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What they have not told you about the Camino de Santiago

We reveal a series of recommendations to improve your Camino de Santiago, which will help you avoid possible uncomfortable situations

Camino de Santiago - lenshiker/iStock

Camino de Santiago - lenshiker/iStock

When starting to plan our Camino de Santiago, we must think as much about what should not be missing in our backpack, as in the mental preparation that this adventure requires. Knowing the greatest number of useful tips before doing the Camino is essential, since they will help you whether or not the first time you start your trip.

In this content we reveal a series of recommendations, which surely you had not been told about the Camino de Santiago. They will help you complement the information you already have and thus avoid possible uncomfortable situations and better plan your trip.

If you arrive in Santiago, you can continue to Finisterre or Muxía?

If you have a few more days off, you can continue until you reach the coast. Since the well-known route of the Camino de Santiago to Finisterre and Muxía, has as its starting point the city of Santiago. Finisterre and Muxía are two locations with a lot of symbolism, and where the end of the world used to be. Without a doubt, two magical places that are worth visiting if you have a few more days.

Do not try to book in public hostels?

There are two types of shelters, public and private. You should bear in mind that it is only allowed to stay one night in both, with some exceptions, since it is necessary to make way for the following pilgrims. Also, we must go with the Camino de Santiago credential duly stamped, which confirms that we are pilgrims heading to Santiago.

If you want to book you will have to do it in private accommodation, with a price that ranges between 10-12 euros. In public shelters, managed by public institutions, a bed is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Taking priority the pilgrims on foot, over those who come by bicycle and these, over those who do it on horseback. As for the price, a donation is left in the public.

Leave one last day free after arriving in Santiago de Compostela❤

A great idea when planning your Camino de Santiago, is to think about taking advantage of a day to visit the beautiful city of Santiago. You can rest and visit the capital with total freedom and tranquility. There are a lot of monuments, typical streets and much more to discover. This guide to Santiago includes a brief review of its history, what to see, where to eat and sleep, etc.

Useful things for the Camino de Santiago?

When planning our trip, sometimes we miss things that we should have put in our backpack, especially if it is the first time. Thinking what to put is not an easy task, you should think in advance what I carry in my backpack. Here we leave you a series of ideas:

  • A pair of plugs: to sleep at night. It is very important to take them just in case, you never know if we will be touched by a neighbor who snores. Rest is a very relevant aspect in the daily life of a pilgrim, they need energy!

  • Tongs and soap: to wash and hang clothes. They can be very useful after washing your clothes, and thus, be able to hang it freely wherever you want and get drying faster. Along with these tweezers, the soap to wash it at any time.

  • Vaseline and sunscreen cream: for your skin and chafing. Wearing sun protection will be essential for long walks in the sun. It is advisable to always protect yourself before going for a walk. Along with putting a little petroleum jelly on the feet after each day, this will help prevent blisters.

  • Anti-mosquito pharmacy bracelets: for the summer. This time is one of the pilgrims' favorites, since it is when there is more time and there is less probability of rain. It will be advisable to wear anti-mosquito bracelets to avoid being bitten by bites throughout the trip.

  • Microfiber towel: instead of a normal one. This type of towel weighs much less, dries faster and is cheaper.

  • Use the mobile as an all-in-one. It will save you space using it as a camera, GPS, to pay in some establishments and even as a flashlight. It includes an external battery so you don't get stranded while you walk (there are even solar ones).

Traditional drop or trekking pole?

The use of sticks is highly recommended for pilgrims. These objects help when it comes to unloading weight on the legs, keeping the arms in continuous movement, favoring the circulation of blood and also avoiding fatigue that may arise in the upper joints. Now which one do we choose? On long asphalt crossings it is better to use poles without a metal tip, to avoid dry blows.

Use the slogan next to the Pilgrims Office?

Once you arrive in Santiago de Compostela, you can relax touring the city without your luggage in tow. You can leave your luggage in the slogan and thus be able to make tourist visits, visit the cathedral, the old town, etc.

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