Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

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

John Brierley Camino Frances Guide
This guide is one of the ones that has been around for over 15 years. Updated yearly. Please read the reviews.
Camino Magnets
A collection of Camino Fridge Magnets

Crowds on the Portugues during Holy Year


Staff member
I've just started reading the Spanish forum and find there is a real wealth of information there. Tucked in an article today from La Voz de Galicia about accommodation in Caldas del Rei is the fact that almost 2000 people who will be walking in "large groups" have already reserved places to stay in Caldas for the summer. To put that in perspective, a total of about 12,000 got the compostela in 2009 from the Camino Portugues.

The church-related albergue where I stayed in 2004 or 5 closed several years ago, leaving Caldas without any pilgrim accommodation.

The article goes on to say that the municipal government will be opening up the Sports Pavillion for large groups and that others two other places, the colegios of San Fermin and Encarnacion. So it looks like local governments are mobilizing.

The article in Spanish here: ... #msg-44846

Silver Oxide Camino de Santiago pendent
Camino de Santiago pendant 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.
Holy Year Credential
Get the HOLY YEAR Camino Credential (Passport) here.

Javier Martin

Veteran Member
peregrina2000 said:
I've just started reading the Spanish forum

Laurie, this forum belongs to my very good friend Fernando, I've walked lots of times with him (We were walking together when we met Sil to years ago) and he has written a few times in this forum. If you want to ask something in spanish, it's a good one to do it.

Buen Camino,

Javier Martin
Madrid, Spain.


im mid may the crowds were not there yet :) just got back from Santiago, wlaking from Porto, and in Portugal i walked ALONE, from Tui with small groups of 3 to 10 people :) so no crowds yet, even the albergues were not crowded yet. there wasn't a problem of hurry to get a bed in the albergue

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 0.7%
  • March

    Votes: 60 4.3%
  • April

    Votes: 207 14.9%
  • May

    Votes: 339 24.4%
  • June

    Votes: 101 7.3%
  • July

    Votes: 27 1.9%
  • August

    Votes: 30 2.2%
  • September

    Votes: 399 28.7%
  • October

    Votes: 171 12.3%
  • November

    Votes: 19 1.4%
  • December

    Votes: 10 0.7%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store