Food on Camino
To start your day
We have communicated with our Accommodations that our clients need to enjoy a full breakfast. Breakfast is not a big feature of the Spanish diet. A biscuit or slice of cake with coffee, then something a little more substantial around 10 am is their usual.
While walking Camino
Some sections have fewer services than others. You will need snacks and/or fruit to maintain energy levels throughout the day. Most villages you pass through have cafés, bars or small supermarkets where you can buy snacks. Check your Camino guide and be prepared if you are walking through isolated areas.
Each region has its favoured specialities, however, the two most common staples in all regions; Tortilla (potato omelette) and Bocadillo con Jamon (bread roll with cured ham). A must-try, enjoy both of these washed down with a good coffee or wine.
Restaurants on the Camino open at the earliest after 7 (for a hungry Pilgrim this is late), a fun social part of the Camino is meeting up with Pilgrims you connected with during the day for a drink and something light to eat before dinner. During this time of day, bars serve small tapas with your drink, the type will vary depending on the region.
Cena (evening meal)
Also, a great social part of the Camino. Enjoy Pilgrim menus to Michelin stars. One thing is for certain, you will always see the Perrigrinos menu del dia (Pilgrims menu of the day); 3 courses (2 or 3 choices per course) starter, main and dessert. Typically soup, salad and a seasonal local offering for starters. Fish, meat or chicken for the main and Ice cream, tart or fruit for dessert. Served with bread, water and wine. Starting at around 15 Euro upward is a popular option for many.
Vegetarians and Vegans
Vegetarian food is easy enough however it is explaining what you want could be difficult. It may be a little more complicated if you are Vegan. I have suggested to clients to have a translated written description of what their needs are. This is especially necessary for those with dietary issues. Better to be safe than sorry.
I asked on my first Camino for a vegetarian role to take away for breakfast and when I opened it, it was Jamon con Queso (Spanish ham and cheese) 😅😅😅 I was hungry for a while that day.
Food on Camino, from the pilgrim menu to Michelin stars, Camino de Santiago offers an abundance of food options for every palate and budget! We have researched an extensive variety of offerings over the years (I am 10 kilos heavier since living in Spain 😎) to share with our clients … Salud! (Cheers)