A Typical Day of Food on the Camino

Seafood on the Camino

A Typical Day of Food on the Camino

Travelling to the Camino de Santiago with Camino Ways.com? Many walkers booking a Camino de Santiago trip with us ask the Customer Care team about the Food on the Camino options included as part of the standard package.

‘What will I be eating?’ seems to be one of the most common questions, so we have prepared this simple guide to explain what’s included as part of your Camino Ways holiday.

Our standard package includes half-board accommodation, which means dinner is included at your hotel (usually we don’t include dinner as standard on the first and last night of the trip, as most people prefer to explore and eat out in the most significant towns/cities).

Check the vouchers included in your holiday pack (sent by email) for the codes: BD (Breakfast and Dinner), B (Breakfast) BLD (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner).


So, what’s the food like on the Camino? What will you be eating?

Breakfast on the Camino

Breakfast is always included in the price of your room (room prices in Spain include breakfast at no additional cost), but the type of breakfast offered will depend on the hotel.

Continental breakfast is the norm, as cooked breakfasts aren’t typical in France, Spain or Portugal. A frequent option will be a buffet-style breakfast including fruit, bread or toast, pastries or cake, cheese and cold meats, coffee, tea and juice.

If there is a particular breakfast cereal or breakfast item you are used to, we recommend you bring it with you or purchase it in the local supermarket.

Lunch on the Camino

Lunch is generally organised independently. We recommend you visit the local shop at your departure point or stop in the bigger towns/villages along the way to purchase essential supplies, including water, snacks, fruit, etc… Depending on the section of the Camino or route chosen, you might be able to stop at cafés along the way.

Some sections/routes have plenty on offer, while other more remote walking sections will have limited services on the way. Always make sure to check your walking notes or guidebook for availability.

Dinner on the Camino

Our standard package includes dinners during the trek (apart from the first and last night), and these will be generally the ‘Pilgrim menu’, including three starters to choose from, three mains and dessert.


Starters usually include soup or broth, salad or fish. Mains generally include fish or meat with chips/potatoes and bread.

There is typically a vegetarian option available. Typical deserts will be cheesecake, crème caramel, banoffee, and ice cream.

Drinks are generally not included in your menu, although in some cases they might be included free of charge at the hotel’s discretion. Some might provide wine free of charge, but it is not included as standard.

The type of dish will vary depending on the region you are walking, as each area has its own seasonal and local dishes and specialities.

For example, fish will be more common in Galicia, the Northern Coast and the Portuguese coastal regions than in other inland areas.

You can download our free guide to food on the Camino here: Camino Food ebook.

For more information about food on the Camino, the Camino de Santiago routes or to book your trip, contact our travel specialists:contact-us-button-2017

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