Camino de Santiago with children

We organise your trip to the Camino de Santiago as a family. The perfect opportunity to enjoy this experience creating memorable memories with your loved ones.

A unique family trip that combines adventure, challenge and togetherness.

The Camino de Santiago is the perfect adventure to enjoy as a family. An opportunity to bond and create unforgettable memories at every step.

Family trips to the Camino de Santiago

Our recommended tours to do with your family. If you want to do another route of the Camino do not hesitate to contact us.

Camino Portugués Fácil
126 Km
Baiona
11 Stages
12 Nights
from 925 €
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Camino Portugués Fácil
117 Km
Tui
10 Stages
11 Nights
from 840 €
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The French Way
106 Km
Sarria
10 Stages
11 Nights
from 847 €
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Camino Inglés Pontedeume
124 Km
Ferrol
10 Stages
9 Nights
from 770 €
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How are our family trips on the Camino de Santiago?

The routes we recommend for families are the French Way from Sarria, the Portuguese Way from Tui, the Portuguese Coastal Way from Oporto and the English Way from Ferrol. These are the last 100 km to Santiago de Compostela, so it will be a more affordable and quiet experience for the little ones.
Remember that you will be able to walk comfortably without weight thanks to our luggage transport service, we will take care of you before, after and during your trip.

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Duration of the trip

Our itineraries for families have a duration of 10 stages/ 11 nights on the French Way, 11 stages/ 12 nights on the Portuguese Coastal Way and 9 stages/ 10 nights on the Portuguese Way and English Way.

Level of difficulty

Our family tours are designed to be easy for children to complete.

Flexible pricing

Some travel services are flexible. You can add or remove services according to your needs. E.g. private transfers, private excursions, etc.

Why do the Camino de Santiago as a family?

🔗A unique way of bonding. Enjoying the experience together walking towards a common goal allows you to connect emotionally. Long walks, moments of achievement and small accomplishments help to create a stronger family bond.

🌿Enjoy nature together. Along the Camino you will walk through dreamlike landscapes such as forests and trails. Every step is an opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty in the company of your loved ones.

💡Learning for the little ones. The Camino de Santiago becomes an outdoor classroom where the little ones will explore the geography and culture of the different regions through which the Camino passes, as well as develop orientation skills by following the different signs.
👣Exercise and well-being. The Camino de Santiago is a challenge but doing it as a family encourages you to stay active. Continuous exercise contributes to the physical and mental well-being of the whole family.
❤️ Quality time. Doing the Camino as a family allows you to spend time together sharing laughter and enjoying each other’s company, away from daily distractions.

Services included in our trips to the Camino de Santiago with the family

Accomodation

Private accommodation with private bathroom or private hostels with shared room and bathroom.

Half board

The family trips to the Camino include breakfast and dinner.

Luggage transfer

A private driver will transport your luggage between the different stages.

Private transfers

We organise the transfers Airport - Starting Point and Santiago - Airport.

Travel insurance

All our tours include travel insurance. Ask for info to know the coverage.

Notas de ruta

You will receive a complete dossier with indications and information about the stages of the route.

Credential

On the day of arrival you will receive a landyard with your pilgrim's credential at the hotel.

24/7 assistance

Our emergency telephone number will be available for you 24 hours a day during your trip.

Optional services

Add extras to your trip according to your needs.

Accompanying tour guide

Cancellation insurance

Extra nights at the beginning or end of the tour

Upgrade superior room

Private transfers (cab, bus, etc.)

Organized visits and excursions

Bicycle rental (regular and electric)

What is the accommodation like on the Camino de Santiago as a family?

Our itineraries on the Camino de Santiago offer two types of accommodation, always guaranteeing a private room with private bathroom.

Alojamiento Categoría Superior en el Camino de Santiago en familia

Superior category

You will sleep in 3*, 4* and 5* or Boutique Hotels, Paradors and Rural Tourism Accommodation.

Alojamiento Categoría Estándar en el Camino de Santiago en familia

Standard category

You will sleep in 1* and 2* hotels, hostels and guesthouses and rural tourism accommodation.

Tips and frequently asked questions if you are going to do the Camino de Santiago with the family

The Camino de Santiago is perfect route for families and children. However, you must consider some details when you plan your adventure, so all the members of the family can enjoy the experience, and avoid any issues during the walk. The length of each walking day, the accommodations you will be staying at, the level of difficulty of the track… are just some examples of the aspects you should take into account before starting the journey.

Walking the Camino de Santiago with children during summer holidays is a great choice, healthy, fun, and rewarding. Keep reading and we will let you know some tips to consider when organizing this experience, according to their age, their level of fitness… and especially, how to thrill them about the journey. You might also be interested in knowing some general tips and recommendation about the Camino.

Camino de Santiago with children Galiwonders

We must start saying that walking the Camino de Santiago is not an easy challenge, and doing it with children could seem to be too difficult. However, please note that the itinerary can be adapted to each pilgrim: there’s no need to walk an exact number of kilometres each day. When you plan your itinerary, you will need to adapt it to their ability and resistance.

You can see here some examples of easy caminos to walk with children. The French Way Easy, the Portuguese Way Easy, the English Way Easy. These are the same caminos of standard itineraries but with less distances per day so children can enjoy the walk without getting too tired.

If you are going to do the Camino de Santiago with children, you should consider that the little ones can not follow the pace and pace of adults, so the stages should be shorter, not exceeding 15 – 20 km per day. Remember that our itineraries are totally flexible, so we can split the stages in two or add extra nights for you to rest.
It is also advisable to walk only in the morning to avoid the hottest hours of the day.

Carrying the right equipment is essential to ensure the comfort of your little ones during the trip. We recommend you take the following:

Spare clothes. Going on pilgrimage with children means carrying more weight in your backpack. Children get dirty and wet more easily, so you’ll need to add extra clothes to your backpack.

Weather protection. Children are more sensitive to the cold, so you’ll need to pack warm clothes in your luggage as well. Jackets, hats and gloves are essential to keep little pilgrims warm, especially in the mornings or at higher altitudes.

First aid kit. Children’s feet are more delicate than adults’, so we recommend carrying a kit with dressings, scissors and disinfectant to ensure their comfort along the route.

Footwear. Like adults, children also need to get used to their footwear before starting the Camino. We recommend that they wear their shoes in advance so that their feet can get used to them and avoid blisters and chafing.

Experts usually say the minimum age to approach the walk would be from 3 years old, onwards. If kids are younger than 6 years old, it is a good idea to bring stroller (this would avoid a lot of stress in case they are too tired or sleepy). Same as it happens with adults, kids need a minimum level of fitness to walk the Camino de Santiago, that is why we strongly recommend to bear in mind the following recommendations.

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Spring and autumn are the best times to do the Camino as a family, as the weather is mild and pleasant. You can also do it in summer, as children have school holidays and it is easier to plan, but you will need more protection from the heat.

Previous preparation

We strongly recommend to organize walking routes on your free time, along terrains that are similar to the Camino de Santiago (at least 2 months before the trip starts). You can start with short walks and, step by step, you can increase the duration. This way, you will be able to check the resistance of your kids and they will start to get use to this activity. This way, they will be full of enthusiasm when the trip will start!

Footwear

Children, same as adults, will need to get used to their footwear before starting the Camino de Santiago. This way, they will be able to avoid blisters and chafing (which could ruin the walk!). We recommend to buy their walking shoes or boots with enough time, so they can adapt to their feet. To know more about what to pack for your Camino de Santiago, don’t miss this post!

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Backpack

If your children wish to carry their own backpack, that is no problem at all. Just bear in mind the size (it must be proportional). However, if you walk the Camino with Galiwonders, you don’t need to worry about extra weight because we always offer the transfer of the backpack among stages. Also, when you prepare for the walk, your kid should take the backpack with him/her, to get used to the official Camino de Santiago. Once they will be on the Way, carrying their small backpack, they will feel proud to look exactly as the older pilgrims!

Duration of each walking day

You can adapt the duration of each walking day. For example, the stretch from Sarria to Portomarín, on the French Way, is about 23 km long. You can split it in two walking days, and stay overnight in Morgade, which is half way. Here you can find the entire French Way Easy so you can get an idea about the daily distances you will have to walk with your family. It is best not to exceed 15 to 20 km per day and it is also advisable to walk only in the morning to avoid the hottest hours of the day.

 Walking the Camino de Santiago with children

 

Accommodation

Public Albergues for Pilgrims might not be the best option if you are walking with kids: you will need to be there very soon to get a place, noises during the night are almost guaranteed, common spaces, less privacy… There are different kinds of accommodations on the Camino de Santiago: from hotels to guesthouses, private hostels, country cottages… There are many options, especially on the French Way.

Remember that a unique experience like the Camino can have a great meaning for the little ones as it has for the older pilgrims. On this trip they will be able to get to know different places, immerse themselves into the nature and discover a rural environment that they rarely see in their day to day lives. The farms and animals they will encounter along their route will fill them with new emotions and stimulate their curiosity. In addition, this experience will teach them a valuable lesson about the pleasure of achieving results with daily effort and determination. 

How to book a family trip to the Camino de Santiago?

Booking is very easy. All you have to do is fill in the form below indicating the dates you want to organise your group trip and we will contact you to give you all the details and proceed with the booking.

Once you have confirmed your intention to travel, we will send you a payment link to your email for card payments or the bank details if you prefer to make a bank transfer.

To confirm the trip, a deposit of 40% of the total price of the trip is required. The 60% will be paid 40 days before the start of the trip (deadline).

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Why book your Camino de Santiago with Galiwonders?

Galiwonders is a travel agency specialising in trips to the Camino de Santiago. Our team has more than 7 years of experience organizing trips on the Camino de Santiago. And therefore we can guarantee that we will make this an unforgettable experience. Proof of this is that more than 2000 pilgrims make the Camino every year with us.

Your way. Tailor-made.

We will design an itinerary tailored to your needs, preferences and budget and book all the services for you. You enjoy the journey.

We are on El Camino

Galicia is our home. We have traveled all the routes of the Camino and we have direct contact with the service providers on the Camino.

We are travelers too

We speak several languages, have lived abroad and have years of experience in organizing trips for people from all over the world.

An unforgettable experience

Hundreds of pilgrims repeat year after year the experience of travelling with us. We want you to be one of them. And so we will strive to make your trip unique and unforgettable.

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