This is a short entry to explain how to get the Compostela certificate. In order to acquire this religious document we must proof that we have done our Camino in one of the three admitted ways by the church. If you do not know what the Compostela is, I invite you to read my post on documents that have significance in the pilgrimage to Santiago.
Let´s get started. The official ways to do El Camino de Santiado are:
For our pilgrimage to be considered to obtain the Compostela certificate on foot, we need to walk a minimum of 100 km., which is more or less what it will take to walk for five days. For this reason, one of the main starting points of El Camino for many pilgrims is Sarriá. In our application we have created a specific route that you can download if you want to start your pilgrimage there: “The last 100 km.”.
Yes, yes, you can also be a pilgrim on a horse. It is not so common because it is expensive and the logistics are more complex, but it is not unusual to come across a solitary horse rider or a group of riders doing El Camino. You will also need to proof that you have rode for at least 100 km. to obtain the Compostela certificate when you arrive to Santiago.
The number of people that had decided to do El Camino by bicycle has increased enormously in the last years, coinciding with the increased popularity of the mountain bike cycling sport. On a bike a pilgrim can manage 50 / 70 km. per day, so the French route of El Camino (el Camino Francés) could be finished in 15 days. The minimum required to obtain the Compostela certificate by bike is 200km.
Tip: Whatever way you choose to do El Camino, do not forget to stamp your Credential (La credencial) a least two or three times along your daily journey, so you will avoid any difficulties proving that you did it when you ask for your certificate in the pilgrim office in Santiago.
Translation: Elvira Sánchez