Don’t forget the good old-fashioned postal service to send letters or postcards back home. Stamps are usually available from tobacconists in Spain, you don’t need to go to the Post Office (Correos). The tobacconist (estanco) has a burgundy and yellow sign. Post boxes are yellow, marked Correos with the Spanish Postal Service emblem of a posthorn and crown.
You can also receive mail from home if you wish or send on heavy items that you decide not to carry, or to receive something that is unsuitable for airline hand luggage, like a Swiss army knife.
In France, items should be addressed to you Poste Restante, in Spain Lista de Correos. In each case, the surname should be first, in capitals. When you go to collect mail, take your passport as ID; and to be sure, ask them to check under your first name as well as your surname. In France, you'll be charged the cost of a standard stamp per item that you collect from Poste Restante. Collection in Spain is free. Please note that items not collected within 2 weeks will be returned to sender.
Please see below for details of places along the le Puy route and the Camino Francés, with postal codes, 2 or three days apart.
Lista de Correos
|43000 le Puy-en-Velay||31080 Pamplona (Navarra)|
|48120 St Alban-sur Limagnole||31100 Puenta la Reina (Navarra)|
|48260 Nasbinals||26080 Logroño (Navarra)|
|12190 Estaing||09080 Burgos|
|12320 Conques||24080 León|
|46100 Figeac||24700 Astorga (León)|
|46160 Marcilhac-sur-Célé||24400 Ponferrada (León)|
|46000 Cahors||27600 Sarria (Lugo)|
|82200 Moissac||15780 Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña)*|
|64220 St Jean Pied-de-Port|
We are often asked if the Accueil de St Jacques in St Jean Pied de Port can look after parcels being forwarded for collection by pilgrims; unfortunately it cannot provide this service.
Ivar Rekve in Santiago offers a parcel storage service for up to 60 days for €15 - €25, depending on size: http://www.casaivar.com/luggage-storage-in-santiago-de-compostela/index.html
Confraternity of Saint James,
27 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY, United Kingdom.
Tel: (+44) (0)20 7928 9988
Company Limited by Guarantee, Registered no. 4096721 — UK Registered Charity no. 1091140
Founded in 1983 to promote the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela