Camino Ways
Camino de Santiago trails across Europe Tours

So you’ve decided to head on the journey of a lifetime along the Camino de Santiago. Congratulations, you’re in for the trip of a lifetime! But now is the time to start planning. Pilgrims from all over the world have walked the Camino de Santiago trails across Europe for centuries, making their way to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, North-West of Spain. Today, more than a pilgrimage, the Camino is an unforgettable experience and unique journey.

Camino Ways

Operator Type Local Specialist

Destination Experts [Destination experts are local boutique travel partners at travel destinations handpicked by Nothing Like Travel]

Based In Galicia, Spain

Specialization Trails across Spain

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Portuguese Coastal Camino Women Only
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The Classic Camino GUIDED Solo Traveller
The Camino Frances
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The Classic Camino Last 100km GUIDED

Good to know

  • To make sure that you are prepared and bring the right clothes on your walking tour we have put together a simple packing guide.
  • The Camino is a big adventure and needs to be taken seriously. The guide is divided into 6 sections of packing advice. It includes weather guidelines, essential clothing tips, walking and cycling gear, top packing tips and a printable checklist. Of course, this ebook is not all-comprehensive and has to be adapted depending on the person and the route or section of the Camino walked.
  • Here’s an overview of the basics:
  • Your shoes are the most important item on your gear list. Make sure they are well worn and comfortable before you go, to avoid blisters. A common mistake is purchasing new footwear and taking it to the Camino before ‘breaking them in’. Please note that carrying a clean pair of socks (merino wool/cotton looped variety) each day can also make a huge difference.
  • GEAR
  • There is nothing worse than bringing the wrong gear on a trip. Always check the weather online before departure and consider the type of route you are taking before you go. This can determine the type of clothing/footwear you will need.
  • For instance, if you travel during the Summer there is no need to bring heavy walking/hiking boots, as they will only slow you down. However, during the winter months, runners or trail shoes are not good in the bad weather as they will get wet and don’t offer as much ankle support if the trail is mucky.
  • Fellow pilgrims have suggested making a photocopy or scanning your passport and other important documents and leaving it with a family member before your trip, so that if you lose it while on the Camino, you can just get them emailed to you. We thought this was a great suggestion.
  • You can also create a Dropbox account or Google Docs and keep these files available online, so you can access them from anywhere in the world at any time. Make sure you check your passport is still valid; if not, we recommend you request a renewal as soon as possible.
  • If you are travelling from outside Europe, roaming charges for mobile phones can be expensive. If you intend to leave your phone at home, you can always purchase prepaid cards and use the payphone to ring home (or our 24/7 support number).
  • Alternatively, you can use the Internet café along the Camino to send an email or call via Skype. If your mobile device is unlocked, you might be able to purchase a local SIM card to make calls while in the country.
  • Keep books and other heavy items to the minimum to avoid weight in your backpack, but don’t forget your guidebook. However, if you book with CaminoWays.com your luggage will be transferred from hotel to hotel so you can bring your reading books.
  • Although there are many pharmacies along the Camino journey, language can be a barrier, making it difficult to get the correct medication. It might be a better option to obtain additional supply before you leave. Regular painkillers like paracetamol or aspirine can be easily obtained in the towns along the route.

    It will depend on the route you choose, the specific section of that route, as well as what you are hoping to experience on your Camino.

    Generally, most pilgrims choose to travel from SPRING to AUTUMN. The most famous route, the Camino Frances, crosses very different regions. It ranges from the Pyrenees to the Galician countryside, and the weather differs greatly from region to region.

    Summer months can be very hot for walking across the Meseta, the middle sections of the Camino Frances. However, if you are walking the last section from Sarria to Santiago, temperatures won’t be as high, as Galicia has a mild Atlantic climate.

    Coastal routes such as the Portuguese Coastal Camino, Finisterre Camino and Camino del Norte are best appreciated in the Summer months when seaside towns come to life.

    If you are walking in the SUMMER months, whether along the coast or inland, always make sure you bring essential items to avoid sunstroke such as a hat, sunblock and plenty of water. You should also make sure you take breaks from the heat and avoid exposure to the sun around lunchtime, the hottest part of the day.

    It is also worth noting many towns and cities host their local festivities in the Summer months. Some festivals will last a couple of days while others will last up to a week. Local ‘fiestas’ are an important part of the social calendar in towns and villages across the country and a great opportunity to join in traditional celebrations.

    The popularity of the Camino de Santiago has increased over the past few years and you will encounter fellow pilgrims on the Camino Frances route most months of the year, but particularly during peak season. If you are looking for a quieter experience, we recommend alternative Camino routes such as the Camino Portugues.

    WINTER months are quieter on the Camino Frances but the route is more challenging due to the weather conditions. Mountain areas such as the Pyrenees and O Cebreiro are likely to get snow in the winter months; while lower areas can be wet and cold. In addition, many cafes, restaurants and hotels may close during the winter, particularly in rural areas.