Eating on the Camino |

You probably have many questions about eating on the Camino de Santiago. After all, la comida (food) is a very important part not just of the Camino, but of life in general.

Is food easily available along the Camino?

What kind of comida will I find? Will it be nutritious enough? 

How much money do I need to budget for food? 

Should I carry food with me?

Should I carry food with me?

The short answer to this question is NO. Remember what I said about the mochila? Yes, you have to carry the weight, so you should not pack any unnecessary items. You can take a couple of snacks such as frutos secos (nuts), chocolate (no translation needed, right?) or fruta (fruit) in case you need an energy boost at any point in time.

And agua (water), to make sure you stay hydrated. Again, no need to take huge amounts, as you will be able to refill your bottle in fountains and taps along the way. I know this is an issue that worries many, but tap water is generally safe to drink. It gets checked on a regular basis and if it’s not suitable for consumption, it will be marked “no potable”.

 

Is food easily available along the Camino?

YES, comida is widely available along the Camino. You will be walking through towns and villages with shops, cafés, bars, restaurants… So, no need to carry a big load.

For your main meals you have several options:

  • Some albergues provide food, but not all. And many of the public albergues have a cocina (kitchen), although the equipment might be insufficient. If a cocina is available, you could decide to cook your own meals. You should then find a supermercado and buy what you need.

 

  • Another option is to eat out. It’s a bit more expensive than cooking your meals, but it can still be done on a budget. Most restaurants offer a menú del día (menu of the day) for a very reasonable price.

Menú del día is a set menu that usually consists of three courses: a primero (starter/ first course), a segundo (main course) and a postre (dessert). It includes some bebida (drink), too. For each course, you will have a choice of at least two or three dishes. Unless you have any dietary restrictions, this should cover all your nutritional needs.

In restaurants along the Camino you can also find a menú peregrino (pilgrim menu) which works in the same way as menú del día.

Just one warning: if you are a vegetarian, check before you eat! Salads often have tuna and even a “vegetable” sandwich could have a slice of ham or some tuna!

 

The food might not be what you are used to, but you should be open to try new things. It’s all part of the experience!

 

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¡Buen Camino!

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