Stay home. That’s the message that we keep hearing these days of isolation and uncertainty. The Covid-19 sanitary crisis has turned our lives upside-down. And the Camino de Santiago, perhaps for the first time in its history, has been left with no pilgrims to walk its hundreds of miles.
To help you get through this situation and maintain the jacobean spirit, we suggest a few plans to keep walking the Camino without having to leave your homes.
What a better way to remember the Camino than going back to it? Share your pictures, videos, songs, quotes, drawings… with the rest of the pilgrim community using the hashtags #ShareYourCamino and #StayHome.
Together we can fill social media up with the jacobean spirit and share the values of the Camino, which are so needed at the moment. ¡Join us!.
Lately, everyone has a bit more free time to spend on reading. Why not choose a book that takes us straight to the Camino de Santiago?
We have gathered for you ten readings to enjoy the Jacobean Route from your couch. From best-sellers to self-help guides, first-person stories, comic books or recipe books with the Camino de Santiago’s best dishes. Come, read and enjoy.
Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, Vía de la Plata, Camino a Fisterra y Muxía… We can’t set foot on them, but nobody can deter us from going back through its stages, visiting its monuments or even saying “hello” to local postmen and women.
All virtually, of course. Check out the ‘Los Caminos’ section of our website and choose your favorite route. Also, there are several lists on our YouTube channel where our postmen and women give you some advice or show you the key places in each Route. That way, you get to revisit all the special places that you went through when walking the Camino.
Another way of travelling to the Camino is through the films that address pilgrimage to Santiago. The Martin Sheen film ‘The Way’, starring his dad, Emilio Estévez, is a reference.
If you haven’t watched it yet, now is the time. And if you have already accompanied Tom Avery in his Way, it’s never a bad time to watch it again. Rakuten.tv has decided to make it available to watch for free in order to help us go back to the Camino.
Also, here is a list of international films to bring a smile to your faces or even make you shed a tear or two when remembering your pilgrimage. Documentary, comedy, drama… There’s something for everyone.
The internet is a constant content provider. Also regarding the Camino de Santiago. From the thousands of available options we have selected two main ones.
The first one is the webseries ‘El Latido del Camino’, available on YouTube. On the occasion of the Jubilee Year, in 2010, the pilgrims José García and Tomás Abeijón started this series of 26 episodes, in which they summarize their experiences in search for the reasons that lead thousands of people to pilgrimage to Santiago. If you’re thinking about walking the Camino, do not doubt. You can get to know some of the most emblematic places on the Camino Francés, at the same time that you discover the motivations that led others to jump into the adventure of the Camino.
We also suggest following the steps of Javier Jordi, the pilgrim ‘youtuber’. Historical context, landscapes, food, monuments… and the friendships that are made during the Camino de Santiago. This is the common element of his videos, recorded with a hand-held camera through the thirteen stages that separate León from Santiago de Compostela. You can find all episodes, one per stage, in his YouTube channel: CLOTXA Produccions.
Music is another way of immediately travelling to the Camino de Santiago. There are many playlists that link certain songs to the Jacobean Route. Although, you probable have your own: those songs that you listened to during your pilgrimage, or the one that was playing at a special moment on the Camino.
Perhaps the first few chords you overheard as soon as you set foot on the Obradoiro. We are quite classic about that and, if we have to choose one song to represent the Camino, we choose two. Firstly, the Dum pater familias, which appears on the Codex Calixtinus. And, of course, the traditional pilgrim song: Ultreia.
Would you like to visit all of the rooms in the Catedral de Santiago and its museum? Well, you can. Without having to leave your house! Starting this weekend, the Fundación Catedral has made their audio guide available for free for all of us.
It’s a mobile app, available for iOS and Android, which includes an interactive map of the Catedral, over 200 historical and current pictures, stories and videos that allow virtual visitors to go through the Catedral and its museum. Contents are available in Spanish, Galician, English and French. Don’t say it’s not a great plan!
El Camino de Santiago gets to you through your palate. Do you feel like cooking any local food you tasted while your Camino? Over your stoves you can cook a tastefull Tortilla española, Fabada Asturiana, some Patatas a la Riojana, Cocido Maragato del Bierzo or a good Caldo Gallego. And for dessert, we suggest the “tarta de Santiago”. Here’s the recipe.
These are some ideas of all kinds for all pilgrims. We hope that you enjoy them and that they help you get through these days a bit better. Now, it’s your turn. Are you thinking about the Camino de Santiago? Do you plan to do it this year? What takes you back to the Camino? Tell us everything in the comment section or share it on social media. Lots of encouragement and Buen Camino, pilgrims!
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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.