Maria

Written by Maria

Maria is from Viveiro, in the misty and beautiful northern coast of Galicia, and now calls Ireland her adopted home. She adores Santiago, where she studied Journalism at Santiago de Compostela University. She also loves travel, food, books, and arty and crafty. She has walked and cycled many trails including many Camino routes, Japan's Kumano Kodo, the Kerry Camino in Ireland and many others.

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Things to do in A Coruña

Things to do in A Coruña For centuries, pilgrims from northern shores docked in the harbour of A Coruña on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Their Camino de Santiago journey had taken them across the seas, but they would still have 75km to walk before reaching the city of St James, the end of […]

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Things to do in A Coruña For centuries, pilgrims from northern shores docked in the harbour of A Coruña on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Their Camino de Santiago journey had taken them across the seas, but they would still have 75km to walk before reaching the city of St James, the end of

Camino Culture: The story of As Marias

Camino Culture: The story of As Marias As an exercise of made-up statistics, I would guesstimate that nearly 99% of pilgrims and visitors to Santiago de Compostela get a picture taken with the colourful statue of As Marias in Alameda Park. Hands up? If you haven’t been to Santiago but you are about to, or

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Camino Culture: The story of As Marias As an exercise of made-up statistics, I would guesstimate that nearly 99% of pilgrims and visitors to Santiago de Compostela get a picture taken with the colourful statue of As Marias in Alameda Park. Hands up? If you haven’t been to Santiago but you are about to, or

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Unmissable Christmas Activities in Santiago de Compostela

6 Unmissable Christmas Activities in Santiago de Compostela Whether you’re heading to Santiago for a little pre-Christmas holiday or if you happen to be finishing up your Camino de Santiago (quite a chilly walk we’d imagine) during the festive season, there are some unmissable Christmas activities to keep you entertained in this Spanish city. If

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6 Unmissable Christmas Activities in Santiago de Compostela Whether you’re heading to Santiago for a little pre-Christmas holiday or if you happen to be finishing up your Camino de Santiago (quite a chilly walk we’d imagine) during the festive season, there are some unmissable Christmas activities to keep you entertained in this Spanish city. If

O Magosto Festival – Celebrating Chestnuts and Winter

There are many wonderful festivals taking place throughout the year on the Camino de Santiago. One of these is O Magosto, Galicia’s classic autumn festival. This festival welcomes the winter season and is dedicated to one special product: the chestnut. If you are travelling along one of the Camino routes in late October and November,

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There are many wonderful festivals taking place throughout the year on the Camino de Santiago. One of these is O Magosto, Galicia’s classic autumn festival. This festival welcomes the winter season and is dedicated to one special product: the chestnut. If you are travelling along one of the Camino routes in late October and November,

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Useful Spanish for the Camino

Useful Spanish for the Camino Walking the Camino de Santiago (particularly along the French Way route and as you get closer to Santiago de Compostela), you will meet people of all nationalities. Most people will come back from the Camino having made at least a few friends. You will find some Useful Spanish for the Camino

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Useful Spanish for the Camino Walking the Camino de Santiago (particularly along the French Way route and as you get closer to Santiago de Compostela), you will meet people of all nationalities. Most people will come back from the Camino having made at least a few friends. You will find some Useful Spanish for the Camino

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Camino de Santiago lingo

Camino de Santiago lingo Heading to the Camino de Santiago routes 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

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Camino de Santiago lingo Heading to the Camino de Santiago routes 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

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3 Things to do in Lugo Along The Camino Primitivo

3 Things to do in Lugo Along The Camino Primitivo Lugo is one of the main cities along the Camino Primitivo, the oldest Camino de Santiago route, and a must-see on your visit to Galicia. If you are walking the Camino Frances from Sarria and making your way by public transport from Santiago de Compostela

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3 Things to do in Lugo Along The Camino Primitivo Lugo is one of the main cities along the Camino Primitivo, the oldest Camino de Santiago route, and a must-see on your visit to Galicia. If you are walking the Camino Frances from Sarria and making your way by public transport from Santiago de Compostela

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Camino FAQ: What are the busiest months on the Camino?

Planning your next Camino de Santiago adventure? Wondering which month of the year would be the best for you? What are the busiest months on the Camino? We have taken the most recent statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela to give you an idea of the number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago

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Planning your next Camino de Santiago adventure? Wondering which month of the year would be the best for you? What are the busiest months on the Camino? We have taken the most recent statistics from the Pilgrims Office in Santiago de Compostela to give you an idea of the number of pilgrims arriving in Santiago

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Who are the top Camino pilgrims by nationality?

Have you ever wondered where your country ranks in terms of Camino pilgrims by nationality? These are the Top International Camino Pilgrims It is difficult to determine the top nationalities of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, as data on the nationality of pilgrims is not consistently collected. The popularity of the Camino de Santiago

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Have you ever wondered where your country ranks in terms of Camino pilgrims by nationality? These are the Top International Camino Pilgrims It is difficult to determine the top nationalities of pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, as data on the nationality of pilgrims is not consistently collected. The popularity of the Camino de Santiago

Camino Tips: walking in hot weather

August is one of the most popular months to walk the Camino de Santiago but also one of the hottest of the year. To help you get ready for your trip, the CaminoWays.com travel specialists have put together a few helpful Camino tips for walking in hot weather. 1 – Prepare Preparation is always key:

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August is one of the most popular months to walk the Camino de Santiago but also one of the hottest of the year. To help you get ready for your trip, the CaminoWays.com travel specialists have put together a few helpful Camino tips for walking in hot weather. 1 – Prepare Preparation is always key:

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Useful Galician for your Camino trip

Useful Galician for your Camino trip While on the Camino de Santiago, you will encounter and befriend fellow pilgrims of many nationalities and many languages, particularly as you get closer to Santiago de Compostela. You might have learnt a bit of Spanish before but did you know Galicia has its own language? It is called ‘galego’, Galician.

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Useful Galician for your Camino trip While on the Camino de Santiago, you will encounter and befriend fellow pilgrims of many nationalities and many languages, particularly as you get closer to Santiago de Compostela. You might have learnt a bit of Spanish before but did you know Galicia has its own language? It is called ‘galego’, Galician.

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6 Amazing Camino Coastal Trails

6 Amazing Camino Coastal Trails Waves of the sea of Vigo, have you seen my loved one? Wondered Martin Codax, a famous medieval troubadour in the 13th century. If, like a medieval Galician troubadour, the sea is your muse; these are 6 Amazing Camino Coastal Trails to inspire your next walking trip: 1 – Portuguese

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6 Amazing Camino Coastal Trails Waves of the sea of Vigo, have you seen my loved one? Wondered Martin Codax, a famous medieval troubadour in the 13th century. If, like a medieval Galician troubadour, the sea is your muse; these are 6 Amazing Camino Coastal Trails to inspire your next walking trip: 1 – Portuguese

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A Second Honeymoon on The Camino de Santiago

A Second Honeymoon on The Camino de Santiago Author Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg shares her Camino experience and why she feels the trail is the perfect place for romance. When my husband got down on one knee in the Sacred Valley of Peru and asked me to spend another 25 years by his side, I teared

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A Second Honeymoon on The Camino de Santiago Author Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg shares her Camino experience and why she feels the trail is the perfect place for romance. When my husband got down on one knee in the Sacred Valley of Peru and asked me to spend another 25 years by his side, I teared

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5 signs that you need to plan your next Camino trip

The days at the desk are long, and daydreaming about the next getaway gets you through the most brutal Monday. We’ve all been there. Suppose you are sharing that feeling and, in addition, are showing the following symptoms. In that case, we can accurately diagnose you with acute Camino de Santiago withdrawal syndrome or Caminoitis.

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The days at the desk are long, and daydreaming about the next getaway gets you through the most brutal Monday. We’ve all been there. Suppose you are sharing that feeling and, in addition, are showing the following symptoms. In that case, we can accurately diagnose you with acute Camino de Santiago withdrawal syndrome or Caminoitis.

Camino recipe: Delicious Croquetas

To add a Spanish flavour to your next meal, today we are sharing a very easy-to-follow and delicious Camino Croquetas recipe to teach you how to make one of Spain’s classic and all-time favourites: croquetas. You will often find them on the Camino de Santiago. They can be done with different ingredients such as ham, chicken,

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To add a Spanish flavour to your next meal, today we are sharing a very easy-to-follow and delicious Camino Croquetas recipe to teach you how to make one of Spain’s classic and all-time favourites: croquetas. You will often find them on the Camino de Santiago. They can be done with different ingredients such as ham, chicken,

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Camino Tips: Dos and Don’ts on the Camino

Dos and Don’ts on the Camino Getting ready for your Camino de Santiago trip? Know your Dos and Don’ts on the Camino. Wherever you go in the world, there will be certain cultural customs and ‘travel etiquette’ you should know about, and the Camino will be no different. There are certain conventions you will be

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Dos and Don’ts on the Camino Getting ready for your Camino de Santiago trip? Know your Dos and Don’ts on the Camino. Wherever you go in the world, there will be certain cultural customs and ‘travel etiquette’ you should know about, and the Camino will be no different. There are certain conventions you will be

Spooky Camino: Queimada to keep evil spirits away

A Glass of Queimada to Keep the Evil Spirits Away If you are in Galicia, any gathering is a good occasion and excuse to light a ‘queimada’, but magic nights such as Midsummer and Halloween are just the absolute best time to drink this magic potion. Some think queimada is a Celtic tradition, while others

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A Glass of Queimada to Keep the Evil Spirits Away If you are in Galicia, any gathering is a good occasion and excuse to light a ‘queimada’, but magic nights such as Midsummer and Halloween are just the absolute best time to drink this magic potion. Some think queimada is a Celtic tradition, while others

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7 Spooky Camino Facts to Get You in The Spirit of Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner so it’s no surprise that we’re getting into the spooky spirit. Whether you’re a fan of ghosts and ghouls or just a little bit superstitious, you can add some ghostly fun to your walk with these 7 spooky Camino facts! As we know, the Camino de Santiago takes walkers

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Halloween is right around the corner so it’s no surprise that we’re getting into the spooky spirit. Whether you’re a fan of ghosts and ghouls or just a little bit superstitious, you can add some ghostly fun to your walk with these 7 spooky Camino facts! As we know, the Camino de Santiago takes walkers

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Spooky Camino: Beware of The Santa Compaña

With Halloween just around the corner, we must remind you to beware of the Santa Compaña (‘Holy Company’) while on your travels along the Camino de Santiago in Galicia, especially at this time of the year. The Santa Compaña is a procession of dead souls feared by most Galicians. This very unique procession of restless

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With Halloween just around the corner, we must remind you to beware of the Santa Compaña (‘Holy Company’) while on your travels along the Camino de Santiago in Galicia, especially at this time of the year. The Santa Compaña is a procession of dead souls feared by most Galicians. This very unique procession of restless

Spooky Camino Recipe: Saint’s Bones

Saint’s bones (huesos de santo) are a traditional All Saints dessert from the region of Castilla y León and our spooky Camino recipe. Traditionally, the ‘bones’ are marzipan rolls filled with custard cream. However, the filling can be adapted to your taste, adding different flavours like chocolate. Don’t worry, no saints will be harmed in

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Saint’s bones (huesos de santo) are a traditional All Saints dessert from the region of Castilla y León and our spooky Camino recipe. Traditionally, the ‘bones’ are marzipan rolls filled with custard cream. However, the filling can be adapted to your taste, adding different flavours like chocolate. Don’t worry, no saints will be harmed in

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