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Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April (2018)
Camino Del Norte 26 March 2019
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
Thank you I am on my way ,see you next week ! :)
 

lindigo

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances April/May 2018
Camino Madrid April 2019
Camino Portuguese May 2019
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
Thank you. We are on our way in two weeks. Linda.
 

Clare Roberts

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Future, 2018
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
Thank you as well. Being novices, we’ll be there for an Easter start. Much appreciated
 

Kwwhite

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés April 2018 , St Jean to Compostela with 3 pre-teen grandkids.
Hi @Monasp Will you posting updates on the Route Napolean?

We'll use the alternate if still closed when we get there, but it's nice to get some updates :)
Agreed! Would love updates on Napoleon Route!
 

Caz spencer

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
We shall see you on the 3rd May Vicky n Caz
 

MethaV

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2014 Camino Frances
2017 Le Puy en Velay-Cahors
2018 Cahors-SJPdP
Le Chemin Piemont Pyrénéen (2019)
I love the Pilgrim's Office volunteers. What a terrific group of people!!!! :D
So true!
I plan to apply for volunteering in that office next year - working all summer this year in spite of being retired. Hope you will all come then!
 

joeandmiki

Member
Camino(s) past & future
booked Airplane and will start on May 16, 2018
See you on May 17! How's weather? It is said that it is likely to rain and it rains around on 17, 18 of this month. My wife and I will start to walk at SJPP on in the morning of May 18. it is expected to be cloudy. Can we walk on Route de Napoleon?
 
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TennKeith

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
June 2018
Definitely will be stopping at the office when I arrive in June. Look forward to seeing everyone.
 
Camino(s) past & future
September 2018
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
I will be obtaining my passport in St Jean but can I also obtain one for a friend who will be joining me in Léon?
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I will be obtaining my passport in St Jean but can I also obtain one for a friend who will be joining me in Léon?
As @davebugg says, they are available in Léon. I got them there for my son and I at the Albergue Monasterio de Benedictinas when it became clear that the credencials we started with would fill up well before Santiago. As it turned out, two credencials each was exactly enough.
 

sumantha

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances and Camino Finisterre 2018 17 June to 29 July
Yes, I will stop there for sure for check out information in June. :)
 

Kate Allenger

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walking the Camino Frances August 29 2018!!
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
Thank you! Can't wait to be there! (August 27th). My friend and I will be there around lunch time and then we will walk to Orisson in the afternoon and spend the night there - can't wait to meet all our fellow pilgrims along the way! After years of wanting to do this, it's finally happening!
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
@Jzijzo no registration of any sort is required to walk the Camino. You just arrive and start walking. But if you want access to pilgrim only accommodation and/or a Compostela at the end, then you need a pilgrim passport, a “credential”, and those are obtainable from the Pilgrims Office in SJPDP. No need to notify the Pilgrim Office before, simply go there when you arrive in SJPDP. They are also a great source of information about the weather, which is important in deciding which route to take to Roncesvalles. And they also can help with accommodation.
 

Jzijzo

Quest 2019
Camino(s) past & future
June (2019)
@Jzijzo no registration of any sort is required to walk the Camino. You just arrive and start walking. But if you want access to pilgrim only accommodation and/or a Compostela at the end, then you need a pilgrim passport, a “credential”, and those are obtainable from the Pilgrims Office in SJPDP. No need to notify the Pilgrim Office before, simply go there when you arrive in SJPDP. They are also a great source of information about the weather, which is important in deciding which route to take to Roncesvalles. And they also can help with accommodation.
Thank you! I'm preparing for next June!
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
I highly recommend stopping at the Pilgrims Office. A very nice women (who’s name I have unfortunately forgotten) gave me handouts that listed many albergues, route altitude information etc...which became invaluable when I inadvertently left my guide book at a cafe in Azofra. I had arrived on a morning bus, due to a lost baggage situation at the airport, and this angel at the office reassured me me that I had enough time to reach Roncevalles. She stamped my passport and reminded me to chose a shell from the basket- ALL while I was just twitching to get started.
What a calming influence she was...
 

Jzijzo

Quest 2019
Camino(s) past & future
June (2019)
I highly recommend stopping at the Pilgrims Office. A very nice women (who’s name I have unfortunately forgotten) gave me handouts that listed many albergues, route altitude information etc...which became invaluable when I inadvertently left my guide book at a cafe in Azofra. I had arrived on a morning bus, due to a lost baggage situation at the airport, and this angel at the office reassured me me that I had enough time to reach Roncevalles. She stamped my passport and reminded me to chose a shell from the basket- ALL while I was just twitching to get started.
What a calming influence she was...
It's so good to know there is so much guidance out there. Did you do the full walk from St. Jean Pied Dr Port to Santiago Dr Compostela? In how many days?
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
It's so good to know there is so much guidance out there. Did you do the full walk from St. Jean Pied Dr Port to Santiago Dr Compostela? In how many days?
Yes, I did walk to Santiago in about a month. I stopped for a few days in Sarria, waiting to meet some friends, but 30-31 days is just about right, unless you run into bad weather or have medical issues- which I did not
 

Jzijzo

Quest 2019
Camino(s) past & future
June (2019)
What month of the year did you walk? I'm planning to walk from the 10th of June into July.
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
In 2008 I went to the pilgrim's office, then a little room in the back of the building, managed by an old lady. She was kind, talked a bit with each pilgrim, and delivered maps and leaflets. There were just four of us (it was around 10 AM, so not peak hour). The feeling was similar to the reception of any albergue.
Then, I came back two years ago, mid afternoon. I was impressed by the crowds of pilgrims (the queue started actually in the street), and how the office has become a modern, efficient operation, with a street front, capable and well organized room. The volunteers make a great job, are efficient and answer the usual questions in many languages. I profit from this thread to say thanks, again.
On the other side, I did not like the new hook scale, where you can weigh your backpack...:eek:
 

Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
In 2008 I went to the pilgrim's office, then a little room in the back of the building, managed by an old lady. She was kind, talked a bit with each pilgrim, and delivered maps and leaflets. There were just four of us (it was around 10 AM, so not peak hour). The feeling was similar to the reception of any albergue.
Then, I came back two years ago, mid afternoon. I was impressed by the crowds of pilgrims (the queue started actually in the street), and how the office has become a modern, efficient operation, with a street front, capable and well organized room. The volunteers make a great job, are efficient and answer the usual questions in many languages. I profit from this thread to say thanks, again.
On the other side, I did not like the new hook scale, where you can weigh your backpack...:eek:
The room in the back of the building we use it only on winter
 

Alta rose

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2018)
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
We are arriving tonight on the train from Toulouse via Bayonne at 2208 will someone be at the pilgrims office? Our flight was delayed so we missed our train and accommodations yesterday and just arrived here today . so have nothing booked
You can PM
 

Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
We are arriving tonight on the train from Toulouse via Bayonne at 2208 will someone be at the pilgrims office? Our flight was delayed so we missed our train and accommodations yesterday and just arrived here today . so have nothing booked
You can email me at tanstey22@gmail.com
I just email you
 

ChristopherX

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Walked the Camino Frances starting at SJPDP in January - February 2018.
Dear Monasp, I agree! I started my first Camino in January this year and, like every other 'camino virgin', I was excited but also apprehensive. I stepped into the Camino office on that cold and rainy Thursday morning, and was greeted by the smiling faces and quiet competence of the two volunteers working there. It was just what I needed: it was almost like an 'informal ceremony' to welcome us to the Camino and to wish us good luck (and to ensure that we used the road route to get to Valcarlos!). It was this emotional warmth that I remember most about the lovely people at the SJPdP office.
 

Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
Dear Monasp, I agree! I started my first Camino in January this year and, like every other 'camino virgin', I was excited but also apprehensive. I stepped into the Camino office on that cold and rainy Thursday morning, and was greeted by the smiling faces and quiet competence of the two volunteers working there. It was just what I needed: it was almost like an 'informal ceremony' to welcome us to the Camino and to wish us good luck (and to ensure that we used the road route to get to Valcarlos!). It was this emotional warmth that I remember most about the lovely people at the SJPdP office.
Thank you so much. I'll say that to all of volunteers
 

JR9162

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Via de la Plata (5/1/2018 - 1007 km in 39 days)
Camino France's (4/10/2019)
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

johnross@gci.net
 

Dougie1982valley

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
July 2018
Tremendous service provided at the office, put me at ease within seconds before setting off in July this year. Kind, knowledgeable and full of smiles. Thank you.
 

swweyman

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
First camino planned for full frances route april 2018
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

johnross@gci.net
I started this year on April 13th from SJPP. Lots of mud and rivers were high so be prepared. This was an abnormally wet spring from what I understand but people one to two weeks before me couldn't take certain routes due to flooding. Was advised by pilgrim's office NOT to take Napoleon route (people travelled two days later than I did so without incident). Valcarlos route was pretty rough and I barely made it. If I were to do again would probably break the trip to Roncesvalles up into two days rather than try it all at once. The rain and mud made the ascent really hard and the route I took had much of the elevation towards the second half (which in my case was not a good thing as I was really tired). I gather the Napoleon route has a steeper initial ascent and less steep in second half (and many break up the day going to Roncesvalles by staying in Orisson). Good luck!!!!
 

Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
Starting my 2nd Camino on April 10th, 2019 from SJPP. So far I am a solo trekker. Walked the Via de la Plata last spring (2018) from Seville 》Astorga 》Santiago in 39 days with my cousin.

Anybody starting out on that date? The Napoleon route is closed until March 31, and if weather is bad I'll just take the alternative.

johnross@gci.net
When you arrive at SJPP you have to go to the pilgrims office, there the volunteers will explain you all things you need to start your Camino (forecast, if you can go by the "route Napoleon" or no.......) because in April maybe in mountain it will be a lot of snow. The volunteers will give you a lot of advices.
 

T0M

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
France (2019)
Hola!

Tell me the dimensions of the credential, please (folded, not expanded).

Tomás
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2012, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011
The one I collected in SJPP in 2010 is 17.5 x 10 cm. The one I obtained through Ivar in 2016 is about 15.5 x 10 cm.
 

Robo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
CF SJPDP-SdC
(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2020)
Hace 17,5 x 10

Are we able to order your credentials for postage overseas @Monasp ?
They are so much better than the 'official' credentials from SdC.
Much more space for stamps!

If available, I'll take 10 :)

Oh No............. I see on your website you are now using the official SdC versions :(
Is this True? I loved your version............

57380
 
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Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
Are we able to order your credentials for postage overseas @Monasp ?
They are so much better than the 'official' credentials from SdC.
Much more space for stamps!

If available, I'll take 10 :)

Oh No............. I see on your website you are now using the official SdC versions :(
Is this True? I loved your version............

View attachment 57380
Are we able to order your credentials for postage overseas @Monasp ?
They are so much better than the 'official' credentials from SdC.
Much more space for stamps!

If available, I'll take 10 :)

Oh No............. I see on your website you are now using the official SdC versions :(
Is this True? I loved your version............

View attachment 57380
No we use our credencial not the official SdC
 

Monasp

I'm a manager of pilgrims office in SJPP
Camino(s) past & future
Camino in 2008.
I'm sorry we don't send credenciales, we only give it in pilgrims office in face to face
 

Richard Badder

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2019
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
Thanks I'm starting the first of Sept. For the first time
 

MikeyC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF - September 2016
CF - April May 2017
Shikoku - October 2017
Kumano Kodo - October 2017
CF - 2019
Robo
The latest version from the SdC Pilgrims Office has 8 outlined rectangles per page and an extra page for sellos on the reverse. It's an improvement but I also prefer the French version.
 

IcEaNa

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to go in Sept/Oct '16
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
Hi! It is safe to assume that there will always be credenciales available at the Pilgrims Office? I arrive on the 18th Sept and would be bummed if its unavailable...
 

normaliser

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CP, Nov 2014
Via Regia, Oct 2015
CF, Burgos-Leon, Apr 2016
CF-Muxia-Fisterra, Sep 2017
CF, Oct 2019
Greetings from Ukraine, I hope we meet soon, the 2-nd of October:)
 

Davybhoy

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (August 2019)
Don't be afraid we have a stock of credenciales !
HI Monasp

Are we able to buy a shell (with string?) from the Pilgrims office in SJPDP?
We start our Camino next week (Aug 3!)
Thanks

Davybhoy
 
Camino(s) past & future
(Camino Frances - May/June 2019)
Are the any days of the week in the "busy season" that seem less crowded to start? We intend to go May of 2020 - around the 22nd (Fri) to 25th (Mon) and can be flexible to start...
 

sugargypsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for May 2019: Camino Francés
Thursday, 21st of May, 2020 is a legal holiday (Christi Himmelfahrt / L'Assomption) for instance in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. Friday is in that case often used as a "bridgeday" to get a prolonged weekend, start a longer vacation or maybe the camino. Might very well be that lots of people start walking then.

So if you're a flexible about your starting dates I'd try to start walking monday, tuesday or latest wednesday, 20th of May, to avoid crowds. If starting on thursday, book your accommodations for the first couple of nights until Pamplona, if you don't want to start with a bedrace.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
(Camino Frances - May/June 2019)
@sugargypsy Great advice! Thank you. What about the following week? Like Monday 5/25 through Friday 5/29 - is it full on busy season then?

Sorry for the questions - I'm taking my two teenage sons (14 & 16) with me and earlier may conflict with school.
 
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sugargypsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First one planned for May 2019: Camino Francés
What about the following week? Like Monday 5/25 through Friday 5/29 - is it full on busy season then?
Yes, because Sunday 31st of May, and Monday, 1st of June are also official holidays - Pentecost / Pfingsten - in the same countries mentioned above, so there might also be some pilgrims using those days to start their pilgrimage (in my country there are holidays, so that time lot of pilgrims start their camino then).

Generally May is a favorite month for a lot of pilgrims to walk the Camino, I did walk this year myself in May and June. I never had any problems getting a bed, but it's always easier to get one bed than three in the same place.

About crowds when walking, if you start early in the morning, then it can be quite crowded when you start walking. I usually was the last or almost last pilgrim to leave the albergue, so after a while, usually by 11 o'clock I was often walking on my own, because a lot of pilgrims start very early, around 6 or 7, to arrive at the next albergue by 12 or 1 o'clock.

Because of that, if you walk in the afternoon you will have the Camino almost to yourself. I really enjoyed that. But when I knew I'd be arriving later than three o'clock, more like four or five o'clock in the place I wanted to stay, I booked ahead, because by then it can sometimes get difficult to find an accommodation.

Do I presume correctly that you want to start in St. Jean Pied de Port? Up to Pamplona this part of the camino was this year sort of a bottleneck concerning accommodation, because two albergues which could take up a lot of pilgrims were closed, still are, if I'm informed correctly and nobody really knows if or when they will open again, so it was quite difficult for some pilgrims to find a bed then.

You'd better check on that issue next year in April here in this forum and decide then, wether you want to book ahead or not. If you want to stay in Orisson, it's going to be necessary to book ahead in any case, since they don't have a lot of bunks.
 

Coomill

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
The pilgrims Office 39 rue de la Citadelle Saint Jean Pied de Port is open every day all year long from 7:30 am to 11pm. The volunteers can give you all you need to start your "Camino" (credenciale, informations, documentation, shell......). Don't forget to go there !
Hi, i’m walking as far as I can in 3 weeks on the Camino Frances late September. I just want to double check the opening hours of the pilgrims office. You say 11pm. Does that include Saturdays? The website says 7pm. I won’t get to SJPP until 7pm ish. My dilemma is, do I get my pilgrims passport here in the uk or the pilgrims tourist office?
 

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