The Camino de Santiago leaves its mark on pilgrims, but pilgrim should not leave a mark on the Camino de Santiago. Only on his fellow travelers, on the people with whom he has shared his experience and himself.
This is the philosophy with which Camino Sostenible (Sustainable Way) was born, an initiative with which we seek to contribute to avoid the deterioration of the Jacobean Routes, caring for its surroundings and preserving its rich personal, artistic and natural heritage.
After the Covid-19 crisis, it is more necessary than ever to claim values such as care, respect or sustainability, always present on the Camino de Santiago.
The Sustainable Camino initiative seeks to highlight this reality, allying itself with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in the 2030 Agenda. These are 17 goals enacted by the UN in 2015 aiming to improve the lives of countries and their societies.
The protection of the environment, the promotion of responsible consumption or the attainment of more sustainable societies are some of them and, today, they are becoming stronger and more necessary than ever.
Sustainable Camino aims to focus on those aspects of the Camino de Santiago that are part of its essence and that we must take care of among all of us. We talk about its trees, its landscapes, its flora and fauna but also its people, its towns, its traditions or its monuments.
Over the next few months we will bring you closer to stories of people who make the Camino de Santiago possible, we will help you to better understand the natural heritage of the Routes and we will show you some of the unique pieces that dot the different paths. Because only what is known is protected.
Sustainable path will revolve around these three legs that are essential to maintain the spirit of the Camino: environment, people and heritage.
Environment. The Camino de Santiago has a unique natural wealth. And if the crisis caused by Covid-19 is teaching us anything, it is that nature not only resists, but continues to make its way in the worst moments. For this reason, the first steps of the Sustainable Camino will be a tribute to all those environments that we have not stepped on, that we haven’t seen or enjoyed for some time.
We will promote sustainable habits among pilgrims to take care of the environment of the Camino de Santiago and preserve it for the future. Of course, we are counting on you to fill your daily routine on the Camino with good habits.
People. What would the Camino de Santiago be without people? Along the route we meet many people who make it unique: people who are part of Amigos del Camino associations, those who promote hospitality, mailmen and women…. But also people who inhabit these forgotten towns, who give life to them, who preserve their traditions and who make the Camino a more humane and hospitable place.
We want to pay tribute to all of them and give our recognition. We will share with you little great stories of all these people who keep the spirit of the Camino alive and that will allow us to return to it.
Heritage. The Camino de Santiago has an immensely rich heritage. Along its routes we find a large number of churches, monasteries, pilgrim hospitals, monuments…. But heritage is not only artistic. The Camino is full of traditions, legends, myths, languages, cultures... And, of course, a wide range of flora and fauna, as well as unique landscapes.
We want to approach this lesser-known part of the Camino. That’s why we will offer you content so that you can delve a little deeper into the Jacobean culture and those other inhabitants and companions of the Camino.
All the content of the Camino Sostenible is shared on the blog and on our social media networks: Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with the hashtag #CaminoSostenible.
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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.