CAMINO DE SANTIAGO: PRACTICAL TIPS

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BREAKFAST: Have a slow and full breakfast.
WATER: Drink enough water along the day.bottle
ENERGY FOOD: Dark Chocolate, nuts, energetic bars.

Take every two hours in small quantities: food and drink.

 

 

 

FOOTWEAR

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Your shoes will depend on the season of the year DO NOT WEAR BRAND NEW SHOES

TREKKING SHOES WITH GORE-TEX.

  • Flexible
  • They protect from water, wind and the cold.
  • Breathable

COMFORTABLE SHOES: Comfortable shoes to wear once you finish the stage and at the hostels.

 

THE BACKPACK

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It is advisable to carry no more than 10% of your weight.

WHAT TO INCLUDE:

  • DOCUMENTS:
    • Identity Card.
    • Social Security card.
    • Pilgrim Card.
  • FIRST-AID KIT
    • Analgesics or anti-inflammatories.
    • Band Aids.
    • Vaseline to apply on your feet every morning and prevent from blisters.
  • TOILETRY:
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
    • Gel, shampoo…
    • Wet wipes.
    • Razor or razor blades.
    • A Microfiber towel.
    • Soap for clothing washing, travel size.
  • Rain cape with backpack cover. Waterproof windbreak in winter.
  • A pair of trekking poles.
  • A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen mini size.
  • Gloves and neck gaiter in winter.
  • Two or three pieces of underwear.
  • Two or three pairs of socks.
  • A pair of polyester T-shirts. Cotton T-shirts do not transpire and hardly dry.
  • A pair of hiking pants.
  • A sweatshirt or light jacket. Polar fleece jacket in winter.
  • Light sleeping bag. A thicker one in winter.
  • Swiss army knife, torch and lighter.
  • 1- liter water bottle.
  • Mobile phone, charger and external battery for longer stages.

 

 

 

WAYS TO SANTO TORIBIO

CAMINO LEBANIEGO
Camino Lebaniego runs between San Vicente de la Barquera and the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana. It combines the Northern Camino (or de la Costa) and Camino Francés of Camino de Santiago. Camino Lebaniego has a specific credential and official Pilgrimage document, called the Lebaniega.

MOUNTAIN ROUTE
From San Vicente de la Barquera to the monastery of Santo Toribio.
STAGES: 3
DISTANCE: 72 KM

VADINIENSE ROUTE
From Mansilla de las Mulas to the monastery of Santo Toribio.
STAGES: 6
DISTANCE: 151 KM (by Mogrovejo)
151,2 KM (by Baro)

RUTA LEONESA
From Mansilla de las Mulas to the monastery of Santo Toribio.
STAGES: 2
DISTANCE: 45 KM

RUTA CASTELLANA
Starting Point: Carrión de los Condes.
Arrival point: Monastery of Santo Toribio.
DISTANCE: 136 KM

ASTURIAN ROUTE
Starting Point: Llanes
End point: Monastery of Santo Toribio
DISTANCE: 72 KM
SANTO TORIBIO 1

ROUTES TO SANTIAGO

FRENCH ROUTE
This route connects Saint Jean Pied de Port with Santiago de Compostela and it is the most important and popular pilgrims' route to Santiago.

THE NORTHERN CAMINO
The route of the North or of the Cantabrian coast is one of the main Jubilee routes.

VÍA DE LA PLATA
Roman road that used to leave from Emerita Augusta, capital of Lusitania and current city of Merida, towards Asturica Augusta, present-day Astorga.

FINISTERRE
It is the extension of the French route from Santiago to Cape Finisterre, following the ancient Pagan tradition of arriving at the end of the land of the known world.

PRIMITIVE
The primitive path is the path of the first Camino known. Alfonso II the Chaste, took this route in the 9th century to visit the newfound sepulcher of the Apostle Saint James.

CANTABRIA: THE ONLY REGION IN THE WORLD TRAVERSED BY TWO CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE ROUTES

Cantabria is the only region in the planet traversed by two Christian Pilgrimage Routes.

PILGRIMAGES IN THE CHRISTIAN WORLD.
JERUSALEM
Its pilgrimage is associated to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where Jesus is said to have been buried and resurrected. Its pilgrims are known as "palmeros".

ROME
The Roman Jubilee Year is celebrated every 25 years. The next one will be in 2025, year in which the Pope will open the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica. Its pilgrims are known as "romeros".

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Its origin is related to the discovery of the Sepulcher of St. James the Greater in the 9th century. Its pilgrims are known as "concheros". There are several routes that lead to Santiago: Camino Francés (the most popular *, known as Camino de Santiago), Camino del Norte, Via de la Plata, Finisterre (epilogue).

SANTO TORIBIO DE LIÉBANA
The pilgrimage ends at the Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana, which hosts the Lignum Crucis, the largest surviving piece of the True Cross. Its pilgrims are known as "crucenos or cruceros". There are several routes that lead to Santo Toribio. Ruta de la Montaña (is the most popular *, it is implied that this is Camino Lebaniego), Ruta Castellana , Ruta de los Asturianos, Ruta Vadiniense, Ruta Leonesa.

* The most popular routes have more hostels and markings.

NORTH WAY

IMG_3635ROADS IN THE NORTH ARE ALREADY WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The ways of Santiago of the North, including the route from the coast passing through Cantabria and its lebaniego branch, are already included in the catalogue of goods considered world heritage.
This summer have been declared world heritage and noted. This year's been many more pilgrims than other years.
This has been our first year housing pilgrims and has been a truly rewarding experience.
I have had the opportunity to meet people from many countries and talk to them during breakfast.
We've had people from different countries such as: Germany (the most numerous), Belgium, France, Andorra, Finland, Denmark, Poland, United Kingdom, Canada, United States, Israel, Italy, Australia, Chile, Mexico, South Korea, Switzerland… and of course Spain.