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Tips and tricks to make walking the Camino de Santiago a success



In a previous post I wrote about all the different routes you can walk for your pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella. Here are some tips and tricks to make your hike a success.


Preparation is key....

Before you embark on your Camino adventure lots of training and practice is essential. Train and get fit in the gym or out in nature, or, better still, on multi-day walking holidays carrying your pack. We see too many injuries in inexperienced people, injuries which can easily be prevented with the appropriate training and preparation.

Knack Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide by Buck Tilton covers every step needed for the best hiking and backpacking experience, one step at a time. From picking the right gear to good hiking technique, from dressing the part to first-aid, it has everything today’s hiker wants and needs.


When to go

The best weather on most Camino trails is in spring and fall. Winter is cool and rainy and can see snow but there are few other hikers around, adding to the enjoyment for those seeking solitude. Summers are very hot indeed.

Christian and local holidays see increased foot traffic on the Camino. Some will enjoy it for the religious festivals, others will prefer to go at quieter times.


Travel documents

Your Canadian passport must be valid for 3 months after your return. Canadian, US and EU passport holders do not need visa for France, Spain and Portugal. Other nationals may need visa. Special rules apply for dual citizens of Canada and another country - be sure to inquire.


Getting to the start point

In a previous post I listed how to get to the start of each Camino trail. Here are some useful links to transportation companies:

Trains in Spain: Renfe

Trains in France: SNCF

Buses in Spain: Alsa

Buses from Madrid to Pamplona or Logroño: PLM

Buses from Madrid to Salamanca, Zamora: Avanza

Buses from Madrid Airport to Pamplona: Jimenez

Buses from A Coruña (NW Spain): www.arriva.gal

Buses in Portugal: Rede

Flight search: Google Flight Search

Airlines: Air Canada, Air Transat, Iberia, Lufthansa

Flights in Spain: Air Europa, Air Nostrum

Research transportation routes: