Doing an Organised Camino de Santiago Trip
Now that you’ve decided to do the Camino de Santiago, the time has come to tell you everything you need to know about your adventure on the Jacobean route.
We know that you’re looking for information on the Camino, as well as all of the best options in order to make this a unique experience.
Santiago Ways is the best Travel Agency for doing an organised Camino de Santiago trip. We are experts in Camino de Santiago trips and our agency has an official license. A worldwide leader in organised Camino de Santiago trips.
We have therefore prepared the definitive Camino de Santiago guide so that you can successfully complete your pilgrimage journey to Santiago de Compostela.
You will discover the best tips for doing the Camino de Santiago, what you need to carry in your baggage, information on Camino de Santiago routes and stages, news, interesting facts, legends…
The Best Tips for Doing the Camino de Santiago
We bring you all the recommendations and tips you need to successfully complete the Camino de Santiago, whether you’re a seasoned pilgrim or if this is your very first time.
Including everything from what to carry in your baggage to the time you’ll need to do the Camino and the previous physical and mental training required, as well as the best tips for doing the Camino as a couple, walking the Camino with your dog, in a group with a guide, or just on your own.
Camino de Santiago Routes and Stages
Although the most popular route is the French Way, specifically the Camino de Santiago that departs from Sarria, there are many other routes that make up the Camino de Santiago.
In this guide we will tell you everything you need to know about the different Camino de Santiago routes in great detail, referring to the routes themselves along with each of their stages.
You’ll have all the information you need for the French Way, the Portuguese Way, the Northern Way, the English Way, the Silver Way and the Lighthouse Way, among many others.
You will be fully aware of what to expect for each stage of the Camino de Santiago, along with each stage’s unique characteristics, length, the main attractions, where to sleep, where to eat… All of this in addition to revealing the details regarding the tradition of visiting “The End of the World” after your arrival in Santiago, as part of the Finisterre Way.
News on the Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela receives pilgrims virtually every day of the year, without exception. And the fact is that, since each person has their own specific reasons for tackling the Camino de Santiago, any time is a good time to embark on the adventure of becoming a pilgrim.
Whichever time of year you decide to travel in and whatever the route you choose, at Santiago Ways we don’t want the Camino de Santiago to keep any secrets from you, apart from all of the wonderful things you’ll get to discover throughout this magical experience.
This is why we want to tell you everything you’d ever need to know: news, suggestions, stories, interesting facts…
Have any questions? Ask us!
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Tips for Doing the Camino de Santiago
Get ready for what will undoubtedly be one of the best experiences of your life: the Camino de Santiago.
A journey full of emotions in which you will finally understand the motto that floods the streets of Santiago: “No Pain, No Glory”. The satisfaction of completing the Camino de Santiago is unlike anything you’ve ever felt before.
At Santiago Ways, we want you to fully enjoy your Camino journey towards Santiago de Compostela, which is why we’re offering you the best tips and recommendations for doing the Camino de Santiago.
What type of training should I do before the Camino de Santiago?
You don’t need to be in shape in order to do the Camino de Santiago, but it is recommended that you begin training for it beforehand, especially to get used to walking for several hours in a row, regardless of whether you’re already accustomed to walking for long periods of time or not.
Of course, some preparation is needed before you begin walking to Santiago de Compostela. In order to guarantee that you’ll successfully achieve your objective, you need to start training before embarking on the adventure of traveling hundreds of kilometres on foot.
To prepare yourself both physically and mentally, it’s a good idea to start walking in conditions that are similar to those you’ll find on the Camino de Santiago.
Use the same clothes and footwear and get yourself out there, find itineraries that are similar to the Camino de Santiago routes, gradually increasing the distance you walk.
A typical stage on the Camino de Santiago has a distance of between 20 and 30 kilometres.
How much should my backpack weigh?
When booking the Camino de Santiago with Santiago Ways, we will transport your baggage between each of the stages so that you don’t have to worry about the weight of your backpack.
It’s important to point out that some of our clients prefer to carry their backpack on the Camino de Santiago.
Keep in mind that what may seem light when your rested will feel different when you’ve got 10+ kilometres behind you.
The recommendation is that the weight of your backpack should not be more than 10% or 12% of your body weight, or more than 10 kilos total. If you don’t know what to bring on the Camino, follow this premise: only take the essentials.
Best time of year for doing the Camino de Santiago?
Of course, you decide when to do the Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago can be done in every month of the year.
There are pilgrims who prefer to do it in April, May, June, September and October due to there being increased availability in the best hotels and rural homes, and because the temperatures tend to be milder and more pleasant.
Others prefer the summer, although the heat is usually intense and the best accommodations tend to have less availability. Therefore, if you plan to do the Camino de Santiago in summer, we recommend booking your trip on the Camino de Santiago several months in advance.
Those who are after solitude and a space for reflection prefer to go in winter, although it is more difficult to find hotels and rural homes that are open, and the climate can be quite tough in certain areas on the Camino de Santiago.
Santiago Ways recommends that you book the Camino de Santiago several months in advance in order to ensure you get the best accommodations on the Camino de Santiago.
Which Camino de Santiago should you do?
There are many available route options for getting to Santiago de Compostela.
The choice will depend on your own individual tastes and preferences, as well as what you’re expecting from the Camino, or even how many kilometres you want to walk.
The French Way is the most popular while the Portuguese Way is becoming increasingly popular, especially the Portuguese Way along the coast.
There are also many other route options such as the English Way, the Silver Way, the Lighthouse Way or the Northern Way, which is known for the beauty of its landscapes and the food.
History of the Camino de Santiago
The Camino de Santiago has a magical history.
The journey to the tomb of the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela is a pilgrimage whose history dates back way before our time.
At Santiago Ways, we don’t want you to miss out on a single detail of the Jacobean route, which is why we want to take this opportunity to give you an in-depth explanation of the history of the Camino de Santiago: where the Camino started and all of its history up to the present day.
The dream in which St. James appeared
After being beheaded by King Herod Agrippa, the disciples of the Apostle St. James, Athanasius and Theodore, picked up his body and secretly took it with them to places of preaching until they finally buried him in Galicia.
For centuries, all traces of his grave had been lost, until in the year 813 when Pelayo, a hermit, saw a brilliant star flashing over a woodland.
According to the story, the Apostle St. James himself appeared to him in a dream, revealing that the place of the lights indicated where his tomb was to be found. When the burial place was unearthed, he discovered the body. And that is where the cult of St. James originated, as well as the history of the Camino de Santiago.
From the discovery of the tomb to the current Santiago de Compostela
In the place where the tomb of the Apostle appeared, a small church was erected, and around it, a whole city – Santiago de Compostela (Field of the Star).
As of that moment, the pilgrimages began and millions of Europeans started off on their journey towards Compostela during the Middle Ages.
This pilgrimage route received a boost as a result of the nobles and kingdoms of the different Christian kingdoms that were implanted throughout the Iberian Peninsula. At that time, the Camino de Santiago was becoming place where art, culture, commerce and settlers from all over Europe flowed together.
But in the 16th century, after the disappearance of Mendizábal, the splendour of the Camino subsided and from that time on, there were very few people who embarked on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
This lasted until the 20th century, in which the interest in the Camino de Santiago resurfaced due to all of the hard work done by Camino enthusiasts, the new interest shown by the public administrations, the Pope’s visits and the renewed commitment of the Church.
In 1993, the Camino de Santiago was declared a World Heritage Site.
From the 20th century to the present day Camino de Santiago
Last year, more than 300,000 pilgrims arrived to Santiago de Compostela from all different countries around the world.
The vast majority of the pilgrims do the Camino de Santiago on foot. There are also a large number of pilgrims who travel by bicycle.
For whatever reason, more and more people are convinced that the Camino de Santiago needs to be an essential part of their individual life journey.
Now that you’ve decided to do the Camino de Santiago, the time has come to organise your trip properly so that your journey to Santiago de Compostela becomes the best experience of your life.
You’re busy checking everything: what to take, how to organise yourself, how long it takes, which route to choose…
From Santiago Ways, we put our team of experts on the Camino de Santiago at your disposal in order to make sure this becomes the adventure of a lifetime.
We are the best Camino de Santiago Travel Agency, as evaluated by our clients on Google and TripAdvisor.
We are experts in organising the Camino de Santiago and all of our staff has completed several sections of the Camino de Santiago themselves.
Don’t wait any longer to find out for yourself why we are a world leader in the organisation of the Camino de Santiago.
A travel agency specialising in the Camino de Santiago
We want you to get the most out of this unique experience and enjoy it as much as our fantastic team of experts and Camino de Santiago enthusiasts.
Forget about having to worry about the complex details of organising the trip. We take care of everything! Without intermediaries!
With Santiago Ways, you can always rest assured knowing that we work without intermediaries, since we have a travel agency and tour operator license.
There are many pilgrims from all over the world who have already taken the plunge, both individually and as a group, and who have congratulated us for the fantastic results in organising their Camino de Santiago trip.
Enjoy the Camino in comfortable stretches
From our own experience, we know that the Camino de Santiago is done better when organised in sections.
We have studied each stage of the Camino de Santiago and we will help you to organise your journey so that, whether you go on foot or by bicycle, you will always be able to continue on and reach your goal.
As a general rule, we want you to know that the Camino de Santiago itineraries that we design at Santiago Ways can be done in 6 or 7 days, but there is always the possibility of adapting them to your specific needs.
Regain your energy with the rest you deserve
Imagine combining the magic of the Camino de Santiago with good rest at a nice accommodation after a long day of walking.
We know how important good rest is for the body when faced with such a strenuous activity. Therefore, you will always find quality, welcoming accommodations at all of your different destinations.
In all of these accommodations, you will be able to rest comfortably and regain your strength after the day.
We work with hotels, rural homes and charming hostels.
We take care of everything you need
This is your adventure, which is why we take care of everything. At Santiago Ways, we care about all of your needs.
We offer you quality accommodation so that you are able to truly rest. And the same goes for your meals: we provide you with the meal plan of your choice: breakfast, dinner and/or picnic lunch.
We want you to feel safe and supported throughout the entire Camino de Santiago.
Therefore, you have a telephone number that is available to you 24 hours a day, and we have an assistance vehicle in case of any emergency.
Since we are concerned about your comfort and want you to save up your energy for the Camino de Santiago, we also take care of the Pilgrim Passport, your travel assistance insurance and baggage transfer.
There are many people who have already given us a chance and keep coming back to us year after year.