On the Way of St. James

Albergue, Hostel, Pension – accommodation along the Camino de Santiago

Albergue, Hostel, Pension – accommodation along the Camino de Santiago

A guide through the different types of accomondations along the camino: Hotels, Pensions, Hostals, Albergues

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Can I get the Compostela when I have slept in hotels?

Can I get the Compostela when I have slept in hotels?

Yes, you can also get the Compostela as a hotel pilgrim. It is important that enough stamps have been collected for the last 100km

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Can an overweight person go on pilgrimage?

Can an overweight person go on pilgrimage?

You bet! As long as there are no physical complaints (such as knee problems), there is no reason why a person with a few (or a few more) kilos too much should not walk the Way of St. James. In my opinion, pilgrimage or long-distance hiking, at least on the Portuguese Way of St. James, which is suitable for beginners, is even the best option if you want to take an active holiday even if you are overweight or unathletic.

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Pilgrimage alone or in pairs?

Pilgrimage alone or in pairs?

This question is a very fundamental one, which cannot be answered in the same way for everyone. Because: there are two completely different ways to go on pilgrimage. If you pack your rucksack and set off in the hope of finding answers, you should definitely go alone. Those who go on pilgrimage to learn something about themselves, perhaps to find more of themselves, should go alone. Those who want to overcome their fear of being alone with themselves should go alone. But also those who go on pilgrimage to become a little more courageous, those who want to face a challenge

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Hiking equipment

The best pilgrim backpack

The best pilgrim backpack

When buying a backpack for pilgrims, the weight of the rucksack is the most important factor. If you do not yet own a backpack, you can also rent one

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Planning the pilgrimage


Portuguese vs. French Camino de Santiago


Portuguese vs. French Camino de Santiago

The two most famous Caminos de Santiago are different and both have their beauties. Find out which one fits more to your needs!

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Walking a camino de Santiago in 2022

Walking a camino de Santiago in 2022

Will the camino de Santiago (Way of St James) be overcrowded in 2022? What does that mean for your pilgrimage?

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How long should the stages of the pilgrimage be?

How long should the stages of the pilgrimage be?

The perfect stage length does not only depend on your physical fitness, but also on the question if you like to go to your limits.

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When is the best time to travel on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago?

When is the best time to travel on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago?

The best time to travel on the Portuguese Way of St. James is a bit of a typhoon, with May, June and September being climatically ideal.

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Philosophical

The Camino de Santiago with depression / anxiety / PTSD

The Camino de Santiago with depression / anxiety / PTSD

Can or should you trust yourself walking a Way of St. James with depression, anxiety, or suffering from PTSD? Is it exactly the adventure you need to grow and overcome things, or will it turn out to be a bad idea you’ve let yourself into?

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Post-Pilgrimage-Syndrome

Post-Pilgrimage-Syndrome

After returning home, your own everyday life can suddenly feel very static. Many impressions have to be processed and insights integrated.

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Are you still a pilgrim when you sleep in hotels?

Are you still a pilgrim when you sleep in hotels?

In my opinion, you don't have to spend the night in a dormitory with 30 strangers to be a pilgrim. It is always "everyone goes his Camino" and that is exactly how it should be done. I have not met a pilgrim on more than 1000km of the Way of St. James who lived on water&bread and came in rags.

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