Walking the Camino de Santiago offers up a unique chance to see, taste and visit some amazing places. Before walking the Camino trail read ‘The Road not taken’ by Robert Frost and literally take the one less traveled by. Believe us, it will make all the difference.
Over the years we have heard many epic stories about the Camino routes; people who became life long friends, lovers meeting for the first time, memories taking on new meanings and so many great beginnings for people from all over the world.
There are a few things that every pilgrim experiences, making the journey an adventure to be shared. Here are six unique things to do on your next Camino trip:
Getting your pilgrim passport stamps
There is a sense of achievement every time that you get your pilgrim certificate stamped along the way. Each village will offer a different stamp and each cafe will know what you are looking for when you walk in with your backpack. Stopping for stamps is one of the most loved parts of this trail.
Following the yellow arrows
A colour associated with sunshine, joy and spontaneity, yellow retains its power of positivity on every step of the Camino. The yellow arrows guide pilgrims from place to place, reassuring you that you are on the right trail and reminding you of the direction to take.
If you find yourself getting confused with maps then keep an eye out for a bright burst of yellow that could be the yellow arrow on a wall, lamp post, tree or road.
Pulpo (Octopus) is a famous traditional dish in Galicia, people say that you will either love or hate the taste. For natives, the pulpo cooking process is essential and the texture changes if it is not cooked correctly. There are plenty of restaurants dotted along the route that offer up this unique cuisine, some are better than others but you should give it a try.
Drinking the famous Albariño wine
Albariño is the Galician name for grape. Most recognised in the Rías Baixas region it is believed that this famous white wine was first produced by 12th century monks. This light white wine is the perfect pairing for seafood.
Taste the fruits of the sea and land when you walk the Camino Portugues or the Portuguese Coastal Way, where you will stroll alongside the Atlantic Ocean. This route passes through the historic town of Pontevedra and the Albariño grape makes up ninety percent of the wine produced in this region.
Talking to strangers
Usually we are discouraged from talking to strangers, especially when we are younger but the Camino de Santiago takes this parenting rule and turns it on its head. Speaking to strangers is one of the most treasured aspects of any Camino trip. Allow yourself to be immersed in anothers culture, stories and merriment. Short and long conversations with the odd ‘Buen Camino’ thrown into the mix will help you along the way.
Sipping hot chocolate with churros
This is the ultimate treat. Before you set out on the last day of your walk indulge in some churros and hot chocolate for breakfast. You will find freshly made churros in most big towns along the Camino routes. For anyone who makes it to Santaigo de Compostela, Cafe Metate comes highly recommended from our friends in Santiago.
There are so many things to do and places to see that this list could be endless. What are the activities, places and things that make walking the Camino extra special for you?
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