Frequently Asked Questions
List of frequently asked questions about Trip to the Camino de Santiago, that over the years the pilgrims have raised us. Surely many of them solve many of your initial doubts before organizing your Camino de Santiago.
During the Middle Ages, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims traveled to Santiago de Compostela from all over the European geography. They traveled through what remained of the Roman roads, and other medieval roads. At that time, the Christian kingdoms fought against the Muslims, who were giving ground, with which the number of pilgrims flowed further south, establishing new safe routes in which towns, cities, bridges, temples, castles were founded. cathedrals. There are also routes from Al-Andalus, as there were Mozarabic Christians who made pilgrimages to Santiago.
The Camino de Santiago is by all of them considered the Main Street of Europe, and a European backbone.
From Spain, the main pilgrimage route to do the Camino de Santiago, is the French Way, which enters from France through the Spanish town of Roncesvalles. It is followed, in terms of the number of pilgrims who travel it, the Portuguese Way.
Other relevant Ways of Santiago are, English Way, el North road, Primitive Way, Camino Fisterra and Muxia and Portuguese Coast Road among others. However, due to the resurgence of the Camino for years, new pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela are being incorporated every day, although many of them still lack important infrastructure such as the Vía de la Plata, Camino Aragones and Camino Mozarabe for example.
The stages of the Journey to the Camino de Santiago that you are going to do are planned so that anyone can do them without great difficulties.
We go through a 22 Kms average, by stage. A person with a physical training normal will travel about 4 Kms an hour approximately. To which we have to add the time we dedicate to breaks or to eat some food.
The land on which it runs are rural roads, mostly with some stretches of asphalt, with hardly any traffic, so safety is maximum.
The orography of the terrain is undulating and smooth, in most of the sections, without great difficulties when walking.
The hiring of your Trip to the Camino de Santiago must be done with at least 7 days in advance of the date that you have decided to do the Camino de Santiago, so that we can carry out the pertinent procedures for it.
On certain dates the occupancy on the Camino is maximum, so we recommend that when you have decided the dates you proceed to fill out our reservation form to guarantee availability, and we can start working on your trip to the Camino de Santiago.
You can freely decide the dates and the place of departure you want. The trip is not subject to any group, so only one pilgrim is required.
We will send the main documentation to do the Camino de Santiago via e-mail, in the about 7-9 days approximately, after having made the full payment of the Reserve.
Once you arrive at the first accommodation, you will be given additional information and printed documentation at the reception (Please do not forget to request it upon arrival!)
Anyone who wishes, regardless of age or physical condition, can undertake this journey to the Camino de Santiago. It is advisable that, prior to carrying it out, you have adequate your physical condition with walks that go from less to more kilometers.
Whether they are adults or childrenIn normal health conditions, you can do the Camino de Santiago without any inconvenience. With our support when organizing the Camino de Santiago, the walk will be much more bearable and pleasant.
There is no age that is established as adequate to make the trip to Santiago de Compostela, or that is an impediment. Any age is good to start this march. The attitude when undertaking this trip and the illusion are paramount. For all this the Camino de Santiago for seniors we can also make it possible.
Each person must adapt their walking pace to their real physical possibilities, never to that of other pilgrims !!
You can hire our services without any problem, since we design the route exclusively for you. The accommodation will be in a single room, since it is not possible to share a room with other pilgrims.
Starting the Camino de Santiago alone does not mean walking alone to Santiago de Compostela. The same day of your arrival at the beginning of the first stage, in the accommodation, you will meet more pilgrims with whom if you wish you can start walking the next day, and with whom you will coincide stage after stage. Groups form spontaneously. All pilgrims are open to meeting people and sharing the incredible experience of the Camino. So you can decide who to walk with, by affinity, age, walking pace, etc.
On the road you will never be alone. The Camino is safe and perfectly signposted, so you don't need to worry about any details. The Mundiplus Travel Team will always be at your disposal.
The accommodations that we offer to our pilgrims to do the Camino de Santiago are of high quality. Our collaborating establishments are Hotels, Hostels, Pazos, Rural houses and Hostels with charm and private bathroom. They have the necessary services that will be very useful after the daily stages. All accommodations have been supervised by our experts, depending on their comfort, facilities and humane treatment.
They are mostly in the end-of-stage towns themselves. However, in some cases, always looking for the best available option and the approach to the rural environment, we can transfer you to rural accommodations that are within a radius of a few kilometers. The next day, he would rejoin at the beginning of the stage.
How can you choose the date that best suits you to do the Camino de Santiago, and since they are mostly accommodations with few rooms, the exact name of the same will be provided once you have made the firm reservation of the trip. In the different itineraries of the Camino, you will see a selection of photographs of possible accommodations where we will host you, varying according to their availability.
If you do the Camino de Santiago alone, we will stay in a single room, it is not possible to share a room with other pilgrims.
Comfort and rest is one of our main objectives. Mundiplus never offers hostels, unless the pilgrim explicitly requests it. We never lodge a pilgrim in an accommodation where we would not like to spend the night!
Our itineraries to do the Camino de Santiago They include, along with accommodation and other basic services, breakfast and / or dinner of great quality and variety.
Meals are not included in our routes so that they can walk according to their rhythm and possibilities, and not establish an arrival time that determines their route. We recommend that you bring some food on the way: sandwich, sandwich, energy bars, some fruit, water, etc.
In any of the towns on the Camino you can locate food stores without any problem. You can also stop and eat something en route or stop relaxing at the end of the stage at any restaurant.
Those pilgrims with dietary limitations (vegetarians, vegans, etc.) must inform us to take into account their demands. However, you must also make it known in the different accommodations on the Camino before each meal.
During the stages of your Camino we transport a package, of no more than 20 Kgs per person, from the accommodation where you spend the night to the accommodation where you stay in the next stage. With this you will be able to carry out the route in a slightly more pleasant way, avoiding back pain and overload in the lower extremities (see knees and feet mainly). Suitcases, sports bags, backpacks are transferred.
If you want us to transport more than one package per person, it will imply an additional supplement. You must inform of this circumstance before starting your trip.
Upon arrival at the first accommodation on the Camino de Santiago, we provide you with an identification tag, which you must place in a visible place in your luggage.
The luggage must be left at the reception of the accommodation, before 8 in the morning, to proceed to the transfer. Your luggage will be delivered to the next reserved establishment at the latest at 14:XNUMX p.m., just before you finish each of the stages of the Camino de Santiago.
During the daily stage, we recommend carrying a small backpack with the essentials for the walk.
Many of our itineraries when we organize the different variants of the Camino, include a Roadside Assistance Vehicle in case of emergency (injury or any physical incident that prevents you from finishing the stage). The assistance vehicle will be available once you are walking, being used exclusively for this purpose.
On those routes where we do not offer this service, you will always have a helpline at your disposal in case you have any emergency or doubt en route. You will never be alone, pilgrim!
THE PILGRIM'S CREDENTIAL
It is the document in which it is proven, by means of stamps stamped in the different boxes that it has, that the Camino is being carried out, through the successive places through which the pilgrim goes to Santiago de Compostela. Its presentation will be essential, at the time of obtaining "La Compostela". It can be obtained through the Associations of Friends of the Way, some hostels, etc. If you book the route with Mundiplus travel, we will give you the credential, which you will receive when you arrive at the first accommodation.
LA COMPOSTELA AND THE CERTIFICATE OF DISTANCE
La Compostela is the document that has been issued, for centuries, to the pilgrim who has made the Camino de Santiago, for religious or faith reasons. Currently, it must be proven that the Camino de Santiago from Sarria which represents a walk of at least "The Last 100 Kms to Santiago de Compostela", or the last 200 Kms, if it has been done by bicycle. We indicate you how to get La Compostela.
You can also get the Distance certificate what indicates the exact place from where you started your Camino de Santiago.
These certificates are issued in the Pilgrim Office, next to the Cathedral, upon mandatory presentation of the Pilgrim's Credential.
If you want to know our advice to organize the trip to Santiago, visit our section of Useful information.
The Camino de Santiago has, along the many kilometers through which it runs all kinds of services that you may need (Health Centers, Local Police and Civil Guard, Banks, shops of all kinds, Pharmacies, bars, shops, restaurants , etc)
We provide you with a complete Travel assistance insurance with coverage in Spain, in the case of having to require assistance in it.
El Cancellation insurance For your trip to the Camino de Santiago it is an optional service, the hiring of it must be requested by each pilgrim expressly so that he is hired. In case of cancellation of the trip, the client must inform the insurance company directly to proceed with the necessary procedures.
In each route of the Camino you will see a section in which we provide you with information on how to get to the beginning of the route you have chosen. If you cannot find the necessary information, please contact us and we will help you find the best transport option.
The Camino de Santiago is perfectly signposted by means of numerous and different signs, such as yellow arrows - mainly - kilometer posts, stones, etc.
In addition, when passing through numerous population centers, you will always have the absolute predisposition of the inhabitants of them, happy to be able to help them if they need it. Even on certain dates you can let yourself be carried away by the numerous groups of pilgrims that travel the route.