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  1. J

    Dangerous dog before Triacastela

    Please be careful walking through small hamlet before Tricastela. Just before Ramil. Walking through Monday morning on my own. 2 chained dogs barking aggressively and 3rd off chain ran towards me barking. Wasn't sure wether to run or what! It bite me on top of thigh but luckily then stopped...
  2. Bob from L.A. !

    Thefts/arrests In albergues along the Camino/Just a reminder !!!

    I just read news reports, published in at least two Spanish news media outlets dated July 16, 2021 pertaining to thefts from albergues and the arrest of two individuals by Guardia Civil in Ames, in the Galician province of La Coruna. The report described a male and female, who would break into...
  3. I

    LIVE from the Camino Beware of a man in outskirts of Aviles near Salinas!!!

    Hello All, I wish I would share more positive post , but today I was assaulted by a young man literally on the entrance of a small passage through the little forested bit . I am adding a a screenshot of exact location .There is a way on Buen Camino app which is marked red at exact same spot...
  4. L

    Solo travel - Lisbon to Porto

    Hello - I am a single woman in her late 50s hoping to walk (solo) from Lisbon to Porto and meet with friends to continue on to Santiago. I have been advised that the Lisbon-Porto section is not the safest for a single traveller. I've been told there are thefts and exhibitionists along the way...
  5. biarritzdon

    Pilgrim Rescue near Roncesvalles 6/1/21

    A German pilgrim had to be rescued by helicopter last Wednesday in the snow storm near Roncesvalles. A friend of mine Biarritz says the fine will be 12000 euros.
  6. Peregrinopaul

    Have you encountered accidents on the Camino?

    I was posting on another thread about my trepidation about descents - on a bike in my case. I was reminded of an incident in 2014 when we passed a group of Italian bicigrinos on the descent from Cruz de Ferro. One had misjudged a corner and ended up in a ditch with broken bones. We were just...
  7. peregrina2000

    Assault near Lisbon on the Portugués

    As I think anyone reading this thread already knows, there was a violent attack on the Caminho Portugues last week. This thread explains the details. There are many moving pieces, with different endeavors ongoing to document and report. I do not speak for AB, but I know that she is...
  8. A

    Pilgrim stabbed and attacked at knife point after Sacavem, was able to escape

    Hello everyone, This is a difficult story, but as it happened only three days ago, it is important for people to be aware and I would appreciate help (the report is filed with the police, but was seemingly not taken very seriously) with further resources or steps to take. The short version is...
  9. peregrina2000

    Harassment on the way to Fátima

    For almost a year now, the Fátima Association (Rodrigo), Santarém Hostel (Mario), and the Via Lusitana have known about incidents involving an elderly (about 80) man on the route to Fátima. He is located about 10 km from Santarém and 2 km before Quinta de Val Flor. He is well known on the...
  10. Gwaihir

    LIVE from the Camino Snow. Primitivo Yay or Nay?

    Heya peregrino peeps. I've been live on the Camino for longer than four months and this is my first "live" post, derp. Anyway. We're here in Ribadeseya and snow is closing in on us. It's on the hilltops very close to the Camino, the Picos de Europa are completely snowed under (so pretty), and...
  11. MaggieQYogini

    Any wild life safety concerns on the French Way??

    I plan to go on my 1st Camino (the French Way) in the last week of May to June of 2020. Watched many YouTube videos and reading the Forum. Being the journey treks through large areas of wilderness, are there any danger with wild life?
  12. D

    Wearable Warning Lights for Pilgrims/Walkers

    With the shorter days of Fall while walking Camino Ingles in late October, I wanted to make sure that Jill and I were as visible as we can be for motor vehicle and bicycle traffic. Aside from other wearables, I wanted a wearable warning light that was bright and had the capability to be set to...
  13. LesBrass

    What3Words App for Safety

    My husband sent me this link and suggested I download the App What3Words. The developers have mapped 3 metre squares across the globe. Every square is identified by three random words. If you can send those words to any emergency service they will know where you are. Here’s the article ...
  14. gmag

    The group of albergues thieves has been arrested by the Guardia Civil.

    It is great news! I summarize and translate: The group of hostel thieves has been arrested by the Guardia Civil. 108 criminal facts have been clarified. Five people have been arrested and another 7 have been charged. All domiciled in Bilbao. 66 mobile phones have been recovered. They acted in...
  15. dqduncan

    Theft in Lezama before Bilbao

    THEFT in Lezama. (right before Bilbao): WARNING....there is a big man about 100kg who appear to pose as a pilgrim just as albergue opens. He goes in as soon as the first person leaves, pretends to look for something and leaves ..vanishing quickly . It’s dark and people are groggy. Seconds...
  16. Sheffield James

    Walking thru Thunderstorms

    I admit to being a bit nervous walking when there is the prospect of thunderstorms during the day ahead. I’m well aware of the general advice to avoid standing under trees and not to have metal walking poles sticking out from your backpack, but there may be other good advice to follow. I feel at...
  17. D

    Guardia Civil identify indecent exposure perpetrator on VDLP

    The Guardia Civil took action to apprehend a man who was exposing himself and masturbating on VDLP near Baños de Montemayor. They were alerted to the problem after four incidents were reported by female pilgrims since April. The perpetrator was a 54 year old man from Plasencia. He confessed to...
  18. Mudcrone

    AlertCops App for Emergencies

    I've posted this in some threads, but thought it might be useful here. There is an excellent app for emergencies, of any kind, in Spain. There is an app called AlertCops it is run by the Spanish Ministry. You download it and register with it. Then if you have an emergency of any type in Spain...
  19. t2andreo

    New thievery model on the aware!

    Another member sent this article to me this morning... While the original is in Spanish, here, in English, is my short version translation...
  20. J

    Lisbon to Santiago in July! A few questions:)

    Hi! First of all I wanted to ask if anyone is going to be walking the Portuguese Camino in July? I’m starting out from Lisbon on the morning of June 30th and would be great to know if I’ll be completely alone on the route or not as I’m slightly concerned with the posts I’ve read about flashers...