Training to do the Camino de Santiago?
The Camino de Santiago does not arise as a sporting challenge, although we are increasingly thinking about it in this way, but it needs to be in good shape. Would you dare to do the Way without being trained?
If you answer yes it is perhaps that you do not know the effort that requires mainly two daily actions in the Way to Santiago:
- Carry the weight of the backpack
- Walk sometimes for about 8 hours a day
You should at least train a few weeks before with a backpack with weight for 2 hours at the beginning and gradually increase the walking time. The goal is to prepare to walk for several days in a row with weight on the back and during days of 7-8 hours of activity.
If you want to running (without backpack) will help improve your chances of better withstand the effort. In addition, we recommend that you prepare some exercise that helps reinforce the lower back, to support the weight of the backpack and the walk itself.
If you still answer that you would dare to do the Camino de Santiago without training, we assume that you are thinking that it will be hard at the beginning and then your body will become used to, or that you think of only walking for the last 100 km … it is possible that you are able as it depends a lot on your condition, complexion, or how loaded you carry the backpack.
Our recommendation is that you need training at least a couple of weeks before, being the first week on alternate days and the following week either on consecutive days or with a rest day in the middle of the week. It is necessary to prepare the feet, legs and joints for the effort that we are going to carry out. You should take care about your back a lot and think while walking if you are carrying a good posture. Finally try to follow your steps to the rhythm of your breathing and even try to make it sound and harmonious.
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4 ways to get to Finisterre from Santiago de Compostela
Many of you ask us how to get to Finisterre once you finish the Camino de Santiago in Compostela. In this article we explain the 4 most common ways to reach the End of the Earth.
- By bus with the company Monbus: The most convenient is to get it in the Bus Station (about 20 minutes walking from the Cathedral). Keep in mind that the fastest route lasts 2 hours, but some bus spend 3 hours to get to Fisterra or Santiago back). The price of the ticket is a bit more than 13 euros. From the stop in Fisterra to the Lighthouse you still have about 4 kilometers. The bad thing about the bus is that if you go and come in the same day you can stay 6 hours inside the bus.
- By foot walking the Camino de Santiago to Fisterra: it is 89 kilometers and most of the pilgrims do it in 3-4 days. In our Way to Fisterra we dedicate 4 stages and we offer the best services to the pilgrims from 269 €. If you want information click here.
- With our full-day guided tours: It leaves at 9 in the morning and returns at 17:30 or 18:00. There are several options: with or without lunch. Always accompanied by a guide who will show you the hidden secrets of the area. We visited Pontemaceira, the viewpoint of Paxareiras, Carnota, the waterfall of Ézaro, Fisterra and Muxía, as main points. It cost from € 35 without lunch up to € 50 with lunch included. Find more information in the section of SERVICES
- Private transfer to Finisterre: With a knowledgeable chauffeur of the area and for only € 30 per person if you are 4 passengers. In our website you have the option to launch the service to get more fellow travelers or you can hire it for who you want for 120 € (minimum 1 person and maximum 4, please ask for a budget if you are more travelers)
We have listed the 4 main options, although you could also approach Fisterra by bike with our bike rental service, do you dare?
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We are not going to fool you: it has been very difficult to choose only 5 restaurants in Santiago de Compostela where you can enjoy a well deserved dinner at the end of the Camino de Santiago. Anyway, we are going to try and then we complete our selection.
A tulla: an historical in Santiago, but so hidden that some compostelan people would not know where to place in Entrerrúas. It stands out for the home cooking, with dishes of all the life, with base and without stridences … a house of meals. You can also order an octopus, a broth, a stew, or choose for between the delicious and recommended vegan dishes of the menu.
And in case of Plan B: A de Morgan (Algalia de Arriba), La Tita (Rúa Nova), O Dezaseis (Rúa de San Pedro) …
Fish and Seafood
Sexto II: one of the best-value restaurants in Rúa do Franco and especially if we talk about seafood. It is one of the most complete for eat raciones (kind of big tapas) or sit quietly to eat a good fish, a meat “a la piedra” (grilled in a hot stone) or any of its seafood: razors, clams, scallops, seafood rice or even the seafood platter.
And in case of Plan B: A Barrola and El Pasaje (Rúa do Franco), La Tacita de Juan (Calle Hórreo) …
Bodegón Gonzaba: Located in the Ensanche area, on Calle Nueva, it keeps the secret of the best ribeye in Santiago de Compostela. If you visit, you will not be disappointed with veal, cow or beef. Accompany it with some peppers, potatoes and any of the good wines they use to work with.
And in case of Plan B: Tito El Cierto Blanco (also in New Street) …
A Maceta: there works one of the chefs with greater projection of Galicia. Any dish you taste will have the spark you are asked for an innovative dish. The menu is highly recommended and although the menu is changing you might be lucky enough to try the barbecue rib, the zamburiñas, the mackerel sashimi, the cheek … do not miss the choice of desserts (chocolate or torrijas mmmmmmm)
And in case of Plan B: Horta do Obradoiro or Casa Marcelo (Rúa Hortas), A Tafona (Rúa Virxe da Cerca), Café de Altamira (Rúa das Ameas) …
A Casa TS: of the last to arrive in Santiago in the area of the Rúa de San Pedro, has already made a place as a restaurant highly recommended for its vegetarian and vegan cuisine. You can not leave without trying the recommendations made by the managers: from tomato tartar, broccoli au gratin, catrina sandwich, “croquetas de la huerta”, … to the delicious desserts and cocktails.
And in case of Plan B: Hervor Fervor (Praza das Penas), A Tulla (Entrerrúas) …
Many are missing and perhaps many of pilgrims could ask for a classic on the Camino de Santiago: Casa Manolo in the Plaza de Cervantes. Very close we propose a Plan A: A Cepa in Algalia de Arriba. The menu is very simple as it usually has 3 first and 3 seconds to choose from, but it is very homey, plentiful and economical (what it was years ago Casa Manolo)
We leave it in your hands and at your taste. You decide and you can contribute new places. If you need more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We want to speak about the importance of good food during your adventure on the Camino de Santiago. First of all you must know that you do not go to war or cross the desert or the jungle: you have to feed well and hydrate better, but not take it to the extreme.
All the routes of the Way of Santiago have better services and the unforeseen ones are less and less. Anyway, it is always good to have a small selection of food to draw on at any time.
What food can we include in our backpack? Of course nuts, raisins, figs, chocolate, sticks of cereal and some bread, sausage and cheese. Take care! We are not saying that you carry all this, it is only a recommendation of those that you can take and that endure well the storage and the heat of a backpack.
Also, in addition to water you can also include milkshakes or milk juices mainly for the first hours of the morning. Remember not to carry bricks or large bottles, as it all adds weight to your back.
It is important in the Camino to eat a small amount, even if it is often. Start the day with a breakfast as complete as possible based on dairy, carbohydrates and some fruit. Do not put hour for lunch: it is better to do the main lunch of the day at the end of the walk since it is not at all advisable to walk with a full gut. At night you will see how the body asks you for a lighter dinner.
If in the daily life we are recommended to drink a liter and a half or two, in the Way to Santiago we must drink at least double as much. Do not wait to spend a long walk to drink until we are satisfied (it is not good to wait or fill us). Take with you a plastic bottle of 0.5 l or sports ones that usually include 0.75 l. If you wait a hot season you can take with you an aluminum thermo that will hold cold the water. Although alcohol is not recommended to recover at the end of the stage … how good you feel with a shandy in a terrace after the shower!
Let us end with 2 last recommendations:
- Eat at least one full meal a day based on carbohydrates and proteins
- Do not dedicate the Camino de Santiago to do the Bikini Operation: if you eat healthy and you walk the daily kilometers that the body asks you, you will notice a slight improvement without having to take food from your mouth.
How much does it cost to do the Way of Santiago?
Many of you ask how much it will cost you to do the Camino de Santiago. Well as good Galicians we will tell you that … it depends.
It depends on many personal, extraneous or intrinsic factors. It depends on whether we want to walk more comfortable or if we want to live on a tightrope. We say this because we have met pilgrims trying to do the Camino de Santiago without money, as they think it was done in the past or trying to experience the total adventure and live of collaboration in the Way.
Let’s begin with the basics of the pilgrim’s day-to-day life, with expenses that are needed.
– Accommodation in “Albergues”: from 5-6 € in public hostels up to 8-15 € in private hostels
– Accommodation in Hostels, pensions and hotels: between 30 € and 75 € (or more depending on the category, class or history of the place)
– Breakfast: some accommodations have it included, but if you do breakfast in route we must reserve about 5 €.
– Lunch: based on the menu of the day for about 8-12 €
– Dinner: Most pilgrims usually have a light dinner or a snack in the accommodation, so it’s a more complicated expense to manage, but let’s assign it 3-6 €
– Extra coffe or soft drink: 2-5 €
These expenses average a total of € 31.50 if we stay in hostels and € 75.50 if we choose to stay a little more comfortable.
In addition to the basic services that we need, we must make a budget of money for the aid kit (compeed, Vaseline, …) and other extra services that will enrich the Camino de Santiago experience.
– Backpack transfer
– Shipping of luggage
– Excursions and cultural visits
– Transportation tickets to our starting point (plane, train, bus …)
We continue with the “it depends” … since you will have to include backpack, sack, clothes and shoes … and all sum. In some cases we will have this but in others not and will be an expense to be booked.
If you start in Sarria, Tui, Ferrol, Ourense, Villalba … that is, if you decide for the last 100 km with an average of 5 stages your Way of Santiago will cost you between 150 and 375 € only in the 5 days essential. Now add extra expenses.
If you have 10 days to do about 200 km and we climb to a total of between 300 and 750 €. And if we have a month to walk the Via de la Plata, the North Road or the French Way, for example, we are going to almost € 1000 in hostel and € 2265 if we decide for a more comfortable rest.
Does that sound like a lot of money to you? Does that sound cheap? We invite you to try and tell us what you can save or spend. Do accounts and you’ll see how you get an approximate budget.
Book hostel or go to adventure?
It is a subject that generates controversy among the pilgrims of the Way of Santiago. Would you dare to do the Camino de Santiago in August, full summer and top of Spanish pilgrims who can only do the Camino de Santiago during their summer vacations without an “albergue”?
There are all kinds of accommodations on the Camino de Santiago, as many types of pilgrims: public and private “albergues”, hostels, pensions, hotels, … and normal pilgrims, suffering, comfortable, purists, efficient, …
As you know in the public albergues is not possible to reserve anybody, neither pilgrims nor turigrinos (no matter how many people say that the turigrinos arrive and they already have the places for them). The companies that we dedicate to give services to the pilgrims do not work with public shelters. We need to give the service with prior reservation and therefore it is impossible. We always book in private shelters and other types of accommodation. In our case, we work with suppliers who do a detailed study of the best accommodations. Also daily we deal with groups of hostels and accommodations on the Camino de Santiago that ensure that the best standards are met for their customers and our customers.
Returning to the question of whether a particular pilgrim should book or not … we clearly choose to recommend that we book in advance. The advance puts each one according to its calendar, its physical form, the type of accommodation you need, … The Camino de Santiago is adventure, it is freedom, it is not knowing where you are going to sleep and it is also security that you will have a Bed where to rest at the end of your daily stage. What veteran pilgrim has not slept in the open air, in the atrium of a church, on or under a table or in a sports pavilion?
But we also wonder why we can not know that we will have a bed for ourselves or sharing with 15/20 people. Or we simply like to rest without hearing snoring, or the noise of the bags at 4-5 or 6 in the morning. Book accommodation previously has more advantages than inconveniences and if you do not risk not having a bed where to sleep, having to continue to the next point where you can find a gap, force you to get up at 4:00 in the morning to start To walk and arrive before to catch site …
We are dedicated to this: to book accommodation and hostels on the Camino de Santiago. But we believe without a doubt that it is the most intelligent and effective even if you are calling by telephone that same morning to reserve a bed where to fall to rest after our long day.
By the way let’s not put aside the new collaborative tendencies on the Camino de Santiago. In the not too distant future individuals will be able to host pilgrims legally in their own homes through Airbnb style platforms where it is also advisable to book. In process of regularization but possible soon
And you, are you going to book in advance or are you looking for surprises?
Just in case, book on your own here
Discover the most impresive landscape of “Costa da Morte”, visiting the sites of Finisterre, Muxía, Muros, Ézaro, Paxareiras, Historics Granaries,…
Muxía, by the Sanctuary of “Nosa Señora da Barca” beautifully located on the seafront. Place where, according to tradition, our Lady appeared to the apostle St. James. Great scenery in front of the rough atlantic sea. Discover our Pedras Milagreiras.
Finisterre is the end of the ancient world, place where the pilgrims who come to Compostela meet the immensity of the ocean. Stop by the lighthouse, the most important of the Coast of Death, which light has guided the ships in this dangerous coast. Also include a coffee/tea or soft drink at the recently restaured “Hotel O Semaforo de Fisterra” located at the top of the cape with incredible views.
Ézaro, a visit to the spectacular waterfall of the river Xallas wich runs into the sea, the only case in Europe.
Muros, clearly influenced by the Galician culture and tradition where the sea is the main character. Interesting and pictoresque old town.
Paxareiras, discover beautiful views over the Atlantic Ocean from a view spot to the Carnota Beach, the largest one in Galicia and as well quiet one.
Granary Carnota or San Martiño de Ozón, two of the longer, older and nicer granary in Galicia and with a lot of “magician” tradition.
With us and our tours in Experiences you can discover every hidden place in Costa da Morte and we drive to Finisterre to finish your Camino de Santiago
We present a new feature on the Camino de Santiago: sharing vehicle
Through our www.wayandgocompostela.com and Services section (click here) you can agree to pilgrims who want to share a taxi from a particular place to the beginning of your Camino de Santiago.
The idea is simple. For example, two pilgrims arrive at the airport of Santiago and they want to take a taxi to Sarria to start their Camino de Santiago. They can give visibility to the trip on our website so that other pilgrims agree on dates join this trip and share the cost of Taxi. For a bit more than the cost of the two buses to be taken, but in half of time and in a more comfortable and efficiently service you can reach Sarria to start walking.
We speak about Sarria but think about approach Tui, Ferrol, Ourense or Coruna in Galicia. But the service also born to agree to pilgrims who want to get from Pamplona to Roncesvalles, Roncesvalles to Saint Jean, Madrid or wherever … think about any start point.
It is also a thought for certain Camino de Santiago nearby points that we want to get as can be Finisterre, for example. You can waste 6 hours of your day going and coming by bus to Finisterre or you can pay just a little more and do the same journey in 2 hours.
We do not intend to create controversy because it is not designed to stop walking the Camino de Santiago. It is a practical service for pilgrims and seek practical enrich their experience and save costs or time. Wayandgo!Compostela will be a mere intermediary, a meeting point to get agreement with other pilgrims.
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The best guided tour around the Camino de Santiago
We want to introduce you the best tour on the Camino de Santiago, from Roncesvalles to Santiago, from Oviedo to Santiago, from Porto to Santiago, … from any starting point there isn´t a better cultural activity related to the Camino de Santiago.
Or did we go wrong?
Guided tour to the covers of Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
We start by visiting the Palace of Gelmírez, considered one of the main civil buildings of Romanesque architecture in Spain. It also has Gothic and Renaissance elements in addition to the Baroque facade that covers it. During the visit to the Archbishop’s Palace is presented the Hall of Arms, stables and a hallway where dismounting the Archbishop and his visits. Particularly striking is the kitchen, c. XII, to get an idea of the importance of everyday life in the Palace. The last stop before tackling the climb up the tower is the great Synod Hall, built in the s. XIII for audiences and receptions of archbishop. Above all we must look at the wonderful vault of 32 meters in length and brackets on which they rest tastefully decorated with scenes of a lively medieval feast.
After a climb up the stairs medieval tower, with its different heights, the amazing staggered decks of the Cathedral arise. You can not imagine how it is possible that the roof of the Cathedral could bear the weight of these granite slabs that run through it in its entirety. From this point we can understand the different stages of construction of the temple. At our fingertips we will enjoy towers, domes and pinnacles and admire the views over the streets surrounding this monumental building. We are almost 300 meters high but only 30 meters above the Plaza del Obradoiro so take the opportunity to enjoy a unique chance to lose sight of buildings that kept thousands of stories, people and above all, sensations and feelings.
• We started recommending book online (click here) or in person at the Visitor Center in advance to properly choose the tour that best suits you. The Visitor Center is located in the Plaza del Obradoiro, in the middle of the facade of the cathedral between the access stairs and downstairs. It is the Crypt of the Portico of Glory, worth a visit and an extra blog post.
• Do not be scared by the stairs or heights. The whole route is sufficiently protected and the reward is well worth an effort. When you’re up you will not feel pain or phobias or knees.
• Wear comfortable and suitable shoes for climbing stairs and be slightly inclined spaces. In addition there is a walkway where another type of shoes would give you problems.
• Tailor your visit to other times of the Cathedral, that is, if you know that there are chances that fly the Botafumeiro at 12pm choose your visit at 10h or 13h, or directly in the afternoon but watching other possible liturgical ceremonies.
• Remember that if you are a pilgrim get a discount or presenting the credential or Compostela.
And we can only tell you to enjoy the friendliness and professionalism of the team of guides and staff Cathedral Museum.
Could you tell us now if we’re wrong? Do you have an opinion on another best guided tour around the Camino de Santiago?
Do you want to feel the flight of the Botafumeiro from above?
According to information that gives us the web of the Cathedral of Santiago Botafumeiro is one of the most famous and popular of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela symbols, and certainly the most touristy. It is for this reason that from the Cathedral and from the Archbishopric try to remove this tourist tradition placing value on the liturgical sense of the act of flying Botafumeiro. It is a censer, mixing coal and incense, of extraordinary dimensions that moves from the dome of the Cathedral, where flies through a pulley system on the side transept of the cathedral. Eight people are needed to move, known as “tiraboleiros“. Weighs 53 kg and measuring 1.50 meters high; can reach 68 km/h and is suspended at a height of 20 meters.
The first reference we have of Botafumeiro is an entry in the Codex Calixtinus, which is called “Turibulum Magnum”. Throughout history there were several Botafumeiros; there are currently two copies, one brass dating from 1851 and is the work of José Losada, replaced pillaged during the French occupation and is commonly used. The second Botafumeiro is a silver replica of the previous and was given to the Apostle by the Provisional Second Lieutenants in 1971. Only placed in the transept of the Cathedral when it works, usually tucking in the Chapter Library.
Every Friday of the year (except Friday), at the Mass of 19: 30h, offering Pilgrim and is sponsored by the Hospitality Association of Santiago, the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago, the Council of Santiago de Compostela in which these entities have called “Tribute to the pilgrims” as the city thanks to the efforts of the hundreds of pilgrims who arrive every week through the Caminos de Santiago.
These are the dates fixed by the Cathedral where the Botafumeiro fly:
The Epiphany: January 6
The Ascension of the Lord
The Apparition of the Apostle-Clavijo: May 23
The Martyrdom of Santiago: July 25
Mary’s Assumption: August 15
All Saints: November 1
Christ the King
Immaculate Conception: December 8
Christmas: December 25
Transfer of the remains of the Apostle: December 30.
If you need to know if the botafumeiro flies during your visit to Santiago de Compostela we recommend that you approach the Sacristy and ask to the kind nuns over there (hey! We have said nuns …) and if you are a group always able to hire previously. Also, if it is hung it supposed to fly but … in which mass?