Camino de Santiago | A pilgrimage across Spain dating back to the 9th century. Also referred to as “The Way” or simply as “The Camino.”
Pilgrimage | A long journey, often for personal growth.
Pilgrim | A person that walks the Camino.
Buen Camino | A well-loved phrase used to greet a pilgrim. It translates to “good walk.”
Albergue | An affordable hostel for pilgrims to sleep.
Credencial | A sort of passport book that pilgrims must present and have stamped at albergues.
Pilgrim Menu | The blood life of the Camino, it is the cheaper pilgrim-version of the Menu del Dia meal. It includes a first and second course, bread, wine OR water (not both, to be very clear), and dessert for a ridiculously low price of 10 euros or less.
Santiago de Compostela | Both a city and the name of the cathedral that marks the end goal for many pilgrims. It is located in the northwestern corner of Spain and is simply referred to as “Santiago.”
Compostela | An official certificate you receive in Santiago after completing your Camino. You must present your credencial of stamps proving that you walked at least 100km.
Yellow arrows | Official (and non-official) markers that point the way to Santiago.
From Michael George:
Santiago de Compostela
Yellow Arrows | Waymarkers
THE WAY OF SAINT JAMES
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
CERTIFICATE OF DISTANCE