Maria

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Maria is from Viveiro, in the misty and beautiful northern coast of Galicia, and now calls Ireland her adopted home. She adores Santiago, where she studied Journalism at Santiago de Compostela University. She also loves travel, food, books, and arty and crafty. She has walked and cycled many trails including many Camino routes, Japan's Kumano Kodo, the Kerry Camino in Ireland and many others.

Celtic Camino Certificate

What is the Celtic Camino Certificate The Celtic Camino is the name given to the Camino Ingles from A Coruna. You can get a Compostela certificate if you walk the Camino Ingles from A Coruna; however, you’ll have to walk another pilgrimage trail of at least 25 km in your country of origin and collect […]

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What is the Celtic Camino Certificate The Celtic Camino is the name given to the Camino Ingles from A Coruna. You can get a Compostela certificate if you walk the Camino Ingles from A Coruna; however, you’ll have to walk another pilgrimage trail of at least 25 km in your country of origin and collect

Camino Pilgrim passport

Understanding Camino Pilgrim Passports & Certificates

This article aims to clarify the difference between the Camino Pilgrim Passports and the various Pilgrim Certificates, including the famous Compostela Certificate. Camino Pilgrim Passports & Certificates Traditional Passport and Certificate to Santiago de Compostela Many people know why they want to walk the Camino de Santiago. It may be for spiritual growth, a health

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This article aims to clarify the difference between the Camino Pilgrim Passports and the various Pilgrim Certificates, including the famous Compostela Certificate. Camino Pilgrim Passports & Certificates Traditional Passport and Certificate to Santiago de Compostela Many people know why they want to walk the Camino de Santiago. It may be for spiritual growth, a health

Finisterrana Certificate

Finisterrana and Muxiana Camino Certificates

What is the Finisterrana? Many of you will be familiar with the ‘Compostela’, the pilgrim certificate you can obtain from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela if you have walked a minimum of 100 of the Camino de Santiago to the city or cycled at least the last 200. But did you know that

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What is the Finisterrana? Many of you will be familiar with the ‘Compostela’, the pilgrim certificate you can obtain from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela if you have walked a minimum of 100 of the Camino de Santiago to the city or cycled at least the last 200. But did you know that

The Certificate of Distance: A Testament to Your Camino Journey

Accreditation of the number of km covered The Certificate of Distance is a special recognition for pilgrims who have walked the Camino de Santiago. Unlike the traditional Compostela Certificate, which is reserved for those completing the pilgrimage for spiritual or religious reasons, the Certificate of Distance is available to all pilgrims regardless of their motivation.

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Accreditation of the number of km covered The Certificate of Distance is a special recognition for pilgrims who have walked the Camino de Santiago. Unlike the traditional Compostela Certificate, which is reserved for those completing the pilgrimage for spiritual or religious reasons, the Certificate of Distance is available to all pilgrims regardless of their motivation.

What is The Botafumeiro And When Can I See it?

What is The Botafumeiro And When Can I See it? The ‘Botafumeiro’ is the famous giant thurible or censer in the Santiago de Compostela cathedral. It has been used since the Middle Ages, originally to clean the air when crowds of pilgrims, having completed the Camino de Santiago, arrived in Santiago de Compostela after their long

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What is The Botafumeiro And When Can I See it? The ‘Botafumeiro’ is the famous giant thurible or censer in the Santiago de Compostela cathedral. It has been used since the Middle Ages, originally to clean the air when crowds of pilgrims, having completed the Camino de Santiago, arrived in Santiago de Compostela after their long

Camino Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela

Camino Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela. If you finish your Camino trip in Santiago de Compostela, you will receive your Compostela certificate and a warm welcome from the people at the Pilgrims Office. The Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela (Oficina de Acogida al Peregrino) is located in the city centre, just a few

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Camino Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela. If you finish your Camino trip in Santiago de Compostela, you will receive your Compostela certificate and a warm welcome from the people at the Pilgrims Office. The Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela (Oficina de Acogida al Peregrino) is located in the city centre, just a few

Semana Santa on the Camino

Semana Santa, Easter in Spain

Semana Santa (Holy Week) or Easter in Spain, is one of the most important festivals of the religious calendar. When does Semana Santa take place? Easter in Spain generally starts on Palm Sunday and finishes on Easter Sunday, hence the term ‘Holy Week’ or Semana Santa. During Easter week, many towns and cities host impressive

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Semana Santa (Holy Week) or Easter in Spain, is one of the most important festivals of the religious calendar. When does Semana Santa take place? Easter in Spain generally starts on Palm Sunday and finishes on Easter Sunday, hence the term ‘Holy Week’ or Semana Santa. During Easter week, many towns and cities host impressive

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Top 10 Camino Dishes on the Camino Frances

Top 10 Camino Dishes The various Camino routes cross different regions (and sometimes, countries), each with its own traditions, culture and food. Food is an important part of any journey, and with this in mind, we think there are 10 Camino dishes you absolutely have to try while walking the Camino de Santiago. If you

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Top 10 Camino Dishes The various Camino routes cross different regions (and sometimes, countries), each with its own traditions, culture and food. Food is an important part of any journey, and with this in mind, we think there are 10 Camino dishes you absolutely have to try while walking the Camino de Santiago. If you

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The Beautiful Val d’Orcia is The Must-See Area of Tuscany

The Val d’Orcia in Tuscany is one of the must-see regions of the Via Francigena and one of the highlights of the Camino to Rome. The Via Francigena has crossed the Val d’Orcia since Roman times when it was known as Via Cassia. Since then, the trail has linked and facilitated trade as well as

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The Val d’Orcia in Tuscany is one of the must-see regions of the Via Francigena and one of the highlights of the Camino to Rome. The Via Francigena has crossed the Val d’Orcia since Roman times when it was known as Via Cassia. Since then, the trail has linked and facilitated trade as well as

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – 6 Things To Know

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – 6 Things To Know The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is an iconic symbol of the city of Santiago and the final point for many pilgrims walking or cycling the Camino de Santiago. Over the centuries, thousands of pilgrims worldwide have made their way to the Cathedral of

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The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela – 6 Things To Know The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela is an iconic symbol of the city of Santiago and the final point for many pilgrims walking or cycling the Camino de Santiago. Over the centuries, thousands of pilgrims worldwide have made their way to the Cathedral of

The Story of the Yellow Arrows on the Camino

The name of Don Elías Valiña Sampedro might not ring any bells but you will certainly recognise his most ‘famous’ creation: the yellow arrows on the Camino, pointing the way to Santiago de Compostela. Don Elías (1929-1989) was the parish priest in O Cebreiro in Lugo and studied the history of the St James Way pilgrimage to Santiago

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The name of Don Elías Valiña Sampedro might not ring any bells but you will certainly recognise his most ‘famous’ creation: the yellow arrows on the Camino, pointing the way to Santiago de Compostela. Don Elías (1929-1989) was the parish priest in O Cebreiro in Lugo and studied the history of the St James Way pilgrimage to Santiago

The Fishermen’s Trail: Walk Portugal’s Wilderness

The Fishermen’s Trail: Walk Portugal’s Wilderness I’m sitting on a sun-warmed boulder, applying an undercoat of factor 50 to face, neck and limbs, when the first dollops of a downpour sent me rummaging for my waterproofs. The Fishermen’s Trail: Walk Portugal. It’s late October in southern Portugal, so a drop of rain is to be expected

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The Fishermen’s Trail: Walk Portugal’s Wilderness I’m sitting on a sun-warmed boulder, applying an undercoat of factor 50 to face, neck and limbs, when the first dollops of a downpour sent me rummaging for my waterproofs. The Fishermen’s Trail: Walk Portugal. It’s late October in southern Portugal, so a drop of rain is to be expected

Fisterra: Pilgrims, Legends and Beauty

The fishing town of Fisterra (Finisterre in Spanish) is located on the Atlantic Coast of Galicia, some 100km away from Santiago de Compostela. Cape Fisterra and its lighthouse, on a headland just outside the town, has been the final destination for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago for many centuries, completing the Camino Finisterre. Fisterra:

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The fishing town of Fisterra (Finisterre in Spanish) is located on the Atlantic Coast of Galicia, some 100km away from Santiago de Compostela. Cape Fisterra and its lighthouse, on a headland just outside the town, has been the final destination for pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago for many centuries, completing the Camino Finisterre. Fisterra:

The History of the Camino de Santiago

History of the Camino de Santiago The Camino de Santiago is considered a bucket list destination for many people, whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not. But how did the Camino de Santiago come to be so popular among modern travellers and what do we know about the history of the Camino? Thousands

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History of the Camino de Santiago The Camino de Santiago is considered a bucket list destination for many people, whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not. But how did the Camino de Santiago come to be so popular among modern travellers and what do we know about the history of the Camino? Thousands

6 Must-Sees on Le Chemin du Puy

6 Must-Sees on Le Chemin du Puy Pilgrims across Europe have been taking to the roads to Santiago for many centuries. As pilgrims traditionally started their journey from their own homes, various Camino routes developed over time, including many coming from different parts of France, the ‘Chemins de Compostelle’. Of the Camino routes in France, the

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6 Must-Sees on Le Chemin du Puy Pilgrims across Europe have been taking to the roads to Santiago for many centuries. As pilgrims traditionally started their journey from their own homes, various Camino routes developed over time, including many coming from different parts of France, the ‘Chemins de Compostelle’. Of the Camino routes in France, the

Top things to do in Siena

The city of Siena is one of the highlights along the Via Francigena in Tuscany. Siena is a UNESCO-listed city and one of Italy’s most visited sites. Designed as a work of art to blend in with the Tuscan surroundings, the city’s perfect Gothic beauty will amaze you. If you are walking the Via Francigena

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The city of Siena is one of the highlights along the Via Francigena in Tuscany. Siena is a UNESCO-listed city and one of Italy’s most visited sites. Designed as a work of art to blend in with the Tuscan surroundings, the city’s perfect Gothic beauty will amaze you. If you are walking the Via Francigena

Camino Culture: The Galician Hórreo

Camino Culture: The Galician Hórreo If you are walking the Camino de Santiago, you will start noticing some exciting structures close to most homes in rural areas as you enter Galicia. These rectangular structures are granaries called ‘hórreos’, a widespread construction across rural Galicia. Their function is to store grain and other food crops for

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Camino Culture: The Galician Hórreo If you are walking the Camino de Santiago, you will start noticing some exciting structures close to most homes in rural areas as you enter Galicia. These rectangular structures are granaries called ‘hórreos’, a widespread construction across rural Galicia. Their function is to store grain and other food crops for

Via de la Plata

3 Things to Know About Ourense | Via de la Plata

3 Things to know about Ourense The beautiful city of Ourense is best known to Camino walkers as the starting point of the last 100km of the Via de la Plata Camino route to Santiago. Known as ‘Auria’ by the ancient Romans, Ourense is a wonderful place to begin your Camino de Santiago. In fact,

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3 Things to know about Ourense The beautiful city of Ourense is best known to Camino walkers as the starting point of the last 100km of the Via de la Plata Camino route to Santiago. Known as ‘Auria’ by the ancient Romans, Ourense is a wonderful place to begin your Camino de Santiago. In fact,

7 things not to miss on the Finisterre Camino

The Finisterre Camino has had a magical appeal for pilgrims since medieval times. Having arrived in Santiago de Compostela after walking for many weeks across Europe, they would continue their journey on to Cape Fisterra. Cape Fisterra was once believed to be the last place on Earth, the edge of the known World, Finis Terrae.

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The Finisterre Camino has had a magical appeal for pilgrims since medieval times. Having arrived in Santiago de Compostela after walking for many weeks across Europe, they would continue their journey on to Cape Fisterra. Cape Fisterra was once believed to be the last place on Earth, the edge of the known World, Finis Terrae.

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10 Top Camino Portugues Foods

Top 10 Camino Portugues Foods To Try The Camino Portugues is the second most popular route of the Camino de Santiago after the Camino Frances, according to 2020 statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago. Part of the appeal of the Camino Portugues is the delicious Portuguese food on offer. The Camino Portugues route begins

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Top 10 Camino Portugues Foods To Try The Camino Portugues is the second most popular route of the Camino de Santiago after the Camino Frances, according to 2020 statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago. Part of the appeal of the Camino Portugues is the delicious Portuguese food on offer. The Camino Portugues route begins

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