Where do I start collecting stamps?

Where do I start collecting stamps?

The question was:

I am going on the camino for the first time next may/June from Dublin and was wondering if I get the two stamps here and one in Leon if I’m starting walking from astorga I’ll have two weeks to do it will it be enough time thinking 25 k a day thanks

Read the good advice on where to start collecting stamps in your pilgrims passport here.

What is best, pick up the Credential before you leave or on the Camino?

pilgrim passport

The question was:

Looking for peoples’ advice on the matter of the credencial. We start our Camino in Ponferrada next weekend, but won’t arrive there till about 10pm (we have a hotel booked for that night), so the main albergue will surely be closed by then. We plan to start walking the following morning.

What I’m wondering is whether to try to get a credencial here in Dublin before we leave (we may be able to get a last minute one), or to go to the main albergue in Ponferrada early the next morning to get one? We don’t want to waste time, but I guess it could be done quite quickly.

Read the good advice on when to get the pilgrims passport here.

Do I need to be baptized to get a pilgrims passport?

Do I need to be baptized to get a pilgrims passport?

The question was:

I am not religous but I am spiritual and wish to walk the Camino soon. Can I still get a Pilgrims Passport or is evidence of baptism required?

Read all the good advice on getting the pilgrims passport  if you are not baptized.

The Pilgrims Passport

pilgrim passport
The pilgrims passport, of the Credencial, is what pilgrims bring with them on their walk collecting stamps along the way, proving that hey have walked “all the way”. It is recommended to get two stamps per day if you are walking from within Galicia.

Once you arrive at the pilgrims office in Santiago, before they will give you your compostela, the will check this passport and the stamps to make sure you did not skip stages, and actually walked all the way.

You can get this pilgrims passport at one of the many albergues, or at the pilgrims office in Santiago. Local Confraternities around the world also sends this out for a fee.

Here is a conversation on the Pilgrims passport from the forum.

Pilgrim tip: 3 terms to know

 

The Compostela Certificate

If you are new to the pilgrimage to Santiago, you may not know some of the “lingo”.

3 terms that are helpful to know are:

In the forum, this is all explained here in this post. Another good place for some frequently asked questions (FAQ) on the pilgrimage would be this page that is maintained by the Confraternity of Saint James in London.