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Heartsong Willow

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Camino(s) past & future
Sarria - Santiago (2014), Tui - Santiago (2018), Primitivo (Sept 2019)
Hello friends and my apologies if this is a overly discussed subject. I just want to make sure I have any updates on potential legal camping options on the Primitivo. I have a super lightweight set up and am comfortable in inclement weather. It sounds like I won’t have much trouble finding a place to settle in the for the night during a later Sept Primitivo, but, frankly, I LIKE camping and would look for the occasional opportunity.
Thx for weighing in!,
Willow
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Hello friends and my apologies if this is a overly discussed subject. I just want to make sure I have any updates on potential legal camping options on the Primitivo. I have a super lightweight set up and am comfortable in inclement weather. It sounds like I won’t have much trouble finding a place to settle in the for the night during a later Sept Primitivo, but, frankly, I LIKE camping and would look for the occasional opportunity.
Thx for weighing in!,
Willow
I had researched this issue about three years ago, and it is hard to sort the myths from the speculations, from the facts. One cite that I found seemed to be a better summation of what the legal statutes say, then a lot of information that is bounding around.
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Wild camping in Spain is complicated. There is a “mother law” Article 46.1 of the order for July 28th which states that:
“Apart from tourist camp sites no more than three tents of caravans may be placed at the same location, nor should there be more then 10 campers, nor may the camp be in place for more than three days. Tents and (caravans) within 500 meters of each other are considered to be part of the same group.”
The law also states that it is prohibited to free camp within 200 meters of the sea, within a few kilometers of military installations, within a few kilometers of a regular camp site, and in protected areas like national parks, natural parks, bird sanctuaries called ‘ZEPA’s, (Zona Excepcional de Protección de Avifauna), etc.
However, there is the new law under the Spanish Constitution of 1978, which created seventeen ‘autonomous regions’ each with considerable, though varying, powers to make their own legal codes with their own territory.

Under these new laws, wild camping in Spain is COMPLETELY PROHIBITED in: Andalucía, Aragón, Asturias, Extremadura, Galicia, Navarra, Valencia. These areas have their own laws/permit requirements for wild camping: Cantabria, Murcia, La Rioja.

These areas fall under national rules and wild camping IS permitted: Basque Country, Cataluña, Madrid, Castilla y León, Castilla la Mancha. But in these areas you still can’t camp near the beach, in national parks, protected areas, etc. Also, a lot of the land is privately owned, so you’d have a hard time finding anywhere that would even fall into the permitted wild camping areas.

You can read more about wild camping in Spain here. In the linked article, it says that the fine for illegal camping is 30 euros per square meter of space used, per day. However, this link says that the fine is up to 5000 euros!

If you are just looking for a place to camp for free but not necessarily wild, this article has recommendations.
I’d avoid making a fire while wild camping in Spain. The locals might turn a blind eye to wild campers in some areas, but the risk of forest fire is very real and the fire will likely quickly attract police!"
 

Heartsong Willow

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria - Santiago (2014), Tui - Santiago (2018), Primitivo (Sept 2019)
Thx for the time to put this response together. I am def not interested in camping illegally and would be happy to pay if I can find a place to do so. I see wild camping COULD be an option but would need to make sure I am in an area that falls under that title. I’ll research that then - THX!

ADD: Fires = Bad Idea in my book and specifically for this trail.
 

Thomas1962

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2010: Porto - SdC - Finisterra 2011: E4 on Crete 2012: Le Puy - SJPdP 2013: Camino Madrid -> Del Salvador -> Primitivo 2014: European Peace Walk. 2015: Amsterdam - SdC & Barcelona -Burgos. 2016:Norte & hospitalero
Some albergues might let you stay in their garden, you can always ask.
I know an albergue like this in Ferreira, 27 kms after Lugo..... :cool:
 

Heartsong Willow

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria - Santiago (2014), Tui - Santiago (2018), Primitivo (Sept 2019)
Thanks Thomas!
After exploring/contemplating it further, I think I’ll just leave the rainfly behind and trust there will always be a place to bunk out even without preplanning stages and not making reservations, etc.

Gratefully,
Willow
 

wildrover

thewildrover
Camino(s) past & future
2015 april c/f. vdlp feb 2016. Norte / primitivo Sep 2016. C/f 12/16. Vdlp 12/17. 12/18. Lana 02/19.
Hello friends and my apologies if this is a overly discussed subject. I just want to make sure I have any updates on potential legal camping options on the Primitivo. I have a super lightweight set up and am comfortable in inclement weather. It sounds like I won’t have much trouble finding a place to settle in the for the night during a later Sept Primitivo, but, frankly, I LIKE camping and would look for the occasional opportunity.
Thx for weighing in!,
Willow
Hiya, I walked the primitivo sept/October and wished, at times...I'd taken my tent. If you're worried, just ask and you'll be accommodated! Otherwise pitch late and leave early! Some truly wonderful camping vistas. Even if it rains, you won't be cold. You'll be wise enough to know, no camp fires!! I'm contemplating the la lana in a couple of weeks, by bike. I don't need my tent, but I fancy a few setting sunsets...on my tod. Braw!👌🏻. Enjoy your Camino. Wild
 

Tincatinker

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Lots ;0)
Thanks Thomas!
After exploring/contemplating it further, I think I’ll just leave the rainfly behind and trust there will always be a place to bunk out even without preplanning stages and not making reservations, etc.

Gratefully,
Willow
@Heartsong Willow a good decision IMO ;). Members will know I have frequently advocated against wild-camping along the Caminos. The legalities, practicalities and the risk to local goodwill when persons of little experience or sense camp where they will have been my main reasons. That said I've spent nights in "Barns", "sheds", Church porches and even an Horreos (not recommended). I never carry a tent but I have never gone without shelter. Buen Camino!!
 

Heartsong Willow

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Sarria - Santiago (2014), Tui - Santiago (2018), Primitivo (Sept 2019)
I think it would be incredible to have a legit camping option on the camino but certainly understand the limitations and accommodations that would have to be made by the earth and the people to make that happen. So, I’ll just tuck in most likely. Thanks for your enthusiasm Wildrover and your ‘word to the wise” Tincantinker.

Here’s a side question, and I won’t create a new thread as some of you have your pulse on the forum ebbs and flows and are reading each of these posts. But, have any of you known hikers who purposefully walked the Camino into or through the night? Not my plan, just a wondering as some of the best hiking and exploring I’ve done has been at night when the moon is bright.
 
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