Patrimony of Humanity, the Routes of Compostela are open to all. The Way of Compostela is a path of solidarity without social or religious barrier, a path of transformation by letting go and the surpassing of oneself. It is a meeting place and tolerance where it is possible to get in touch and to exchange with many people of different nationalities and beliefs. Some travel the roads for religious reasons, others seek contact with nature or sports performance, many question and seek meaning or in search of themselves. Most are all at once …

A pilgrim is first and foremost a discreet human being who considers the constraints of sharing as natural, who has made the choice, for a few days or several weeks, to be satisfied with the joys and small pleasures of everyday life. Exhilarating, this adventure remains demanding. Its success depends on my good will, my inner commitment to live thoroughly what will be and my behavior in keeping with the spirit of the path. Whatever the motives that made you take the path, it is your actions, your words, and your silences that you will be recognized. You are aware that your attitude has an impact on the future of the Way and on the welcome that the pilgrims of tomorrow will receive. So that all this can exist and perpetuate, especially when there are people on the way, it is necessary to respect some simple and common sense rules.

That’s why if you feel like a pilgrim :

  • You will walk, cycle, ride or with a pack animal.
  • You will put the essential in a backpack to be free and autonomous.
  • You will respect the property of others, nature and wildlife.
  • You will offer your help to those who are in need.
  • You will respect charters for pilgrims and hikers.
  • You will have a credential guaranteeing your status.

To be a pilgrim, is to respect the other pilgrims, the people who welcome you or that you meet :

  • You will never forget to be courteous and respectful to everyone you meet.
  • You will accept what you are offered and will not formulate a requirement.
  • You will call to cancel an accommodation.
  • You will make sure to integrate into the host family without causing discomfort.
  • You will respect the priorities in access to the cottages (knowing that the walker is privileged).
  • You will respect the recommendations and advice to walkers / hikers Charter Hiker edited by the FFR (French Hiking Federation).
  • You will pay the required dues for your accommodation and your food.
  • You will participate in the costs of accommodation in case of free participation (donativo): it does not involve free, the contribution can be generous, in money or in kind (help to hospital, the good behavior of the shelter).
  • You will be tolerant if sometimes these rules are not always observed, the experience of the path sometimes deserves some inconvenience.

To be a pilgrim is to respect his environment :

  • You will respect the places of reception and the corresponding uses.
  • You will respect the Way and what constitutes it: signaling, monuments, population, environment.
  • You will avoid any noise disturbance likely to disturb.
  • You will not leave any waste behind you.
  • For your natural needs, you will move away from the path and will shelter you from the eyes.
  • You will hide or burn turds and papers under a stone, a little earth, gravel or a plate of moss.

The pilgrim carries a credential according to his convictions. This nominative document, the Pilgrim’s Passport, attests to his pilgrim status. Signed by him, he symbolizes his moral commitment to respect the rules of life and behavior of the pilgrim, to make his journey in accordance with the Spirit of the Way as described above. It gives no entitlement to the pilgrim who will be grateful to benefit from the facilities and equipment made available to him, however modest, as well as the dedication of the people.

Friend Pelerin, if YOU recognize yourself in the above portrait, then the OTHERS will recognize you too. You are not mistaken about the way …

Ultreia, e suseia
(go beyond and higher, always higher)