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Do you get a Compostela if you take the boat to Padron?

brault-singh

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We’ve read that if you take the boat on the VE to Padron you will not receive a Compostella even if you’ve started way back - such as in Coimbra as we are planning…
 
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woody66

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You still receive the Compostela if you have walked the required distance (starting at or before Vigo or Tui). I have taken the boat twice and received the Compostela both times.
Nick is right as long as in the last 100k you get your two stamps a day(get one on the boat) the boat will count as part of your Camino and you get your Compostela!

Makes sense really, who would take the boat; if for example like me, you started in Porto or further down like the OP from Coimbra that taking the boat would mean no Compostela you wouldn't take it!!

When I got the boat last year it was almost full and that was on October 8th (150 pilgrim capacity)and i imagine we all wanted the Compostela!
Woody
 
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jeanineonthecamino

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The Norte is full of ferry shuttles and even a train ride where they don't want you walking across the railroad tracks. (All very short segments) and you still get the Compostela. As long as you are walking the rest I don't see that it would be an issue. Plus - no one asks "did you take a ferry or train"?
 
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mazzarina

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My family and I walked from Vigo in May this year with the boat to Padrón and we got our Compostelas!
 

trecile

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The Norte is full of ferry shuttles and even a train ride where they don't want you walking across the railroad tracks. (All very short segments) and you still get the Compostela. As long as you are walking the rest I don't see that it would be an issue. Plus - no one asks "did you take a ferry or train"?
The difference is is the ferries and trains are well before the final 100 km of the Norte.
 

Old but happy

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The difference is is the ferries and trains are well before the final 100 km of the Norte.
Can anyone tell me whether I need to do the 100k all at one time?
For example, can I walk half one year and the remainder the following year and still be eligible for the Compestella at the end? Time and physical restraints!
 

trecile

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Can anyone tell me whether I need to do the 100k all at one time?
For example, can I walk half one year and the remainder the following year and still be eligible for the Compestella at the end? Time and physical restraints!
You can take as long as you want. It's quite common for people to do the Camino in stages over a number of years.

The only requirement for a Compostela is that you walk (or ride a horse) the final 100 km into Santiago, or ride a bike the final 200 km. And during those last 100 km you need to have two stamps per day in your credential.

If you are not completing the last 100 km in one trip you should get a new stamp in the same place that you left off to show continuity.
 

Old but happy

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You can take as long as you want. It's quite common for people to do the Camino in stages over a number of years.

The only requirement for a Compostela is that you walk (or ride a horse) the final 100 km into Santiago, or ride a bike the final 200 km. And during those last 100 km you need to have two stamps per day in your credential.

If you are not completing the last 100 km in one trip you should get a new stamp in the same place that you left off to show continuity.
Thank you so much for that response, I have wanted to walk these ways for quite some time (and indeed hopefully more than the final 100k) but I've always been under the impression that it has to be completed at one 'sitting' so to speak. Knowing that THIS isn't the case has given me great joy, thank you.
 
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trecile

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Thank you so much for that response, I have wanted to walk these ways for quite some time (and indeed hopefully more than the final 100k) but I've always been under the impression that it has to be completed at one 'sitting' so to speak. Knowing that THIS isn't the case has given me great joy, thank you.
I have met many pilgrims that go for a week or two every year uktil they complete the Camino.
 

Davybhoy

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08/22 CP from Lisbon via Fatima
We completed the Portuguese Camino last Sunday, from Lisbon. We did the Espiritual variant including the boat trip (28km) from Villanueva de Arousa to Pontecesures.

When I sought my compostela the volunteers asked me what we had done, casually looked through my credencials (2.5 books) then gave me the Compostela and distance certificate. The boat wasn't mentioned though he did say the Espiritual Variant was not an official route, which DID surprise me as I thought it was.
 

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