Here are some tips and practical information for make the road to Santiago, fruit of the own experience and of many other pilgrims, that can help you to enjoy more of this thousand-year pilgrimage route to the Camino de Santiago.
In our services we include the Transfer of the main luggage in each of the different stages of the Camino (1 package per person with one maximum weight of 23 Kgs. They carry bags of sports, suitcases or backpacks), in which we will carry all those clothes, utensils, etc., that we may need to make our route of the Camino de Santiago.
On the other hand for the daily march in the stages, we will have to carry a small backpack in the case of doing the Camino de Santiago on foot or silo you prefer a saddlebag if you do the Road by bicycle, with the minimum necessary material to use if necessary, such as:
- Rain coat, raincoat, or raincoat.
- 1 pair of spare socks.
- Individual first aid kit: Betadine, Plaster, Vaseline, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Drugs, etc.
- Polar lining or similar, depending on the time of year.
- Cap for the sun, for hot days.
- Solar protection.
- Bordón or walking stick.
As the most important element of the team, we must pay attention to the FOOTWEAR that we are going to use NEVER BRAND NEW!. We must have used it previously, in our training.
To realize this millennial Way, no special physical preparation is required, although it is necessary and convenient to have previously adapted our body to the development of a physical activity of walking, we will have to start with small walks, about 1 hour, until we reach small marches of 2 or 3 hours, with the light weight of a backpack that is what you will carry en route with the essentials.
A person with a normal physical preparation usually travels a Approximate distance of 4 kilometers per hour. In a relaxed, calm and without great efforts. Therefore en route we are facing stages of an average duration of 5-7 hours. However we can adapt the stages according to their needs and physical condition, to make the stages even more bearable.
We will have to put special attention to foot care Yet the choice of footwear, because it is going to be the most delicate part of our body. It is recommended the use of Vaseline, or creams that improve the elasticity and hydration of the skin.
Anyone, whether adults or children, in normal health conditions, can do the Camino de Santiago without any inconvenience. With our support the walk will be much more bearable.
There is no age that is established as the appropriate to make the trip to Santiago, or that blocks you to do it. Any age is good to start this march. The attitude at the time of undertaking this trip and the illusion are paramount.
EVERY PERSON MUST ADAPT THEIR RHYTHM OF MARCH TO THEIR REAL PHYSICAL POSSIBILITIES, NEVER TO THAT OF OTHER PILGRIMS !!
We dare to give some advice once you start the stages of the journey, the fruit of your own experience and of many other pilgrims, who can help you to enjoy the Camino de Santiago more:
- Have a good breakfast. The breakfasts offered by our collaborating accommodations are generous and healthy, so the forces will not be lacking.
- Before starting to walk it is recomendable apply Vaseline on the feet or moisturizers and do not leave wrinkles in the socks to prevent the appearance of blisters.
- Make a muscle warmingr about 5 minutes before starting the walk.
- Apply sunscreen if it is a very sunny day. The use of a cap is also recommended.
- Carry a small plastic bottleor for water (500 ml) and fill it in during the journey. There is a source of drinking water en route; or you can buy water in any of the villages / towns along which the Camino runs.
- Drink water even without thirst. Hydration is essential, and not only in summer. Our body is going to demand more liquid than solid food.
- Do not make big stops; 10-15 minutes maximum.
- Do not eat copiously until the end of the stage. Nuts, fruit or energy bars are advised. It is not advisable to eat too much because it will cost us more to continue the march if we are very heavy.
- Start walking soon, first hours of the morning, to have finished before the hottest hours in summer time. From 8 a.m. it is a good hour, since depending on the time of year the light is scarce, and it is not recommended to walk without much light, since you will not be able to see the signs well.
- Have used, beforehand, the material that we are going to take to the road, especially the boots or slippers. This is one of the fundamental tips, since brand new footwear on the road can mean injuries, blisters or chafing that can make it difficult for us every day.
- You have to maintain a proper posture, walk upright looking front or the road mainly.
- Use cane, or staff. It is not essential in flat stages, it helps especially in the ups and downs to find a better balance.
- Bring your own pace, not that of others. The Camino is not a competition, and the important thing is to enjoy the landscapes and other pilgrims that we meet. We must not force ourselves, and keep a steady rhythm.
- At the end of the stage we must not forget the care of our feet. We recommend leaving your feet up without socks and applying foot cream or rosemary alcohol to relieve them.
The Camino is perfectly signposted by means of yellow arrows, kilometer posts, crossroads, roads ... You will pass through urban centers with all the necessary services (health centers, banks, restaurants, pharmacies, etc.). Thanks to these signs and the large number of pilgrims who make the Camino de Santiago every year it is very difficult to leave the paths enabled. To date none of our pilgrims has been dismissed en route.
These Certificates are issued since 2017, in the OFFICE PILGRIM ATTENTION, located at Rua das Carretas 33. Hours of service to the pilgrim:
- Starting in Holy Week until 10/31: 08:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- In the low season the hours of attention to the pilgrim are reduced. From 1/11 to Easter: from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In the office of attention to the pilgrims they will ask us what has been our motivation to make the Way the religious or spiritual way or others. The Compostela will be given for religious reasons and a certificate will be given if there are other motivations.
In the Cathedral of Santiago every day there are two pilgrim masses, at 12:00 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m. The largest influx of pilgrims is in the morning. The only difference between one mass and another is that at 12 am the statistics are indicated as to the origin and nationality of the pilgrims who arrived in Santiago the day before.
**** THIS YEAR 2019 THE CELEBRATION OF THE MASSES IS ALTERED BY THE WORKS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, CELEBRATING IN NEARBY CHURCHES ****
There are special days in which its * operation * is guaranteed, since its use is only reserved on certain dates, or after payment by groups of pilgrims who expressly request it:
- The Epiphany of the Lord: January 6.
- Easter Sunday .
- The Ascension of the Lord.
- The Apparition of the Apostle-Clavijo: May 23.
- The Martyrdom of Santiago: July 25.
- The Assumption of Mary: August 15.
- All Saints: November 1st.
- Christ the King .
- The Immaculate Conception: December 8.
- Christmas: December 25th. Transfer of the Remains of the Apostle: December 30th.
As a general rule, the operation either in special solemnities or contracted by a group, the use of the botafumeiro takes place at the 12 am mass.
If you want additional information about the opening hours, the Masses of the parishes on the Camino you are doing click to see the map displayed.
**** THIS YEAR 2019 ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORKS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, THE BOTAFUMEIRO WILL NOT BE OPERATIONAL ****
Pilgrims who want to visit the Cathedral Museum should go to the Visitor Reception Center. (Crypt of the Portico of Glory, Plaza del Obradoiro)
* Schedule of visits to the Cathedral
Daily opening April to October: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Daily opening November to March: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
-December 24 and 31: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
-Closed the days 1 and 6 January, 25 July and 25 December.
If you wish you can do the following *Guided visits:
- Permanent collection. General admission: € 6. Reduced: € 4
- Permanent collection + Portico de la Gloria. General admission: € 10. Reduced: € 8
- Archaeological excavations. General admission: € 10. Reduced: € 8
- Roofs of the Cathedral. General admission: € 12. Reduced: € 10
- Permanent collection + Covers. General admission: € 15. Reduced: € 12
- Tribune of the Cathedral. General admission: € 10. Reduced: € 8
* They will have reduced entrance: pilgrims, unemployed, over 65 and duly accredited students.
* Schedules of the guided tour of the decks
Morning hours: 10 am to 13 pm. The visit is made every hour.
Afternoon hours: 16 pm to 19 pm *. The visit is made every hour.
* From October 20 to March 31: the visit is canceled at 6 pm and 7 pm
Prices of visits
- General admission: 12 euros
- Reduced ticket *: 10 euros
- Free **: children under 12 years
* They will have reduced entrance: pilgrims, unemployed, over 65 and students. The group to which it belongs must be permanently accredited.
** Free admission for:
- Under 12 years of age accompanied by adults.
- Priests and members of ICOM.
**** THIS YEAR 2019 ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORKS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, THE OPERATION OF THE VISITS COULD BE VERSE SUBSTANTIALLY ALTERED *****