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Pointer Way of Saint James
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​Signposting

The Portuguese Way is identified by a yellow arrow painted on a variety of backgrounds: walls, posts and even trees. Another associated sign may also be seen consisting of a stylised image of a yellow scallop shell on a square and blue background. This may appear as a metal sign or, alternatively, as a sticker. These signs have been put up by volunteers from the Via Lusitana Association. On the Galician side, the signs take the form of stone waymarkers with a stylised image of a yellow scallop shell on a tile with a blue background. These waymarkers also indicate the distance remaining to Santiago.

Pilgrim’s hostels

Pilgrim’s hostels (albergues) are intended exclusively for overnight accommodation for pilgrims. All operate according to their own rules.

In most cases, they are not free and the price varies from place to place, but on average they cost €5.00 per night. Some do not have a fixed price but accept donations.

The pilgrim’s hostels have a limited number of beds, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so it is advised that you arrive no later than 4.00-5.00 pm. Opening hours vary: some close around 11.00 pm, others earlier. Check out is normally between 9.00 am and 10.00 am. Usually you may only stay for one night.

Most pilgrim’s hostels have bathrooms and toilets with hot water, and areas for washing and drying clothes; some also have cooking facilities.

The pilgrim’s hostels are exclusively for the use of pilgrims and precedence is given to walkers. To have access to a pilgrim hostel, you must show a stamped pilgrim’s passport (Credencial).

Alternatively, pilgrims may stay at youth hostels, for which a Hostel Card is not necessary, merely the Credencial. Like the pilgrim’s hostels, the youth hostels have their own rules and charge a fee of between €10.00 and €20.00.

Another type of accommodation are the pilgrim refuges, which are usually private houses which charge a fixed amount, or, alternatively, ask for a donation.

Occasionally, accommodation may be available at fire stations or sports halls. In either case, it is always a good idea to say that you are a pilgrim and to show your Credencial, given that some places offer pilgrims a discount.

The Orbitur Campings, subject to specific regulations, offer accommodation conditions for pilgrims. They are usually open all year long, except for occasional situations, and opening hours should be confirmed in advance. Prices may vary from 12,00€ to 39,00€. Refer to price lists for further information.

Accommodation in Porto

  • Bombeiros Voluntários do Porto (Fire Department)
    Rua de Rodrigues Sampaio, 145 | Tel. +351 222 055 845
    2/3 beds | Donation
  • Youth Hostel
    Rua de Paulo da Gama, 551 | Tel.  +351 226 177 257
    148 beds | 13€/70€
  • Casa Diocesana de Vilar
    Rua Arcediago Van Zeller, 50 | Tel: +351 226 056 084
    110 beds |25€/38€

Accommodation along the way

  • Tattva Design Hostel (Hostel)
    Rua do Cativo , 26/28 | Tel. +351 220 944 622
    116 beds  |12€/80€
  • VitóriaVillage (AL)
    Rua da Vitória, 29 | Tel. +351 222 013 477
    25 beds| 80€/140€
  • Hotel S. Marino (**)
    Praça de Carlos Alberto, 59 | Tel. +351 223 325 499
    20 beds| 30€/52€
  • Hotel Estoril Porto (*)
    Rua de Cedofeita, 193 | Tel. +351 222 002 751
    24 beds| 22€/41€
  • Hotel Internacional (***)
    Rua do Almada, 131 | Tel. +351 222 005 032
    61 beds| 40€/60€
  • Pão de Açucar Hotel (***)
    Rua do Almada, 262 | Tel. +351 222 002 425
    100 beds| 35€/120€
  • Porto Lounge Hostel & Guesthouse (Hostel)
    Rua do Almada, 317 |Tel. +351 222 085 196
    45 beds| 12€/78€
  • Porto Rico (Local accommodation)
    Rua do Almada, 237 |Tel. +351 223 394 690
    28 beds| 20€/60€
  • Hotel Premium Porto Centro (***)
    Travessa Antero de Quental, 360 |Tel. +351 225 084 650
    180 beds| 40€/70€
  • Lis (Local accommodation)
    Rua Antero de Quental, 659 |Tel. +351 225 092 305
    20 beds| 25€/53€
  • Hotel Ibis Porto São João (**)
    Rua Dr. Plácido Costa |Tel. +351 225 513 100
    150 beds| 37€/55€
  • Hotel Eurostars Oporto (****)
    Rua do Mestre Guilherme Camarinha, 212 | Tel. +351 225 072 090
    94 beds| 49€/200€
  • Pestana Porto Hotel (****)
    Praça da Ribeira, 1 | Tel. +351 223 402 300
    98 beds| 120€/197€
  • Ribeira do Porto Hotel (***)
    Praça da Ribeira, 5 |Tel. +351 222 032 097
    29 beds| 75€/95€
  • Gz Hostel
    Rua Antero de Quental, 11 - T. +351 916284890
    6 beds| 14€/30€

Note:
the prices shown are merely a guide and range between the highest and lowest amount. It is advised that you contact the accommodation to confirm the price for the date and room required and for availability. It is always a good idea to say that you are a pilgrim and to show your pilgrim’s passport (Credencial), given that some places offer pilgrims a discount.

Accommodation along the Caminho Português Central ou Principal (Central or Main Portuguese Way)

There are seven pilgrim’s hostels, one youth hostel, five pilgrim’s refuges and one camping available along the way. Refer to the respective contacts at:

  • Pilgrim’s Refuge ViaPortuscale (Senhora da Hora/Matosinhos)
  • Camping Orbitur Angeiras (Matosinhos)
  • Home of the Vidal Family (Vilarinho/Vila Conde)
  • Temporary Refuge Sports Complex (Polidesportivo) (Vilarinho/Vila Conde)
  • Laura’s Home (Vilarinho/Vila Conde)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel Vairão Monastery (Vilarinho/Vila Conde)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Pedro de Rates
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel Cidade de Barcelos (Barcelos)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel Casa da Recoleta (Tamel/S. Pedro de Fins)
  • Fernanda’s Home (Vitorino de Piães/Ponte de Lima)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel Casa do Arnado (Arcozelo/Ponte de Lima)
  • Youth Hostel (Ponte de Lima)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Pedro de Rubiães (Rubiães/Paredes de Coura)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Teotónio (Valença)

Accommodation along the Caminho Português por Braga (Portuguese Way via Braga)

Along this tour you will find five pilgrim’s hostels, two youth hostels and one pilgrim’s refuge. Refer to the respective contacts at:

  • Braga Pilgrim’s Hostel
  • Braga Youth Hostel
  • S. Pedro de Goães Pilgrim’s Hostel
  • Fernanda’s Home (Vitorino de Piães/Ponte de Lima)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel Casa do Arnado (Arcozelo/Ponte de Lima)
  • Youth Hostel (Ponte de Lima)
  • S. Pedro de Rubiães Pilgrim’s Hostel (Rubiães/Paredes de Coura)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Teotónio (Valença)

Accommodation along the Caminho Português da Costa (Coastal Portuguese Way)

There are five pilgrim’s hostels, three youth hostels and four campings along this way. Refer to the respective contacts at:

  • Camping Orbitur Angeiras (Matosinhos)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. José de Ribamar (Póvoa Varzim)
  • Camping Orbitur Rio Alto (Estela / Póvoa Varzim)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Miguel (Marinhas/Esposende)
  • Foz do Cávado Youth Hostel (Fão/Esposende)
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel São João da Cruz dos Caminhos (Viana do Castelo)
  • Viana do Castelo Youth Hostel
  • Camping Orbitur Viana do Castelo (Darque / Viana do Castelo)
  • Caminha Pilgrim’s Hostel
  • Camping Orbitur Caminha (Mata do Camarido /Caminha)
  • Vila Nova de Cerveira Youth Hostel
  • Pilgrim’s Hostel S. Teotónio (Valença)

Pilgrim’s Hostels in Galiza

  • Tui - T. +34 986 600 729 - 40 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • O Porriño - T. +34 986 335 428 - 52 beds
  • Mos – T. +34 986 334 269 - 16 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • Redondela - T. +34 986 404 196 - 44 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • Pontevedra - T. +34 986 844 005 - 56 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • Briallos – T. +34 986 536 194 - 27 beds
  • Valga – T. +34 638 943 271 - 78 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • Pontecesures – T. +34 699 832 730 - 52 beds - 13:00-22:00
  • Padrón - T. +34 666 202 863 - 48 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • Teo - 28 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • Monte do Gozo - 400 beds – 13:00-22:00
  • Santiago - Residencia de Peregrinos de San Lázaro T. +34 981 587 324 - 80 beds - 10:00 - 21:00  - 10€

Pilgrim’s passport and Compostela

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The pilgrim’s passport (Credencial) certifies that you are following the pilgrimage route, grants you the status of pilgrim and is an official document issued by the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. It can be obtained from authorised bodies, which stamp it in the appropriate section. In Porto, it is available from the Cathedral.
The passport is essential for gaining access to the pilgrim’s hostels, youth hostels and pilgrim’s refuges. It must be presented by the pilgrim in person at the Pilgrim’s Office (Oficina del Peregrino) in Santiago de Compostela between 9.00 am and 9.00 pm to certify the pilgrimage has been accomplished so long as a minimum of 100 km has been walked or ridden and at least 200 km cycled. This certification is called the Compostela and is issued by the church secretary.

Further information on this document at:

  • Porto Cathedral
    Terreiro da Sé |Tel +351 222 059 028
  • Centro de Estudos Jacobeus – Caminhos Portugueses a Santiago de Compostela
    Largo do Priorado, 112 |Tel. +351 222 002 424 / +351 917 259 917

Stamp

In the Credencial, sections are reserved for the stamps of the public, private, religious and civil entities – pilgrim’s hostels, youth hostels, parishes, tourist information offices, police, commercial establishments, etc. – which prove that a pilgrim has taken a certain route. These stamps, or sellos in Spanish, confirm that a pilgrim has come through a certain region, city or town. The Credencial must be shown and stamped at the places indicated above once or twice a day.

Further information at:

  • Cathedral
    Terreiro da Sé | Tel +351 222 059 028
  • Tourism Office – Sé (Casa da Câmara)
    Terreiro da Sé | Tel +351 223 393 472
  • Tourism Office – Centro
    Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25 | Tel +351 223 393 472
  • iPoint Campanhã – Campanhã Railway Station (ticket office)
    Largo da Estação| Tel +351 223 393 472

 

Healthcare

  • Santo António Hospital
    Largo do Prof. Abel Salazar – Porto | Tel. +351 222 077 500
  • São João Hospital
    Alameda Prof. Hernâni Monteiro – Porto | Tel. +351 225 512 100

Pharmacies in Porto along the routes

  • Farmácia Moreno
    Largo de São Domingos, 42-44 | Tel +351 +351 222 003 545
  • Farmácia Antiga da Porta do Olival
    Campo Mártires da Pátria, 122 | Tel +351 222 004 262
  • Farmácia Sampaio
    Rua de Cedofeita, 636 | Tel +351 222 001 782
  • Farmácia Barreiros (Aberto 24 horas)
    Rua Serpa Pinto, 12 | Tel. +351 228 349 150
  • Farmácia Monte dos Burgos
    Rua Monte dos Burgos, 802 | Tel. +351 228 305 453
  • Farmácia Vitália
    Praça da Liberdade, 34 | Tel. +351 222 004 133
  • Farmácia Antero de Quental
    Rua Antero de Quental, 520 | Tel. +351 225 025 048
  • Farmácia Lapa
    Rua Antero Quental, 211 | Tel. +351 225 020 697
  • Farmácia Lousada
    Rua do Campo Lindo, 52 | Tel +351 225020353
  • Farmácia Marques Mendonça
    Rua do Amial, 251 | Tel. +351 228 327 118

Also

 

Useful telephone numbers

  • Emergency – 112
  • Bombeiros Voluntários do Porto (Fire Department)- Tel. +351 222 055 845
  • Tourism Police Station -Tel. +351 222081833

 

Other services available

  • Self-guided tours
    Portugal Green Walks (Tourism operator specialized in the Saint James Ways) Tel. +351 936 077 462
  • Saint James Way horse and bicycle riding
    Portugal Green Walks - Tel. +351 936 077 462
  • Transport Porto-Santiago Compostela
    • Bus Internorte Tel. +351 226 052 420
    • Bus Autna Tel. 351 251 821 043
    • CP Train: Tel. +351 707 210 220
  • Knapsack transportation (unavailable for the Coastal Way)
    Portugal Green Walks - Tel. +351 936 077 462
  • Lockers in Santiago
    Consigna del Peregrino
    Rúa do Vilar, 15, bajo -15705 Santiago de Compostela
    E-mail: info@consignaperegrino.com - 24 hours – 2€

Published 06-04-2014
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