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Camino de Santiago lingo

camino-de-santiago-lingo-caminowaysHeading to the Camino soon? We have put together a short and  fun guide to the most useful Camino de Santiago lingo, a few sentences in Spanish and Galician to help you along the way!:

Buen Camino! – This is the one sentence you will always remember. It is the meet and greet between pilgrims, and between pilgrims and locals.

Bo Camiño / Bon Camiño – Once you are in Galicia you might hear this instead! as it is in Galician language. As you enter Galicia, you’ll see the Camino is referred to as: Camiño de Santiago.

Ultreia! – It is a less known version of ‘Buen Camino!’ but the sentiment remains the same: safe journey to Santiago!

Peregrino: male pilgrim / Peregrina: female pilgrim

Bicigrino: male bike pilgrim / Bicigrina: female bike pilgrim

Me gusta… el pulpo (Spanish): I like… octopus. Of course you can replace ‘octopus’ with any other food of your choice! calamares (squid), pollo (chicken), caldo gallego (galician stew), ensalada (salad), sopa (soup), pan (bread)… Gústame … o pulpo (also ‘polbo’) would be the lingo in Galician language.

No me gusta… el pulpo: I don’t like… octopus.  Non me gusta … o pulpo would be the same in Galician.

Me encanta … el pulpo: I love… octopus. Encántame … o pulpo in Galician.

Concha: shell, so you can refer to your Camino scallop shell

Me duelen los pies (Spanish) Dóenme os pés (Galician): my feet are sore

Necesito… un café: I need … a coffee but you can easily replace coffee with…

Un descanso: a little rest or break

Por favor: please

Venimos de… Sarria (Spanish) / Vimos de … Sarria (Galician): you can replace Sarria with your starting point: St Jean, Tui, Lugo, O Cebreiro, Ponferrada, Ribadeo…

Muchas gracias (Spanish) Moitas grazas (Galician): thank you very much!

You might also want to read:

Useful Spanish for your Camino trip.

Useful French for your Camino trip (if you are travelling the Camino routes in France)

Useful Portuguese for your Camino Portugues trip.

and Useful Galician for your Camino trip.

Bear in mind, depending on your chosen route you will encounter different languages: Galician in Galicia but also Basque (Euskera) along the Northern Way, Catalan on the Catalan Way, French on the French routes and Portuguese on the Portuguese and Portuguese Coastal Way.

For more information about the Camino de Santiago or to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists

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Maria
Writer at CaminoWays.com
Marketing Manager Maria Golpe is from Viveiro, in the misty and beautiful northern coast of Galicia. She loves Santiago, where she studied Journalism at Santiago de Compostela University. She also loves good food, travel and all things arty crafty.
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2 Responses to “Camino de Santiago lingo”

Maria

That’s great, Barbara! We’ll be publishing a Portuguese for the Camino blog post soon, stay tuned! Let us know if you need an itinerary from the Customer Care team. Kindest regards.


Barbara Amsbury

We hope to walk the Portuguese way in May 2016.


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