F.A.Q

All you need for your way

What is the best time of year to follow the Way?

The “Caminho de Santiago” can be walked at any time of year, but the recommended months are: March, April, May, June, September and October

The path is well signposted?

The Portuguese Way of Santiago between Porto and Santiago is well signposted with yellow arrows along the route. In Spain as well as yellow arrows the path is signposted with tiles on which a scallop shell shows the direction to go.

What do I need to complete the Way?

The most important thing is to have the will! With the booking itinerary you will be sent a set of recommendations for your preparation for the pilgrimage.

What is a year “Jacobeu”?

These were years in which the day of Santiago (July 25) is a Sunday. The “Jacobeu” are cyclically every 6, 5, 6 and 11 years. The last was in 2010 and the next will be in 2021.

What is “Credencial do Peregrino”?

The “Credencial do Peregrino” is a document to identify you as a Pilgrim along the Way and on arriving to Santiago. Along the Way, you can have it stamped by hostels, parishes, Police Stations, institutions and shops who have witnessed your passage.

What is “Compostela”?

When you get to Santiago, show the “Credencial do Peregrino” it in the “Oficina do Peregrino”, situated near the Cathedral, to receive the “Compostela”. This is a certificate of achievement of Pilgrimage, only given to those who travelled on foot at least the last 100 km.

Who can make the Way?

Anyone who wants it. Age and physical condition are not constraints to the realization of this experience. You can adjust the length of the stages to your physical condition. Contact us and our staff will be happy to help you.

What are the physical condition requirements?

We suggest that before starting the Way, you make some physical preparation to adapt your body to long walks. We recommend that you start the training at least one month in advance, making daily walks, and gradually increase the extension.

Can I do the program alone?

Yes, the way is safe and the program can be carried out by one person alone. On the “Caminho” you will surely find the company of other pilgrims.

Equipment.

Your knapsack should be waterproof, soft, with double stitching, back cushioned, with a system appropriate to the type of walking and with 45 litres or 8 kg capacity.
As for what to wear, take 2 or 3 pairs of trousers or shorts, 2 or 3 cotton t-shirts, a jumper or a polar lined raincoat (it may rain in Summer) for the cold nights, several pairs of cotton or wollen socks with no stitches and underwear. Be reasonable with your choice as clothes are heavy.

As for footwear, you should bring a pair of waterproof trekking boots, larger than your usual size, already worn and comfortable and a pair of shoes to rest your feet at the end of each journey. You can bring your personal hygiene items, a hat, cap or beret; a flask or bottle of water and a walking stick or staff, a much needed object to maintain the rhythm of your walking or to lean your body on and activate the circulation in your hands and arms.

It is up to you to bring your mobile + battery, camera, a notebook and a pen. Do not forget your identity card, health certificate, pilgrim card, credit card and some cash in Euros

How to book a program?

To book one program please send an email to info@caminhoportosantiago.com and indicate the number of persons, date of departure and the services you want to hire.

How is luggage transported between accommodations?

On each morning deliver luggage at the hotel reception before departing. Our team will collect and deliver your luggage to the next hotel. Full instructions will be included in the travel documents.

Other start points for this itinerary?

You can start the Camino de Santiago in other places, such as Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Valença – Contact us for rates and availability – info@caminhoportosantiago.com – para conhecer outras opções.

Still have any question?

Contact us- info@caminhoportosantiago.com – our experienced staff will be happy to answer all your questions