Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement
Donation to the Forum
A donation to this forum helps it continue to exists and also removes all ads for you.
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop

El Camino de 8 Compostelas- The Way of 8 Certificates

Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Sitting by a warm fire in the cozy Leenane Hotel in the heart of Connemara, Ireland, like other Camino veterans lamenting the coming winter I find my mind drifting back to thoughts of another Camino. Which one? An idea arises to share with fellow Camino Junkies looking for another challenge. And also for those who want to earn a single Compostela pondering which Camino to walk.

El Camino De 8 Compostelas- The Way of 8 Certificates.

This Camino is ideal for;
  1. Those people desiring multiple Compostelas can earn up to 8 in just 6 weeks.
  2. Pilgrims who love Galicia. The entire walk is in this lovely Region.
  3. Pilgrims whose favorite part of the Camino is walking into Santiago.

Of course if you have plenty of time the best way to experience the Camino de Santiago is to do so by starting from your home or if that is not possible from the classical beginning points. For example starting Camino Frances 790 kilometers from Santiago in St. Jean Pied de Port or Camino del Norte in Irun 825 kilometers from the Cathedral. The 8 Compostela Camino admittedly requires more planning but not significantly so. This walk requires up to 8 busses but fortunately short journeys of just over 100K from Santiago.

Below I will list the 8 segments of Camino de Ocho Compostelas and provide a brief overview of each:

1- Camino Frances starting in Sarria (117K). This is the most popular and most historical but also the most crowded.

2. Camino del Norte starting from Vilalba(122K) which allows for some quiet walking before connecting with the Camino Frances at Arzua(39K remaining on Frances). Also there is now a shortcut from Boimorto to Lavacolla which limits the walking on Frances to the last 10K. Alternatively to Vilalba one could start in Baamonde but not as accessible.

3. Camino Primitivo starting in Lugo(104k) provides a start in a beautiful city and like del Norte allows for some quiet reflection before connecting with Frances at Melide (55K remaining to Santiago).

4. Camino Ingles/Irish starting in Ferrol (118K) is a great alternative to Frances if you are going to do one short Camino to get a single certificate. This Camino is understandably getting more crowded but quieter than Frances and allows for stops in pleasant towns. Pontedeume is a picturesque coastal town and Betanzos is a nice stop. This walk does not connect with Frances until just a 100 meters or so from the Cathedral.

5. Camino Invierno starting in Monforte de Lemos (133K). If you are seeking solitude this is the best option. I walked this in August, 2019 and saw only 1 other pilgrim until A Laxe where you will connect with Camino Sanabres where you might run into a few more pilgrims for the final 50K.

6. Camino Sanabres starting from Ourense (116K) provides an easy access point and one of the more quiet of these 8 Caminos. If you like a quieter Camino but would like to have some connection with other pilgrims this would be a good alternative.

7. Camino Portuguese starting from Tui (110K) is an excellentoption. This walk is getting more and more popular but certainly less crowded than the Frances. If starting in another country is appealing one needs only to add another 2K and begin across the River Minho in Valenca, Portugal.

8. Camino Finisterre with a starting point in either Finisterre or Muxia (117K). Most people with extra time after a Camino will add a walk on to the edge of the world in either of these 2 beautiful but different coastal towns on the Atlantic. So you will mostly be passing other pilgrims coming from the other direction but why not if you are a contrarian.

In case you are wondering, I have walked all of these Caminos so while this overview reflects my personal opinions all have been enjoyable. There is no right or wrong, good or bad, on the Camino. It is the Camino and your Camino is YOUR Camino. Do what feels best for you.

Buen Camino!
 
Last edited:
Camino Way Markers
Original Camino Way markers made in bronze. Two models, one from Castilla & Leon and the other from Galicia.
Silver Oxide Camino de Santiago pendent
Camino de Santiago pendant that has a shell on the front, and "Camino de Santiago" engraved on the back. Comes with a black cord. Pendent is slightly larger than a 50 euro cent coin, about 25mm.

amancio

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy

Finisterre

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Sarria 2001,
Porto 2006,
Valenca 2008,
Finisterre 2010,
SJdPP 2012,
Tui 2014.

No plans to return, yet.
my strongest memory evoked by your post is the Parador in Monforte de Lemnos. The cloistered interior glassed in and overlooking their cistern roof. And their church. We once spent a week there for a local wedding. If your choice of starting point is a consideration and you have a few hundred euros to spare it is a lovely spot to linger.
 
Holy Year Credential
Get the HOLY YEAR Camino Credential (Passport) here.
how to successfully prepare for your Camino
This book's focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared.

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Kevin, you triggered my memories of beautiful Connemara! I will never forget walking up the Diamond Hill on a glorious sunny day with lavendar heather all around, and then touring the Kylemore Abbey and gardens.
 

amancio

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Frances, Norte, Primit, Salvador, Portug, Arag, Ingles, VdlP, Leban-Vadin, Fisterra, Invierno, LePuy
Well it was meant in jest.😂 I would never actually walk it either as a single Camino. And it would require standing in line too much as well.😂
well, you can choose, you either queue 9 times, one for each Compostela, or else keep all the credentials and sort them all out in one single visit to the oficina del peregrino 😆
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Sitting by a warm fire in the cozy Leenane Hotel in the heart of Connemara, Ireland, like other Camino veterans lamenting the coming winter I find my mind drifting back to thoughts of another Camino. Which one? An idea arises to share with fellow Camino Junkies looking for another challenge. And also for those who want to earn a single Compostela pondering which Camino to walk.

El Camino De 8 Compostelas- The Way of 8 Certificates.

This Camino is ideal for;
  1. Those people desiring multiple Compostelas can earn up to 8 in just 6 weeks.
  2. Pilgrims who love Galicia. The entire walk is in this lovely Region.
  3. Pilgrims whose favorite part of the Camino is walking into Santiago.

Of course if you have plenty of time the best way to experience the Camino de Santiago is to do so by starting from your home or if that is not possible from the classical beginning points. For example starting Camino Frances 790 kilometers from Santiago in St. Jean Pied de Port or Camino del Norte in Irun 825 kilometers from the Cathedral. The 8 Compostela Camino admittedly requires more planning but not significantly so. This walk requires up to 8 busses but fortunately short journeys of just over 100K from Santiago.

Below I will list the 8 segments of Camino de Ocho Compostelas and provide a brief overview of each:

1- Camino Frances starting in Sarria (117K). This is the most popular and most historical but also the most crowded.

2. Camino del Norte starting from Vilalba(122K) which allows for some quiet walking before connecting with the Camino Frances at Arzua(39K remaining on Frances). Also there is now a shortcut from Boimorto to Lavacolla which limits the walking on Frances to the last 10K. Alternatively to Vilalba one could start in Baamonde but not as accessible.

3. Camino Primitivo starting in Lugo(104k) provides a start in a beautiful city and like del Norte allows for some quiet reflection before connecting with Frances at Melide (55K remaining to Santiago).

4. Camino Ingles/Irish starting in Ferrol (118K) is a great alternative to Frances if you are going to do one short Camino to get a single certificate. This Camino is understandably getting more crowded but quieter than Frances and allows for stops in pleasant towns. Pontedeume is a picturesque coastal town and Betanzos is a nice stop. This walk does not connect with Frances until just a 100 meters or so from the Cathedral.

5. Camino Invierno starting in Monforte de Lemos (133K). If you are seeking solitude this is the best option. I walked this in August, 2019 and saw only 1 other pilgrim until A Laxe where you will connect with Camino Sanabres where you might run into a few more pilgrims for the final 50K.

6. Camino Sanabres starting from Ourense (116K) provides an easy access point and one of the more quiet of these 8 Caminos. If you like a quieter Camino but would like to have some connection with other pilgrims this would be a good alternative.

7. Camino Portuguese starting from Tui (110K) is an excellentoption. This walk is getting more and more popular but certainly less crowded than the Frances. If starting in another country is appealing one needs only to add another 2K and begin across the River Minho in Valenca, Portugal.

8. Camino Finisterre with a starting point in either Finisterre or Muxia (117K). Most people with extra time after a Camino will add a walk on to the edge of the world in either of these 2 beautiful but different coastal towns on the Atlantic. So you will mostly be passing other pilgrims coming from the other direction but why not if you are a contrarian.

In case you are wondering, I have walked all of these Caminos so while this overview reflects my personal opinions all have been enjoyable. There is no right or wrong, good or bad, on the Camino. It is the Camino and your Camino is YOUR Camino. Do what feels best for you.

Buen Camino!
Official required starting point on Invierno is now Chantada.

Starting in either Fisterra or Muxia wouldn't be enough. If you start in Fisterra you have to go through Muxia and then to SdC and vice versa (Mux-Fis-SdC).
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Good point. I walked 5 different Caminos this year which involved walking 3 times into Santiago. I am not too big on certificates but went in with a friend after the last one and they asked me how many I wanted. 😂 I told them one was enough.

well, you can choose, you either queue 9 times, one for each Compostela, or else keep all the credentials and sort them all out in one single visit to the oficina del peregrino 😆
 
Last edited:
Peaceable Projects Inc.
Peaceable Projects Inc. is a U.S.-based non-profit group that brings the vast resources of the wide world together with the ongoing needs of the people who live, work, and travel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail network in Spain.
Casa Ivar Pin
Custom hard enamel pin badge with silver coloured locking pin. Size: 30 mm.
Year of past OR future Camino
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
I had to look up Monro bagging. I suppose that your framer might give you a discount for all those compostelas, but you run the risk of being recognized at the Pilgrim's office and being denied the 8th or 90th on the basis of lacking spiritual intent!
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
You could leave a larger bag in Santiago with fresh clothes and alternate foorwear. Depending on the forecast, you could leave your raingear and warmer stuff in the bag. No need to do laundry. 😳

The problem would be psyching yourself up to restart after the first few.

It would be a way to get a whole lot of 'in vicare pro' compostelas in one trip ...
 
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Yes that’s the idea. It’s about 117K as stated starting in either Muxia Or Finisterre and walking through the other town on the way to Santiago.

Official required starting point on Invierno is now Chantada.

Starting in either Fisterra or Muxia wouldn't be enough. If you start in Fisterra you have to go through Muxia and then to SdC and vice versa (Mux-Fis-SdC).
 

MarianK

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Muxia/Finisterra Reverse 2021
Sitting by a warm fire in the cozy Leenane Hotel in the heart of Connemara, Ireland, like other Camino veterans lamenting the coming winter I find my mind drifting back to thoughts of another Camino. Which one? An idea arises to share with fellow Camino Junkies looking for another challenge. And also for those who want to earn a single Compostela pondering which Camino to walk.

El Camino De 8 Compostelas- The Way of 8 Certificates.

This Camino is ideal for;
  1. Those people desiring multiple Compostelas can earn up to 8 in just 6 weeks.
  2. Pilgrims who love Galicia. The entire walk is in this lovely Region.
  3. Pilgrims whose favorite part of the Camino is walking into Santiago.

Of course if you have plenty of time the best way to experience the Camino de Santiago is to do so by starting from your home or if that is not possible from the classical beginning points. For example starting Camino Frances 790 kilometers from Santiago in St. Jean Pied de Port or Camino del Norte in Irun 825 kilometers from the Cathedral. The 8 Compostela Camino admittedly requires more planning but not significantly so. This walk requires up to 8 busses but fortunately short journeys of just over 100K from Santiago.

Below I will list the 8 segments of Camino de Ocho Compostelas and provide a brief overview of each:

1- Camino Frances starting in Sarria (117K). This is the most popular and most historical but also the most crowded.

2. Camino del Norte starting from Vilalba(122K) which allows for some quiet walking before connecting with the Camino Frances at Arzua(39K remaining on Frances). Also there is now a shortcut from Boimorto to Lavacolla which limits the walking on Frances to the last 10K. Alternatively to Vilalba one could start in Baamonde but not as accessible.

3. Camino Primitivo starting in Lugo(104k) provides a start in a beautiful city and like del Norte allows for some quiet reflection before connecting with Frances at Melide (55K remaining to Santiago).

4. Camino Ingles/Irish starting in Ferrol (118K) is a great alternative to Frances if you are going to do one short Camino to get a single certificate. This Camino is understandably getting more crowded but quieter than Frances and allows for stops in pleasant towns. Pontedeume is a picturesque coastal town and Betanzos is a nice stop. This walk does not connect with Frances until just a 100 meters or so from the Cathedral.

5. Camino Invierno starting in Monforte de Lemos (133K). If you are seeking solitude this is the best option. I walked this in August, 2019 and saw only 1 other pilgrim until A Laxe where you will connect with Camino Sanabres where you might run into a few more pilgrims for the final 50K.

6. Camino Sanabres starting from Ourense (116K) provides an easy access point and one of the more quiet of these 8 Caminos. If you like a quieter Camino but would like to have some connection with other pilgrims this would be a good alternative.

7. Camino Portuguese starting from Tui (110K) is an excellentoption. This walk is getting more and more popular but certainly less crowded than the Frances. If starting in another country is appealing one needs only to add another 2K and begin across the River Minho in Valenca, Portugal.

8. Camino Finisterre with a starting point in either Finisterre or Muxia (117K). Most people with extra time after a Camino will add a walk on to the edge of the world in either of these 2 beautiful but different coastal towns on the Atlantic. So you will mostly be passing other pilgrims coming from the other direction but why not if you are a contrarian.

In case you are wondering, I have walked all of these Caminos so while this overview reflects my personal opinions all have been enjoyable. There is no right or wrong, good or bad, on the Camino. It is the Camino and your Camino is YOUR Camino. Do what feels best for you.

Buen Camino!
 

MarianK

New Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Muxia/Finisterra Reverse 2021
Hi Kevin, planning for route 8, starting in Muxia to Finisterre then on to Santiago. You mentioned walking all routes and I just wanted to confirm you received a Compostella for this reverse route? Thanks!
 
John Brierley Camino Frances Guide
This guide is one of the ones that has been around for over 15 years. Updated yearly. Please read the reviews.
Holy Year Credential
Get the HOLY YEAR Camino Credential (Passport) here.
Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Hi Kevin, planning for route 8, starting in Muxia to Finisterre then on to Santiago. You mentioned walking all routes and I just wanted to confirm you received a Compostella for this reverse route? Thanks!

No I have typically started from outside Spain or Irun and Seville. I’ve walked santiago to Finisterre and Muxia 5 times I think. But you are walking 117K starting in Muxia so no reason at all why they would not give you a Compostela.
 

Did not find what you were looking for? Search here

Popular Resources

“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf ivar
  • Featured
“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf
4.95 star(s) 100 ratings
Downloads
14,989
Updated
A selection of favorite albergues on the Camino Francés Ton van Tilburg
Favorite Albergues along the Camino Frances
4.83 star(s) 35 ratings
Downloads
7,649
Updated
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances ivar
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
4.88 star(s) 24 ratings
Downloads
7,511
Updated

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Most downloaded Resources

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.1%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.7%
  • March

    Votes: 61 4.3%
  • April

    Votes: 211 14.9%
  • May

    Votes: 345 24.4%
  • June

    Votes: 104 7.3%
  • July

    Votes: 27 1.9%
  • August

    Votes: 30 2.1%
  • September

    Votes: 408 28.8%
  • October

    Votes: 173 12.2%
  • November

    Votes: 19 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 11 0.8%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
Top