Today we discuss a very common question for Camino beginners and first time pilgrims: How many miles a day do you walk on the Camino? How far do you walk on the Camino each day?
In general, pilgrims on the Camino walk an average of 20 to 25kms, roughly 12 to 15 miles per day.
THE CAMINO ‘STAGES’
The Camino de Santiago routes are divided in ‘stages’, frequently joining two cities, towns, villages or small hamlets.
These stages, particularly on the most frequented routes such as the Camino Frances, are determined by the availability of services, mainly accommodation such as pilgrim hostels, guesthouses and hotels but also shops, food, etc…
Depending on the different Camino de Santiago routes, stages might vary in length. In rural areas for instance, a stage might be longer and extend for more kms than those stretches across more built up regions where services and towns are more frequent.
Along the Camino Frances and the Camino Portugues, which are the top most popular Camino routes, accommodation is more widely available, making it possible to plan a more relaxed journey and walking shorter distances each day, therefore the stages tend to be more manageable.
Ultimately, how many miles a day you walk on the Camino will depend on the availability of lodging for pilgrims. This is a particular issue during busy periods for pilgrims staying in public hostels where beds are allocated on a first come first served basis.
If you are booking accommodation in advance or travelling with a travel company such as JWT Camino where hotel accommodation is arranged for you ahead of your trip, there is no need to worry. In some cases, transfers from and back to the Camino trail are also organised to reduce long walking stretches.
At JWT Camino we also have a selection of ‘Easy’ Camino travel packages that include shorter walking distances each day, where you will be walking approximately 10-15km, a manageable 6-9 miles per day. You can find more information about them below:
We hope you find this information about the distance pilgrims walk on the Camino useful; contact our Camino travel experts if you require further advice and details about our Camino de Santiago tours.Contact Us