Planning Your Camino Journey

These topics are intended to aid in your preparations before you head to the Camino. For subjects focused on daily Camino logistics (sleeping, food, navigation, etc.), head to our On the Way section.

Find information to help you plan your trip, from choosing the route and season, to packing the right gear, to finding transportation, to planning your daily stages and accommodations.

One of the great things about the Camino is you don’t need to plan everything! You can just show up and start walking. You do not need to book accommodations ahead of time, and you can play it by ear as you walk, to see what pace feels right for you.

Camino FAQ

Start here before going into more detailed sections.

Choosing a Route

Camino Francés, Portugués or Norte? All the trail or just for a week? Find a section and itinerary that works for your time frame, fitness level and interests.

Sample Itineraries

Recommended daily itineraries for fast and slow pacing

When to Go

Choose the ideal season for your pilgrimage.

How to Get There

Planes, trains and buses, find the most economical and efficient transportation onto the Camino.

Packing & Gear Guide

Lots of advice on what to take & a comprehensive packing list

Our Camino Gear Guide with links to recommended items

Phone & Internet

Staying connected on the Camino (if you want to). Calling in Spain and internationally, wifi, cellular data, Skype, backing up photos.

Money and Budgeting

Make the most of your euros and plan an itinerary that fits your budget.

Pilgrim Passport and Compostela

How to obtain and use this important document, and receive your Compostela in Santiago at the end of the journey.

Confraternities, Resources & Links

Check out these helpful other helpful organizations and websites for pilgrim planning.

Recommended Reading

A list of books and films to inform and bring meaning to your Camino experience.

Families, Children and Women

Thinking of walking the Camino with your children or as a solo female?