Tips & Ca.

Useful information for participating in our programs or organizing with friends. Safety and prevention, insurance, preparation, curiosities, etc. 

Useful information for participating in our programs or organizing with friends.
Information about safety and prevention, insurance, preparation, curiosities, etc., is what we will share with you.

Safety & Prevention

As with any situation in everyday life, safety must always be taken into account.
Whether on a punctual walk or on pilgrimages, we must always beware of our physical integrity and the goods we carry. Needless to say, when we set off for a few adventurous days, only the essentials should accompany us, and this metric applies to valuables such as jewelry, money, or others of monetary/sentimental value.
Never put yourself at risk, either by being too close to people you don't know or by providing personal information.
Take note of the following points:

  • Regarding money, you should calculate for 1 or 2 days, depending on the proximity of automatic cash boxes, and replenish this capital. Whenever you can pay by ATM or credit card.
  • Jewelry is expendable, not only for safety but for practical reasons. Only the watch will have a useful function.
  • Personal documents should always be kept and safeguarded and only used when strictly necessary.
  • During your walks/pilgrimages you should always pay attention to your surroundings and thus beware of the unexpected approach of animals or intruders with dubious pretensions. If you like listening to music while walking, choose to use the headset in one ear only.
  • Before you begin your walks, download a safety control application and share it with friends and family, so that in the event of an accident or danger, you will always be discoverable. We recommend Safe365, which is free on Android and IOS platforms, is easy to set up and accurate in real-time information.
  • If you feel unsafe for any reason, feel free to contact the authorities at the European Emergency Telephone Number: 112.
insurance

Insurance

Be aware that even if you are doing a program alone or with friends, it is mandatory to take out Personal Accident insurance.
Each country has its own rules and you should consult the legislation of the country where it intends to carry out the trek/pilgrimage.

This insurance such as travel must be taken in the country of origin and have the coverage required by each country of destination.

St. James's Ways and Other Pilgrimages

Making the St. Jame's Way or others with their own specifications requires following protocols, customs and preparation that we should not leave to chance.
As there is usually a lot of information, we advise you to do a little research so as not to get caught off guard.
Beyond the practical and logistical side, we suggest that regardless of the reasons that  make any pilgrimage, wherever it may be, that knows the history and customs, and respects them in full. And if you don't want to, opt for other routes.
Here we share tips and information for the St. Jame's Ways, but with appropriate customizations, they serve other pilgrimages.

The importance of following the arrows

The yellow arrows, in their most varied forms, are the official and universal signs of the St. Jame's Way. The marking is made by pilgrims associations and official entities.

Using other means of reference, such as Google Maps, is walking km's, not the Path, and can put you in danger when tell you to take the side of the country roads.

If, for some reason, you feel lost, ask whoever finds in your way, the right direction to go.

Equipment

The equipment you will use to make the Way has to be comfortable in every way.
No need to spend a fortune on boots, backpacks, sleeping bags, etc.
In sports shops such as Decathlon, Sport Zone or similar, there are solutions for all equipment that are reasonably priced and perfectly suited.

Boots or sneakers?
Only your feet know the answer!
It's no use asking other pilgrims, because we all have different feet. What is a rule is that never make the Way with brand new boots/sneakers. 

How much does it cost to make the Way

Of course, it depends essentially on the number of days and the transport you have to use to get to the point of departure and return.
For transport issue, do some research to find the best solution/price.
As for the Way, consider whether you will be staying in public or private hostels. In public, both in Portugal and Spain the price is almost always 6€/ night/person (there are some hostels that is by donation, which does not mean that it is free, always and at least leave the value of 6€) .
In private hostels the price ranges from 7 to 20€/night/person.
For food consider 15 to 20€/day/person.

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Path Symbols

All pilgrimages have their symbols and the St. Jame's Way is no exception!

The shell

THE SHELL

There are many legends and stories, but the true origin seems to be due to the fact that pilgrims returning from Finisterre - considered the end of the world in bygone days and, according to some historians, the true terminus of the pilgrimage, should show their families and friends, a testament to witnessing their successful pilgrimage to Compostela. The sea was a great mystery at the time, but as it was known that the Holy Sepulcher of Santiago was very close to the coast, nothing more logical that pilgrims, when returning to their homes, took a shell as a souvenir, picked up by the sea afterwards. of prayer next to the tomb of the Apostle.

Over time, the shells assumed enormous symbolism and today they can be found in various places along the way, and near the Cathedral in various forms and materials, as a souvenir of Santiago de Compostela.

The Staff

THE STICK

Stick, cane, baton.... a symbol and instrument indispensable for any pilgrim on foot, especially in the descent of the stone paths.

In the Middle Ages, it had a very interesting symbolic meaning, represented the 3rd leg, and also the 3rd person of the Holy Trinity.

It was used as a "crutch" and as protection against small obstacles that might come along the way.

They were made of hazelnut or chestnut twigs, and are still used today, as well as bamboo, more or less elaborate/decorated, retractable ... exist for all tastes.

The important thing is that they are light and very resistant! 

Credential

THE CREDENTIAL

The pilgrim credential is a kind of passport that must be stamped at each stage of the itinerary. It has its origin in the document that, during the Middle Ages, was given to pilgrims as safe conduct.

We should stamp it at least twice a day for the last 100 km (for pilgrims on foot or on horseback) or for the last 200 km (for pilgrim cyclists).
Stamps can be obtained from churches, chapels or monasteries along the Way, hostels, museums and places where we stop to eat or rest.

It should be requested at the Parish Church, Pilgrim Brotherhoods, Friends of the Camino de Santiago Associations or pilgrim support centers.
Only the properly stamped credential gives access to the Compostela.

Compostela

THE COMPOSTELA

Anyone who can reach Santiago by his own forces expects, in any year, the reward of the Compostela, a diploma issued by the Oficina del Peregrino to certify that the route was made in a Christian sense. The Compostela is obtained by pilgrims who make the last 100 kilometers on foot or by horse, and the last 200 traveled by bike. In both cases the pilgrim credential must be taken with two or more daily stamps of the hostels or parishes traveled on either route.

To achieve the Compostela it is not necessary to have made the Path continuously in time, but geographically. That is, we can plan the itinerary for example on weekends, but you should always resume it where you left it, as skipping a path would invalidate the certificate.

The delivery of the Compostela is free.

Path Books & Movies

There are many books on Santiago de Compostela, from the historical to the novel there is an authentic library on the subject, as well as films and documentaries that address the subject in many different ways. Here we share only 2 books, 1 movie and 1 movie/documentary that mark our Path.

Buen Camino

Buen Camino!

The account of daily life on the Way through the eyes of a pilgrim who wants to tell the experience to her son, who in adolescence follows his path in life.

An unmissable book for anyone who wants to know how we are on the Way. 

Diário de um mago

A Wizard's Diary

From Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, no need for presentations.

From his pilgrimage, Paulo Coelho builds a fascinating parable, which deals with the need to find his own way. 


The way

The Way

An inspiring film for many pilgrims around the world, it tells the story of a father and son who did not have the same outlook on life, a factor of discord and withdrawal. The death of his son making the French Way changes his father's attitude radically.

Camino sin limites

Camino Sin Limites

It's the story of two brothers, one of them with cerebral palsy and in a wheelchair.

Daily life, the intertwined stories of other pilgrims joining these warriors along the Way, are an inspiration! 


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