The Camino de Santiago from Barbadelo is another option to go from Lugo along the Camino Frances, a route recommended for families with children over ten years of age.
The French Way, which begins in the neighboring country and enters Spain through Roncesvalles in Navarra, and Galicia through the Bierzo region. It is a low difficulty itinerary whose last stage from Barbadelo is 111 kilometres. This distance exceeds one hundred kilometers that must be covered on foot or on horseback to reach the minimum distance and obtain the Compostela for pilgrims.
The estimated time to complete this stage of the Camino from this town to Santiago is at least seven or eight days . It is important to plan according to the rhythm of our children, so that they enjoy the route and it does not become too heavy for them.
Pilgrim credentials for the Camino de Santiago from Barbadelo
The first thing we must do is process the credential, which is the pilgrim’s passport in a hostel. This document must be stamped at the different stages of the route, since it is an essential requirement to sleep in the houses and rural hostels of the Jacobean route.
f your children have not made their first communion , in principle they will not be given the Compostela as such, but rather a welcome document to Santiago.
The places to seal this document in Barbadelo are: A Casa de Carmen, Cantina da Serra, Barbadelo Pilgrim Hostel and Santiago de Barbadelo Parish. You can see more information at this link.
Plan the route of the Camino de Santiago
It is very important to calculate the daily sections that we are going to cover and locate the hostels to sleep in advance. We must take into account the ages of our children, to take the necessary breaks and make it a pleasant family experience.
The Church of Santiago in Barbadelo is the starting point of the French Way, and also a Galician-style temple, dating from the 10th century and that we recommend visiting.
More tips for the tour
For the entire route it is recommended to use trekking shoes , since for the relief of the road and the Galician climate it is the most appropriate footwear. It is also recommended to always go with seamless socks and special ones for sweating, since this way we avoid getting blisters during the route. The most important thing is to wear comfortable clothes and pack light, so as not to be too burdened for so many days in a row.
It is also very important to wear a sweater or a sweatshirt even in summer, since the nights in Galicia tend to cool down a bit, and not every day is good. In fact, it is also recommended to bring a raincoat , for the days that it may rain. It is also essential to bring a hat, sun cream and a bottle filled with water.