A couple of my friends and I have decided that we want to backpack the Camino De Santiago from Saint Jean Piede de port. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how to go about planning it and had any recommendations about hostels to stay at. Also if anyone has any like do and don'ts, that would be greatly appreciated!!
hahah, thank you so much for the advice!!
Cuatro Cantones in Belorado was my absolute fav hostel on the camino it had a pool and amazing dorms ( I did it a couple of years ago when I was 16)
I would honestly say the tips I'd give to myself if I did it again would be to set off earlier and take blister equipment with you! Most places are fine but some massively raise the prices. The last 100km are busy as this is the amount you have to walk to get your Compostela, book when possible in this section of the walk or set off a little earlier. Take a diary with you or take lots of photos, you will forget otherwise which is natural when moving on so quickly from each place (that is my biggest regret) Have the best time I am so jealous!
I have not done the Camino but last year I went to San Sebastian which is in northern Spain it is absolutely beautiful there. If you are a foodie and like your wine. They have walking food tours it is popular with hikers. They have a metro station where you can get the bus and go to France as it is near the mountains. 😍😍
You're welcome!!! 😁
yes, thank you so much !!!😀😀
thank you , thats really helpful expecially the getting up earlier!!
That sounds great!!! I also did that (Camino de Santiago) but I started much closer 😄 and the route was different but one of the most important advices I can give is to pack only the essencial and only that. For me it helped a lot and it made a huge difference. I suggest that you clean your clothes along the way, p.e. I only brought 1-2 extra t-shirts and I would clean them in the "Albergues". I know it sounds simple and maybe not that important but when you're walking for a long period of time the backpack starts to fell heavier each day.
And it's easier to get up earlier to start walking before it gets super hot outside, and also to avoid big crouds and if you don't book a place to sleep in advance it is important to arrive soon to make sure that there are still places available.
Other than that, I have to say that it is an amazing experience and a great oportunity to grow and discover yourself. And maybe meet some cool people along the way.
In Spain I checked my bag before each flight I used. Do NOT pack too much where you'll have to check your bag. Purchase a small briefcase for your clothes that'll fit on the plane in the hatch above you and bring a personal backpack for everything else. It'll save you money for sure. If you get to Barcelona I'd recommend the Black Swan hostel, amazing staff, and a good place to meet new people.