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St James' Way: practical advice

There are many ways to travel St. James’ Way - on foot, by bike, on horseback… and all of them enable you to discover Spain’s rich culture and landscapes. Choose your option and enjoy the experience that best suits you. Following are some tips to make your journey more comfortable.

If you’re riding...

- Following the Camino on horseback requires more preparation. As well as training the horse to carry baggage, you will have to take it to the vet’s, get it vaccinated, and take out insurance.- It’s advisable to arrange the places where the horse will spend the night in advance and prepare the sacks of feed it will eat along the route.- You must notify the local police several days in advance before entering Santiago de Compostela on horseback (by telephone on 092), so they can tell you the permitted time and route. They will also give you a permit to enter the Plaza del Obradoiro square and stop briefly in front of the Cathedral.

Credential and Compostela



  • The credential (or pilgrim's passport) will enable you to stay in pilgrims’ hostels. You can get one at the hostel where you start your route, or before your trip from a Friends of the Camino association.
  • The credential is not the same as the “Compostela”, which is mainly given to people taking a religious or spiritual pilgrimage, and who have travelled at least the last 100 kilometres to Santiago walking or on horseback, or the last 200 kilometres by bicycle.

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