Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain – Episode 482

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Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain - Episode 482

Hear about hiking the Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) in northern Spain as the Amateur Traveler talks to Linda Martin from The Indie Travel Podcast.


Linda says, “the thing about the Camino is that it is as long as you wanted to be. So you start wherever you want and you finish in Santiago de Compostela [Spain]. It’s not just one way. A lot of people think that it’s a month, you start in the Pyrenees and you walk 30 days until you get to Santiago. But the thing about the Camino is that it started as a medieval pilgrimage and the pilgrims were leaving their houses and walking to Santiago and they just walked from their front doors so everyone had a slightly different Camino. The routes came up as people got together and walked together for safety.”

Linda and husband Craig have hiked various different routes that all make up the series of routes generally known as the Camino. Some take a month but Linda takes about the oldest of the Caminos which is the Camino Primitivo which can be hiked in a couple of weeks. Pilgrims started walking the Camino during the middle ages to what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela where legend says the remains of St James now lie. Modern trekkers come for a greater variety of reasons than just religious pilgrimage.

A hike on the Camino is more about the journey than the destination. At least once when Linda got to Santiago she just kept on walking until she got to the sea. But first, she got her pilgrim passport stamped and attended a pilgrim mass. If you are fortunate (or make an appropriate contribution) you can see them swing the huge incense burner that was used to mask the smell of so many pilgrims in a day before the refugios (pilgrim hostels) had showers.

We talk with Linda about accommodations, what you should take with you (as little as possible), friends she met along the way, the scenery and blisters. Use this podcast to either prepare for your own hike or take one virtually.

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Show Notes

The Indie Travel Podcast
Camino de Santiago
Camino Adventures
Camino Frances
Vía de La Plata
Camino Inglés
Camino Primitivo
The Way (film)
Camino Sanabrés
Camino Santiago del Norte
List of albergues
Santiago De Compostela
Eroski Consumer (Spanish)
Indie Travel Podcast: Camino


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I enjoyed your Santa Barbara episode. As a native I was surprised to learn some things as well! I thought I would add a few things. Fiesta was mentioned but there are many festivals in the area, notably Summer Solstice, ethnic festivals and beer festivals. Speaking of beer, there are two breweries in Buellton, Firestone and the newer and hipper Figueroa Mountain. “Fig” as it’s known to locals is in an industrial area that is growing with wineries and restaurants. While Fig doesn’t have a restaurant yet there are often food booths and you can also order food delivered from the Excellent Gino’s. Industrial Eats is a restaurant that has shared tables, eclectic food and you can bring your own wine (lots of local wine tasting) and no corkage fee. Love your podcast, keep up the good work!

Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain – Amateur Traveler Episode 482

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

5 Responses to “Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain – Episode 482”



Thanks for another great episode.

After hearing you two talk about “The Way,” I refound it as a recent addition to Amazon Prime and ripped right through it yesterday. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It just goes to show that you can’t judge a book (or movie) by its cover. I had passed over it several times as the cover just didn’t grab my interest.

My son (6 years old) and I love to hike, so this has certainly fired my imagination for when he’s a little older. (The much-closer-to-us John Muir Trail in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains might have to wait a bit longer, this seems more doable logistics-wise.)

For blister protection strategies and dealing with various feet problems, I would suggest the book/blog “Fixing Your Feet” by John Vonhof. ( http://www.fixingyourfeet.com/ ) He’s got a lot of great advice and has practical experience from fixing foot problems at many long-distance endurance races.

One other alternative for blister protection are Engo Blister Prevention Patches, which basically attach to the inside of your shoes.

Keep up the great work, congratulations on 10 years, and looking forward to Episode #500!



This post makes me really excited to go in October. I did choose to just show up and do one of the smaller trails and hopefully it’s just as good.



a very interesting episode, thanks! this actually just inspired me to travel to Spain next summer 😀



Such a good episode! Can’t wait to do the Camino again

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