Why should you do the Camino de Santiago?
Are you looking for a place to spend your holidays? Do you wonder why people decide to do the Camino de Santiago? Look no further! We give you 10 reasons to do the Camino de Santiago. Live a different holiday on the Pilgrim route!
Reason 1: The journey adapts to you
There is no single way to do the Camino de Santiago. It is an experience that you can live the way that you want. You can adapt it to your needs and your expectations. Here we explain the different ways you can do the Camino de Santiago.
On bike, horse or on foot.
You can the Camino de Santiago in different ways. You can do it walking, biking or riding a horse. Choose the way you want to experiment.
Alone or in company
Touring the pilgrim route is an experience that you can do alone or in company. If you decide to go with someone you can make the trip with your partner , with friends, with the family or with your dog .
In all of the above options, you have the possibility to join one of the scheduled trips to the Camino de Santiago. You can also hire a specialized guide to accompany you on the route.
As much time as you want
Another reason to do the Camino de Santiago is that it does not dictate the number of days you have free. On the Camino de Santiago, you can go for as long as you want. It doesn’t matter how many days you have on holiday. You can go for a month or you can do some of the routes to Santiago in 1 week or less.
The route that you like the best
You can choose the sea or mountain, towns or cities. Each one of the tours goes through beautiful surroundings, but they are all different.
In this article, we tell you where each Camino de Santiago goes and how each route really is. You can do the Camino de Santiago that seems the most beautiful to you.
With or without backpack
You have the option of making the trip to Santiago de Compostela in an austere way, carrying your backpack. But you can also contract a baggage transfer service for your things on the Camino de Santiago. So then you can travel comfortably.
Staying where you best prefer
You can sleep wherever you want. The hostels on the Camino de Santiago are an option, but you cannot make a pre-booking. An alternative to making your holiday more enjoyable is to plan your accommodation on the Camino de Santiago in mid-range or high-end hotels.
Saving your energy for what you want to do
On the trip to Santiago de Compostela, you dedicate the effort that you want. You can take on a physical challenge, marking your own goals, and start preparing the trip to Santiago by preparing yourself physically for the Camino.
You can also make the Camino de Santiago by making a minimum effort. Do what is right to get the Compostela (or Compostelana, as some wrongly say,) and enjoy the rest of the pleasures of the experience.
Is the Camino de Santiago a holiday trip?
It doesn’t matter what your motivation is to do the Camino de Santiago. All pilgrims have a different motive for going to Compostela. They are all equally legitimate, you do not necessarily have to do it for religious reasons.
We are a specialized travel agency in the Camino de Santiago. We work with programmed trips on the Camino de Santiago, always with pre-booked accommodations, with organised groups and guides.
If you want to do the Camino de Santiago on your holidays, please contact us. Our colleagues in our travel agency on the way will give you all the information about the services that you can hire to easily and comfortably complete the Camino de Santiago.
Don’t go! We’ve only just started. Here we have only talked about the endless possibilities you have to organize your vacation on the Camino and how easy it can be to programme. But there are many more reasons to complete the Camino de Santiago, read on!
Reason 2: You’ll disconnect from everything on holiday
It will be a holiday where you can switch off from everything. Sometimes, you make trips on your holiday where you enjoy it, but for some reason, you don’t switch off. That’s not going to happen to you on the pilgrim route.
You’ll leave the stress behind. Long trips or full of activities, sometimes, only help to stress you more during your holidays.
There is nothing better to get rid of stress than to move slowly. Both walking and cycling or riding are great ways to do it. On the Camino, you will travel slowly, without haste and without stress.
From the routine
Every day a different place: a new town, a changing landscape. To break the routine, during your holiday, the Camino is ideal. You will adopt the pilgrim’s routine, but this has nothing to do with the everyday life on your daily routine.
From work and technology
You will have the possibility to do so many things a day (walk, visit, talk with other pilgrims, enjoy the gastronomy or share a glass of good wine, etc.) that you’ll forget your work and mobile.
If your hook-up with the office and the screen is too great, you can leave your mobile at home. In this article, we explain how to do the Camino with your mobile.
Reason 3: You can get to know a lot of people
Meeting new people always brings an extra dose of energy. This is one of the reasons why people decide to do the Camino de Santiago. Recharging your batteries involves sharing time with other people.
It’s easy to make friends
Unless you decide to do one of the less-travelled routes to Santiago and in low season, you will meet other pilgrims. Therefore, no matter if you have no one to go on holiday with this year, the road is full of friends for you.
On many trips, if you go in a group you hardly get to know anyone else. That doesn’t happen on the Camino de Santiago. If you go with family, with friends or with your boyfriend or girlfriend, you will also have the possibility to make new friends.
We’re not talking to you about meeting people you don’t find interesting and nothing to do with you. But quite the opposite. We mean to know real friends. Many pilgrims who know each other on the journey enter a lifelong friendship.
Flirting is also easy
We already told you in another article on this blog, there are many mistaken ideas about the Camino de Santiago. But the pilgrim route is full of single people, not one of them. If you want to know why, read the article.
If you don’t have a partner either, we can’t make sure you’re going to find the love of your life. But flirting will be one of the activities on the Camino. Either you’ll meet someone you like, or someone will try to flirt with you.
Reason 4: It’s a journey to help you flow
Erase the image of the planned vacation from your mind. The road will teach you to let go. You decide where you’re going, how you go and when you go. Only you guide your footsteps. The timetables and the pre-established rules are over: this time you’re in charge. This is, without a doubt, one of the reasons for making the Camino de Santiago that most seduces many pilgrims.
Reason 5: You could practice English and other languages
The road is a linguistic experience. You will not need to travel to a native country to practice English or any other language.
During your trip to Santiago, you will find people from all the countries of the world. If you speak any language, you will probably be able to practice it on more than one occasion.
If you don’t speak any language, don’t worry. Mimicry and body language are authentic communication systems. You may even surprise yourself and come back from your trip attempting a new language.
Reason 6: You’ll discover a different way to travel
No matter how much you’re used to travelling. Even the people who have gone around the world are fascinated by the experience. Doing the pilgrim’s route is a different way to travel.
We already told you before that you can do the Camino de Santiago walking, cycling or riding. They are all valid forms because none of them uses a motor. It’s all you and the kilometres on the road.
This way of travelling has nothing to do with discovering a region by car. You don’t go to a place because you have to visit it, you visit it because you cross it.
The experience is totally different. “I have discovered that I like to cross landscapes rather than contemplate them,” a pilgrim who travelled with our travel agency told us.
Reason 7: It’s an adventure of active tourism
If you are looking for different ideas to enjoy an active tourism holiday, the Camino de Santiago is an excellent choice. Nature, purifying breeze and physical activity.
This year, you won’t be back from your holiday trip with a few extra pounds. “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” will be the motto of this trip. Nothing better for your free days than getting into shape, in a natural and pleasant environment. Forget about the gym!
Reason 8: You’ll come across spectacular places and different cultures
Another reason for doing the Camino de Santiago is its richness. You will find many places to visit: charming villages, spectacular landscapes, age-old architecture, archaeological sites or dream beaches.
The type of places you will find on your journey depends on the pilgrim path that you choose. But all of Santiago’s routes are beautiful and all of them contain a myriad of cultural elements. That’s the magic of the pilgrim’s network.
You can also try gastronomic tourism. Traditional cuisine is part of the culture of each place. We love to try typical dishes, so in our guide on the Camino de Santiago we always recommend to pilgrims what to eat on each of the stages.
Reason 9: It will be an enriching journey on a spiritual level
During the journey, in addition to nourishing your senses, your stomach and strengthening your muscles, you will nourish your spirit. No matter if you are a non-believer, Christian, or if you follow any other religion, travelling to Santiago on the pilgrim’s route is a spiritual journey for everyone.
On the one hand, experience gives you the space to rediscover yourself. The way in which the trip to Compostela is made makes it easier for your mind to return you to deep thoughts, reminding you who your real self is.
After a holiday on the Camino de Santiago, you will return as new. With much clearer ideas: your desires, your strengths, your weaknesses and your aspirations.
Besides, the Camino de Santiago is a true teacher. It is a journey full of great life learning. In this article, we explain what things you will learn on your journey to Santiago de Compostela.
Reason 10: You’ll get hooked on the Camino de Santiago
You’ll never without plans for your holiday. How many times have you wanted to go on a trip and you haven’t done it for not having an escort?
You will discover that the Camino de Santiago is an experience that you can live fully, even if you travel alone. So the next time you don’t have anyone to go on holiday with, you won’t think twice, before you take your backpack and return to the pilgrim’s route.
In fact, most pilgrims get hooked on the Camino de Santiago and do it several times. It is one of the wonders of the Camino de Santiago, which is not a path, but a network of roads.
You can live the experience of travelling to Santiago as many times as you want. We assure you that each one will be different and unique.
After reading these 10 great reasons to complete the Camino de Santiago, what are you waiting for? Dare to make the Camino de Santiago this holiday. It’ll be a trip you’ll remember forever.
In this practical guide to the Camino de Santiago We give you the best keys to start planning your trip. If you want to live this experience with someone, don’t hesitate to share with that person all those reasons to do the Camino de Santiago.