How is the signposting of the Camino de Santiago?

All along the pilgrimage routes there are a multitude of elements and indicators that will help you to find your way around, making it practically impossible to get lost.

The yellow arrow: This is the most important sign and the one you will find most often on your Camino de Santiago. You will find them every few meters painted on trees, on the facades of houses, on power poles, on the ground, on churches, on rocks, on vertical signs. They are always on display and their eye-catching colour will never go unnoticed.

Milestones or kilometre markers: These are the second most important signpost on the Pilgrims’ Route to Santiago de Compostela. They are stone and concrete constructions on which usually appear the yellow arrow, the scallop shell and, sometimes, the kilometres to go to Santiago de Compostela.

Although they are similar, their design and frequency of use may vary from one community to another. In Galicia you will find a milestone every 500 meters, which also serve to mark places of certain historical, religious or monumental importance.

Traffic signs and information panels: They will have one design or another depending on the autonomous community in which we are.

Scallop shell: After the yellow arrow, the scallop is the symbol of the Camino par excellence. The most common is to find it on a blue background, which identifies the Way as a
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In the streets of many towns and villages you will find the bronze-plated scallop, which, along with other signs, will show you the way out of the city.

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