Average kilometres per day on the Camino

The question was: I’m planning on walking the camino June/July and it’s time for the final planning.  What is the doable/healthy/average/slightly challenging kilometers per day? I’m 22 years old and would see myself as average fit, and healthy. I’m planning to walk from León to Santiago (and depending on time and fatigue hopefully to Finisterre)…

Can I get the compostela riding an E Bike?

The question was: I am planning on riding the Way of St James and wondering is there any rule / law that allows me to still get my certificate for completing the St James Way? I hear you can via E Bike but also hear you need to ride only 200 kilometers. Is this only…

61% increase in pilgrim numbers during Holy Week 2019

As reported by La Voz de Galicia this week, the number of pilgrims getting their Compostela this easter has jumped 61% compared to last year (2018). 2018 – 8.700 pilgrims got their compostelas during Holy week. 2019 – 14.000 pilgrims got their compostelas during holy week. Read more reactions on the increase numbers of pilgrims…

Camino de Invierno Summer 2018: observations!

One pilgrim shares his experiences walking summer 2018: Summary: I walked the Invierno this year (summer 2018) between July 19 and July 27. That makes 9 stages which is perfect for me! But as Laurie’s Invierno guide suggests, there are several ways to change this if you want to make more or fewer stages. I stayed…

Twelve Camino Rules for Life

The post was: As we all know, the Camino is a metaphor for life. Walking the Camino Frances in September, I came up with the following twelve Camino rules that can also be applied to real life. Would anyone care to add, modify, or subtract? (I realize they’re somewhat serious, so some humorous rules would…

Easter start: Bookings necessary?

The question was: Months of deliberation and working around constraints have finally led to me booking my flights to walk the Primitivo next April. My first walking day out of Oviedo will be Easter Sunday, the 21st. I had the impression that the Caminos are main cities within are busy in the week leading to…

Soap for body and clothes on the Camino

The question was: Does anyone have a recommendation on a soap that will work for body/hair/clothes? I’m guessing that any soap will “work” but I’m looking for what works “best” and is easy to carry. What do pilgrims use? Read the full conversation on Soap for body and clothes on the Camino here on the…

Donativo – How much is enough/too much?

The post was: Over the years I had many conversations, both as a hospitalera and as a pilgrim about this question: How much should be my donativo? The easy answer is: As much as you can afford! But things are a bit more layered, so please allow me to digress 😉 Donativo albergues rely on…

Camino equipment that worked for me

The question was: A year ago I made the decision to walk the full Camino Francés, and largely because of this forum I made some good decisions which allowed me to complete the walk this autumn with no injuries, blisters or pain. Needless to say, the journey was an experience of a lifetime because it…

Looking for new footwear for the Camino

The question was:  Previously a boot wearer., but have read lots of favourable info on the forum regarding Hoka one ones and also Altra lone peak trail shoes ., I intend to include a mission to REI when I visit USA in a couple of weeks. They both ‘sound’ comfortable., but I realise the bottom…