This is a mandatory reading if you want to familiarize yourself with the symbols associated with the Jacobean route. Tracking or sighting these symbols will immerse you step by step in the culture and tradition of the Camino de Santiago.

In the search for your own experience of the Camino, these symbols will be conducive to making your pilgrimage as successful as possible, allowing you to fully live with everything it offers along its different routes. Do you want to know which are the most representative symbols? Take note so that you become familiar with the matter.

Yellow arrows

You will find them along your journey along the Jacobean route through its different stages, they are carved in stone or painted on houses. They were the work of Elías Valiña, a famous parish priest for taking the task of pointing out a large part of the Camino in the seventies, to this day they are reviewed.

Pilgrim’s Credential

It is the document that accredits you as a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago. In it you will collect the stamps, one of the necessary requirements so that the passage through the Jacobean route is recognized until you reach the place where the Apostle rests. You can pick it up at the Pilgrim Service Offices, or from the different Associations of Amigos del Camino.


It is the recognition given to pilgrims who met the requirements to prove their passage on the Jacobean route. Do at least the last 100 km, or 200 km by bicycle through the different routes of the Camino.

Códice Calixtino

It is considered the first complete guide to the pilgrim route to the Cathedral of Santiago, offering information on places of interest and care, archive of historical figures and liturgical texts related to the Camino.

It is the source of many stories ranging from its origin to its sudden disappearance from the vault of the Cathedral of Santiago itself. It has also been a source of inspiration for writers who have done works around the Camino.

The symbols that converge to enhance the Jacobean tradition are many more, but it is of your interest as a pilgrim to continue investigating so that you are more informed about the different symbols and icons related to the Camino de Santiago.

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