Top 3: Enjoyable foods to eat on the Camino

When you’re hiking the Camino, you’re either thinking of two things: “My feet are killing me” or “What I’m going to eat today?” If you’re new, then you’ll probably think about the first one more often. But over time, as you walk the Camino, you’ll tend to listen more to your stomach than your head. This can sometimes lead to you walking faster and reaching your destination ahead of time. Since a lot of the groceries and cafes are similar along the Camino, here is a list of the Top 3 Food items on the Camino.


3. Bocadillo and “Café con leche”

If you’re extremely oblivious or strong willed you won’t go into a café along the Camino path. Odds are you’ll likely be having breakfast at a café because they are usually spaced about 5-7km outside the main city, which is enough for you to gain a breakfast appetite.

Most typically, pilgrims order the Bocadillo since it contains a tasty piece of ham and energy filling carbohydrates in the bread. This is enough to fill you up so that you can make that hike to the next town on the Camino. As well, no breakfast would be fulfilled without café con leche, which is considered to be some of the best coffee in Spain and around the world. If the Bocadillo didn’t perk you up this definitely will. Together, the two items should only cost you about 3.50 euros. A cheap way to enjoy the rest of your day’s hike.

2. Can of peaches

This is a hidden gem that some friends of mine told me about. While a can of peaches is hardly anything new or extraordinary, most people on the Camino tend to pass up on this when they walk past it in the grocery store. That’s because most of us are either used to eating regular peaches or we’ve never just indulged in eating peaches right out of the can.

The first time you do you’ll know what I mean when I call it food from the Gods. There’s enough sugar to give you sufficient amounts of energy and enough taste to fill your palette for the next little while. The juiciness and texture of whole canned peaches is enough to make you want more, but you’ll realize you’ll just buy it again at the next city’s grocery. Costing no more than 1.50 euros, it made its way onto the second spot of the Top 3 foods on the Camino.

1. Wine

Unless you believe you have a drinking problem then wine is not the best for you. Otherwise, wine is possibly the best food/drink on the Camino for several reasons. If you’re like me wine is always the best form of sustinence, but if you require a reason here it is:

For quite some time now, wine has been known to benefit your health. The benefits have been found against a variety of problems such as smoking, heart disease, blood clots, hypertension, kidney stones, and alzheimers. If you are some how not in danger of any of those via lifestyle or genetics then you must be the luckiest person in the world. A lot of us hope to become healthier and fit by walking the Camino, and wine definitely contributes to this. Another reason is that people want to relax and look cool. You’re definitely not going to get that from coffee or soda with all its caffeine, but you’ll get that from wine. Just imagine yourself in a nice picturesque villa along the Camino. You’d rather be picture with a nice bottle of wine than with a bottle of soda. Lastly, the wine is extremely cheap. I’ve sampled lots of wine on my Camino hikes, and I can tell you that after a while a lot of them stay the same. What’s good about this is that you can drink the cheaper stuff, which at times can cost about 1 euro! For a while bottle!! If that doesn’t convince you I don’t know what would.

If you have any further recommendations or comments, please leave a comment below!

 

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4 Responses

  1. Mike 20. Apr, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I have not made the trip yet, but am planning (I hope by next Spring or Autumn). Yet, just these three food items listed, and your way of describing each, just excites me all the more! I can not wait to express the hike, especially while looking for each of these now!!

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    • Paula O'Hare 25. Jul, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      ME TOO

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  2. hey 16. Feb, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    yo

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  3. Tim 12. Mar, 2016 at 4:48 pm #

    For those of us that do not drink alcohol, what other options are available. Soda products, seltzers, juices? What am I looking at price-wise? Thank you.

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