How El Camino de Santiago changed our pilgrimage POV in 5 days, and 6 more tips.
It was in 2012 when we first travelled through El Camino de Santiago, or the St. James path (as you prefer). Every first experience in doing something is meant to change our point of view, and sure it did on ours. At first we thought it would be a piece-of-cake journey but as days passed by the difficulty increased. The pilgrimage we started with a spiritual sense, changed into sports, adventures and making friends through the trip. As you can see, we love adventures, although this is not the only one we curate (check here for more adventure info).
How many paths do exist that lead to Santiago de Compostela?
- The French route, from Saint Jean/Pied de Port (584 miles).
- The Portuguese path, from Lisbon (74 miles).
- The Northern Camino, from Irún, Gipuzkoa (506 miles).
- The Silver way, from Sevilla (438 miles).
- The English way, from Ferrol (96 miles).
- The Coast of death way, from Fisterra (93 miles).
If this is your first time at El Camino de Santiago, these are just 6 helpful reflections that will help you guys on your way.
-Probably the hardest part.-
Wait until you get to O Cebreiro if you thought that El Camino de Santiago was going to be an easy journey. There are two routes, so try getting on the correct one!
-The most famous greeting.-
You may think people are bizarre when everyone is saying “Buen camino”, but once you start El Camino you will also start copying that greeting.
These rectangular-shaped granaries built in wood or stone are typical from the northwest areas of the Iberian Peninsula. Their height helped avoiding rodents.
El Camino will also be remembered by the bed & breakfasts where you will sleep. One tip, do not forget earplugs and a sleeping mask. People snore horribly! It sucks!
-The pilgrims log book.-
You must sign twice a day this log book at any inn/restaurant you stop by if you want to receive the certificate which proves that you completed El Camino de Santiago.
Pulpo a Feira,
-The local food.-
Even though you could eat pulpo at mostly any bar in Spain, only ‘gallegos’ know how to cook it in the proper way. Delicious! Can’t wait to eat it again on our next trip to El Camino!