Staying fit after the Camino

The question was: I have just finished walking the Camino Frances for the second time. Like last year when I had finished, I am now super fit. At least, my legs are so strong. I love being able to walk up steep hills effortlessly. However, last year, over time, I gradually lost that fitness and…

What about those we leave at home?

The question is from 2012, but still relevant: My beloved is, I realise belatedly, stressed and distressed by my planned pilgrimage. I am taking the Camino Frances in April. We have been together some thirty odd years now and have never been apart for as long as the five weeks or so that it will…

Favourite Francés albergue – quick vote!

One of our forum members decided to create a small survey on the “best” albergues as rated by pilgrims. So how about a little populist fun, not to be taken too seriously… a straw poll of everyone’s one single favourite Camino Frances albergue. I’ve put a few obvious options in to get us started. Hopefully…

Is the camino del Norte in August a terrible idea?

The question was: I’ve been planning to walk the Camino del Norte from mid July this year, but the more I read on this forum the more I wonder if I should instead walk just the primitivo away from the crowds of tourists.  Has anyone walked the northern way in July/August and could advise if…

Can I walking The Camino Without Training?

The question was: This feels like the right year for me to walk the Camino– much change in my life, and many “What’s it all about?” questions to chew on. But I’m feeling fear, because I’m not in the best shape of my life. If it’s possible to “train as I go,” I’d really like…

How empty is the Lisbon to Porto section?

The question was: I hear often that the section between Lisbon and Porto is really empty of pilgrims going to Santiago, but can you help quantify this for me. If I were to leave on 1st June from Lisbon, how many pilgrims would I be likely to see on the road, and how many would…

Advice of those who have walked May/June

The question was: I walked the CF from SJPDP to Finisterre in September of 2015. My fiancé and I hiked Porto to Santiago last September. We are planning to do the first 3 weeks of the CF next mid-May into June and since I have no experience with weather for that time of year I…

Do I need a sleeping bag in may?

The question was: I am starting the camino from Sarria next Saturday (May 11th). I am unsure about whether to take a sleeping bag or just a sleeping bag liner. Thoughts please? Read the answers of sleeping bag in May on the Camino here on the forum.