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Pilgrim office in Santiago has moved to:

Ruas Das Carretas 33 on the corner of Rua de Domingo Garcia-Sabell.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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It moved again? Or is this the place that opened this winter? At least I think it was last winter.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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That's good news! I was wondering why it would have had to move after all € invested in the new digs.
 
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t2andreo

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Here is a piece of useful advice when trying to find the NEW Pilgrim Office / Oficina del Peregrinos.

The local concello / city council, for political reasons I will not discuss here, replaced the former glass, engraved directional signs for "Oficina del Peregrino" all over the city, with signs in GALLEGO (Galician) and NOT standard Spanish that indicates directions to the "International Center to Welcome Pilgrims." To someone who does not already know where they are going, Rua Carretas 33, Santiago de Compostela, you can EASILY get lost. During my month there this summer, I spent many hours at the bottom of the ramp from Plaza de Obradoiro directing arriving pilgrims to the office, 100 meters down the street on the left.

The obscure wording of the directional signs was intentional, and exactly parallels the official designation of the renovated building at that address, NOT the specific function, simply as the Pilgrim Office. There are other, pilgrim and Camino related offices sharing the very large building. The renovation costs were funded jointly by the Province of Galicia, the Cathedral Foundation, and grants from the EU.

The city of Santiago did not factor into the renovation to the best of my knowledge. Knowing Spanish politics, IMHO, logic rarely factors into practical decisions. You can connect those dots...

Because the specific spelling in Gallego cannot be duplicated using either the BING or Google Translate engines, I will not attempt to put it here. BUT, I will tell you that Google Maps WILL NOT show the International Welcome Center for Pilgrims or any variant thereof.

However, Google and Bing Maps DO provide the location of the Pilgrim Office / Oficina del Peregrino, Santiago de Compostela.

When using street signs for naivagtion, just follow sign any that contains the word "Oficina" AND "Peregrino." If using Google Maps, use "Pilgrim Office."

As another, related fact, arriving pilgrims will find a conveniently located Correos (post office), ALSA bus agent, a RENFE ticket agent, and even a Province of Galicia tourism information office on site or immediately adjacent to the Pilgrim Office. What they will NOT find is a TI for the city of Santiago. In fact, the (superior IMHO) TI for the city remains at Rua do Vilar 63, on the other side of the Cathedral, where it has been for some time. Draw your own conclusions, but IMHO, there is a political difference of opinion that caused a gap in service-delivery. The arriving pilgrims are caught in the middle. Just be prepared.

I hope this helps.
 
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Here is a piece of useful advice when trying to find the NEW Pilgrim Office / Oficina del Peregrinos.

The local concello / city council, for political reasons I will not discuss here, replaced the former glass, engraved directional signs for "Oficina del Peregrino" all over the city, with signs in GALLEGO (Galician) and NOT standard Spanish that indicates directions to the "International Center to Welcome Pilgrims." To someone who does not already know where they are going, Rua Carretas 33, Santiago de Compostela, you can EASILY get lost. During my month there this summer, I spent many hours at the bottom of the ramp from Plaza de Obradoiro directing arriving pilgrims to the office, 100 meters down the street on the left.

The obscure wording of the directional signs was intentional, and exactly parallels the official designation of the renovated building at that address, NOT the specific function, simply as the Pilgrim Office. There are other, pilgrim and Camino related offices sharing the very large building. The renovation costs were funded jointly by the Province of Galicia, the Cathedral Foundation, and grants from the EU.

The city of Santiago did not factor into the renovation to the best of my knowledge. Knowing Spanish politics, IMHO, logic rarely factors into practical decisions. You can connect those dots...

Because the specific spelling in Gallego cannot be duplicated using either the BING or Google Translate engines, I will not attempt to put it here. BUT, I will tell you that Google Maps WILL NOT show the International Welcome Center for Pilgrims or any variant thereof.

However, Google and Bing Maps DO provide the location of the Pilgrim Office / Oficina del Peregrino, Santiago de Compostela.

When using street signs for naivagtion, just follow sign any that contains the word "Oficina" AND "Peregrino." If using Google Maps, use "Pilgrim Office."

As another, related fact, arriving pilgrims will find a conveniently located Correos (post office), ALSA bus agent, a RENFE ticket agent, and even a Province of Galicia tourism information office on site or immediately adjacent to the Pilgrim Office. What they will NOT find is a TI for the city of Santiago. In fact, the (superior IMHO) TI for the city remains at Rua do Vilar 63, on the other side of the Cathedral, where it has been for some time. Draw your own conclusions, but IMHO, there is a political difference of opinion that caused a gap in service-delivery. The arriving pilgrims are caught in the middle. Just be prepared.

I hope this helps.
On my last CF I saw many pilgrims asking directions from one of the four police officers they have posted in the plaza all day, everyday. Their marked van is parked in the corner on the Parador side. You can't miss it.
 

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On my last CF I saw many pilgrims asking directions from one of the four police officers they have posted in the plaza all day, everyday. Their marked van is parked in the corner on the Parador side. You can't miss it.

Dint know there was a van, let alone a police van!! Yikes....! My power of observation! :(
 
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Pelegrin

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2019
"The renovation costs were funded jointly by the Province of Galicia"

The province of Galicia doesn´t existe. Galicia is an "Autonomous Community " that has four provinces A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. It has a Government, called Xunta de Galicia, and a Parliament both located in Santiago. Next September 25 there will be elections for the Galician Parliament.
 

windswept

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Just go down the ramp at the Parador and turn Right into the Rua Carretas!
Thanks, Johnnie, I'm there tomorrow this will save me time. I assume it's the same ramp I go down to walk to,the coast.
 
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Yes! The Pilgrims Office is easier to find than ever before!

You were right very easy, But Johnny, I thought you could have rung ahead and told them I was coming. They kept me waiting an hour. Oh, and I learnt you have to be alive when you walk it. I have my friends ashes with my and a fully stamped passport in his name. But no certificate. But they did, after a hastely convened conference. Agree to write a dedication to him in the bottom of the certificate. That said, I shall be here again next Thursday!
 

t2andreo

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2022
Thanks, Johnnie, I'm there tomorrow this will save me time. I assume it's the same ramp I go down to walk to,the coast.

Yes, at the bottom of the ramp, you proceed straight to head towards Finisterre. You continue down Rua das Hortas, until you spot the first yellow arrow and continue for four days, hopefully stopping once ou reach the Atlantic Ocean...;)

Turn right at the base of the ramp, to go to the Pilgrim Office. It is located 110 meters on the left, last building on the block. It is HUGE and it is white. You literally cannot miss it.

As Johnnie Walker says, it IS easier to find than ever before... but ONLY if you are in the "ball park."

I hope this helps.
 
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Anemone del Camino

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With the beautiful new grounds they now have, one has to wonder why they still have people who have walked hundreds if not thousands of km stand for hours on end to get their Compostela or certificate. Please have them get a simple "service number" like the ones at the bakery, butcher shop, fish monger, and allow people is pain after covering such distances to sit in the courtyard until their number is called.

As one would hope border customs would do, so people do not have to run their engines for 10, 30, 60 minutes +, polluting and wasting gas.
 

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