How Much Does the Camino de Santiago Cost?

Le Puy Camino

The main costs for any of the Camino de Santiago routes are your daily budget on the Camino and getting to and from your start and finish points.  For most of in Europe it is fairly quick and easy to get to and from any of the routes – not so from North America, (see travel page here),…

Camino: Should You Travel Solo or in a Group?

Leslie Anna 13km from Santiago

When planning a pilgrimage, travelers, besides deciding what route to take and what to pack, are often faced with a choice of going for it alone or as a part of a group. The forums are swirling with questions such as “I want to do the Camino, but I have nobody to go with, should…

What About Medical Help & Health Care?

Concerns about health care and medical help while on the Camino is one of my most common asked questions.  You can read some reports from pilgrims on the Camino here about their experience with the Spanish health care system. For all those that reside within the twenty-eight countries of the EU taking the E111 card…

Making Time for the Camino de Santiago

Iona Scotland

If all goes well, and God wills it, at the end of March I will begin to walk the Camino de Santiago. It’s about time. I have been thinking, dreaming, and planning for this for nearly 20 years. I first read about the pilgrimage to Santiago Compostela in a 14th century biography, The Book of…

Best Walking Boots for the Camino de Santiago

It’s important to have the right footwear for your level of hiking, more so if you are going on a walking holiday or a long distance walk like the Camino de Santiago, (and the right backpack and waterproofs). Different styles are more suitable for different levels than others. For instance, if you enjoy light hiking…

What Camera Should You Take on the Camino?

camera for the camino de santiago

The pilgrimage to Santiago is an adventure rich in breathtaking views and unforgettable moments. Still, some travelers prefer to completely unplug from the noise of civilization and leave all the tech gadgets behind. Others, like me, can’t resist documenting whenever possible. Whether or not you decide to disconnect completely and leave the camera behind is a…

How to Choose a Sleeping Bag or Liner for the Camino de Santiago

There is much debate whether you need a sleeping bag or a liner during the summer on the Camino de Santiago.  Here I want to look at both side of that argument and help you how to choose a sleeping bag or liner; then which one and do you need it treated against bed bugs.…

Best Rucksack for the Camino de Santiago

After choosing the best walking boots for your feet, a rucksack is the second most important piece of equipment you need for walking any of the Camino routes.  Bear in mind this humble backpack is going to hold all your belonging for a month, sometime more. Rucksacks come in many different shapes and sizes. Each…

Best Waterproofs for the Camino de Santiago

Waterproofs

The Basic Principles of Layering This is the third post in my series about walking gear for the Camino, the first was on choosing boots or walking shoes, the second on choosing a rucksack. This is a general article on waterproofs – the age old discussion about a waterproof jacket or poncho continues on the…

Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado

Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado

On the road from Santo Domingo de la Calzada to Belorado 12th August, 2017:  Leaving Santo Domingo at 7.45 am, we thought we had made a good head start on the sun. Fools! We should have left at least an hour earlier. We walked 23 kilometers today on a fairly easy route of gravel paths, tarmac…