2013 Statistics for the Camino de Santiago

Each year the pilgrims office in Santiago publishes the number of pilgrims that have received the compostela for that year. Since there are pilgrims that does not care about the compostela, and never pick it up, it is difficult to know exact number. Even so, the numbers below is as close as we get to…

Guide books – and the sour taste they leave

  The comment was: We all start out like this… We buy a guide book, read excitedly about the Camino and its stages and often follow the recommendations about albergues and routes outlined in them because after all the author must know! During my last Camino I decided to ditch the recommendations of the famous…

Bedbug undersheet – worth it?

The question was: Planning my first Camino in the spring, thinking about the dreaded bedbugs. Apart from spraying with Permethrin etc – and I don’t, please, want to re-open the debate about that, it has been well-discussed elsewhere! – I have a specific question. Lifeventure (and probably other people too) sell a bed bug undersheet, like…

How much cash to carry?

The question was: I hope to start my Camino (Camino Frances) from Burgos on Sept 1st 2013. I was wondering how much cash I should carry with me. I have heard that there are some towns where ATMs are hard to come by. I would be grateful for any advice. Read all about How much cash…

Advice on Cycling from Leon to Santiago May

The question was: Hi All I am cycling the camino from Leon to Santiago alone in May planning to do the cycle over 6 days 300 km, any advice from other cyclists, bit nervous, have booked into hotels along the route. Please read the conversation on Cycling from Leon to Santiago in our Camino forum.

Easter Sunday in Burgos or Leon?

The question was: I’m planning my Camino for April/May 2014. Holy week will fall during my Camino, and I would like to have a beautiful Easter experience. I was wondering where it would be nicer to spend Easter Sunday, whether in Burgos or in Leon? so any suggestions are welcome! Do you think it would be feasable…

Is there a real reason for a bed race?

The question was: There is much written about the shortage of beds on this forum; bed race, early leavers etc etc. Also, many people tell story’s about having heard or seen other people having a problem with finding a bed. But…actually I did not hear from anyone here or IRL that (s)he really didn’t find…