Pilgrim’s reception office


Welcome to the official website of the Pilgrim’s Reception Office in Santiago de Compostela. At the Pilgrim’s Reception Office we welcome all pilgrims arriving in the city who have walked or travelled on horseback or by bicycle to the Tomb of St. James. In this office we issue the final stamp of the Cathedral of Santiago on the official pilgrim credenciales as well as the traditional certificate, the Compostela, to those who qualify.

The Pilgrim’s Reception Office is run by the Cathedral church of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela. The Director of the Pilgrim’s Reception Office is traditionally a Canon of the Cathedral. The present Director is Segundo Pérez López.

On this website you can obtain further information about the pilgrimage, statistics about the pilgrims who have arrived in Santiago and links to other organisations and websites which may be able to assist you. The Pilgrim’s Reception Office does not recommend any particular external websites nor does it accept responsibility for the content of any such websites.

Where we are

The Pilgrim’s Reception Office is located on Rúa das Carretas, which is accessed from the Praza do Obradorio via Rúa Costa do Cristo.

Pilgrim’s Reception Office

Rúa Carretas, nº33 (accessed from García Sabell)
15705 Santiago de Compostela
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tel.: +34 981 568 846


Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.: At Easter and in Summer from 1st April to 30th October.

Monday to Sunday 10.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m.: In winter, from 1st November to 30th March (except Easter).

The Pilgrim’s Reception Office is open at these times every day of the year with the EXCEPTION of Christmas Day – 25th December, and New Year’s Day – 1st January. If you complete your pilgrimage on these days your Compostela can be obtained in the Cathedral.

Services we provide

At the Pilgrim’s Reception Office we offer the following services:

  • Welcoming the pilgrims, stamping Credenciales and delivering the “Compostela”.
  • Chapel for prayer and reflection, with the possibility of Mass held there.
  • Parking for bicycles.
  • Post Office.
  • Renfe train office.
  • Alsa bus office.
  • Large garden perfect for relaxing on arrival.
  • Galicia Information and Tourist Office.
  • Bathrooms for pilgrims (accessible for the disabled).
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