My Caminos de Santiago in Spain and Portugal

Having now completed two Caminos, I’m not sure I’m any wiser about the pilgrim experience, but I have lots more information to share about how to get the most out of the experience.

My Caminho Portugues experience (2017)

In September 2017, I walked 250 km from Porto, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela, Spain on the Caminho Portugues. Portugal has many Camino routes, and I varied my Camino experience by starting on the Coastal Route (seaside walk – Senda Littoral), then crossing over to the Central route.

Getting my pilgrim credencial (2017)

Starting my Caminho Portugues in London

Budget and expenses: costs on the Caminho Portugues

My Camino de Santiago packing list: what worked, what didn’t (2017 edition)

Sleeping and accommodations on the Caminho Portugues

Caminho Portugues planning resources (PDF download from a presentation I gave in November 2017)

Crossing from the Coastal route to the Central route

Comparing the Caminho Portugues and the Camino Francès

My Caminho Portugues: Day by day

My Camino Francès experience (2014)

In September 2014, I walked 330 km from Leon to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino Francès.

Starting my Camino de Santiago in Dublin

Meeting Els Amics dels Pelegrins in Barcelona

Trenhotel from Barcelona to Leon

Daily routine on the Camino

Part 1: Leon to Ponferrada

Part 2: Ponferrada to Sarria-Barbadelo

Part 3: Barbadelo to Santiago de Compostela

Budget and expenses: the cost of the Camino de Santiago

My Camino de Santiago packing list: what worked, what didn’t (2014 edition)

Sleeping and accommodations 

Watching the botafumeiro in Santiago de Compostela

Beer travel in Spain

Pimientos de Padron on the Camino de Santiago

What I learned from the Camino after I lost my job

Souvenir: Creating a poster from my credencial stamps (sellos)

25 ways to celebrate Saint James’ Day (July 25) like you’re on the Camino

Camino Packing

Download my 2014 packing list as an Excel spreadsheet

Visual packing list on Pinterest (2014)

Flying with hiking poles for Canadian peregrinos

My system for keeping gear dry

Keeping your critical gear dry (Jim Wood’s Base Camp)

Trekking Poles and Hiking Staffs: How to Choose (REI)

My 2014 Camino Francès in Pictures

Day 0: Arriving in Leon

Day 1: Leon to Villar de Mazarife (22km)

Day 2: Villar de Mazarife to Astorga (31km)

Day 3: Astorga to Rabanal del Camino (21km)

Day 4: Rabanal del Camino to El Acebo (17km)

Day 5: El Acebo to Ponferrada (15km)

Day 6: Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo (26km)

Day 7: Villafranca del Bierzo to Vega de Valcarce (18km)

Day 8: Vega de Valcarce to Fonfria (24km)

Day 9: Fonfria to Samos (20km)

Day 10: Samos to Barbadelo (22km)

Day 11: Barbadelo to Portomarin (19km)

Day 12: Portomarin to Palas de Rei (25km)

Day 13: Palas de Rei to Boente (22km)

Day 14: Boente to O Pedrouzo (29km)

Day 15: O Pedrouzo to Santiago de Compostela (22km)

Post-Camino: Santiago de Compostela

Post-Camino: Day trip to Finisterre (Fisterra) and Muxia

Camino Preparation

There are lots of ways to prepare for the Camino. Physically, you simply can’t be too prepared. It’s not “just walking,” it’s long days of walking in often challenging conditions. Endurance and stamina, with lots core strength will be what gets you through 30+ km days. Liking walking is a good start, but only part of the equation.

Camino de Santiago El Acebo

It’s helpful to look through a guidebook or check out a few other accounts of other people’s experiences, but don’t overload on them before you go. Two reasons. First, knowing too much about what to expect reduces the thrill of discovery along the way. Second, you’re going to walk your own Camino, and your experiences will be very unique to your situation, the (literal and figurative) path you take, and the people (good, bad, and indifferent) you meet along the way. Just let things happen – you’re going to be fine.

My Camino de Santiago 2014

Getting my pilgrim credential (2014)

Camino de Santiago planning: trains, planes and routes galore

Camino de Santiago backpack fashion

Lori: Journey to the Camino de Santiago – What do I wear on my arse?

Lori: Walking to the Camino to walk the Camino

Lori: Let’s talk footwear, shall we?

Lori: Journey to the Camino de Santiago – What the Heck to Bring?

Lori: Journey to the Camino de Santiago – AKA Why I am Stubborn and Slightly Unhinged

Your Camino de Santiago tips, questions, comments & more

The floor is open. I am happy to receive any tips, advice, dining suggestions, comments and more. Fire away in the comments or tweet me at @bitesizedtravel!