FAQ & Comments I

Hi Pilgrim–
My husband and I walked from St. Jean to Burgos five years ago. We’re hoping to walk Burgos to Leon with our 1 year old daughter this September. Any thoughts on doing that section of the walk with a baby carrier? Specifically wondering about lengths of the typical stages and then refugios or small hotels that would have separate rooms for a family? Would love advice! Thanks so much!
Laura

Hi Laura,

that looks a beautiful idea!! Regarding the path, the part from Burgos to Leon it is very very flat, so you won’t have problems pushing the baby carrier. If you do it in summer it will be very hot so you just have to get up early enough to arrive before the heat of midday and the baby will be fine. With regard to the accommodation, that part of el Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) is well served of public albergues and private albergues, hostels and casas rurales (rural homes). I cannot assure that you will find a private room every day but you may find it for nearly every day. It may be worth to buy a good Camino de Santiago guide showing all the hostels in every village el Camino goes through and book a room beforehand calling or emailing them (keep in mind that this year is a holy year so el Camino de Santiago will be more crowded than usual). I think that with a bit of planning you will be fine and you’ll enjoy it a lot with you baby.

Buen Camino!

Thank you so much for the quick reply, Pilgrim. That’s great news. We’re going the second half of September, so hopefully it won’t be too hot. And hopefully some of the crowds will have passed through for the Holy Year already. Any recommendations for a good Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) guide? There are so many!
Gratefully,
Laura

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Great site. Lots of helpful info.

I have a question that I have not been able to really get answer for.
I will be doing Camino Frances this July, I will be alone and I usually do not plan very well because I depend on my physical abilities.
So my question is I have no doubt that I will be walking throughout many nights, is it safe to just drop your sleeping bag down and sleep? Considering animals reptiles etc..

Thank You
Franky

Hi Franky,
Thanks for the compliments about the site.
I know very little about the fauna in the area so I wouldn’t be the best person to advice about reptiles. Anyway I think there are very few dangerous snakes’ species in Spain, and since you will be walking mainly through agricultural lands it is rare to find that biodiversity regarding the reptiles. I’ve done what you say and I had no problems and felt safe, although I never thought about dangerous animals. With regard to the people you will be fine as well.

Buen Camino.

Thank You for the reply Pilgrim

If it’s not too much trouble can you give me some advice on travelling from Madrid to Pamplona, there I will take the taxi to SJPP.
I want to travel by train from Madrid to Pamplona because it will be cheaper. My question is, how do I get to the train from the airport (can I walk) and is it direct to Pamplona?
I was looking into booking with Renfe.
do you recommend this approach?
Thanks again
Frank Caro

Hi Frank,

best thing to do is to take the underground from Madrid airport to the train station (Atocha Renfe). See the underground website to plan the route: http://www.metromadrid.es/en/index.html
it will take you an hour by underground to get the train station (so walking not recommended) because Madrid is a huge city. But the underground is the best way to do it because it is very modern and quick, easy, and very cheap (2 euro). But have a good look at the map because the metro network is very big.
About the train, you can book the ticket in www.renfe.es and yes, the train is direct to Pamplona. Maybe from Pamplona you can take a bus to Roncesvalles and from there to share a taxi, which will make your taxi journey much sorter and cheaper. Otherwise sharing a taxi from Pamplona to sjpp is also not a bad option.

Buen Camino,

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Hello, I would like to take the train to Pamplona, how far do I have to go from the airport once I arrive in order to get to the train station?
And is the train a direct ride?
“You can travel to Pamplona from Madrid, … Check the RENFE (Spanish National Rail Company) website for timetables, routes and fares. The train from Madrid to Pamplona takes around 3 hours and it is very comfortable and its price is around 50 euro.”
Thank You
Franky

Hi Franky,

You can go from Madrid airport to either Atocha o Chamartin train stations directly by underground, it is very quick and cheap, although you will have to change line a couple of times, you can Google Madrid underground map and check it. It will take you about 40-45 mins to get to the train stations.
I think the train from Madrid to Pamplona is direct.

I hope this helps.
Buen Camino!

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Dear Pilgrim,

I am Chiara an Italian girl who is planning to do el Camino de Santiago de Compostela. I and my friend Oswaldo (a Spanish guy) are searching for information but so far we are having troubles searching for bicycle rental and more over re. PRICES.
We are trying to figure out the total price of the trip in order to see if we can afford the trip or not. Could you please help us on this issue?
Do you have a list of shops that we can contact and ask for information re. bicycles models/prices? Are the shops close to Roncesvalles (it is the town where we would like to start our trip)?
By the way is it possible to get the Pilgrim passport right there in Roncesvalles?
Thank you very much for your attention!!
Best regards,
Chiara

Hi Chiara,

I am afraid I cannot provide you with much information about cycling el Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James) and companies that rent bicycles because I don’t have experience on it.

The only thing I can tell you is that I remember that once I was walking el Camino, 2 o 3 years ago, I was talking to a cyclist, he was from Canary Islands and he said that he rented the bicycle in a company from Santiago de Compostela, and they carried and handed in the bicycle to him in his starting point and then he returned after arriving in Santiago de Compostela. He was quite happy with it and he said it was much cheaper than buying a bicycle, preparing it for el Camino de Santiago, and putting it in an airplane, in that way he didn’t have to worry about anything. I’m sorry but don’t remember the name of the company, maybe try to Google it.

Anyway, in Roncesvalles there is no this kind of companies, it is a tiny village in the mountains, so you better look (Google) for this kind of companies in the big cities: Santiago, Leon, Burgos, Logrono, Pamplona…
Yes, you can get your pilgrim passport in Roncesvalles or in St. Jean Pied de Port, that’s no problem.
Buen Camino!!

I have googled for bicycles shops in Santiago and some of them offer the service you told me about. Monday morning I’ll get in contact with them.

By next week we will make up our minds on doing the trip or not. If the decision will be positive I’ll start reading more information to better organize El Camino de Santiago (right outfit, weather conditions, maps, the effective time needed to cover each leg…all those km are not a joke!).

Despite what you think, your tips have turned out to be very precious to me but, more over, I want to thank you for the time you have dedicated me.
I appreciate it a lot, thank you Pilgrim.

Chiara

Ps. Let me give you my congrats for your English, excellent! Actually I don’t know your nationality, you even might be an English mother tongue but, well, your name suggests me something different!

The pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela