If you are thinking about doing the Camino de Santiago, Spain Incoming as your incoming travel agency customizes your Camino and prepare everything you may need. Thus, in this post we present you singular souvenirs or remembering items for all pilgrims of the world who live the Camino de Santiago experience.

The Compostela is a document showing that the pilgrim has done the Camino, a unique souvenir. Read on if you want to know more about what the pilgrims’ certificates are and how to get them.

Pilgrimage souvenirs

Travelling and visiting new places is always a very moving experience: new cultures and traditions, monuments, natural environments, restaurants and infinite emotions.

We all go back home with unique memories, whether material or immaterial, pictures, souvenirs or just good feelings… So we encourage you to get to know all about certificates as your souvenir during your Camino experience.

The Compostela

Pilgrims end their way with infinite feelings and emotions, every step along the Camino de Santiago is an experience and the Camino is definitely full of magic.

The pilgrims’ certificates - La Compostela

The pilgrims’ certificates – La Compostela

Once pilgrims get to Santiago de Compostela, after walking at least 100 km or cycling 200 km by (minimum required by the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral), they can get the Compostela, the official document that certificates their pilgrimage.

The pilgrims’ certificates - La Compostela

The pilgrims’ certificates – La Compostela

This document is more than a paper written in Latin with your name. Without doubt, it is a unique recognition that cannot be found elsewhere. The requirements for getting the Compostela are:

  • Doing the Camino de Santiago for religious or spiritual reasons;
  • Walking the minimum required kilometres by foot or horse (100km) or cycling (200km)
  • Having the Pilgrims’ passport or Pilgrims’ Credential stamped at least 2 a day
The pilgrims’ certificates - Pilgrims’ Credential

The pilgrims’ certificates – Pilgrims’ Credential

La Compostela, is one of the more desired certificates, and why? This document is the proof of doing one of the official routes of the Camino. Only in 2018, around 300.000 Compostelas were issued!

How to get La Compostela

For obtaining the Compostela, pilgrims must go to the Pilgrim’s Reception Office, located at Street Carretas 33, near to the Cathedral and under the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos.

Welcome certificate

The Welcome Certificate is given to pilgrims who walk or cycle the Camino for leisure or for any reason other than religious or spiritual. This paper proofs that you have done the Camino, at least 100 km by foot or 200 km by bike.

The pilgrims’ certificates - Welcome certificate

The pilgrims’ certificates – Welcome certificate

 Certificate of distance

This certificate is bigger than the Compostela or the Welcome certificate and has more information too:

  • Pilgrims’ name.
  • Date and starting point.
  • Number of kilometres travelled.
  • The day of arrival and the route.
The pilgrims’ certificates - Certificate of distance

The pilgrims’ certificates – Certificate of distance

Pilgrims who have the Welcome Certificate or La Compostela can also obtain the Certificate of Distance by requesting it at the Pilgrim’s Office for a price of 3€. Moreover, pilgrims who have made the pilgrimage before this certificate was created, can also request it by e-mail.

Cathedral visit certificate

The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela also issues a certificate of visit for all who wants a souvenir of their visit to the Cathedral and the tomb of St. James. This certificate costs 3€ and like the Certificate of Distance, it has elements of the Codex Calixtinus and the image of the Apostle Santiago de Compostela in the Pórtico de la Gloria.

The pilgrims’ certificates - Cathedral visit certificate

The pilgrims’ certificates – Cathedral visit certificate