The guidance is that it is preferable (but not strictly required) to get 2 sellos per day for the last 100 kms of all routes. However the Pilgrims' Office accepts that there are routes and times of the year where it may only be practicable to obtain sellos in the places where you sleep - albergues, hostals, hotels.
My daughter and I plan to walk the Camino Frances beginning June 11, but due to reports/forecasts about Holy Year crowds, we are now re-thinking. How well-marked is the Camino Ingles? Is it really that much less-travelled than the Frances...and if so, are there enough albergues/refugios at intervals to accomodate the normal walker (we probably won't be able to walk more than 10-12 miles a day)? Finally, would we begin in Ferrol (is that 100 km out?)? Thanks for the input/advice --
The route from Ferrol is more than 100 kms and you qualify for a Compostela if you walk from there.
Last year 113,000 pilgrims walked the Camino Frances and 1700 walked the Camin Ingles
26,000 began in Sarria on the Camino Frances compared to 1600 in Ferrol!
The route is VERY well waymarked.
There are albergues as you wil see in the guide but they are not particularly well spaced. There is good alternative accommodation along the route but you need to look at the distances involved carefully.
We are looking and planning for this route next year so any feedback from those walking before then will be appreciated. We are seriously thinking of crossing from the Ferrol arm to the Coruña arm between Betanzos and Carral. This gives approx 15km stages which I should be able to manage, from experience this year even in poor conditions. There is some accomodation near Carral according to the internet even if the new albergue is not ready.
My only concern would be that it is 'recognised' for the Compostela. It does not shorten the distance at all, probably adds about 5km on. We expect to take about 8 or 9 days between Ferrol and Santiago. What is your opinion on this please Johnny W? and would we be allowed a 'rest day' if taking that time or just have to keep going?
Hola - I'm interested in why we modern pilgrims talk about "rest days" because I assume that medieval pilgrims who were literally making a once in a life time journey detoured to many shrines and cathedrals. I think it is inconcievable that they wouldn't stop or linger to see and pray at the great cathedrals and other holy places along the way.
The pilgrims office takes no account of the time taken to walk the route. They will simply address the sellos showing that you've walked at least 100 kms to Santiago. I think all you'll need to do is to explain by way of pointing out the sellos the route you have taken to use the accommodation you have chosen.
Thanks Johnny (and for the PM). You have set my mind at rest. A 'rest' day is one in which Terry visited churches etc on his Camino last year and I would want time to 'stand and stare' too. Churches, shrines, wild flowers, mountains - even the water spouts near Llanes - were all part of my experience of the Camino this year and I would want them to be when I walk a full, if short, Camino next year.
Buen 'slow' Camino,