An increasingly popular option to do the Camino de Santiago is in a camper van in which to carry everything you need for this adventure
The Camino de Santiago is a unique experience, and many choose to do it in the most traditional way: on foot. However, there are several reasons why some prefer to bet on an option that is also a lifestyle in itself and do the Camino de Santiago in a campervan.
Many people have switched to campers beyond tourism, and have turned them into their lifestyle. Living in a camper means leading a minimalist life, far from the routine that is limited to home and work, and mainly nomadic. The freedom to choose where to wake up each day is a unique attraction, and shares the philosophy of the Camino de Santiago of the importance of the way, not just the destination.
Although this lifestyle has been around since the 1960s, it gradually became closer to tourism, but now there is a current that is recovering it, with current technological developments that make life in a campervan somewhat more accessible for those who want to live this way.
Preparations are easier, since you don't have to look at all the hostels in advance. You will be able to sleep in a familiar bed each of the nights you spend along the way. In addition, it allows you to carry everything you need, without being as selective in your backpack as a pilgrim on foot has to be.
Another reason to choose this means of doing the Camino de Santiago is for health reasons. Not all of us are in the most adequate physical shape to start walking 30 kilometers a day. The stages can cause a lot of physical wear and tear, which can be avoided by doing the route in a campervan.
If you want to do the Camino de Santiago in record time, without leaving any stage to do, you will not get it faster than in a camper. The Camino is an experience that, on foot, takes time that not all of us have, and in those cases it is much easier to do it in a camper to cover the stages that would take several days in a shorter time.
Also to do in a camper, the Camino de Santiago offers several routes. However, due to the beauty of the route along the Cantabrian Sea and through mountains, we recommend the Camino by the Coast. The route begins in Irún, crosses the Bidasoa and the Eo to Arzúa, where it coincides with the Camino Frances and arrives at Compostela.
It consists of 35 stages and covers 820 kilometers until it reaches the cathedral of Santiago. We tell you the most important points and where you can spend the night with the camper in each of them.
We have left many places in the inkwell, but the good thing about going with the camper is that you can change your route on the fly without losing much time. If you want to know more details about the parking areas for caravans and campers, you can check this guide.
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