Can you camp freely in Spain? Beware of fines pilgrims

Although the idea is quite exciting, the truth is that free camping is totally forbidden and can result in significant financial penalties.

Tienda de campaña - Pixabay

Tienda de campaña - Pixabay

With the arrival of good weather and summer vacations just around the corner, it is completely normal to look for different plans to take a break from the monotony with the family, as a couple or with close friends. The Camino de Santiago is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences that leave unforgettable memories. But besides being one of the best options to disconnect from the daily routine, there are no limits when it comes to choosing how to carry out this exquisite adventure. 

Beyond the opportunities offered by the many trails that cross the various Spanish provinces to reach Santiago de Compostela, there are other ways to take advantage of the trip and camping is one of them. It is an activity that begins with the desire to get in touch with the peace of nature. This appetite not only makes us start looking for the best route, prepare the equipment and leave home, but also take into account how the national panorama is. 

Free camping is prohibited throughout the country, but there are exceptions.

Spontaneous camping can be a lot of fun on the Camino de Santiago. With so many places and landscapes to admire, combining the two experiences can reduce stress, disconnect from responsibilities, connect with nature while breathing fresh air and develop new skills. However, pilgrims who decide to jump right into this feat should be aware of the various limitations. 

Although the idea of spending the night in the middle of the mountains or nature is quite exciting, the truth is that free camping is totally forbidden and can lead to significant financial penalties. Like the restrictions on traveling by motorhome, free camping in Spain has its exceptions. Although it is generally illegal to do so freely in practically the whole country, camping outdoors is allowed in certain areas.  

So that the trip does not end with an unfortunate incident, it will be essential to look for specific areas for controlled camping, i.e. areas that are delimited by the different municipalities. These areas may be completely free of charge or cost a small amount. In any case, permission must be requested from the municipality in question and the rules imposed by them must be followed, such as no fires, no barbecues or littering. 


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