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Getting Sellos on the Caminho Portugues in Portugal


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First, you have to know that the word in Portuguese is "carimbo" (noun) or carimbar (verb). So far, setting out from Lisbon, I've found the following opportunities for getting a stamp:

-- in a museum
-- in a Sailing Association office
-- in a Junta da Freguesia (this is a sub-municipal unit of government, sort of on the neighborhood level in big towns and cities, but in rural areas it may cover the entire inhabited nucleus)
-- in a Camara Municipal (main town/city office, only in larger places)
-- in a church
-- in a train station
-- in a post office

Most of these are not the ornate sellos you will get on the Camino Frances or elsewhere, but from Lisbon the Caminho is virtually unknown so you have to be creative and get your stamps where you can. I was surprised that the three tourist offices I've been in did not have stamps, but in two of them I was able to get directions to a place where I could find a stamp.


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Javier Martin

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Five years ago, when I walked my Camino Portugues, another place to take your "carimbo" was the fire station (bombeiros). I took my first one in Barcelinhos, near Barcelos.

And, in this city (Barcelos) I took a very curious one, in the Igrexa de Bom Jesus, with "relieve" (I don't know the english word for that, I'm sorry) in your credencial.

Bon Caminho,

Javier Martin
Madrid, Spain.

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