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How to enjoy the Camino de Santiago without leaving home?

There are some plans that allow us to teleport to the Camino de Santiago from the comfort of our couch.

Camino de Santiago - Pixabay

Camino de Santiago - Pixabay

Since the 12th century, both backpackers and pilgrims from all over the world have ventured to leave their footprints through the different pilgrimage routes that lead to the city of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino de Santiago is a route that offers unique and enriching experiences to anyone who decides to embark on this spectacular journey full of legends, history, art, nature and self-improvement.

There are multiple options when it comes to overcoming the Camino de Santiago, with routes that cross practically the entire geography of the Iberian Peninsula. Most pilgrims walk, cycle or horseback ride, but there is also the possibility of doing it without having to leave home. How can this be possible? There are some plans that allow us to teleport us to this adventure from the comfort of the couch. 

Tips for doing the Camino de Santiago from home

Staying at home is one of the key points to stop the spread of Covid-19. The current coronavirus pandemic has affected a large number of sectors and, as far as the Camino de Santiago is concerned, mobility restrictions and the different measures put in place to deal with this global problem have meant that millions of pilgrims have been left without walking their miles. However, it is possible to enjoy this experience and maintain the spirit of pilgrimage without leaving home through these activities. 

Through reading

There is nothing better than a good book to immerse yourself in the Camino de Santiago, and the truth is that this exceptional journey has inspired a huge number of novelists to write about their experiences along the Jacobean routes. The Camino has a wide catalog of interesting readings ranging from best sellers or first-person accounts, to comics, curiosities, recipes, tips and even guides.

Among the best recommendations are "The Pilgrim" by Paulo Coelho, the vignettes of "A Norwegian on the Camino de Santiago" by Jason, the best seller "Well, I'm off" by Hape Kerkeling, the "Magic Guide to the Camino de Santiago" by Francisco Contreras Gil or the "100 things to know about the Camino de Santiago" by Carlos Mencos. 

Through music

It is said that in Santiago de Compostela there is always a street performer standing near the square of the acibechería to mark the right path for pilgrims. It is for this simple reason that music is another of the perfect plans to transport us to the Camino de Santiago. Nowadays there are countless playlists inspired by the pilgrimage that motivate, relax and get us fully into the Galician culture. 

Through the big screen

Nowadays we find a lot of variety as far as movies and series catalog is concerned. In the same way that science fiction, adventures, historical events and dramas have had a place on the big screen, the Camino de Santiago was not going to be less. We can enjoy several films related to the pilgrimage, being "The WayThe Way", "Three on the Way", "At the end of the Way" or "Pilgrims", some of the best examples.

Through gastronomy

The Camino de Santiago can also be traveled through its flavors. Gastronomy is another of the major stimuli that pilgrims discover through a series of varied recipes that undoubtedly warm up the Jacobean spirit. There are countless typical dishes to be found in every town, district or region along the routes. Whether it is a preparation based on seafood, the best stews or rich homemade desserts, the typical cuisine of the region is a way to make us feel that we are in Galicia itself.

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