What do you do about food and drink on long stages?

Tortilla Española, Camino de Santiago

The question was:

How do others cope with the lack of food and drink places on many of the Caminos?
Having just walked from Toulouse, where there seems to be even more villages without shops or bars than there are in Spain, and I know there are many in Spain, I found I was carrying food and drink for the day, emergency supplies in case there was no food in the evening, supplies to cope with Sundays and Mondays!! It was only when I stopped that I realised how heavy my food bag had become. Does anyone have some secret coping mechanism? how do others manage?

Read the conversation on food and drinks on the Camino de Santiago here.

Is it difficult to find breakfast on the Camino de Santiago?

Pilgrim Breakfast

The question was:

I’ve just read on a few blogs things along the lines of “there was nowhere to eat until we’d walked 8km” OR “once I realised we didn’t need breakfast, I was much more calm”

I fear we would not get to the point of being calm! We do not embark on any adventures without filling our tummies with a bowl of porridge or (in South East Asia) noodle soup or lamb’s tail tea in Mongolia…..I cannot imagine asking my kids to walk for two hours on empty stomachs. Are there really stretches where you cannot plan ahead to have at least a loaf or two of bread and some cheese for the morning? (in particular from Astorga onwards).

Read the good advice on finding breakfast on the Camino de Santiago.

What are your favorite foods on the Camino Frances?

Food on the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

There are lots of special opportunities to try new foods or regional specialties on the Camino, and wouldn’t it be nice to hear other people’s special food memories and have some tips on food favorites to look out for when you’re hungry and in need of calories after walking?

Read all the responses on foods on the Camino de Santiago here.