Some pilgrims don’t know any Spanish at all before they start their Camino and they manage. And that’s OK. You don’t need to be fluent to cope and enjoy your Camino. You could get by without Spanish, but…
why would you want to just get by?
I have asked many pilgrims and most of them think that some basic knowledge of Spanish would have helped them and improved their experience. And all who have tried agree that locals really, really appreciate your efforts, even if they can get along in English or another language.
This is what some of them had to say:
For me, it was invaluable to know Spanish; I hardly spoke English for 3 weeks.
I don’t think I would have been comfortable venturing alone as I did if I had been unable to speak enough Spanish to fend for myself.
If you do speak Spanish, you for sure benefit. You can connect to the local people and have some small talk here and there and that is a lot of fun. People can be very talkative and easily invite you to whatever they are up to.
So, learn some basics and you’ll have a much more enjoyable experience!