Number of sellos/stamps needed


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Carfax

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#1
Would someone please point me at the authoritative policy for the number of stamps needed to qualify for the compostella when walking.

I understood (when I did my camino in 2016) that the rule was:

One a day if starting more than 100km distant from SDC
Two a day if starting at 100km from SDC

I now have it from two Australian sites that the rule is:

One a day if starting more than a 100km distant from SDC, then two a day for the final 100 km.

Set me straight please
 

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Carfax

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#3
Thanks Peter for the quick response.
 

C clearly

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#4
Would someone please point me at the authoritative policy
You should go to the website of the Santiago Pilgrim Office to confirm it, but the following is quoted from there (with underlining added by me):

To get the “Compostela” you must:
  • Make the pilgrimage for religious or spiritual reasons, or at least an attitude of search.
  • Do the last 100 km on foot or horseback, or the last 200 km by bicycle. It is understood that the pilgrimage starts at one point and from there you come to visit the Tomb of St. James.
  • You must collect the stamps on the “Credencial del Peregrino” from the places you pass through to certify that you have been there. Stamps from churches, hostels, monasteries, cathedrals and all places related to the Way are preferred, but if not they can also be stamped in other institutions: town halls, cafés, etc. You have to stamp the Credencial twice a day at least on the last 100 km (for pilgrims on foot or on horseback) or on the last 200 km (for cyclists pilgrims).
You can do the Way in stages, provided they are in chronological and geographical order. However, if you only do the minimum required distance (last 100 or 200 km), you must always get your Credencial stamped at the start and end of each stage, including the corresponding date, to show that the pilgrim has resumed the Way in the same place where they last stopped (i.e. you should always get the stamp at the starting point even though you have already stamped the card in the same place at the end of the previous stage).
 

Rick of Rick and Peg

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#5
One a day if starting more than a 100km distant from SDC, then two a day for the final 100 km.
Just to reword the above (which is correct,) once a day for the far distances from Santiago and then once you hit the 100 km mark (200 for bicyclists) you shift over to do two per day.

[EDIT: I was not quite right. Via a private conversation I have been set straight about the number of sellos needed for a compostela. You do need the two per day to show that you have walked the last 100 km or bicycled the last 200 km but stamps are optional before this.

It is however usual to get at least one sello per day on camino because some albergues require you to have a credential to get a bed. If you are lucky and a good liar I suppose you could travel with a blank credential and call each night your first night in an albergue but it is easier to just get the stamp. Not only does the stamped credential make a great souvenir but it also can get you discounts at some places.]
 
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SinBosun

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#6
This is what I thought to be the case, but, in September 2016, when I went for my compostela with 1 per day until the last 100 km, I was told at the desk that I should have had 2 everyday. This did not please me, having ng walked from St J PDP.
 

Tincatinker

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#7
Rules is rules. That's why everybody breaks them. I hope you got your Compostella @SinBosun. Remember the Voluntarios at the Pilgrims Office are but themselves, volunteers giving up their time and not always fully versed in the subtleties of the meanings of a rule ;)

It is scarcely a challenge getting two stamps a day on the whole of the Frances from StJdP (provided you are carrying enough blanks to start with). I have a couple of Credencial with 4 or more in a single day - if I wanted a souvenir of the place I asked for a sello. Its been more challenging on some of the quieter routes. On the Vasque Interior I ended up with a receipt stamp from the local ferretria 'cos the Albergue, the Correos, the Ayuntamiento and the only bar were all shut and the Casa Rural where we stayed the night, when asked for a sello responded 'no tengo'.

I did end up in a discussion with the lovely voluntario at the PO last year as to whether my somewhat meandering route could be considered to constitute a pilgrimage to Santiago but we came to amicable agreement.

I have never encountered a challenge to anyone who can demonstrate they have walked from anywhere farther than the designated 100k but maybe I'm just lucky (or inattentive).
 

Rick of Rick and Peg

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#8
Just to reword the above (which is correct,) once a day for the far distances from Santiago and then once you hit the 100 km mark (200 for bicyclists) you shift over to do two per day.
I almost got that right. Via a private conversation I have been set straight about the number of sellos needed for a compostela. You do need the two per day to show that you have walked the last 100 km or bicycled the last 200 km but stamps are optional before this.

It is however usual to get at least one sello per day on camino because some albergues require you to have a credential to get a bed. If you are lucky and a good liar I suppose you could travel with a blank credential and call each night your first night in an albergue but it is easier to just get the stamp. Not only does the stamped credential make a great souvenir but it also can get you discounts at some places.

I'm editing my original post on this thread. Thanks go to my correspondent for using nothing worse than a wet noodle for a lash.
 
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Frances Sept 2016
#9
.....If you are lucky and a good liar I suppose you could travel with a blank credential and call each night your first night in an albergue....
There are a few albergues that require you to have started at least a certain distance before. Struggling to remember which ones. Burgos comes to mind and I think it was something like 50km prior. In these cases you need at least one stamp a day to show you've done the distance.

On the official credencial from Santiago it says two sello per day for the last 100km (foot). As it's in Spanish most English speakers don't seem to read it.
 

Carfax

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#10
You should go to the website of the Santiago Pilgrim Office to confirm it, but the following is quoted from there (with underlining added by me):

To get the “Compostela” you must:
  • Make the pilgrimage for religious or spiritual reasons, or at least an attitude of search.
  • Do the last 100 km on foot or horseback, or the last 200 km by bicycle. It is understood that the pilgrimage starts at one point and from there you come to visit the Tomb of St. James.
  • You must collect the stamps on the “Credencial del Peregrino” from the places you pass through to certify that you have been there. Stamps from churches, hostels, monasteries, cathedrals and all places related to the Way are preferred, but if not they can also be stamped in other institutions: town halls, cafés, etc. You have to stamp the Credencial twice a day at least on the last 100 km (for pilgrims on foot or on horseback) or on the last 200 km (for cyclists pilgrims).
You can do the Way in stages, provided they are in chronological and geographical order. However, if you only do the minimum required distance (last 100 or 200 km), you must always get your Credencial stamped at the start and end of each stage, including the corresponding date, to show that the pilgrim has resumed the Way in the same place where they last stopped (i.e. you should always get the stamp at the starting point even though you have already stamped the card in the same place at the end of the previous stage).
Thanks - I had not come across the Pilgrim Office website before! That was very useful.
 

Carfax

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SDC to Fisterra and Muxia) August 2016
#11
Just to reword the above (which is correct,) once a day for the far distances from Santiago and then once you hit the 100 km mark (200 for bicyclists) you shift over to do two per day.

[EDIT: I was not quite right. Via a private conversation I have been set straight about the number of sellos needed for a compostela. You do need the two per day to show that you have walked the last 100 km or bicycled the last 200 km but stamps are optional before this.

It is however usual to get at least one sello per day on camino because some albergues require you to have a credential to get a bed. If you are lucky and a good liar I suppose you could travel with a blank credential and call each night your first night in an albergue but it is easier to just get the stamp. Not only does the stamped credential make a great souvenir but it also can get you discounts at some places.]
Re-reading the "rules" I can see that interpretation. The question this raises is how does the Pilgrim Office then give an appropriate certificate of distance? Surely the whole concept of that is based on the assumption that sellos are collected from the starting point onwards. No need for further discussion though - Thanks
 

Momonne

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Frances, Norte, Primtivo, Portuguese, VDLP
#12
The question this raises is how does the Pilgrim Office then give an appropriate certificate of distance? Surely the whole concept of that is based on the assumption that sellos are collected from the starting point onwards. No need for further discussion though - Thanks
They don’t. :D Some look at the first stamp and credit you with the full distance as if you had walked the whole thing even if you skipped here and there or a whole long section. They really do not have time to calculate the true distance one has recorded with stamps.
 

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