Food on the Way of St. James

La comida en el Camino de Santiago

If you have decided to do the Way of Saint James, the first questions that usually come up are: Which Way of Saint James to choose? or What do I take with me to the Way of Saint James? However, after planning the Way of Saint James, another common question that pilgrims often have is what will the food be like on the Way?

This is a really important issue that requires previous information to be well prepared. In this article we tell you everything you need to know about how to eat properly along the Way and what the possibilities are that it offers us. Don’t lose any detail!

 

Providing food on the road: What options will I have available?

 

The Camino de Santiago has all the necessary services so that you can decide what to eat according to what you want to eat every day. You don’t need to take food from home with you, as you can stock up on everything you need to eat every day.

As a rule, on all routes and stretches of the road you eat great. However, if you are going to do a stretch that runs almost entirely through Galicia, what can I say… you are in the capital of gastronomic delight! Galicians are good eaters by nature. We love to eat and offer rich and abundant food to our visitors, above all. If you are passionate about gastronomy, you have come to the right place!

Is it cheap to eat on the Camino de Santiago?

Yes, of course, if you choose the option of “pulling super”, the meals will be very cheap. But regardless of the option you choose, you will not spend much money. Eating from a plate on the way is very cheap, as you have many options. There are places to eat tapas and restaurants with a menu of the pilgrim and a menu of the day, in which the price per person will be around 10 euros depending on the quantity.

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Is it better to buy food in supermarkets?

To provide you with everything you need for the walk, yes. Afterwards, for lunch and dinner, it will depend on your personal choice. For example, if you do the walk in the form of hostels, you will have access to a shared kitchen and you will be able to cook your own food.

Do the accommodations provide food?

Accommodation does not usually provide any meals (or breakfast). However, it is a service that can be hired. However, we do not recommend it, as you will be able to choose where to have lunch or dinner each day depending on what you want.

Are there restaurants or bars where to eat in all the villages?

Of course there are! All the stages are provided with all the necessary services. However, it is true that depending on the route you choose, there will be routes where you have few services en route. But you will always have everything you need in the villages at the start and end of the stage.

Planning meals on the way for the day

 

You must bear in mind that a walk of several kilometres will be waiting for you every day, so taking care of your diet is very important. Let’s plan your meals on the way of a day, so that you take note of what you can’t miss. Let’s start!

Breakfast: You wake up in the morning and a new day begins. After getting ready, it’s time for breakfast. But what is the best thing you can have for breakfast when you go for a walk? If you are a person who usually has a cup of coffee, you will have to change this habit along the way. You should not eat too much in the morning, but it is advisable to eat a balanced amount, sweet or salty, that allows you to get the strength to walk. It is more important than you think, to avoid fainting. An example of a good breakfast is a coffee with a couple of pieces of toast with turkey or cheese, or butter and jam.

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During the stage: while you walk it is very important that you carry with you in your rucksack nuts, energy bars, chocolate, snacks, or bananas. Nuts, above all, are a food that helps to replenish energy and are not at all heavy to walk on. Bananas are the same, they provide a lot of energy and are satiating. Of course, you should not lack water for good hydration.

Food: If you want to make a snack during the stage or at the end of it, you can take the prepared snack with you or buy what you need at the supermarket on the go. On the other hand, if you prefer to “eat from a plate”, you will find numerous options in the villages you pass through during the stage and at the end of it.

Our recommendation is to eat, depending on the needs of each person, enough to keep you going during the walk and at the end of the stage to make the central meal of the day. As you’ll be walking from the morning soon, you’ll reach the end of the stage in time for lunchtime and you won’t have to worry about getting too full and then feeling too heavy to walk.

Santiago's pie

Dinner: For dinner it is advisable to eat a normal amount, as usual. What changes in this case is the type of food to be eaten at night. It is very good to have dinner based on proteins or carbohydrates such as pasta, as these are foods that are digested quickly.

In conclusion, we hope we have helped you plan your meals on the Camino de Santiago. If you have already had this experience, dare to tell us about it! And if you are walking with your pet, here you will find all the information you need to feed it correctly and take care of it on the Way.

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