You’re at the bar with your friends having a quiet drink when one of them starts telling you what he did last summer on holiday. He tells you what he did The Camino to Santiago and does something very typical of human beings, remembering only the good things. You start to be enthusiastic about the story and you consider the idea of walking the route on foot.

Months go by and you are already in the North of Spain, however, you have finished the first stage and you discover something: you were not trained enough to make such a long trip. You give up and go home.

This situation is not at all uncommon and it happens more than you think. Although the Camino de Santiago is an extraordinary route of beautiful landscapes, it is necessary a previous preparation to do it. In this article we will show you how to prepare the Camino de Santiago on foot. Don’t go away, we’re starting!

Physical preparation for walking the Camino

Doing the Camino de Santiago on foot is the most authentic form of pilgrimage. But, as we mentioned at the beginning, to enjoy the experience to the fullest and not suffer, is necessary a previous physical preparation. Like all physical exercise, the trail requires that we prepare our body for the adventure. Take note!

First of all, you will have to choose a route that is of an acceptable length for you. If you are in good physical shape, you can consider doing a longer route. For those who are not so used to walking long distances, we recommend choosing itineraries of no more than 120 kilometers.

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  • It is necessary to train by walking every day for at least 3 weeks. Walk at least a couple of hours a day.
  • If you can invest a day of your weekend to go on a route of around 10 kilometres, great!
  • Train on different terrains: asphalt, grass, gravel, uneven terrain, etc.
  • Try walking with the backpack you will wear during the tour to get used to it.
  • At home, you can also do leg and buttock exercises to help strengthen your legs and glutes.
  • Mental aware