Not everything is walking, the Camino de Santiago also offers leisure activities

Walking, meeting yourself, meeting other pilgrims ... There are many options offered by the Camino de Santiago, but what leisure activities can we find there?

No todo es caminar, el Camino de Santiago también ofrece actividades de ocio.

No todo es caminar, el Camino de Santiago también ofrece actividades de ocio.


The towns through which the route passes provide us with different offers to fill our free time. Here are several ideas on what to do at the end of the day if blisters and fatigue allow us.


When you arrive in Galicia, bagpipes and tambourines will start to sound louder. The muiñeira will appear on the road and your feet will not be able to resist joining the dance. The foliades are one of the best proposals for pilgrims. These are meetings, traditionally improvised meetings, of musicians and traditional music dancers.

In many towns they are accustomed to gather in the bars and it is increasingly popular to organize folios with several groups of the surrounding area that play traditional music. The party is assured since the repertoire is very broad, improvisation reigns and it is appreciated that people dance and enjoy the sound of the bagpipes and tambourines.

Board games with other pilgrims

If you notice that you can not give a single step, the folios are not for you. The recommendation in those cases? Socialize with the rest of the pilgrims in the hostel around a board game. The game will help to share the experiences of the day, the motivations of the pilgrimage and the plans when arriving in Santiago.

If fatigue invades you and you are not even able to articulate a word to socialize, the best option is to get stuck in your mobile phone. The rest of the pilgrims will understand it because the days are usually quite hard and there are many people who need to disconnect once the objective of the day is completed. In those the network is to save us and offer us a multitude of options: from the Spin Palace Sports, to the Candy Crush.

Learn about the history and architecture of the town

The villages through which the Camino passes keep a lot of secrets. Many times its history and architecture are overshadowed by the magnificence of Santiago de Compostela. However, once you have taken the proper shower in the hostel, it is highly recommended to ask the people at the receptions about the monuments and unique places to visit. It's a good way to soak up culture, walk at a slower pace and discover places we did not have.

Wine tasting

Many of the places along the Camino have a great wine tradition. From the wines of the Rioja appellation of origin to the Galician ones of the Ribeira Sacra. To cure the pain of legs and leave more happy to rest, try the wines of the area is the best remedy.
In addition to the wines, liqueurs are also famous. In Portomarín, for example, they celebrate the Fiesta del Aguardiente in the spring. It is a good opportunity to train the body to these concoctions since along the way they will offer us more liquors and, if we do not want to offend the locals, it will be better to swallow them in one sip.


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