45 FAQs on the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago FAQ

  1. Walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
  2. Is it safe for a woman to walk alone?
  3. Can I just wing it?
  4. 2013 Statistics for the Camino de Santiago
  5. What time of year is best to walk the camino de santiago?
  6. What kind of footwear is best for the Camino de Santiago?
  7. Is starting from Pamplona ‘cheating’?
  8. Can I walk from Leon to Santiago in 2 Weeks?
  9. TIP: Rain gear recommendations
  10. What type and size water bottle to take on the Camino de Santiago?
  11. How to train for the Camino de Santiago?
  12. Where can I get a pilgrims passport for my Camino de Santiago?
  13. How much does the Camino de Santiago cost?
  14. Best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid
  15. What is the best book on the Camino de Santiago?
  16. Why do we walk the Camino de Santiago?
  17. 2012 Pilgrim Statistics
  18. “Walking the Camino” documentary
  19. Backpacks: 28 liters, 30 liters or 40 liters?
  20. Sleeping Bag or just Silk Liner?
  21. Bed Bugs (2013)
  22. The Camino de Santiago in 14 days, where to start?
  23. How to get from Paris to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port?
  24. Is it possible to go camping along the Camino de Santiago?
  25. Pack list for the Camino de Santiago
  26. Will I lose weight on the Camino de Santiago?
  27. How to get from the USA to Saint Jean Pied de Port
  28. How long does it take to walk the Camino de Santiago?
  29. Bus schedules traveling to and from Santiago de Compostela
  30. Why do so many start in Saint Jean Pied de Port?
  31. Can I walk the camino with a dog?
  32. New bus service between Pamplona and Saint Jean de Pied de Port
  33. Tips on the Camino Frances
  34. Can I walk from Porto to Santiago in 10 days?
  35. “The Way” on Netflix soon?
  36. What is the best starting point for 1 week walk?
  37. To cross the Pyrenees or not?
  38. What is the best backpack size for the Camino de Santiago?
  39. Can I take the bus to Finisterre?
  40. What is the ideal size of the backpack for the Camino de Santiago?
  41. The Pilgrimage to Santiago
  42. Camino de Santiago Statistics for January 2013
  43. What NOT to bring with you on the Camino de Santiago
  44. 5 days of fiestas in Santiago de Compostela
  45. How many pilgrims walk the Camino de Santiago?

41 comments on “45 FAQs on the Camino de Santiago
  1. Guest says:

    When is the best time of year to travel the Camino Frances?

  2. ana c bergh says:

    I am 73, and plan to do El Camino next Spring. I am recuperating from a broken femur and can walk 2 miles a day on a thread mill. But my will is strong and I want to do this, my health is good and I am preparing to be fit for the journey. I want to be a pilgrim but I would prefer to be comfortable at night and sleep in a good hotel. Are there travel agencies specializing and careering for older people?
    Ana C. Bergh acbergh@aol.com

    • Joe says:

      Try Camino Travel Center, they may take you under their wing if you explain to them your situation. Usually in albergues (as you will probably have to stay in one at some point), as an elderly gentleman, you will be given the bottom bunk, either by the owner or by another caring pilgrim. I met an 81 year old doing the Camino, he walked the entire 500 miles from St Jean Pied de Port. I think the Camino is sort of “mind over matter”. Good luck with your journey and Buen Camino

  3. heini062 says:

    I’m a swiss bloke (the man with the dream which changed his live)
    I’ met a nun (Dutch) in St. Chély d’Aubrac (France) on the 16.6.12 Could somebody help me? . I want to talk to her again.

  4. lovemerain says:

    hi! one question!
    I will start from Madrid. And I go to pamplona by plain. So I will take a train to roncesvalles. How can I get to the pamplona train station from pamplona airport? it is far? should I take a bus? how much is it cost? I have never been to Spain.

    how do I get to roncesvalles from train station ?
    I may buy ticket that day 9/7..

    • prudencio says:

      First of all !! There is no train going to Roncesvalles , only bus or taxi and i think the bus company is ALSA they go to Roncesvalles and San Juan pie de Port in France.
      Check internet and Buen Camino.

  5. can you pick up you pilgrime passport and shell anywhere in st jean?

    • Joe says:

      No, there is a pilgrim office in St Jean where can collect it, ask anyone who lives there where it is and they will be able to tell you with ease (best person to ask is someone at the train station, or in your hostel)

  6. J. Patch G says:

    I walked the camino recently and was alone for a couple of days. I felt people walking right beside me but there was no one there. Has anyone had that experience?
    Patch patchofcalifornia@gmail.com

  7. frog says:

    we will be walking from england and want to use a two man tent for first third of trip could anybody give any advice

  8. SienaYT says:

    The links are messed up. I clicked on the first 20 questions, and they all led to “”Can I walk the Camino with my dog””. Please fix. Useless as is.

  9. David says:

    Fix the links! Few want to walk with their dog… It would be great if the links worked!

  10. barbara says:

    I am planning to walk the camino in late march 2013, I am really excited about doing this but I am anxious about the first day, the crossing from St. Jean de pieds de port to Ronscevalles. Is it clear which route one should take in terms of weather conditions, and how is it on the road route if the weather is too bad to cross the mountains? I also feel that I would like to be doing the first day with some others nearby. I would love some advice, I am in my 50′s and have never done anything like this before.

    • Joe says:

      You will be absolutely fine which ever route you choose. There will be plenty of pilgrims starting out from St Jean, so you will always be near someone, probably a few people. The first day is hard because of the long ascent and fast descent, but not once did I feel alone, looking ahead you see a pilgrim (or a few) and the same if you look behind you.

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  12. ejmerv says:

    I am planning to walk the camino in September. Did the Tongariro Crossing yesterday. I am a New Zealander and would like to know if there is anyone who could
    compare the Tongariro Crossing with the Pyreneese. Also is there anyone from NZ who is doing the Caimo in September.

  13. Kari Børrud says:

    We fly in to Vigo. Is it possible to get to Santiago by bus directly from the airport in Vigo?

  14. Pilgrim meal? What does the typical pilgram meal consist of? Do you normaly get a breakfast meal at the hostel?

    • Joe says:

      Normally, private albergues will offer a breakfast, sometimes included in the price, but usually is an extra €3 or so, it is usually just coffee, toast, jams, orange juice, croissants, biscuits.When you arrive they will ask you, and sometimes they even do an evening meal for €10 or so. Many restaurants offer Pilgrim Meals, either Menu del dia, or Menu del peregrino, you will see this very often and the price can vary from €8-15 for a full meal including starter, main and dessert (wine and bread usually included). A typical meal will consist of starters, usually soup or salad from my experience. Then the main is a variety of meat with chips, fish with chips, or something else. Dessert will probably be a yogurt, ice cream or fruit.

  15. Samantha says:

    where is the best place and closest place to fly in for the El Camino de Norte starting in Irun?

    where is the best place to fly out of near Santiago de Compostela?

  16. Joahusa says:

    Toilets along the Way. Curious where ladies go to the bathroom where there are no facilities along the Way.

    • Joe says:

      You are never far away from a cafe or bar, but there are some long stretches where you may need to use the “wild”, but there are lots of places, just walk 20 metres off track behind a tree or bushes, just remember to take some tissue or ask a fellow pilgrim if they have any, they’ll understand.

  17. Cynthia says:

    Does anyone have any experience with nut allergies and eating on the pilgrimage?

    • Joe says:

      Hey, last year I was walking with a group of teenagers and one of them had severe allergies to nuts, sesame seeds and fish… finding a translation and writing this on a piece of paper in spanish was very useful when in restaurants and cafes. We had no problems at all, there is a lot of variety for food on the Camino

  18. Ksalud says:

    Recommendation Hostel in Ferrol, not far from bus station. We will be arriving after a 6 hr bus from Madrid.Gracias

  19. Inten Tirkasari says:

    Hi, Is there any way i can ship my baggage to the end of the journey, for im planning to do another trip after this?
    Most likely from Biarritz to Santiago.

    Thanks :)

  20. mkvaughn86 says:

    I’m planning (roughly) to complete my camino in Santiago on 1 Nov before continuing on to Muxia/Finisterre – I am trying to determine if 1 Nov – All Saints Day is a good or bad time to arrive in Santiago – one one hand I can see the spiritual benefit of an “all Saint’s Day” mass but perhaps they won’t hold the pilgrim’s mass that day and/or all of the compostela/tourist offices and sites will be closed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  21. Lynda Chandler says:

    is there a service to send some luggage onto Santiago from Sarria and a storage depot?

  22. Katerina says:

    Hi, i’m planning on starting the Camino Frances in a few weeks. I have been travelling for a while so I have a lot of things that I don’t want to take with me while walking. Does anyone have advice as to where I could leave a guitar and bag of things? Will be in Madrid beforehand but could be there, Pamplona or somewhere in between!

  23. John says:

    Is it possible to get lost ?

  24. MaryC says:

    Finishing this years Camino in Carrion de los Condes and flying out from Santiago. Does anyone know the quickest way to get there. Bus seems to take 7 hours.

  25. Valerie says:

    Hi, I am proposing to do the French Way walk in May. I am flying in to Santiago and need to get to Sarria. Has anyone any advice on best way to get there? I have tried looking up bus routes but only english site brings me as far as Lugo – nothing from there on.

  26. Emmy says:

    G’day from Perth, Western Australia! We are thinking of doing the Camino in July this year with our children, aged 9 and 12. Riding the trail on mountain bikes for 5-6 days has been suggested to us as we think that 20-30km of walking will be hard on the 9 year old. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

  27. Julie Pritchard says:

    I am a Welsh woman who will be walking from St Jean to Pamplona alone end of April. I need help with accommodation?

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