Camino FAQ: New Camino route markers

In recent months, the Galician Government (Xunta de Galicia) has been carrying out upgrading works of all Camino route markers within the region. The purpose of the project is to replace, upgrade and unify all markers along the Camino routes across Galicia; including the Camino Frances, which is the most popular Camino route (attracting 65% of all pilgrims).


Most of the Camino route markers across Galicia will replace existing milestones but in punctual locations, the new markers will now offer two alternatives to pilgrims: either to follow the historic route (Camino Historico) or an alternative trail (Camino Alternativo) which might be of interest from a natural point of view for instance; but ultimately both options will bring pilgrims back to the same trail.

The new Camino route markers (pictured) will all have the same design including the scallop shell, arrow indicating the direction that must be followed, as well as the number of kilometres to reach Santiago de Compostela.

At we are following the progress of this project and we’ll bring you all the updates on this topic.

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  1. By Maria

    Hi Nicola, thank you for getting in touch. That’s an interesting itinerary. You can definitely walk the classic Portuguese Camino route from Porto to Valenca do Minho and then take the train to Caminha to join the Portuguese Coastal route. The route is not marked to walk away from Santiago so it will be more challenging to follow the route but since it follows the coast, it should be doable. Have a look at our itineraries here: and Let us know if you need any assistance. Kind regards.

  2. By Nicola

    I’m hoping to walk a loop from Porto to the Spanish border on the Portuguese camino route and then back along the coastal route.
    However, I don’t know if either trail is marked in the opposite direction. Does anyone know if either trail is marked so you can follow it away from Santiago?

  3. By Lisa

    Hi Robert, thank you for your observation. We also hope that all pilgrims respect their surroundings. Kindest regards, Lisa.

  4. By Robert 'Peregrino' Burns

    Considering these were installed so recently, I was dissapointed that many of them had been vandalised when I was walking through Galicia in August 2016. Respect for the camino PLEASE fellow pilgrims!!

  5. By Maria


  6. By Maria

    There has been a bit of controversy about the new markers indeed, Tonya.

  7. I am horrified at these new signs along the camino…the beauty is in following the original paths not modern day signs – have BOTH if necessary….do not destroy the old ones. Shocking!!!

  8. By James D. Cain (Santiago) Cain

    I have tattooed that very symbol on my right arm as a reminder of my Camino experience in Mayo 2014!
    Ole ole!

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