What do you do about food and drink on long stages?

Tortilla Española, Camino de Santiago

The question was:

How do others cope with the lack of food and drink places on many of the Caminos?
Having just walked from Toulouse, where there seems to be even more villages without shops or bars than there are in Spain, and I know there are many in Spain, I found I was carrying food and drink for the day, emergency supplies in case there was no food in the evening, supplies to cope with Sundays and Mondays!! It was only when I stopped that I realised how heavy my food bag had become. Does anyone have some secret coping mechanism? how do others manage?

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  • famous seafood dishes

    This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.loughman Mary Loughman

    DId the Via de la Plata last year where we walked all day without encountering towns on the way in the southern part of the route. It was very hot and we carried a lot of water, you cannot count on getting any during the walk. There was food in every town and we bought supplies in the evening for the next day. It was not difficult. I bought fruit and bread, nuts, cheese, meat and chocolate. Not all of these every day, just enough for one meal and snacks. Small bags of olives were very nice! Some towns had only a bar cafe but they can give you a sandwich and packaged biscuits and sweets. You can refill the plastic bottles with water at the albergues- that was a lot of weight. If we started our walk at 6 am or so, and it was important to start early because of the heat, there would be nothing open for breakfast and I missed coffee. Some people made it in the albergue kitchen. Really, I never carried very much except for water. I loved this route!

  • michelle

    nuts (brazils, wlanuts , almonds hazelnuts & cashews-always carry a mixed bag with me on my caminos, also carry rice cakes and cheese-then pick up tomatoes from shop of place I sleep in & make my own breakfast every morning-or can stop for a snack

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