Camino de Santiago Daily Mileage

Before I started walking across Spain from Irún to Fisterra along the Camino de Santiago, I figured I would have to walk a marathon (26.2 miles or 42.2 kilometers) each day to finish in just under three weeks.

As it turned out, I ended up averaging more: about 30 miles, or 48 kilometers, a day. The extra mileage is mostly from getting off-course due to directional discombobulation, taking detours (e.g., in search of hotels or even because of official signage), and exploring towns.

My daily mileage was definitely farther than what most peregrinos typically do, but it honestly did not feel very difficult. It was certainly easier than, say, putting in 18-21 hours days on a bike as in the Trans Am Bike Race. The aerobic intensity was very low as I was usually walking casually and no faster than anyone else on the trails. My pace typically was 22 minutes/mile, or 2.7 miles/hour, or 4.4 km/hour.

Regarding problems or injuries, I have nothing major to speak of. The main adverse effects included extreme tanning of my neck despite using SPF 50 sunscreen (after Day 5 or so, I got wise and wore a collared shirt to cover it), a loss of 6-8 pounds of body weight, and a significant loss of running fitness.

I wore minimalist, lightweight shoes (Lems Primal 2) and for the first 19 days my pack weighed 13 lbs. (6 kg) excluding food and water (so usually about 15-17 lbs. total). You really do not need to carry any more than this; if I were to do it again, I would have brought about 4 lbs. less by leaving my Surface Pro computer and down sleeping bag at home. In fact, during the last two days, I stored a bunch of stuff at the post office near the Catedral de Santiago de Compostela to hike to Fisterra carrying less than 4-5 lbs. (2 kg).

Below are sections summarizing my daily mileage. The first section is in miles; the second is in kilometers.

You can see more data, including Strava maps and hours walked, for each day by clicking on the links in the first column of either table.

Miles

Negative miles = took shortcut; diverged from official route

Camino Day From To On-Course Miles Off-course Miles Daily Mileage
Del Norte 1 Irún Zarautz 29.8 6.2 36
Del Norte 2 Zarautz Etxebarria 28.8 0.2 29
Del Norte 3 Etxebarria Larrabetzu 27.1 6.9 34
Del Norte 4 Larrabetzu Pobeña 28.9 5.1 34
Del Norte 5 Pobeña Laredo 27.4 1.6 29
Del Norte 6 Laredo Santander 31.1 -2.1 29
Del Norte 7 Santander Cóbreces 30.4 -3.4 27
Del Norte 8 Cóbreces Colombres 24.4 1.6 26
Del Norte 9 Colombres Nueva 25.3 -0.3 25
Del Norte 10 Nueva Sebrayu 28.4 1.6 30
Del Norte 11 Sebrayu Oviedo 29.9 5.1 35
Primitivo 12 Oviedo Salas 29.4 1.6 31
Primitivo 13 Salas Pola de Alande 29.2 2.8 32
Primitivo 14 Pola de Alande Grandas de Salime 23.6 3.4 27
Primitivo 15 Grandas de Salime O Cadavo 32.0 1.0 33
Primitivo 16 O Cadavo Lugo 19.0 2.0 21
Primitivo 17 Lugo Melide 29.5 0.5 30
Frances 18 Melide O Pedrouzo 20.7 1.3 22
Frances 19 O Pedrouzo Santiago de Compostela 12.4 2.6 15
Fisterra 20 Santiago de Compostela Olveira 33.8 1.2 35
Fisterra 20.4 Olveira Finisterre 21.8 5.2 27
TOTAL 563 44 607

Average: 29.8 miles/day

Kilometers

Negative kilometers = took shortcut; diverged from official route

Camino Day From To On-Course km Off-course km Daily km
Del Norte 1 Irún Zarautz 47.7 9.9 57.6
Del Norte 2 Zarautz Etxebarria 46.1 0.3 46.4
Del Norte 3 Etxebarria Larrabetzu 43.3 11.1 54.4
Del Norte 4 Larrabetzu Pobeña 46.3 8.1 54.4
Del Norte 5 Pobeña Laredo 43.9 2.5 46.4
Del Norte 6 Laredo Santander 49.8 -3.4 46.4
Del Norte 7 Santander Cóbreces 48.7 -5.5 43.2
Del Norte 8 Cóbreces Colombres 39.1 2.5 41.6
Del Norte 9 Colombres Nueva 40.4 -0.4 40.0
Del Norte 10 Nueva Sebrayu 45.4 2.6 48.0
Del Norte 11 Sebrayu Oviedo 47.8 8.2 56.0
Primitivo 12 Oviedo Salas 47.1 2.5 49.6
Primitivo 13 Salas Pola de Alande 46.7 4.5 51.2
Primitivo 14 Pola de Alande Grandas de Salime 37.7 5.5 43.2
Primitivo 15 Grandas de Salime O Cadavo 51.3 1.5 52.8
Primitivo 16 O Cadavo Lugo 30.4 3.2 33.6
Primitivo 17 Lugo Melide 47.2 0.8 48.0
Frances 18 Melide O Pedrouzo 33.1 2.1 35.2
Frances 19 O Pedrouzo Santiago de Compostela 19.9 4.1 24.0
Fisterra 20 Santiago de Compostela Olveira 54.1 1.9 56.0
Fisterra 20.4 Olveira Finisterre 34.8 8.4 43.2
TOTAL 900.6 70.6 971.2

Average: 47.7 km/day

Felix Wong starting the Camino de Santiago outside an albergue in Irún, Spain.

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