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oh4sun

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Camino(s) past & future
2019
Sorry if this question has been asked before - We are planning to walk from just before Vigo. I confirmed with the Pilgrim Office that it would be 100 kms but on Google maps it works out to be 99kms. Anyway to get around this, accomadation is booked etc....Advise please!
 

Kanga

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Yes, my Portuguese camino app says it is 96.7km from Vigo. I assume that is from the Cathedral, and it would be very easy to add a few kilometres by catching a suburban bus or taxi southwards towards Ramallosa, which is really a suburb of Vigo. Make sure you do get a stamp from your starting place - and that it is on an official camino route. Vigo and Ramallosa are on the coastal camino.

The central route is to the east of Vigo, and bypasses it, although it goes very close to Vigo airport. The first town after Vigo airport is Redondela, which is only 83km from Santiago. On the central route, O Porrino is 99km from SDC, according to my app.
 
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Sorry if this question has been asked before - We are planning to walk from just before Vigo. I confirmed with the Pilgrim Office that it would be 100 kms but on Google maps it works out to be 99kms. Anyway to get around this, accomadation is booked etc....Advise please!
99 or 100, you will accomplish it and have a wonderful experience so is it really necessary for a credential?
 

Antonius Vaessen

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2015-2016 VdlPlata - Sanabres
2016.Primitivo
2017 Salvador
2018 Norte (to Sobrado)
2019 Norte again
Reading these kind of questions I feel a little irritation, it is so far from my own feeling towards walking a camino. For me it's the experience of walking, meeting other people, enjoying the landscape, culture and so on. Getting a credential for me is not more than a "collateral advantage". Planning a Camino just to get to the minimal required number of kilometers is strange to me. The ideas: to each his own or everybody walks his own camino of course are as valid as always. The fact that so many people seem to be so fixed on getting a credential "the easy way" has consequences for all walkers, the last 100 km to Santiago are too crowded and commercialised to my liking
 

Stephen Nicholls

Steve Nicholls, Suffolk, U.K.
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Reading these kind of questions I feel a little irritation, it is so far from my own feeling towards walking a camino. The fact that so many people seem to be so fixed on getting a credential "the easy way" has consequences for all walkers, the last 100 km to Santiago are too crowded and commercialised to my liking
Agree completely, Antonius!
It has now reached the stage where I always plan to AVOID the last 100 kms: which is really very sad.
 
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Reading these kind of questions I feel a little irritation, it is so far from my own feeling towards walking a camino. For me it's the experience of walking, meeting other people, enjoying the landscape, culture and so on. Getting a credential for me is not more than a "collateral advantage". Planning a Camino just to get to the minimal required number of kilometers is strange to me. The ideas: to each his own or everybody walks his own camino of course are as valid as always. The fact that so many people seem to be so fixed on getting a credential "the easy way" has consequences for all walkers, the last 100 km to Santiago are too crowded and commercialised to my liking
I agree with you totally with all the physical and spiritual benefits of the Camino that is why the document of the success is secondary for me. |this year I didn't receive one and God willing my next Camino in 2019 I still will not get one. The Camino for me is a journey of hope and enjoyment of the beautiful terrain of Spain.
 

musicman

Ensuitepilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016,2017,2018
Reading these kind of questions I feel a little irritation, it is so far from my own feeling towards walking a camino. For me it's the experience of walking, meeting other people, enjoying the landscape, culture and so on. Getting a credential for me is not more than a "collateral advantage". Planning a Camino just to get to the minimal required number of kilometers is strange to me. The ideas: to each his own or everybody walks his own camino of course are as valid as always. The fact that so many people seem to be so fixed on getting a credential "the easy way" has consequences for all walkers, the last 100 km to Santiago are too crowded and commercialised to my liking
I waked this route in June - it was never crowded but a little busier after Redondela - walking from Baiona, which is a lovely place would put you in to the 100+category!
 

Antonius Vaessen

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Camino(s) past & future
2015-2016 VdlPlata - Sanabres
2016.Primitivo
2017 Salvador
2018 Norte (to Sobrado)
2019 Norte again
Agree completely, Antonius!
It has now reached the stage where I always plan to AVOID the last 100 kms: which is really very sad.
Which is exactly what I did this year. I walked the Norte and stopped in the convention of Sobrado de Monxes. From there I took a taxi/bus to Santiago
 

KariC

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Camino(s) past & future
Caminho portugûes (2016)
Reading these kind of questions I feel a little irritation, it is so far from my own feeling towards walking a camino. For me it's the experience of walking, meeting other people, enjoying the landscape, culture and so on. Getting a credential for me is not more than a "collateral advantage". Planning a Camino just to get to the minimal required number of kilometers is strange to me. The ideas: to each his own or everybody walks his own camino of course are as valid as always. The fact that so many people seem to be so fixed on getting a credential "the easy way" has consequences for all walkers, the last 100 km to Santiago are too crowded and commercialised to my liking
While I don't disagree that the experience of walking is what is most important, everyone's camino is unique. When I did it, walked the first few days with two French speaking women - one of them and I jumped an industrial city - taking a taxi about 6-7 miles on a particularly long stage, and the other wanted to walk each and every step of it, so she had about a 12 hour walk and got in in the evening. That was important to her. Her way and experience wasn't better than ours, nor vice versa. It may be important to someone to have truly "earned" the credential so I agree with others that just taking a taxi a few KM away to start is a good solution.
 

oh4sun

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
Yes, my Portuguese camino app says it is 96.7km from Vigo. I assume that is from the Cathedral, and it would be very easy to add a few kilometres by catching a suburban bus or taxi southwards towards Ramallosa, which is really a suburb of Vigo. Make sure you do get a stamp from your starting place - and that it is on an official camino route. Vigo and Ramallosa are on the coastal camino.

The central route is to the east of Vigo, and bypasses it, although it goes very close to Vigo airport. The first town after Vigo airport is Redondela, which is only 83km from Santiago. On the central route, O Porrino is 99km from SDC, according to my app.
 

oh4sun

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
Thanks for your reply
We intend walking the Coastal route - is there many places from Oia to Vigo to get the stamps?
 

Kanga

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Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Thanks for your reply
We intend walking the Coastal route - is there many places from Oia to Vigo to get the stamps?
Yes - every bar, almost every shop of any kind, has a stamp.
 

oh4sun

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2019
Thank you - I think we will start just before Vigo in Samil (will catch a bus as you suggested) and hope that we can find a shop with a valid stamp.
What do you think of that idea?
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I walked my first Camino in 2015 after seeing the movie "The Way". Being new to such an undertaking of such a daunting adventure, the reward of a compostela (like Tom in the movie), was of high importance to me at the time. It was a wonderful conclusion to my fantastic experience. No apologies here!
I since have walked three other various caminos, but only have one more compostela. I no longer feel a need to keep collecting them, but that first one was very memorable and I would have felt cheated to not get it. That said...both of my compostelas still sit in their tubes somewhere in my basement. ☺
 

Camgal

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2020)
Camino Portugese (2020)
Thank you - I think we will start just before Vigo in Samil (will catch a bus as you suggested) and hope that we can find a shop with a valid stamp.
What do you think of that idea?
Hi,
How did it go to start from Samil?
 

jerby

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances-Finisterre 2013
Portuguese 2017
Portuguese 2018
Ingles 2018
Via de la Plata Oct. 2019
Sorry if this question has been asked before - We are planning to walk from just before Vigo. I confirmed with the Pilgrim Office that it would be 100 kms but on Google maps it works out to be 99kms. Anyway to get around this, accomadation is booked etc....Advise please!
Hl Camgal, don't worry. If you walk from Vigo to Santiago you will get your credential. My wife got her credential last year. Just make sure you get at least 2 stamps per day, starting in Vigo.
My wife and I are heading over to Vigo in March to walk it again.
If you had an extra few days, you could turn off at pontevedra and walk the Spiritual Variant. A beautiful walk which also includes a little boat trip on route. Buen Camino
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Hl Camgal, don't worry. If you walk from Vigo to Santiago you will get your credential. My wife got her credential last year. Just make sure you get at least 2 stamps per day, starting in Vigo.
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Just for clarification: The Credencial is the Pilgrims' passport in which you collect your stamps, what you get in Santiago is the Compostela ;-)
BC SY
 

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