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Frequently Asked Questions

About the Camino

Isn't the pilgrimage only for religious people?

What does 'Camino' mean?

What does 'ultreia et sus eia' mean, and why do I keep hearing it?

What is Saint James day?

Planning

Can I walk the Camino with my children?

Do I have to train for walking the pilgrimage?

How much money do I need?

When should I go?

When should I start to plan the trip back home?

Which route should I follow?

Accommodation

Can I find books for reading in accommodations?

Can I recharge my mobile phone/camera on the way?

What does 'donativo' mean?

What is the difference between an albergue and a refugio?

Where can I stay at night?

Where can I stay if I'm doing the Camino by bicyle?

Where can I stay if I'm doing the Camino on horseback?

Where can I wash my clothes?

Health

Am I too old or young to walk?

I am a diabetic, can I walk the Camino?

I am a disabled person, can I walk the Camino?

I'm a vegetarian. Will that be a problem?

What should I do if I get a blister?

On the road

Can I get a stamp in my credencial if I don't spend the night in an albergue?

How do I start walking?

How much can/should I walk per day?

How will I know which way to go?

Is it true that there are dangerous dogs on the Camino?

What is an average day on the Camino like?

Where and what can I eat?

Gear

How much should my backpack weigh?

Should I take walking poles?

What should I take with me?

Where can I get my pilgrims' passport?

Communication

I don't speak Spanish/French/Portuguese. Will that be a problem?

Companions

Can I take my dog with me?

Is it safe for a woman alone?

Should I walk alone or with a group?