• PLEASE NOTE: Please think twice before you travel to Spain now. More here.

Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it

Silver Oxide Camino de Santiago pendent
Camino de Santiago pendent that has a shell on the front, and "Camino de Santiago" engraved on the back. Comes with a black cord. Pendent is slightly larger than a 50 euro cent coin, about 25mm.
Camino Passport
Original passport made by the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. Shipped from Santiago all around the world with DHL.

Recent content by Mark McCarthy

  1. Mark McCarthy

    Train Madrid to Sarria

    I love the train trip to Sarria, I find it a great bonding opportunity for a group coming together walking Sarria to Santiago but it is a long (6 hours) journey. From the UK we normally getting morning flights to Madrid, then make a trip out to one of the Museo de Jamon restaurants for brunch...
  2. Mark McCarthy

    Monte do Gozo

    They have made over part of the old albergue into an upmarket albergue (benvidomontedogozo.com) which looks really nice, has some private rooms available, gives you access to the facilities on-site including the swimming pools. It looks like it might well be worth checking it out.
  3. Mark McCarthy

    Airport Bus Service Cancelled

    The Empresa Freire service from the airport to Lugo has been permanently cancelled. It is hoped another bus company may take over the route. https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/galicia/2020/12/22/historico-bus-freire-lugo-santiago-dice-adios-despues-75-anos/0003_202012G22P10991.htm
  4. Mark McCarthy

    Santiago to Sarria Bus Timetable

    Mark McCarthy updated Santiago to Sarria Bus Timetable with a new update entry: Bad News Read the rest of this update entry...
  5. Mark McCarthy

    Santiago to Sarria Bus Timetable - Bad News

    Bad news. The bus service from the airport to Lugo has been stopped. It is hoped another bus company will take over the route. If that happens I will publish the new time table here.
  6. Mark McCarthy

    Sarria to Santiago in very short stages

    Mark McCarthy updated Sarria to Santiago in very short stages with a new update entry: Bad News Read the rest of this update entry...
  7. Mark McCarthy

    Facts about Travel from the UK to the EU

    Am I correct in thinking that despite residing in the UK, I can still travel as any other EU citizen using my Irish passport? Or does residency in itself imply travel restrictions?
  8. Mark McCarthy

    Botafumiero Schedule

    They do not publish when it is swinging but at peak times it swings most days.
  9. Mark McCarthy

    COVID Santiago closes down today (Fri Oct 30) from 15.00

    Hi Ivar, is it just for the holiday weekend?
  10. Mark McCarthy

    COVID Camino in times of Covid

    You will still meet people along the way even if the albergue kitchen's are closed. Conversations often start along the way or at cafes when you take a break. Because of the increasing risk of COVID in Spain I suspect numbers will be way down but small numbers like in winter tend to make...
  11. Mark McCarthy

    Meseta or Leon/Sarria - which one first?

    Both options are great, so you can't go wrong, whichever you choose. I always think October is a great time to walk as most albergues and bars are still open but there are not so many people and the paths are not muddy. If not I also like April although April can mean muddy paths.
  12. Mark McCarthy

    Easiest 100km (for someone with health problems limiting high-intensity exercise)

    Abut two years ago, I put together a walking plan for someone who also struggled with large distances. The plan splits Sarria to Santiago in to 18 bite size stages and provides suggested accommodation. I hope this helps. If you need any help please feel free to PM me...
  13. Mark McCarthy

    Kat Davis - pilgrim and author. Died 28 February 2020.

    This group is battling the terrible diseases that lead to this https://www.zerosuicidealliance.com/ . Please support, this is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK. We may never get to zero but for the sake of Kat and the thousands who have suffered we should try.
  14. Mark McCarthy

    Free Camino Guide Book today only!

    To celebrate the launch of my new guidebook, The Way to Santiago, and the great feast of Saint James, for two days only I am giving away the Kindle version. The Kindle version will be free to download today only (July 25th). Normal Kindle price is $6.99. The guidebook is based upon the iconic...
  15. Mark McCarthy

    A camino through Lourdes

    It is the Voie du Piemont (GR 78) up to either Sainte-Colome or Oloron-Sainte-Marie where you can basically take a left and head over the Jaca pass. If you take the route at Sainte-Colome as Felipe says it is called the Voie d'Ossau (GR 108). The Voie du Piemont then carries on to join the...