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Yellow signs on the Camino

Camino(s) past & future
Walked in "2016"
#1
I know that Elías Valiña Sampedro pioneered the use of yellow arrow signs on Camino Francis beginning in St. Jean. Have the yellow arrow signs been adopted on all other routes (including Camino Portuguese) to Santiago too?
 

scruffy1

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Holy Year from Pamplona 2010, SJPP 2011, Lisbon 2012, Le Puy 2013, Vezelay (partial watch this space!) 2014; 2015 Toulouse-Puenta la Reina (Arles)
#3
Greetings from Jerusalem! At the head of an offshoot of the Israel Trail leading down from Jerusalem towards Ben Gurion airport there is usually a yellow arrow pointing the right direction. Ah...well...that is...someone restores and brightens the arrow every July 25.
 

Kiwi-family

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Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
#4
*especially* on the Portuguese! And every other route I've had the pleasure of walking so far (VdlP, Madrid, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra)
Some really go overboard IMG_0879.JPG
 

Hurry Krishna

Indian on the Way
Camino(s) past & future
2009 (from Sarria), 2014 from St Jean Pied de Port, 2016 from Porto, 2018 from Le Puy to Santiago.
#5
Does yellow have any special significance? Of was the colour chosen for entirely practical reasons??
 

tpmchugh

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Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
#8
Does yellow have any special significance? Of was the colour chosen for entirely practical reasons??
I believe he got it from some road workers and yellow seems to be a universal colour for road works. I often find myself following yellow arrows at home which are nothing more than workers pointing the direction of a trench to be dug
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
#10
I often find myself following yellow arrows at home which are nothing more than workers pointing the direction of a trench to be dug
I remember chatting with a fellow pilgrim on the Camino Portugues earlier this autumn and he was telling me how "Camino-obsessed" his girlfriend is. I suggested that, since she was missing the camino so much, when he got home he could paint some yellow arrows in his apartment... leading to the bedroom. ;-)
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#14
I saw this one on a roadside barrier on the Shikoku pilgrim circuit earlier this year. About 10,000 km from Santiago. The colour may have been entirely coincidental but it did make me smile and stop long enough to take the photo :)

shikoku-arrow.jpg
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
#15
I've seen blue on the route from Fatima years ago and also going "backwards" on the Frances.
The blue Fatima arrows are quite common on the Camino Portuguese as the route is shared for much of the way. Sometimes the arrows are side-by-side, as in these two examples:
IMG_0623.JPG IMG_0749.JPG
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
#17
I thought blue was going TO Fatima?
Certainly, in Portugal blue arrows point to Fatima and many are labelled as such. I would see them pointing south when I walked north from Porto, often paired with yellow arrows pointing north but not always. When I got to Spain they didn't disappear but they were less frequent. I wonder if you see them alongside the yellow arrows pointing in the same direction on those caminos in the south of Portugal heading up from the Algarve.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2014). Hospitalera: 2002, Ponferrada. 2004, Rabanal del Camino.
#18
I remember chatting with a fellow pilgrim on the Camino Portugues earlier this autumn and he was telling me how "Camino-obsessed" his girlfriend is. I suggested that, since she was missing the camino so much, when he got home he could paint some yellow arrows in his apartment... leading to the bedroom. ;-)
That could be why she’s obsessed with the camino.
 

kdespot

Active Member
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Francés SJPP-SdC Sept-Oct 2016
#19
Oh, how true... especially upon recent re-entry from a Camino! I found myself suffering whiplash and heart palpitations from seeing a casual swath of yellow alongside the road. One would think that there would be therapists for this...
 
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#20
My apologies for drifting back to the topic... ;-)
This photo looks like it shows what you’re looking for (in Alvorge)

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Kanga

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Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese.
#21
Certainly, in Portugal blue arrows point to Fatima and many are labelled as such. I would see them pointing south when I walked north from Porto, often paired with yellow arrows pointing north but not always. When I got to Spain they didn't disappear but they were less frequent. I wonder if you see them alongside the yellow arrows pointing in the same direction on those caminos in the south of Portugal heading up from the Algarve.
Yes, when you walk from Lisbon until the two paths diverge in Santarém, the blue and the yellow arrows share the path and point in the same direction.
 

JabbaPapa

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#22
The colouring of the arrows used to point to Rome has been fairly unstable, so that yellow, blue, red, and white have all been used -- but I believe that the tendency nowadays is to use yellow towards Santiago and white towards Rome, including because those are the traditional colours of the Standard of Vatican City State.



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But I've seen from the interwebs that on the Francigena in France, a similar system can be found where the yellow arrows point to Rome, and the white ones to Canterbury ...
 

Hurry Krishna

Indian on the Way
Camino(s) past & future
2009 (from Sarria), 2014 from St Jean Pied de Port, 2016 from Porto, 2018 from Le Puy to Santiago.
#23
I heard /read that D. Elias used the yellow paint because there was a lot left over after road works when he started marking the camino....
😁
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
#24
Yes, when you walk from Lisbon until the two paths diverge in Santarém, the blue and the yellow arrows share the path and point in the same direction.
Looking back at some photos I took in Sintra after my camino before my flight home from Lisbon, what did I see in the background of one but two arrows, yellow and blue, pointing in the same direction. I can't believe I didn't notice the yellow arrow when I was there! Usually my eye is drawn to them as if by magnets. 20181018_152645.jpg 20181018_152645.jpg
 

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