The Pilgrim Menu

Pilgrim Breakfast
If you are going to walk so many days, you need to find some good food along the way to keep you going. Spain has a lot of good food and wine, and even food especially for pilgrims.

The Pilgrim Menu is a menu, prepared for pilgrims, usually at a good price. The image above is one example. The way it works is that you choose one course from the ones listed under 1) and then one course from the list under 2). Bread+drink+desert included. In this example, the price is 9 euros.

The pilgrim menu is usually served during lunch only (14.00 to 16.00).

Would you like to know more? Participate in our Pilgrim Menu discussion over in the forum.

Camino de Santiago as a Vegetarian

vegitarian

Does vegetarians find it difficult to find things to eat along the Camino de Santiago?

This is a common question in our Camino de Santiago forum. One of our pilgrims said it like this:

The wonderful hospitaleros in Ruitelan made a lovely meal at the albergue. There was a vegetarian option as well which was very satifsfying. They made a great veg. paella meal at the albergue in Vilar de Mazarife (I can’t remember the name of the albergue but I believe it was the first one on the right just as you enter the village). I think a couple of the others may have done veg. meals as well but these are the two that come to mind. Several of the albergues have kitchens so if you pick up a few items you can prepare meals too. The restaurant Manolo in Santiago had a very fillling vegetarian plate (I don’t think it is on the menu so you have to ask for it). I myself am not a vegetarian but met and walked with several on the camino and I must say it was sometimes difficult for them. They got a little bit tired of salad, french fries, bread and eggs. I think that buying a few groceries here and there will help. Good luck.

..another one said:

Very few albergues offer any food at all. Some of the smaller albergues – Eunate, Tosantos, Granon, St Nicholas, Manjarin come to mind – offer an evening meal for a donation whilst others, like Ave Fenix or the Albergue Vegetariano at La Faba, charge about 10 euro.
Many albergues have kitchens (with limited utensils) where you can cook your own meals.
The Spanish are a carnivorous people and eat a lot of meat and fish. I found that the Menu del Peregrinos, which you can get for about 10 euro in any little village or cafe-bar, offer chips and chicken, salads and a fruit or yoghurt. We very rarely saw vegetables on the menu.
It is much cheaper to make your own dinner. I took a little immersion heater (a spiral one cup heaters) and often bought a bottle or tin of vegetables to add to a cup of soup eaten with fresh bread. There are large and small supermecados along the way where you can buy pastas, rice, lentils etc to cook in the albergues. Often people leave opened packets behind and you are free to use those as well.
You can buy yoghurt with fruit or muesli for breakfast, some cheese or a tomato and a fresh loaf to have al fresco for lunch. Treat yourself occasionally in a restaurant and you will find that the platos are often cheaper than the Menu del Dia.
You won’t starve – but you might crave a home cooked vegetarian meal!

If you do a search in the forum, you will find many topics related to this.

Restaurant in Santiago: Casa Felisa

Casa Felisa is a restaurant and a Pension, located a few hundred meters from the cathedral. I have not stayed in the pension, but the restaurant is a great choice for a nice dinner, especially during the summertime.

Casa Felisa does look like any bar from the outside. A small door that looks like it goes into a small bar-like environment. Nothing special.

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