Camino Articles

The Meseta on the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Meseta

‘Many people avoid the Meseta, catching the bus from Burgos to Leon’, I heard on my first day on the Camino de Santiago. I was shocked. I thought most people were keen to walk the full route, either in stages or as a single pilgrimage. Whilst setting out to walk and enjoy the whole 800km,…

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Walking the Camino Frances in Our Retirement

Camino Frances Pyrnees

Planning ahead means getting into shape, collecting the bare necessities, and planning when, how, and for how long you will manage your Camino de Santiago. If you can afford and plan to use hotel accommodation, restaurant meals, and luggage carried then this account is not for you. In our five Caminos between 2006 and 2015,…

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Training Plan for the Camino de Santiago

How fit do I have to be to walk the Camino de Santiago or what kind of training do I have to do?  This is one of the questions I am asked most often. The answer depends on your Camino plan. How long do you want to take? Are you walking the whole way? If you…

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13 Gifts Ideas for Camino de Santiago Pilgrims

camino de santiago gifts

Beautiful and unique gifts for pilgrims-to-be and memorabilia for pilgrims already finished with the Camino. Buying presents can be hard especially for pilgrims. Many peregrinos while walking realise that they need very little in life. They live off a backpack for several weeks and stick to a routine of the Camino — wake up, eat,…

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Why You Need to Walk the Camino de Santiago

red earth on the Camino

Camino de Santiago is one of the most popular pilgrimages and general hiking destinations on the planet. That’s no coincidence. There are some great reasons to walk Camino de Santiago. We’ll get into some of them, but remember, there are even more. Getting Away from Everyday Reality The way most people in the developed world…

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The Days before arriving at Santiago de Compostela

It’s easy to find out how to start off on the trek along the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are lots of inspiring pictures showing happy pilgrims making those final steps toward the Cathedral’s double stairway at the end of their pilgrimage. What happens between those two milestones?  I’d like to…

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Camino Primitivo – Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela

Stage Five: Primitivo Oviedo to Santiago, May 2nd to May 14th We were flying by now. Yes, our feet still hurt and at the end of the longest day of the whole trip, (41km, a choice so I didn’t have to stay in a dormitory…), I thought I would die. But the next day our…

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