A day in the life of a pilgrim walking the Camino de Santiago is quite different from a regular day. From early morning walks to enjoying meals with other pilgrims. Even though no two pilgrims are alike, today we’ll try to show you what a typical day in the life of a pilgrim would look like.
A pilgrim will usually wake up at around 6 a.m. and get ready for the day ahead. If you chose to sleep at an albergue, you will probably be woken up by other pilgrims that are also preparing to start their day. Pack your things, do your stretches and prepare for the road. Getting up early will mean you finish your walking day by lunch time and will also help you to get a spot on public albergues on crowded months.
If you choose to send your bags through Paq Mochila, you can leave them at the reception (or any other place destined for this purpose) and go on with your walk.
The next step is to eat breakfast. Usually cafeterias will open around 6 a.m. to serve breakfast. The typical Spanish breakfast consists of coffee, tea, hot chocolate and/or orange juice served with toast, pastries such as croissants and churros or fruit. Toast can be accompanied by strawberry jam and butter for people with a sweet tooth or tomato and oil for those who prefer salty foods. A cooked breakfast is less common in Spain, but you can ask for it.
After that, you will start walking. Whenever you pass by fellow pilgrims, you can greet them by saying ¡Buen Camino! (Good Way) as a way to encourage on The Way. After a couple of hours and walking around 10 kilometers (about 6 miles), pilgrims will take their first break to replenish forces or sit down to rest for a couple of minutes. You can stop for a drink and a snack. You can change into fresh dry socks and let your feet breath while you rest. If you find any public fountain, you can fill up your water bottle. If you reach an intermediate town you can take advantage of this and stamp your credential. You need to stamp the credential once a day, or twice a day if you are in your last 100 kilometers. You can do this in albergues, coffee shops, friends of the Camino associations, churches and Correos Post offices. At many of the Correos post offices along the Camino, you will find special stamps with images of significant places on the Camino.
After that, we are on the move again, following yellow arrows and counting down kilometers. You can arrange your stops as you want and do as many as you need. The last kilometers of your walk are the hardest ones, since you’ve been walking all day and your body is tired.
After reaching your destination town, around lunch time, you will look for your accommodation and check in. If you need to do so, you can stamp your credencial again here. After resting a little bit, finding your backpack (if you chose the Paq Mochila service) and taking a shower, you can change your shoes and go have lunch. Some albergues open in the afternoon, so if you got to the town early, you may want to eat and the come back for check in. In Spain lunch is eaten at 14:00, but restaurants, especially those on the Camino, are very flexible and kitchens will serve food from noon to 4:00 pm.
After eating you can return to your accommodation and sleep siesta. You will want to wash your clothes tend to your feet and plan your route for tomorrow. Afterwards, you can choose to go sightseeing around the town and join other pilgrims to share your stories and experiences.
Then you will eat dinner. A great option is the pilgrim menu, available in many restaurants and bars along the Camino.
Remember normally albergues close at 10 pm, so you must be back before closing time. It might seem early, since in Spain dinner is typically delayed until 9 pm, but as a pilgrim you will thank going to bed sooner taking into consideration how early you will be waking up.
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We transfer your rucksack
So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago
We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.
Bicycle transportation services
We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point
Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.
For everything you want in or out of your rucksack
With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.
So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino
Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.
Stamping Your Credential
So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport
Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.
Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago
Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!
You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you.
Lockers in Santiago
So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city
Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.
To help you with anything you may need
We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.