DOING THE WAY – PRACTICAL ADVICE

COVID-19 – WHEN CAN WE GET BACK TO THE WAY?

The “Consejo Jacobeo” (Jacobean Council) offers all sorts of useful advice for pilgrims during the Covid-19 health crisis to minimize contagion risks. Please bear in mind that each Autonomous Region in Spain may have implemented different rules regarding limitations of number of people in gatherings, group activities, public transport, etc. Click here to download these recommendations.

Nevertheless, thanks to the progress made in vaccination we see some light at the end of the tunnel. We hope to see you soon!

SOME ADVICE

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Decide your route

Among all the trails, the French Camino is the one with the largest historical and cultural heritage. Good services available all year round!

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Where to start

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port or Roncesvalles are usual starting points, with good connections from Pamplona. Another option is the French Way that crosses the Pyrenees through Somport

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The best season

In spring and autumn, for the good weather and beautiful landscapes. In summer, for the light and making friends. In winter, for living another Jacobean experience

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Train and plan beforehand

Do some training and get your body used to the physical effort. On foot, stages are about 25 kilometres per day for about 30 days; by bike, some 90 kilometres a day for 10 days

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Portada de la credencial de los peregrinos
The Credential and the “Compostela”

The credential is the passport you must complete to obtain the “Compostela” certificate. Get it stamped at least once a day. Click here to know how to obtain it.

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Signposts of the Way

Follow the yellow arrows and scallop signs on a blue background. On road sections, walk along the left shoulder, facing traffic. Click here for more information

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Light luggage and comfortable clothes

The weight of the backpack should not exceed 10% of your weight. Choose light, breathable clothing and comfortable shoes. Do not forget a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the sun

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How much money will you spend?

The minimum daily expense can reach up to €30, food and accommodation included, although it will always depend on the type of accommodation, restaurants/bars or other eventual unexpected expenses

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Nutrition and hydration

Drink plenty of water and eat foods rich in carbohydrates. Enjoy the local products along the Camino, a great gastronomic treasure

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Avoid the sun during peak hours

It is important to get up early to avoid sunstrokes and burns during the central hours of the day, especially in summer

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How do I do it?

On foot, by bike, in a wheelchair, by car, by bus or on horseback. In a single trip or in sections. In one or several years. The credential does not expire!

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How to get to Roncesvalles and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
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Dos policías municipales de espaldas por la calle Zapatería, Pamplona (Navarra)
Safety and security on the Way. Some advice
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Websites, Apps and bibliography about the Way

ASSOCIATIONS OF FRIENDS OF THE WAY

Over the years, the Associations of Friends of the Way have done a great job in promoting the pilgrimage, and helping with the layout, signposting and maintenance of the different routes.