45 FAQs on the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago FAQ

  1. Why do so many start in Saint Jean Pied de Port?
  2. Is it possible to go camping along the Camino de Santiago?
  3. Do you have some advice for those over 60 wanting to walk the Camino de Santiago?
  4. Is starting from Pamplona ‘cheating’?
  5. Walking from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
  6. Can I walk from Leon to Santiago in 2 Weeks?
  7. Best Mobile Phone SIM card and plan in Europe?
  8. Sarria to Santiago an honest account from a first time pilgrim
  9. What is the correct Albergue Etiquette?
  10. Winter Camino
  11. Baby on the Camino – my takeaways
  12. News from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago (May 2019)
  13. What about Mental Health Issues and the Camino de Santiago?
  14. NotJustAHike (1 hour Camino video)
  15. “Bed race” You should read this before attempting Camino Del Norte in July/August
  16. The Camino de Santiago in 14 days, where to start?
  17. Is it possible to walk Via de la Plata in 30 days?
  18. Can I walk from Porto to Santiago in 10 days?
  19. What kind of footwear is best for the Camino de Santiago?
  20. How long does it really take to walk to Finisterre?
  21. Good advice on Medical Insurance for US peregrinos
  22. How to get from the USA to Saint Jean Pied de Port
  23. How to get from Paris to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port?
  24. Camino Mozárabe
  25. Just returned from the Camino. Advice to others 60+ years
  26. Vegan IS possible on the Camino de Santiago
  27. “The Way” available on DVD
  28. Is it safe for a woman to walk alone?
  29. Winter Camino – 20 tips
  30. Do I need a guidebook to walk the Camino de Santiago?
  31. To cross the Pyrenees or not?
  32. What is the best book on the Camino de Santiago?
  33. What are your favorite places / accommodation from Santander
  34. Pilgrim tattoo anyone?
  35. Best way to get from Santiago de Compostela to Madrid
  36. How to Travel from Santiago to Valença
  37. What NOT to bring with you on the Camino de Santiago
  38. Can I walk the camino with a dog?
  39. How to train for the Camino de Santiago?
  40. What happens if the municipal albergue is full?
  41. What is the best starting point for 1 week walk?
  42. Should I skip the meseta?
  43. What is the difference between an albergue and a pension?
  44. Is there a bus between Muxia and Finisterre?
  45. Pilgrim tip: How much does a pilgrimage cost?

53 Replies to “45 FAQs on the Camino de Santiago”

  1. 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

    1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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..

    1. 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.

    1. 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)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    1. 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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  7. 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.

      1. I am also planning to do it in September, i am completely clueless and am busy doing some research, I am a South African but i will be in London at about that time.

    1. 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.

  8. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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

  9. 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 🙂

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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  16. We are really wanting to see San Sebastián and Bilbao and also take a less busy and picturesque route. Can you do sections of different routes from St Jean to Santiago and still receive the certificate? Northern way and Primitivo onto Santiago is what we were thinking. Any thoughts?

  17. Can anyone tell me the best way to get from Bayonne to St Jean Pied de Port. I don’t think the train operates between Bayonne and St Jean any more.
    It looks to me that the only way is by Bus or Taxi. We will be arriving in Bayonne via train from Paris on April 19/2017 at about 16:30 hrs. Any input would be appreciated.
    Peter/Brenda, Ajax, Ontario, Canada

  18. Hi I was thinking about starting the camino in porto walking 100km then driving and walk the last 15km into santiago due to time constraints. Can you still get your compestela?

  19. I’m planning to stop my Camino hike in Leon, or nearby. Any advice on the best way to schedule transportation back to Paris, where I’ll be flying home from?