The coolest Camino souvenirs

camino-pumpkin-souvenir-camino-de-santiago-caminowaysThe scallop shell is without a doubt the most iconic and traditional Camino de Santiago souvenir. For centuries, the scallop shell has been worn by pilgrims on their way over and back from Santiago de Compostela. In addition to the classic scallop shell, the ‘coquille St Jacques’, 21st century pilgrims have many other cool Camino souvenirs to bring home. We have selected our favourite ones, what do you think?:

Camino pumpkin
Another classic Camino souvenir is the pumpkin. Traditionally, pilgrims used hollowed pumpkins as flasks to carry water for their journey. Pilgrims generally attached their pumpkin-flasks to their walking staff/stick.


Black jet – Azibeche
sargadelos-ceramics-galicia-camino-de-santiago-caminowaysYou will find many traditional and contemporary artisans and crafts in Santiago de Compostela. Black jet (called ‘aziveche’ and ‘azabache’) and silver have a special place in the city: one of the side squares of the Cathedral is called ‘Praterías’ (‘silversmiths’) and one of the side streets is called Rúa da Azivechería (Black jet street). Black jet is not found in Galicia but silversmiths in Santiago have been working this stone and crafting little souvenirs for pilgrims for centuries (as far back as the 13th century). Medieval pilgrims used to carry this stone to give them good luck and protection for their journey to Santiago de Compostela. Most of the jet used today comes from the region of Asturias.

Ceramics
Other regional crafts from Galicia include ceramics, the most famous being Sargadelos, with its distinctive blue and white hand painted patterns (Sargardelos is a very traditional wedding gift in Galicia) and Galician traditional motifs such as native animals, monuments and landmarks, Galician writers, etc… Lace work from A Costa da Morte, basketry and many other classic crafts can be found in many small shops around the city.

Food, glorious food
Galicia has superb fresh food you won’t be able to pack in your suitcase but go for a look at the Mercado de Abastos and other small grocer shops around the old town. So we can’t pack an octopus right? but you will find a huge range of local foods to help you bring back home a taste of the Camino:

Galician cheeses such as Arzúa-Ulloa, tetilla and San Simón.

Canned seafood and fish is handy to travel with and some of them are delicious: little sardines, cockles, mussels.santiago-de-compostela-market-camino-de-santiago-caminoways

Sweet treats: Pedras de Santiago (local artisan almond chocolate) and Tarta de Santiago will be the most obvious choice.

Have you got any interesting souvenirs from your Camino de Santiago adventure? We’d love to hear about it!

You might also like to read our blog post The Scallop Shell and the Camino de Santiago.

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

Comments

  1. by Maria

    Great suggestion, Pablo, thank you!

  2. by pablo

    I bought CAMELLIA OIL, a natural oil to moisture the skin that comes from gallician camellias. It is awesome!! I recomend you all. It is difficult to find but I found it just behind the cathedral (shop Camelia, 19 Xelmirez street).

  3. by Maria

    Thank you for the recommendation Sylvia, kind regards.

  4. by SYLVIA

    IF YOU READ FRENCH, TRY “IMMORTELLE RANDONNEE – COMPOSTELLE MALGRE MOI” BY JEAN-CHRISTOPHE RUFIN. HE STARTED AT HENDAYE AND IT IS A BRILLIANT ACCOUNT, OFTEN FUNNY, ALWAYS INTERESTING. PUBLISHED BY EDITIONS GUERIN, YOU CAN GET IT ON AMAZON.

  5. by Maria

    Hi Helen, Sarria to Santiago would be much easier as it covers only the last section of the French Way (over 100km) http://caminoways.com/ways/french-way-camino-frances/french-way-section-8. San Sebastian to Santiago would cover the whole of the Northern Way from the Basque Country to Cantabria, Asturias and Galicia: http://caminoways.com/ways/northern-way-camino-del-norte/northern-way-full-way (8ookms). You can choose to walk any stretch you like, for instance the last 10 days starting from Ribadeo in the coast of Galicia, to Santiago de Compostela, for instance. That’s just under 200km. May would be a very good month to travel; although the Summer months are also good on the coastal areas along the Northern Way if you want to enjoy a bit of swimming in the sea (you can click on the weather tab on those links to give you an idea of temperature/rainfall per month). Let us know if you need any more information, Helen. Happy to help. Kind regards.

  6. by Helen McCarthy

    Is San Sebastian to Santiago, the northern way? Please details of this , how many kilometres/ days, type of terrain, how much more difficult than Sarria to Santiago? Best time of year for good ( not too cold or hot) please

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