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Red Kite

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I'm aiming to do the Camino in May 2008. Can anyone tell me about the availability of water, please?

I intend to take my 2 litre camelbak...will I be able to fill it in most/all towns?

I've done a bit of walking in Northern Spain and I know that a lot of towns/villages have fountains where the water is potable. What's it like on the Camino?

I presume that most towns and villages have shops/cafes/bars where water is on sale...but these are likely to be few and far between on a day's walking...I presume it's best to set off each morning with as much water as you can carry???

Grateful for any help/advice.

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I'm aiming to do the Camino in May 2008. Can anyone tell me about the availability of water, please?
There is plenty of availability of water at fountains, shops and bars.

I intend to take my 2 litre camelbak...will I be able to fill it in most/all towns?
Yes

I've done a bit of walking in Northern Spain and I know that a lot of towns/villages have fountains where the water is potable. What's it like on the Camino?
Just the same

I presume that most towns and villages have shops/cafes/bars where water is on sale...but these are likely to be few and far between on a day's walking...I presume it's best to set off each morning with as much water as you can carry???
The Camino is not a wilderness trail there are very few sections (the one after Carrion de los Condes springs to mind) where you will not pass through a village or town or two during your day. Look at your day and take what you feel suits you, I know this differs from person to person.

All the above remarks apply to the Camino Frances. On other caminos like the Via de la Plata there are more long stages where water conservation needs to be considered.

Buen Camino
William
 

jeff001

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I presume it's best to set off each morning with as much water as you can carry???

There are only a few places where you might need more than 1L at a time. In addition to the fountains you can always get water from the taps in bars, etc. and these are rarely more than 2-3 hours apart.
 

Trudy

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(2006) Roncesvalles to Leon (2007) Leon to Compostela
I drink a lot of water, walking or not, and found there was no place on the Camino Frances where I needed to carry more than 1 litre. I used 6ooml bottles, the type you buy water in, and just reused them. Sometimes not even filling them right up, as I knew there were plenty of fountains and places to refill them along the way.

The water is potable in most fountains and, if not, is labelled as such.
 
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