Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Snippets of the Way: Pilgrims’ Menu

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

An ode to the food along the Camino de Santiago!

The last stage of The Way is in Galicia, a region of Spain known for fresh seafood and red table wine.

We tried loads of new foods on our adventure and we definitely found a few new favorites.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

The octopus is a local specialty.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

As is the scallop, the signature of the Camino.

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When you’re walking along the path, all the outdoor tables and chairs just call out to you.

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And after a few days, you are sure to see some familiar faces at the tables, which makes you want to stop everywhere!

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Even if just to visit for a minute, or to have a quick (or not-so-quick) drink.

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And maybe a snack.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

I particularly loved the breakfasts in Spain.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Fruit, cheese, cured meats, bread and fresh yogurt were a delightful contrast to the heavy Scottish breakfast.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

I wanted to bring these little glass jars of homemade yogurt home with me.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

We loved eating family style in the evenings in the country.

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Most places offer a Pilgrims’ Menu, which is a set menu that includes an appetizer, an entree, a dessert.

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And of course, the menu usually includes wine.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

For lunch sometimes we had the Pilgrims’ Menu, but we also enjoyed collecting lots of different foods together for a picnic. The local wheels of cheese and crusty breads were a highlight for sure. Also we loved the Santiago cake, especially the ones with sliced almonds.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

We did a lot of grazing along The Way.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Stopping for pastries, treats and drinks.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

One of our best meals was a late lunch at the end of a shorter walking day.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

I would walk 500 miles to eat these shrimp again.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

And the pizza and salad were equally delish.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

The abundance of pizza and salad and outdoor seating makes a strong case for choosing to walk the Camino in warmer weather.

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Oh, and when in Spain, you cannot miss paella!

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

And oh, my goodness. So many drinks!

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Red wine (Vino tinto) and Sangria were my drinks of choice, but we also enjoyed local beers and Spanish Cava.

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And when hosts served up their homemade local liqueurs after dinner, well…

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the responses were mixed.

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We spent so much time sitting outside with drinks, that really, I have no idea how we managed to walk the 110 kilometers.

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I do like to maintain my reputation for embracing the delights of life.           Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

And at the end of the week, my waistline proved that I had found plenty to enjoy along The Way.

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If you dream of going on a long distance walk, but you don’t want to work too hard. And you want to sleep well, eat well and drink well, the final stage of the Camino de Santiago just might be the walk for you!

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If you find yourself walking the last stage of the Camino, here are a few of our favorite foods stops from the journey:

Matias Locanda Italiana in Sarria (wonderful pizza and sangria, precious hostess!)

Casa de Rego on the road between Sarria and Portomarin (gorgeous outdoor seating, burgers, chips/potatoes, beer)

Santa Marina Area de Turismo Rural in Portomarin (family farm dinner, beautiful setting)

Casa Curro in Palas de Rei (family run, yum pilgrims’ dinner where the wine flows freely, SUPER friendly family + SUPER reasonable)

Casa Domingo on the road between Palas de Rei and Melide (gorgeous outdoor and indoor seating, every thing divine, perfect place to stop for coffee + a treat)

O Carteiro on the road between Palas de Rei and Melide (fruit stand, homemade cheese and other pastries, local beers on tap, sweet family)

O Acrivo in A Rua (pizza, shrimp and salad for lunch + pitchers of Sangria by the pool)

Arco de Marzarelos in Santiago (wonderful pilgrims’ menus, everything we had here was divine. We ate lunch here before we left for the Camino and then we returned to have our end-of-the-journey celebration dinner with our friends on our last night. The hostess, Beatriz was so dear to us when we came back. She made our last night extra special. LOVE. THIS. PLACE!)

Capital Boutique Hotel in Santiago (the best breakfast on the whole Camino and our very favorite place in Spain to have drinks with friends!)

Camino de Santiago, The Way, PrincesasDelCamino, Alison Chino, MacsAdventure, Chasing Daylight

Our journey along The Camino de Santiago was made possible by Macs Adventure, who found us the most wonderful places to sleep and made our giant suitcases magically appear in our rooms each night. 

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