Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

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

Advertisement

Camino Frances for 20 days...

biancadaze

New Member
I have been trying to plan my trip with consideration to school and work. Unfortunately I work full time and will only be able to take off 20 days; I am also a college student and would like to leave as soon as finals are over, sometime at the end of May, which I'm sure will be pretty busy, but that's no problem.

My main concern is in terms of where to start. I would love to start from the very beginning of SJPP, but I don't want to rush myself to the point where I miss so much of the experience, so I'd like to know if anyone has any ideas as to what a good starting point somewhere along the way of the Camino Frances that would allow me 20 days of proper walking; not too relaxed, not too rushed, so I can make it to Santiago de Compostela and be home on time. I'm not sure if this is a silly request.. If anyone happens to have any suggestions, I would truly appreciate it.

Also, in regards to tents, would it make sense to carry a small one person tent? I imagine the hostels may be somewhat crowded. Has anyone had negative experiences in terms of finding a place to settle down (tent) or any unhappy locals unwilling to permit tenting?

I was considering postponing my trip, but something about the time just feels right and for some reason I am unable to wrap my mind around traveling elsewhere, so if I must go for a shortened period of time then I'd like to try and make it work, regardless of the crowd or time allocated.

Well, thank you for your help in advance,
Bianca.
 

MichaelB10398

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes to SdC, SJPP to SdC
Bianca,

Feel free to start where you wish. If you feel you would like to start at SJPP, then do so. Of course, this choice will require that you may need to take a bus to make up for your slightly shorter period. One solution is to walk until you find you do not enjoy the area, then jump ahead. Of course, you could choose to walk one of the other trails that are shorter.

Some pilgrims feel a deep commitment to walking the entire Camino. Others, not so much. It is a matter of personal choice.

Of course, if you would like to receive a Compostela you will need to have walked the last 100 km. Thus, you need to walk at least from Sarria onward.

Spend some time reviewing some of the trails, read how others felt about their Camino. You will find a breadth of information that will be helpful to you.

Using a tent is done, but there are not a great number of locations specifically designed for tents. You will find many pilgrims that feel their time in the albergues was a highlight of the time on Camino. Others are quite happy to walk alone with their own thoughts. Before I took a tent, I would attempt to understand my purpose for going on Camino. Further, I would think about how capable I am of being alone for extended periods.

You will feel what is right for you. Then all there is left is to do it and enjoy it.

Have a great Camino,
 
D

Deleted member 3000

Guest
If you think you can walk 25 km per day for each of the 20 days, you could start in Burgos. A reasonably easy 14-15 day pilgrimage can begin in Leon, and leave you time in Santiago to go to Fisterra.

Go here to run some test plans:

http://www.godesalco.com/plan/frances
 

surlechemin

New Member
biancadaze said:
... snip ...
My main concern is in terms of where to start. I would love to start from the very beginning of SJPP, but I don't want to rush myself to the point where I miss so much of the experience, so I'd like to know if anyone has any ideas as to what a good starting point somewhere along the way of the Camino Frances that would allow me 20 days of proper walking; not too relaxed, not too rushed, so I can make it to Santiago de Compostela and be home on time. I'm not sure if this is a silly request.. If anyone happens to have any suggestions, I would truly appreciate it.
... snip ....

The Camino Frances does not start in SJPP, but rather in Obanos, shortly before Puenta la Reina, where the last of the four classical ways, the Via Tolosana, reaches the other three. Traditionally, a camino started foot at your home. Today, few people have the time for that, so feel free to start wherever it is possible for you. 20 days would give you enough time to walk from Burgos to SdC and maybe even on to Cap Finistera, the end of the world. I would not advise you to start in SJPP and pick stretches which are popular and use bus transport, because I think you would miss out on the feeling of having covered a certain stretch of the camino.
 

newfydog

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pamplona-Santiago, Le Puy- Santiago, Prague- LePuy, Menton- Toulouse, Menton- Rome, Canterbury- Lausanne, Chemin Stevenson, Voie de Vezelay
I'd go from Pamplona to Leon. It is one of my favorite sections, and you'd avoid the crowds towards the end. Go back and finish it next year. You'll have a great trip and come away psyched to return.
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
Some of the most beautiful scenery is in the Pyrenees and the last 150+ kms.
Many pilgrims walk the first 10 or 11 days (depending on whether you do St Jean to Ronceavalles in one day). You could try this schedule:

1 St Jean - Orisson 10 km 10 km
2 Orisson - Roncesvalles 15 km 25km
3 Roncesvalles - Zubiri 21.8 km 21.8 km
4 Zubiri - Pamplona 20.5 km 42.3 km
5 Pamplona - Obanos 21.1 km 63.4 km
6 Obanos - Estella 24.4 km 87.8 km
7 Estella - Los Arcos 21 km 108.8 km
8 Los Arcos - Viana 18 km 126.8 km
9 Viana - Navarrete 22.1 km 148.9 km
10 Navarrete - Azofra 22 km 170.9 km
11 Azofra - Santo Domingo de la Calzada 15.1 km 186 km
Day 11 or 12: Overnight in St Domingo

Bus to Villafranca del Bierzo (05:10 to 12:00 23.38 euro)
Start walking

13 Villafranca del Bierzo - La Faba 23.7 km
14 La Faba - Triacastela 25.6 km
15 Triacastela - Sarria 24.6 km
16 Sarria - Portomarín 22.4 km
17 Portomarín - Palas de Rei 25 km
18 Palas de Rei - Ribadiso da Baixo 25.7 km
19 Ribadiso da Baixo - Pedrouzo 22.4 km
20 Pedrouzo (FR 300 m) - Santiago de Compostela 19.2 km
 

coober

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2009,
VdlP 2014
Del Norte 50% 2017
Primitivo 2017
Bianca,

MichaelB10398 sound advice regarding a tent should be listened to, but having walked the Camino Frances, should I do it again, or any other Camino my preference would be to take a hammock. Today the modern ones come with a mosquito net and a waterproof fly sheet, they weigh less than a tent (1lb.15oz / 860g) and are easy to rig, choose the right site and I think you won't have any trouble camping the night. A pleasant experience on any clear night.

I would look for sites on my way into a town and if something was suitable and not to far out of town I would have dinner with fellow pilgrims and then walk back to the selected site. Best of both worlds company in the evening but no annoying early starters and snorers to contend with.

cheers
David
 

biancadaze

New Member
Thank you all for your helpful comments. I've actually booked my trip since this post and I am leaving March 22nd, landing in Leon on the afternoon of the 23rd and taking off from Santiago de Compostela on the afternoon of April 7th.

I have my pack and shoes ready.. Still tweaking the packing list; I've looked into the sleeping mat issue and I see a lot of people found they didn't use it.. but since it's a holy year, maybe the albergues will be packed and I may find myself in need of one? Would a simple yoga mat suffice and maybe use some sort of scarf as blanket? I'm a bit confused on that matter... Otherwise, I'm a bit nervous! I've never traveled this far before, much less on my own! So I am both anxious and excited.

Also, I'm thinking about taking the John Brierley guide, since it seems to be pretty popular, is that up to date with albergues and such? Should I try booking in advance before I go?

Thank you all for your help. I truly appreciate it.

Bianca.
 

FatmaG

Active Member
Bianca,

the pilgrims' albergues cannot be booked in advance.

About "sleeping material" : might be a good thing, but only a scarf as blanket is definitely not enough!
I started last year end of april from Saint Jean, but even at that moment, it was still quite cold in Spain (till mid-may). I was more than happy to have a +- warm sleeping bag, to have a warm fleece jacket and to have gloves in the morning!
So, try to find the right balance between weight and comfort to enjoy your camino.


About using a tent : can anyone tell me whether it is save as woman alone to camp on the Camino?
(Frances or others)?
Thank you!
 

sillydoll

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
There are a lot of private albergues that require a credencial that can be booked ahead. Have a look at the Red de Albergues website for a brochure (click on Folletos) and print side A and side B.
http://www.redalberguessantiago.com/

I use a sleeping bag liner in summer and ask for a blanket when I book into the albergues. You can get liners in silk for summer or fleece liner for winter. But, March and early April can be perishingly cold and you'll be heading into the Irago Mountains and over 1500m from Leon. Take thermal underwear at least!
 

Advertisement

Booking.com

Similar threads

Camino Conversations

Camino Conversations

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

Most downloaded Resources

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.2%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.8%
  • March

    Votes: 56 4.2%
  • April

    Votes: 200 15.1%
  • May

    Votes: 329 24.9%
  • June

    Votes: 96 7.3%
  • July

    Votes: 24 1.8%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.0%
  • September

    Votes: 381 28.8%
  • October

    Votes: 158 12.0%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 7 0.5%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
Top