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Can I stay in albergues if I start the Camino backwards?

rasvizvi

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Time of past OR future Camino
Reversed Finisterre
Hello!

Long story short, my best friend is finishing Camino del Norte and I am going to meet him in Santiago.

I would love to walk with him from Santiago, on the reversed Camino to Finisterre.

My question is: if I get a pilgrimage passport from Santiago, will the albergues on the road to Finisterre host me or will there be a problem because I'm doing it in reverse?


I can only find info about people who did Reversed Camino routes AFTER they finished a 'normal' Camino.

I really want to see this friend and have this experience with him, but right now it's not the time for me to do a Camino and we also wouldn't be able to meet anymore if he has to wait for me to do a Camino.
 
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mspath

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Time of past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
The route goes towards Finisterre and Muxia from Santiago. You will not be going backwards at all. A regular Credential will be fine. If you walk all the way upon arrival in Finisterre you both can request the ‘Fisterrá’ or ‘Finisterrana’ certificate from the local pilgrim albergue.

Buen camino!

PS. Before leaving Santiago visit the Oficina de Turismo de Galicia, Praza de Mararelos, 15. They can supply much useful info re your walk.

 
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Time of past OR future Camino
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
From what I have read here - going back a few years - a pilgrim is a pilgrim is a pilgrim. Often pilgrims who decide to walk to Finisterre or Muxica will have a new, blank passport. So I shouldn't think there will be a problem.
 

rasvizvi

New Member
Time of past OR future Camino
Reversed Finisterre
Thank you all, hey if I would tell you the whole story maybe you'd understand why I'm doing it like this.

I have no doubt I'll do a proper Camino one day, it's just not the right time now.

thank you for answering ^^
 
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Time of past OR future Camino
2023
Thank you all!



Hey, if I would tell you the whole story maybe you'd understand why I'm doing it like this.

I have no doubt I'll do a proper Camino one day, it's just not the right time now.

thank you for answering ^^
You are basically correct, most pilgrims walk towards Santiago but the Muxia/Finisterre walk is considered an extension of the walk towards Santiago and so is not considered to be walking backwards. Therefore, if you walk this stretch then you will be a regular pilgrim rather than a reverse pilgrim.
 
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JabbaPapa

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Whilst I would not call this a "reverse" Camino, the general answer to the question is yes ; though I personally have found that it's easier to do so if you are walking with your Compostela certificate.

Hospitaleros typically affect that it makes no difference, but truth is that it does.
 

trecile

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Time of past OR future Camino
PAST - Francés, Norte, Salvador, Portuguese
Whilst I would not call this a "reverse" Camino, the general answer to the question is yes ; though I personally have found that it's easier to do so if you are walking with your Compostela certificate.

Hospitaleros typically affect that it makes no difference, but truth is that it does.
I've never had a hospitalero ask to see a Compostela on the way to Finisterre or Muxía.
 

JabbaPapa

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I've never had a hospitalero ask to see a Compostela on the way to Finisterre or Muxía.
Which is not a "reverse" Camino. Well, unless you live there or something.

I never said it was any sort of requirement, I just said that it does make a difference, in the reverse Caminos of the thread title.
 

kiwicat

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Time of past OR future Camino
2006, 2017, 2018
Thank you all!



Hey, if I would tell you the whole story maybe you'd understand why I'm doing it like this.

I have no doubt I'll do a proper Camino one day, it's just not the right time now.

thank you for answering ^^
Most people walk that route FROM Santiago de Compostela so i don't see that there is anything "reverse" about what you are planning. Enjoy that walk!
 

Scott Sweeney

Veteran Member
Hello!

Long story short, my best friend is finishing Camino del Norte and I am going to meet him in Santiago.

I would love to walk with him from Santiago, on the reversed Camino to Finisterre.

My question is: if I get a pilgrimage passport from Santiago, will the albergues on the road to Finisterre host me or will there be a problem because I'm doing it in reverse?


I can only find info about people who did Reversed Camino routes AFTER they finished a 'normal' Camino.

I really want to see this friend and have this experience with him, but right now it's not the time for me to do a Camino and we also wouldn't be able to meet anymore if he has to wait for me to do a Camino.
It is a different and enjoyable walk. We did not have accomodations problems in 2018.
 
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txpeah

Ultreia!
Time of past OR future Camino
CF 2015, CF 2018, Primitivo 2019, CF 2022
In 2019 after completing the Primitivo, I walked from Finisterre to Santiago with a friend and no one questioned it. It was actually interesting to see all the pilgrims walking towards us each day.

So yes, one can walk in reverse.
 

WGroleau

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Time of past OR future Camino
2015 & 2016 (partial)
I've never had a hospitalero ask to see a Compostela on the way to Finisterre or Muxía.
I biked rom Santiago to See, back to Hospital (for something I had forgotten), on to Fisterra, up to Maxi, and back to Santiago. Didn't have a Compostela or credential and wasn't asked. I put sellos in my diary along with notes on the events/sites/facilities along the way.
 

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