If you have been dreaming of doing the Camino walk to the pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela in Spain for for a while now, but you are fretting about your fitness level or whether you will be able to keep up the pace, don’t let these get in your way.
The Camino specialists at CaminoWays.com have a selection of easy Camino walk packages and plenty of tips to help you take the first step on this memorable journey.
5 TIPS FOR AN EASY CAMINO WALK DISTANCE PLANNING
Planning a manageable distance for your camino walk to Santiago de Compostela is essential. The beauty of the Camino is that you can walk as much or as little as you feel prepared for.
You can tackle the full 800 kilometers of the Camino Frances or just walk the last stretch into Santiago de Compostela. You can walk just for three or four days, or you can spend weeks on the road.
Just remember you will need to walk at least the last 100 kilometers to Santiago de Compostela in order to receive your pilgrim certificate.
REST DAYS ALONG THE CAMINO
If you are walking a full month-long route, we recommend taking a rest day after each week at least. It will give your body and mind a break and it will also be a chance to explore some of the great Spanish towns and cities along the camino trails.
A good night’s sleep will make you feel rested and ready for your next walking day. Having your own accommodation booked in advance will make your Camino easier for two reasons. One, you won’t have to worry about the logistics while on the trip; and, two, you will have your own private roomat lodgings along the camino, where you can have a well-deserved sleep.
Getting your bag moved from one stage to the next will allow you the luxury of only carrying the essentials for the day in your backpack such as snacks and water. You only have to get up and go in the morning.
SPLIT LONGER DAYS
There are some particularly long stages along the Camino routes which are over 28 kilometers. It is recommend that you ‘split’ these longer stages in two, giving you shorter and easier walking days. This might not be possible on all routes or sections, as it will depend on accommodation available in that particular area.