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Portuguese Credential Has ARRIVED!!!

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peregrina2000

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After many years of waiting, the Via Lusitana has issued its own credential. It can be used by anyone on any Camino, but I know it will be welcomed by many peregrinos who are walking the Portugues. The credential has been approved by the Cathedral. Some have pictures of the Santiago cathedral (as this one), some have pictures of the Porto Cathedral, and still others of the Lisbon cathedral. Great news! It will take a while for them to make their way to the Cathedral of Lisbon, but they are coming soon.
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trecile

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I like it! I don't suppose that it can be ordered ahead?
 
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PK Smit

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I will deffinately pic mine up in Porto, April this year. Thanks for informing us
 

Albertinho

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Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
So is it for sure when we arrive in Porto that we can find this new credential for our journey?
No , from a Portuguese caminho friend ( who is well informed) I heard the Vialusitana has a stock of the "old" Spanish type"credential. When they will be sold out ,they will issue the Portuguese type credential
 

sopranocorry

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Camino(s) past & future
CP 2019
After many years of waiting, the Via Lusitana has issued its own credential. It can be used by anyone on any Camino, but I know it will be welcomed by many peregrinos who are walking the Portugues. The credential has been approved by the Cathedral. Some have pictures of the Santiago cathedral (as this one), some have pictures of the Porto Cathedral, and still others of the Lisbon cathedral. Great news! It will take a while for them to make their way to the Cathedral of Lisbon, but they are coming soon.
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Could someone please tell me a little mire about why thus credential is sought after? We will be at Porto Cathedral to start our journey on March 20, will it be available then, what us the cost and hiw is it different from the €2 standard one? Many thx for your response and buon Caminho
 

peregrina2000

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Could someone please tell me a little mire about why thus credential is sought after? We will be at Porto Cathedral to start our journey on March 20, will it be available then, what us the cost and hiw is it different from the €2 standard one? Many thx for your response and buon Caminho
Hi, sopranocorry,

I am guessing that by “standard one” you mean the one issued by the Santiago cathedral. There are many camino organizations around the world that issue their own credential, usually bought by people from that country who are going to walk. I get mine every year from the US group APOC. A few years back there was a big kerfuffle about “unofficial credentials” being issued by tour operators (who were making a lot of $$$ from the sales). The cathedral put a stop to that by saying it would only issue compostelas to people who arrived with approved credentials. Many of the national camino organizations got approval for their credentials. The Portugal amigos association designed their own credential and got the approval of the cathedral. Since several caminos goes through Portugal, a lot of peregrinos have been asking about a Portuguese credential, and it has finally arrived. It will serve exactly the same purpose as any other official credential, but I think it’s very pretty and can understand how people walking the Portugues might want to use it.

And here’s a link to a thread with pictures of the different ones out there. Collect them all!!!

 

sopranocorry

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CP 2019
These different credentials are so cool! Thank you Ivar for providing this thread with the different pictures. We will be getting ours from the Porto cathedral, but will check about this new Portuguese one for availability. Once we complete CP from Porto and get to Santiago we are also planning in this trip to go to Finisterre. Would we then get a’new’ credential for this from Santiago de Compostela cathedral? Is there a requirement again for multiple stamps each day and another compostela either in Finisterre or back in Santiago? Thank you so much for your response. Sorry we are just new to this, and our departure from Porto on 20 March will be our very first camino.
 

JLuis

Member
The new credencial from the Portuguese association Via Lusitana is now available at the Lisboa Cathedral.
Not at Porto Cathedral. Maybe if pilgrims keep asking them about this credential they will start to stock them. It's a decision that must be made by the Porto Cathedral, not from the Via Lusitana association.

JL
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
These different credentials are so cool! Thank you Ivar for providing this thread with the different pictures. We will be getting ours from the Porto cathedral, but will check about this new Portuguese one for availability. Once we complete CP from Porto and get to Santiago we are also planning in this trip to go to Finisterre. Would we then get a’new’ credential for this from Santiago de Compostela cathedral? Is there a requirement again for multiple stamps each day and another compostela either in Finisterre or back in Santiago? Thank you so much for your response. Sorry we are just new to this, and our departure from Porto on 20 March will be our very first camino.
You can use the same one.
 

FLEUR

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Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
Is there any way we can apply for the Portuguese credential by post? We hope to start walking from Porto in May. For other routes I've walked I had different credentials. It would be great if we could have the special Portuguese credentials.
 

FLEUR

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I read that credentials in Porto are now issued by an office opposite the cathedral. Is this correct? What are the opening hours and how late does the office stay open?
 

Albertinho

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Camino(s) past & future
2013 Lisboa - Sant.
2014 Ferrol -Sant.
2015 Porto -Sant.
2018 Porto -Valença
2019 Valença -Sant.
I read that credentials in Porto are now issued by an office opposite the cathedral. Is this correct? What are the opening hours and how late does the office stay open?
The office opposite the entrance of the cathedral is the tourist office
 

jungleboy

Nick
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Francés (Spring '17)
Primitivo (Spring '18)
Madrid (April '19)
Is there any way we can apply for the Portuguese credential by post? We hope to start walking from Porto in May. For other routes I've walked I had different credentials. It would be great if we could have the special Portuguese credentials.
I would have been happy to buy them and send them to you but I only have a handful of days in Lisbon in the next two months and a lot of tasks to get through.
 

FLEUR

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I would have been happy to buy them and send them to you but I only have a handful of days in Lisbon in the next two months and a lot of tasks to get through.
If you had time that would be amazing but I appreciate you're busy.
Could you perhaps PM me with details if this is possible. Thanks in advance.
 

akula415

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
Hello Everyone. To those who asked if this new-ish credencial is available to purchase, it IS AVAILABLE. In fact there are FOUR different versions of the same, variations of the theme. Same covers with slight different colors and the rear (choose your photo): Cathedral of Porto, Cathedral of Santiago, Cathedral of Coimbra, and Cathedral of Lisbon. The rear has a Black and White photo of whichever cathedral you choose. I will provide the link here. I ordered two online and paid via PayPal. So easy peasy.





I have also made a little hobby of collecting credenciales from various places. Thus far I have received: CSJ London, American Pilgrims, Croatian, French, and these new Portugese ones.
 

Annet2020

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Camino(s) past & future
Portugues 2020
Hello Everyone. To those who asked if this new-ish credencial is available to purchase, it IS AVAILABLE. In fact there are FOUR different versions of the same, variations of the theme.
Do you know if the Porto-credential is available at the Porto Cathedral?
 

Annet2020

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues 2020
Last I heard, the Porto Cathedral was not selling the Via Lusitana credentials. They were only selling the Spanish Cathedral credentials. But that may have changed.
That's what I read as well. Guess the only way to get one will be to buy it online then.
 

jerbear

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jerbear

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Coast of the dead malpica to muxia
I've Googled it and haven't come up with a site to order it. Can you provide the link?
Lusitana Pilgrim Association or the Jacobeus Space Association, which send it by mail.
 

akula415

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
Hi all. I posted links above where you can order them online. Already bought mine.
 

willydp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CI June 2019
I was a couple of weeks ago in Lisbon (tourist) and I bought one at the Cathedral for 2€ with the Lisbon Cathedral on it.
I hope I can use it from there in the future 🤞

@akula415
Do they all have a different stamp inside?
 
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akula415

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
I got the parcel today. Only 5 days to the usa. Ordered from the albergue links I provided in my earlier post. I included the return address on the envelope. Note the shipping cost was only 2.20 euros. Not bad. Se e photo attached.
 

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akula415

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Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
I was a couple of weeks ago in Lisbon (tourist) and I bought one at the Cathedral for 2€ with the Lisbon Cathedral on it.
I hope I can use it from there in the future 🤞

@akula415
Do they all have a different stamp inside?
Do you mean that pre print red colored stamp seal? They are the same on the inside regardless of which model I bought. The Porto or Lisbon cathedral designs both have the same inside.
 

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akula415

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
Do you know if the Porto-credential is available at the Porto Cathedral?
I actually do not know. I have heard yes and I have also heard no. I watched someone's YouTube video recently of them purchasing a new credential at porto cathedral and I saw them choose. Sorry I dont recall the name of the video and it was a quick scene. I would suggest just ordering it online from the links I provided.
 

HeidiL

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2004-), Portugués, Madrid, 4/5 Plata, 1/8 Levante, 1/8 Lana, Augusta, hospitalera Grado.
I just ordered some - much cheaper than the ones I get from my local organisation... (which I will keep supporting)
 

Annet2020

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues 2020
Just received my Porto-credential 🙂. Ten days within Europe.
Funny how you can get a wrong idea from seeing photos, it's much smaller than I'd imagined 😄.
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Just received my Porto-credential 🙂. Ten days within Europe.
Funny how you can get a wrong idea from seeing photos, it's much smaller than I'd imagined 😄.
I ordered 6 and received them this week also. They arrived in two weeks to the west coast of the US. I like the size. Since they have started printing the credential issued by the Cathedral that I ordered from Ivar on heavier paper they don't easily fit into the plastic holders that I also buy from Ivar.
 

Annet2020

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues 2020
Since they have started printing the credential issued by the Cathedral that I ordered from Ivar on heavier paper they don't easily fit into the plastic holders that I also buy from Ivar.
This one also doesn't fit well in the plastic holder I bought with it. If I had known the right size I wouln't even have ordered the holder with it: it's the standard size to fit car registration papers in my country, but it's a bit to wide and not long enough for the credential, it sticks out a few mm's.
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
This one also doesn't fit well in the plastic holder I bought with it. If I had known the right size I wouln't even have ordered the holder with it: it's the standard size to fit car registration papers in my country, but it's a bit to wide and not long enough for the credential, it sticks out a few mm's.
Ack! You're right. It's about one cm too long to fit. 😢

I still love the design though.
 

akula415

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Fraces, Sarria to Santiago de Compostela, July 2019
Yeah guys I know exactly what you mean I too purchased the plastic holder and it is about a centimeter too short. Just wondering out of curiosity is anyone here going on the Camino Portuguese this Winter? Hopefully I will depart after Christmas time To the 11th of January. The last 100 km.
 

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