My comfort walk is around 24 km a day. Thanks for any advice. Dee
 
Camino(s) past & future
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Interior or Burgos to Santiago 9/18/18???????
#2
Hi All, I walked Pamplona to Santiago in April/May. It rained my first 10 days, then off and on into Castrojeriz.After Santiago i took the bus to Finisterre then took the bus back to Santiago via Muxia. Camino #2 April/May 2019 my initial plan walk Pamplona to Fromista( hopefully in sunshine this go round) then bus to Astorga for a couple rest days then either bus or train to Porto and do the CP. I'd also like to walk to Muxia and Finisterre this time. I figure 2 weeks Pamplona to Astorga how many days would i need for the CP and then Finisterre? My comfort walk is around 24 km a day. Thanks for any advice. Dee
Happy to read this Dee, thinking the same and as I am leaving on the 18th of September and have already done CP twice. My thought was to train/bus from Lisbon to Leon and walk to Burgos so I could experience the Meseta and some of the CF. I would then spend a few days in Burgos and find my way over to the CP to meet 2 friends who will be walking their first camino so we can walk together and especially walk the Espiritual Variante, which is soooooooo magical! I continue to pray and know that we both will get the answer we are looking for, bom caminho to you!
 
Camino(s) past & future
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Interior or Burgos to Santiago 9/18/18???????
#3
Hi All, I walked Pamplona to Santiago in April/May. It rained my first 10 days, then off and on into Castrojeriz.After Santiago i took the bus to Finisterre then took the bus back to Santiago via Muxia. Camino #2 April/May 2019 my initial plan walk Pamplona to Fromista( hopefully in sunshine this go round) then bus to Astorga for a couple rest days then either bus or train to Porto and do the CP. I'd also like to walk to Muxia and Finisterre this time. I figure 2 weeks Pamplona to Astorga how many days would i need for the CP and then Finisterre? My comfort walk is around 24 km a day. Thanks for any advice. Dee
Sorry, forgot to mention that you can do the CP in 9-14 days, depending on which route and rest days. I did the central in 9 days and then the coast in 12 days, both of which I was walking about 25-30k, which I won't do again, especially if one has the time! I plan to only walk about 20k or less this time and really enjoy this camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF April 4- May 12, 2018
CP April 2019
#4
Hi Liana, I’m glad to get a reply from someone who has done the CP especially the Espiritual Variante since I want to do the coastal route. My question is about taking the boat trip along Ria de Arousa, have you done it? I know I wouldnt qualify for a Compostela but that doesn’t matter to me. Where do you get the boat and how far does it take you? How long is the trip? Any info would be very helpful. Dee
 
Camino(s) past & future
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Interior or Burgos to Santiago 9/18/18???????
#5
Why wouldn't you qualify for the compostela? Taking the boat has nothing to do with it, as long as you collect
2 stamps a day, you will have no problem. You can either stay at the municipal albergue in vila nova de arousa or go there to purchase your ticket for the boat 19euros p.p. The ride is pretty quick, maybe 30mins or less. Let me know if you have any other questions, Li
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Porto (2018 - planned)
#6
Why wouldn't you qualify for the compostela? Taking the boat has nothing to do with it, as long as you collect
2 stamps a day, you will have no problem. You can either stay at the municipal albergue in vila nova de arousa or go there to purchase your ticket for the boat 19euros p.p. The ride is pretty quick, maybe 30mins or less. Let me know if you have any other questions, Li
I think that the concern is that if the boat ride is within the last 100 km the pilgrim will not have walked the entire last 100 km required to qualify for the compostela. I have read that if one bicycles some of the last 100 km one no longer qualifies, regardless of how many stamps one collects each day, and bicycling is under one's own power, unlike the boat.

Perhaps the authorities handing out the compostela have made an exception for the boat on this particular route. If not, one can still collect the compostela probably, if one has the stamps, just like one can take a taxi for part of the last 100 km and still get a compostela if one hides the fact. But one will not have fulfilled the requirements set out.

I'm not saying that I necessarily agree with the requirements or that if one takes this alternate route one us any less a pilgrim. Just that I can see where the concern might be coming from.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Interior or Burgos to Santiago 9/18/18???????
#7
I think that the concern is that if the boat ride is within the last 100 km the pilgrim will not have walked the entire last 100 km required to qualify for the compostela. I have read that if one bicycles some of the last 100 km one no longer qualifies, regardless of how many stamps one collects each day, and bicycling is under one's own power, unlike the boat.

Perhaps the authorities handing out the compostela have made an exception for the boat on this particular route. If not, one can still collect the compostela probably, if one has the stamps, just like one can take a taxi for part of the last 100 km and still get a compostela if one hides the fact. But one will not have fulfilled the requirements set out.

I'm not saying that I necessarily agree with the requirements or that if one takes this alternate route one us any less a pilgrim. Just that I can see where the concern might be coming from.

Where will start the initial camino and where on the CP will you start? As long as you start in Tui you would qualify, but seems like you will have acquired some mileage by starting in Astorga. For me, it's not about getting my compostela anymore, it's my journey walking and meeting amazing people. As long as I'm able to stay in the municipal albergues, I'm good!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Porto (2018 - planned)
#8
Where will start the initial camino and where on the CP will you start? As long as you start in Tui you would qualify, but seems like you will have acquired some mileage by starting in Astorga. For me, it's not about getting my compostela anymore, it's my journey walking and meeting amazing people. As long as I'm able to stay in the municipal albergues, I'm good!
If you are not concerned about getting a compostela, then it is no problem! Dee isn't concerned about getting a compostela, either. Great! I was just responding to your question "Why wouldn't you qualify for the compostela?" And the answer is "If you hadn't walked all of the last 100 km (taking a boat probably doesn't count as walking)."

Where you start and how many stamps you get a day isn't the only thing. The other thing is how you move. If I started in Tui or Astorga or even Le Puy and took taxis every day for 20 km, then got a stamp in my credencial (two a day for the last five days), I could probably stay in albergues (especially, if I didn't walk directly out of the taxi and waited long enough to show up that it wasn't obvious I had taken one). I could probably get a compostela. I wouldn't have qualified for one. If you are walking the last 100 km, the people handing out the compostelas don't care how you moved before the last 100 km but they want you to have walked the last 100 km completely. (It's the same for riding a bike or a horse, but then they care about the last 200 km.)

Personally, I'm going to start in Porto and hopefully walk the whole thing (and at least the last 100 km) completely this trip. The compostela is nice to have. It is certainly not the most important thing. The experience is much, much more important. I didn't worry about collecting stamps or getting a compostela on my first camino in 1989. I enjoyed getting both on my second in 2016. I can picture taking the Espiritual Variante on a future camino. On that camino, I will be understanding if the folks in the Pilgrim Office in SdC tell me I haven't earned the compostela because I got a ride for some of the last 100 km.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Interior or Burgos to Santiago 9/18/18???????
#9
If you are not concerned about getting a compostela, then it is no problem! Dee isn't concerned about getting a compostela, either. Great! I was just responding to your question "Why wouldn't you qualify for the compostela?" And the answer is "If you hadn't walked all of the last 100 km (taking a boat probably doesn't count as walking)."

Where you start and how many stamps you get a day isn't the only thing. The other thing is how you move. If I started in Tui or Astorga or even Le Puy and took taxis every day for 20 km, then got a stamp in my credencial (two a day for the last five days), I could probably stay in albergues (especially, if I didn't walk directly out of the taxi and waited long enough to show up that it wasn't obvious I had taken one). I could probably get a compostela. I wouldn't have qualified for one. If you are walking the last 100 km, the people handing out the compostelas don't care how you moved before the last 100 km but they want you to have walked the last 100 km completely. (It's the same for riding a bike or a horse, but then they care about the last 200 km.)

Personally, I'm going to start in Porto and hopefully walk the whole thing (and at least the last 100 km) completely this trip. The compostela is nice to have. It is certainly not the most important thing. The experience is much, much more important. I didn't worry about collecting stamps or getting a compostela on my first camino in 1989. I enjoyed getting both on my second in 2016. I can picture taking the Espiritual Variante on a future camino. On that camino, I will be understanding if the folks in the Pilgrim Office in SdC tell me I haven't earned the compostela because I got a ride for some of the last 100 km.
Sorry, I guess I was under the assumption that if you walked part of one camino and bused to another it would count. I am wanting to start in Burgos to Leon (186k) and bus to CP and finish with some friends. So will I not be able to collect my compostela by combining two routes?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Porto (2018 - planned)
#10
Sorry, I guess I was under the assumption that if you walked part of one camino and bused to another it would count. I am wanting to start in Burgos to Leon (186k) and bus to CP and finish with some friends. So will I not be able to collect my compostela by combining two routes?
You can combine these two routes, no problem, and still get a compostela so long as you walk at least the last 100 km of the CP completely (for example, from Tui). You can take as many buses or taxis as you want or need before the last 100 km, just none in that crucial last bit.

So walking to Leon (don't miss the cathedral!), busing to Porto or Tui, and walking from there is good. Walking to Leon, busing to Redondela or Padron, and walking from there won't earn you a Compostela.
 

Jacobus

Pilgrim since 2008
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2008 09 14
Del Norte 2011. Portuguese 2015, 2017Ingles 2015 Fisterre 2015.
#11
I think that the concern is that if the boat ride is within the last 100 km the pilgrim will not have walked the entire last 100 km required to qualify for the compostela. I have read that if one bicycles some of the last 100 km one no longer qualifies, regardless of how many stamps one collects each day, and bicycling is under one's own power, unlike the boat.

Perhaps the authorities handing out the compostela have made an exception for the boat on this particular route. If not, one can still collect the compostela probably, if one has the stamps, just like one can take a taxi for part of the last 100 km and still get a compostela if one hides the fact. But one will not have fulfilled the requirements set out.

I'm not saying that I necessarily agree with the requirements or that if one takes this alternate route one us any less a pilgrim. Just that I can see where the concern might be coming from.
In 2016 I took the Spiritual Way. When I got to Santiago I made sure to tell the volunteer at the Pilgrim Centre. I was given the Campostella Certificate as well ads the mileage certificate. Cant say this happens all the time but it was my experience
Cheers
 
Camino(s) past & future
CP Coastal July, 5, 2016
CP Central July 25, 2015
CP Interior or Burgos to Santiago 9/18/18???????
#12
You can combine these two routes, no problem, and still get a compostela so long as you walk at least the last 100 km of the CP completely (for example, from Tui). You can take as many buses or taxis as you want or need before the last 100 km, just none in that crucial last bit.

So walking to Leon (don't miss the cathedral!), busing to Porto or Tui, and walking from there is good. Walking to Leon, busing to Redondela or Padron, and walking from there won't earn you a Compostela.
Thanks so much for clarifying Dave, much appreciated and bom caminho
 

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