Camino de Santiago (St James Way)


Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Why should I book in advance? 
    If you don't book in advance and want to walk the Camino like a medieval pilgrim you should be prepared to suffer the hardships of sleeping on the ground when inns are fully booked, lining up at refugios for cold showers and lugging a heavy pack..... OR, by booking in advance,  you can do the walk in relative comfort carrying only what you need for the day and knowing you have reserved a private room with a hot shower waiting for you each night.  
  • Can the itinerary be modified?
    Yes. If you would like to build in a few rest days that is possible (subject to availability of accommodation) but any changes to the itinerary must be done in advance before the hotels have been pre-paid (usually two months prior to arrival.)
  • If I don't feel like walking can I ride with the luggage?
    Sorry - no. Luggage is transported from inn to inn by taxi or mini-van. Usually the taxi is filled with luggage and may make multiple stops. The mini-vans may not be licensed to carry passengers. If you don't feel like walking one day your hotel can arrange a private taxi for you (at your expense)
  • What if I have to quit due to illness or injury after only part of the walk is completed?
    We recommend you have Trip Interruption Insurance that would cover a refund and any additional transportation expenses incurred.
  • What do I do if I cannot finish the daily walk?
    The best thing to do is to phone the tour host and ask for advice. If you are in a village there may be a local bus or the host may be able to get a taxi to pick you up (at your expense).  If you cannot reach a town or village because of injury or illness and need medical help you can phone Emergency Services. 
  • What is the accommodation like?
    You stay at comfortable, small inns located right on the Camino or just a short walk from the trail. You will have a room with a private bathroom. On the Portugal Camino because of lack of accommodation it may be necessary to use a taxi to reach the accommodation in several places. The taxi will be pre-arranged and the cost included.
  • What do I need to carry with me each day?
    You will need a small knapsack to carry a rain jacket and pants (depending on the weather), water, maps, your personal documents,  snacks, cell-phone.
  • Could I get lost?
    You will have detailed instructions but even without those it would be difficult to get lost. The Camino is well marked and there are many people along the way you can ask for directions if you are unsure.  If you carry a cellphone it is possible for our local host to track you.
  • What sort of footwear will I need?
    Good, comfortable hiking boots that are well broken-in.  It is very important not to get blisters on your feet. The boots should be water-proof in case of rain.
  • How do I get my official Compostela certificate?
    You will be given a "Pilgrim's Passport" before your start. This can be stamped each day at hotels or at cafes along the way and presented at the Pilgrims' Office in Santiago.  The certificate is a nice souvenir but so is the passport with reminders of all your rest stops.
  • Can I drink the water?
    Bottled water is available to purchase at shops along the way.  We don't recommend drinking the tap water although many people do without any problem.
  • What will the food be like?
    Breakfasts usually consist of coffee, juice, brioches or toast, cereal, milk, yogurt, jam.
    Lunches can be purchased at small cafes or picnic ingredients can be bought at small shops.
    Dinners are usually at the inn. If you are vegetarian or have special dietary needs you should let us know at the time of booking.
  • Should I walk the Inland Route or the Coastal Route?
    The coastal route is longer and can be more difficult with wind from the ocean and sometimes blowing sand. In places there are variations from which to choose. It is necessary to cross the River Minho by ferry and the ferry does not operate Mondays.
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