Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) is a network of ancient pilgrim routes stretching across Europe and coming together at the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. In 2019, I completed my first Camino – the Camino Portuguese.   These articles and guides are intended to assist pilgrims as they plan their Camino, including recommended gear, tips, and key learnings gathered from my pilgrimages in Spain and Portugal as well as hiking experiences on the Appalachian Trail, the Florida Trail, and the Via Francigena.

 

 

A Beginner’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago

With any luck, you've found this page while researching the Camino de Santiago through Europe to learn more about pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, Spain. Some pilgrims find the Camino through books or blogs. Others may learn about the Camino through movies, such as "The Way". Regardless of what first sparked your interest in the Camino, this beginner's guide to the Camino de Santiago is intended as an introduction to the different routes through Spain, France, and Portugal as well as a primer on the unique culture among pilgrims along The Way ...
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CAMINO ESSENTIALS


How Much Does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

When I began planning to walk my first Camino de Santiago, I found quite several guides on how to walk and details about the various routes. One resource I couldn't find was how much does it cost to walk the ...
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Why is the Scallop Shell the Symbol of the Camino de Santiago?

The scallop shell is one of the most iconic symbols of the Camino de Santiago and today it is used, along with the yellow arrow, to guide pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela along its many different routes. Painted on ...
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Packing List: My Recommended Gear for Walking the Camino de Santiago

In the summer of 2019, I set out on my first Camino de Santiago pilgrimage along the ancient route from Portugal into Spain to Santiago de Compostela. As an experienced hiker, I spent a lot of time researching my backpack ...
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Recommended Apps and Maps for Camino de Santiago

Looking for the best iPhone and Android apps to assist in walking the Camino de Santiago? These Apple and Android apps can help make The Way a little easier to understand, along with maps to help you navigate and plan ...
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SACRED STEPS: A PILGRIMAGE JOURNAL


Sacred Steps: Walking the Camino Portugues 2019

In the summer of 2019, I set out on my first Camino de Santiago pilgrimage along the ancient route from Portugal into Spain to Santiago de Compostela. I chose to walk the Camino Portugues for my first Camino for a number of reasons:  the historical connection of the route to the ministry and life of St. James, the relative but not overwhelming popularity of the way would mean opportunities for both solitude and socialization, because the walk is well supported with pilgrim infrastructure such as albergues and cafes along the way, and for the opportunity to experience the Camino in two different countries with their unique flavors, traditions, and languages. As a bit of background, the Camino Portugués is the ...
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EXPERT ARTICLES


HOW TO: Make Your Own Camino Backpack Shell

One of the universal symbols of pilgrims in western culture is the simple scallop shell. The shell is used both both for waymarking and as ...
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PACKING LIST: First-Aid Kit for Blisters and Foot Care

One of the questions I get from both experienced and newer backpackers alike is: what first aid and foot care items should I carry in ...
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HOW TO: Five Tips for Urban Hiking

Nearly all of my pilgrimage trips have included some amount of urban hiking through modern cities, including the Camino de Santiago as you arrive at ...
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Packing List: Backpacking First-Aid Kit

As a lifelong Scout and Scout Leader, I've probably created and carried more than 30 unique first-aid kits over the years. I say "created" because ...
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The Top Hiking GPS Apps for iPhone and Android

Looking for the best GPS apps for your iPhone or Android smartphone for your next hike? As a solo hiker and pilgrim, I never leave ...
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Where was “The Way” filmed along the Camino de Santiago?

If the movie "The Way' starring Martin Sheen inspired your Camino journey, you may be interested to learn where scenes from the movie "The Way" ...
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Where are the Apostles of Jesus Buried?

Some of the most revered pilgrimage routes in the world culminate at tombs of Jesus's disciples, including the Camino de Santiago and the Via Francigena ...
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Packing List: My Recommended Gear for Walking the Camino de Santiago

In the summer of 2019, I set out on my first Camino de Santiago pilgrimage along the ancient route from Portugal into Spain to Santiago ...
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The Best Hiking Poles for the Camino de Santiago

Hiking poles (or trekking poles, as they are known throughout much of the world) are one of the most hotly debated items for pilgrims on ...
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How To: Sleep Peacefully on the Camino de Santiago

One of the more unique aspects of the Camino de Santiago is the system of pilgrim hostels established as accommodations along the way known as ...
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How Much Does it Cost to Walk the Camino de Santiago?

When I began planning to walk my first Camino de Santiago, I found quite several guides on how to walk and details about the various ...
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Key Differences Between the Camino de Santiago and Via Francigena

It is important for pilgrims to know that the Via Francigena is completely unlike the Camino de Santiago in many ways. Beyond the obvious difference ...
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Review: Sea to Summit Coolmax Adaptor Traveller Liner with Insect Shield

Whether I'm walking the Camino de Santiago or hiking the Via Francigena, one of my essential pieces fo backpacking gear is the Sea to Summit ...
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Packing List: Trekking The World

By far the most frequent question I receive relates to how to pack for an international hiking trip. With that in mind, I'm sharing my ...
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Why is the Scallop Shell the Symbol of the Camino de Santiago?

The scallop shell is one of the most iconic symbols of the Camino de Santiago and today it is used, along with the yellow arrow, ...
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Recommended Apps and Maps for Camino de Santiago

Looking for the best iPhone and Android apps to assist in walking the Camino de Santiago? These Apple and Android apps can help make The ...
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How To: Train to Walk the Camino de Santiago

A common question for those planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in France and Spain is what is the best way to train for ...
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How To: Select a Backpack for the Camino de Santiago

The most frequent question for those planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain is: What is the best backpack for the Camino?  From ...
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A Beginner’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago

With any luck, you've found this page while researching the Camino de Santiago through Europe to learn more about pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella, Spain ...
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