Below we give you useful information on the Camino de Santiago, as well as tips and practical information to do any of our itineraries to The Santiago Way, the result of our own experience and that of many other pilgrims, who can help you to enjoy more on this ancient pilgrimage route.
Useful information of the Camino de Santiago> What to bring during the stages of the Camino
In our services we include the Transfer of main luggage in each of the different stages of the Camino (1 package per person with a maximum weight of 23 Kgs. Sports bags, suitcases or backpacks are transferred), in which we will carry all those garments, utensils, etc., that we may need to make our route of the Camino de Santiago. In order to avoid possible loss or damage to your belongings, it is not allowed to tie bags or other packages to the main luggage that is transported.
On the other hand, for the daily walk in the stages, we must carry a small backpack in the case of doing the Way from Santiago to Foot or if you prefer some saddlebags if you do the Camino de Santiago by bicycle, with the minimum essential material to use if necessary, such as:
- Rain coat, raincoat, or raincoat.
- 1 pair of replacement socks.
- Individual kit: Betadine, Sticking plaster, Vaseline, Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, Particular medications, etc.
- Polar fleece or similar, depending on the time of the year.
- Cap for the sun, for hot days.
- Solar protection.
- Staff or walking stick.
Being the most important element of the team, we must pay attention to FOOTWEAR that we are going to use NEVER BRAND NEW!. We should have used it previously, in our training.
Useful information of the Camino de Santiago> Previous physical preparation
To realize this ancient Way, no special is required physical training, 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, approximately 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 on the road with the essentials.
A person with a normal physical preparation usually goes through a approximate distance of 4 kilometers per hour. 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 your needs and physical condition, to make the stages even more bearable.
We will have to put special attention to foot care and shoe choice, because it will be the most delicate part of our body. The use of petroleum jelly, or creams that improve the elasticity and hydration of the skin, is recommended.
Any person, 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 when undertaking this journey and the illusion are paramount.
EVERY PERSON SHOULD ADAPT THEIR RUNNING RATE TO THEIR REAL PHYSICAL POSSIBILITIES, NEVER THAT OF OTHER PILGRIMS !!
Useful information of the Camino de Santiago> Tips en route
To do the Camino de Santiago we dare to give certain advice once you start the stages of the road, the result of our own experience and that of many other pilgrims, who can help you 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 lack you.
- Before starting to walk is it is recommended to apply petroleum jelly on the feet or moisturizers and not leave wrinkles in the socks to avoid the appearance of blisters.
- conduct a muscle warmingr approximately 5 minutes before starting the walk.
- Apply sunscreen If it's a very sunny day. The use of a cap is also recommended.
- Bring a small plastic bottle for the water (500 ml) and fill it up on the way. There is a source of drinking water en route; or you can buy water in any of the villages / towns through 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.
- Don't make big stops; 10-15 minutes maximum.
- Not eat copiously until the end of the stage. Nuts, fruit or energy bars are advised. It is not advisable to eat too much since 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 am it is a good time, since according to the time of the 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.
- To have used, previously, 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 shoes on the road can lead to injuries, blisters or chafing that can make it difficult for us every day.
- You have to maintain a proper posture, walk upright Looking straight ahead or to the road.
- Use cane, or refrain. It is not essential in flat stages, it helps especially in the ascents or descents to seek greater balance.
- Take 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 we meet. We must not force ourselves, and keep a constant 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 apply foot cream or rosemary alcohol to relieve them.
The road is perfectly signposted using yellow arrows, kilometer poles, crossroads, highways ... 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 each year, it is very difficult to get off the enabled trails. To date, none of our pilgrims have lost track.
Useful information of the Camino de Santiago> La Compostela and the Distance Certificate
These Certificates are issued since 2017, in the Pilgrim Service Office, located on rua das Carretas 33. Pilgrim service hours:
- Starting in Holy Week until 31/10: 08:00 am to 21:00 pm
- In low season, the hours of attention to the pilgrim are reduced. From 1/11 until Easter: from 10:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m.
In the pilgrim service office they will ask us what our motivation has been to make the Camino the religious or spiritual path or others. The Compostela it will be given for religious reasons and a certificate will be given if it is for other reasons (cultural, tourism, leisure, etc.).
In recent years the Distance certificate, which indicates the exact place of the beginning of the pilgrimage.
In the Cathedral of Santiago every day two take place Pilgrim Masses, at 12:00 am and 19:30 pm. 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 previous day.
**** THIS YEAR 2020 THE CELEBRATION OF THE MISAS IS ALTERED BY WORKS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, CELEBRATING IN NEARBY CHURCHES ****
Useful information of the Camino de Santiago> Operation of the Botafumeiro
There are some special days in which its * operation * is guaranteed, since its use is only reserved on certain dates, or prior payment by groups of pilgrims who expressly request it:
- The Epiphany of the Lord: January 6.
- Easter Sunday .
- The Ascension of the Lord.
- The Appearance of the Apostle-Clavijo: May 23.
- The Martyrdom of Santiago: July 25.
- The Assumption of Mary: August 15.
- All Saints: November 1.
- Christ the King .
- The Immaculate Conception: December 8.
- Christmas: December 25. Transfer of the Apostle's Remains: December 30.
As a general rule the operation either in special solemnities or hired by some 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 that you are doing click to see the map displayed.
**** THIS YEAR 2020 WITH REASON FOR WORKS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, THE BOTAFUMEIRO WILL NOT BE OPERATIONAL ****
Useful information of the Camino de Santiago> Visits to the Cathedral of Santiago and the decks
Pilgrims who want to visit the Cathedral museum should go to the Visitor Reception Center. (Crypt of Porch of Glory. Obradoiro Square)
* Schedule of visits to the Cathedral of Santiago
Daily opening April to October: 9:00 am - 20:00 pm
Daily opening November to March: 10:00 am to 20:00 pm
–December 24 and 31: 10:00 am to 15:00 pm.
–Closed on January 1 and 6, July 25 and December 25.
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
- Covers 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 admission: pilgrims, unemployed, over 65 and duly accredited students.
* Schedules of the guided tour to 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 suppressed from 18 pm and 19 pm
Prices of the visits
- General admission: 12 euros
- Reduced ticket *: 10 euros
- Free **: under 12 years old
* They will have reduced admission: pilgrims, unemployed, over 65 and students. The group to which it belongs must be permanently accredited.
** Free admission for:
- Children under 12 accompanied by adults.
- Priests and members of ICOM.
**** THIS YEAR 2020 WITH REASON FOR WORKS INSIDE THE CATHEDRAL, THE OPERATION OF THE VISITS COULD BE SEEN SUBSTANTIALLY ALTERED *****
Useful information of the Camino de Santiago> Manuel of good pilgrim practices
Know our recommendations of manual to be a good pilgrimDo not be just another tourist, respect what surrounds you and who surrounds you. Together we are stronger!