Day in a Pilgrims life.

Day in a pilgrims life

The “stories” people have told themselves of why they “can’t” walk Camino de Santiago are generally related to the unknown.

This snapshot of what a Day in a Pilgrims life looks like is to encourage you outside of your comfort zone. Imagine yourself on Camino, and put your doubts to rest.

Prepare for your day

Get up, shower, dress and prepare your feet for the day. Protect them with creams, bandages, dressings, and tapes however you feel most comfortable (research before you go). Make this a daily ritual along with sunscreen! You will walk all day in the open, in some stages where there is little or no shade.

Day-Pack and luggage

Keep your Day-Pack ready with a Camino guidebook, accommodation map, sun hat, rain clothes, sunscreen, and sunglasses. Medical and foot care, toilet care package, and whatever other items you feel will be necessary. Every morning fill your water and stock up on food for the day. Doing this will support you in having a calm stress-free day.
Take your baggage to be transported to the foyer before 8 am. Have your breakfast then start your walking day.

Walking.

5, 6, and 7 hours are in front of you.
Yellow arrows mark the way, get into the practice of paying attention to avoid adding extra kilometres to your day. Each of us has our walking rhythm don’t try to keep up with or slow down for others as it will make your day more difficult. To best enjoy your Camino arrange to meet friends at stops along the way or at the day’s end.
Some Pilgrims like to start the day early, which is a personal choice. In the summer the earlier the better as it is very hot around 2-3 pm.

Replenish supplies.

Most days you will find places to stop and rest. Under the shade of a tree, cool hamlets, fountains in passing, villages and little cafes serving food and coffee, however, there are days when there is nothing for many km. It’s always good to know how far between villages to ensure you carry enough water and food in your backpack. On long stretches sit rest and revive so you can comfortably make it through your day. Crossroads Travel provides you with a guidebook that clearly states the stages and what is available to you for the day ahead, make sure to look at it.

In a strange land

During the day you will have the chance to meet with other Pilgrims, visit beautiful villages and cities, and meet with the locals in the street, at fountains, and in the shops. You will find that there is space to be alone if you want and there are people around if you need them. There is unspoken respect between Pilgrims as everyone has a reason for being there, for some, it is to be alone and for others, it is to socialise.

Arrival-rest

Finally, you will arrive at your destination!
Find your accommodation collect your luggage take a well-deserved shower and then see how you feel. You may decide to stay in your room or visit the Village. Perhaps you will want to head out for a drink and share some of the day’s stories with interesting people you have met along the Camino or with your group.
Try to take a little time to prepare for the next day. Look at your guide to know the distances between villages so you have time to shop and pack accordingly.

Dinner.

Have a nice hearty dinner; many bars and restaurants serve Menu del Peregrino (Pilgrim’s menu) a good option (12-15€) for three courses, including bread water, wine, or beer. Europeans are passionate about food and use fresh local produce, there are many incredible restaurants along the way. If you have specific dietary requirements or the foodie in you wants to explore the culinary options you will find plenty. Followed by a glass of regional wine of course.

Sleep well

Crossroads Travel takes this very seriously we hand-pick accommodation with a private bathroom. What a wonderful way to finish your day.

Tomorrow is another day

Whether you share the day or go alone one thing is certain the sun, clouds, wind, or rain will be your companion; you never know what lies ahead, except, that you will walk with the freedom and space to JUST BE!

Buen Camino!
Bom Caminho!
Bon Chemin!

“The comfort zone is a psychological state in which one feels familiar, safe, at ease, and secure. You never change your life until you step out of your comfort zone; change begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Roy T. Bennett