Camino de Santiago FAQs

January 24, 2018 by
Alex hiking in Connemara
POSTED BY January 24, 2018

As we begin our first year of offering hiking tours along the Camino de Santiago, we have received many important questions about it from inquisitive walkers. Some questions that have arisen are: How long are our hikes? Do I need hiking experience to walk the Camino? Do I need to speak Spanish?

Take a look below to find the answers to some burning FAQs that we have regularly been asked.

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How long is the Camino?

The Camino Frances is 780km, beginning in St Jean de Pied de Port in France and ending in Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

The routes that you can walk with Hillwalk Tours being at 160km and get shorter, depending on where you start. Our tours begin in O Cebreiro, a quaint hamlet just inside the region of Galicia.

O Cebreiro lies at 1,300 metres above sea level, and you begin your descent fro this hamlet almost immediately.

Do I need experience to walk the Camino?

Thousands of pilgrims of different ages and abilities walk the Camino de Santiago every year. The Camino Frances is quite a gentle walk, with not many inclines or declines.

Completely inexperienced hikers are therefore more than capable of undertaking a journey along the Camino de Santiago.

Statue facing towards Santiago on the Camino de Santiago

Do I need to speak Spanish?

While Spanish is the first language along the Camino, it is possible to get by using minimal Spanish and some English. In Galicia, there is a dialect called Galician which has some variations on Spanish although they are still quite similar.

It is useful to speak and understand some Spanish, although it is also possible to get by using English as there are so many nationalities that walk the Camino.

Where do I get a Pilgrim Passport?

The Pilgrim Passport is a way of identifying you as a pilgrim and can allow you to get cheaper meals, along other things, along The Way.

With the walking pack that you will get sent from Hillwalk Tours, you will get an official Pilgrim Passport, or credencial.

Where can I get my Pilgrim Passport stamped?

You can get your Pilgrim Passport stamped along The Way in the accommodation that you stay in. Cafés, shops and churches also offer stamps to prove that you have passed through certain towns and villages.

You need to show your stamped credencial in Santiago de Compostela in order to achieve your Pilgrim Certificate.

What is the weather like on the Camino?

The weather on the Camino Frances, particularly in Galicia, is typically warm and sunny throughout the summer months. This is also the most popular and busiest time to walk the Camino.

Spring can bring cooler weather, although as it gets closer to summer there is more and more sunshine.

Do you want to experience the Camino de Santiago for yourself?

Take a look at our Camino hiking tour options!