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Things to know before you walk Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is one of the most popular long-distance hiking and pilgrimage routes in the world.


The Camino de Santiago is one of the most popular long-distance hiking routes in the world. Every year, thousands of people from around the world embark on the journey to Santiago de Compostela to visit the tomb of the apostle Saint James.

You don't need to be afraid, you don't need knowledge, you just need the courage to go your own way.

Here are a few practical tips to help you get started.

  1. Choose the right route: There are several routes to Santiago de Compostela, each with its own characteristics and challenges. Choose the route that best suits you and fits your fitness level and timeline. Read here how to choose the rute based on the difficulty

  2. Prepare your body: The Camino de Santiago is a physical challenge and requires endurance and perseverance. Make sure to prepare your body by walking and training before you depart.

  3. Pack light: You'll be walking most of the time and carrying your own luggage, so make sure to pack only the essentials and not overload your backpack. (Read about the "Ultimate packing list for the Camino)

  4. Book accommodation in advance: This is not mandatory as there are public shelters along all the routes, however the Camino de Santiago is very popular and accommodations can fill up quickly, especially during high season. Book your accommodation in advance to avoid being left without a place to sleep. Us,  at Spain is More will love to help you plan your Camino and the reservations for you.

  5. Be active on social media: Social media can be an excellent way to meet other pilgrims and share tips and information. Use hashtags like #CaminoDeSantiago or #CaminoFriends to connect with other travelers.

  6. Use local services: On the way, there are several services available, such as hostels, shops, and restaurants. Take advantage of these services to make your trip more comfortable.

  7. Respect the traditions and culture of the route: The Camino de Santiago has a rich history and tradition, so respect it.

  8. Take your time to enjoy: The Camino de Santiago is not only a physical challenge, but also an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the moment. Take the time to enjoy the scenery, culture, and people around you.

By following these tips, you can prepare yourself for a great experience on the Camino de Santiago and enjoy the beautiful scenery and Spanish culture.