50 types of people you’ll meet on the Camino de Santiago

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We love the Camino de Santiago. It is without a doubt, our happy place. We’ve shared some fantastic times on the way and we’ve met so many amazing people. In fact, we cannot talk highly enough of the Camino community. But, we thought that it was about time we all had a bit of a laugh at our own expense. So, to celebrate the Camino and having a little fun, we’ve made a book called “50 types of people you’ll meet on the Camino de Santiago.”

This book examines the 50 types of people you might meet on the Camino de Santiago. You might recognise people you’ve walked with who became your best friends, your partner, or maybe even yourself.

It’s a fun, coffee-table book for anyone who has walked or plans to walk the Camino de Santiago. An excellent gift for Camino fans, or something to buy for yourself to reminisce about your adventures on the Camino.

Here’s a little extract from our book – 10 types of people people you’ll meet on the Camino. The full book is available on Amazon here.

May we meet these people, may we know them, may we be them!

#1 The one who burns their passport in Finisterre

Find them: in Finisterre in Titanic Bar or lurking around the Cathedral in Santiago looking wistfully into the distance.

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • Ancient backpack from the 1980s
  • Matted or dreadlocked hair
  • May have a dog

Points for a sighting: 5

Camino route: Finisterre

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#2 The logistician

Find them: anywhere studying maps, route plans and reviews and refusing to chill.

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • You’re suddenly panicked that you haven’t booked accommodation for the next day
  • There’s a crowd of people around them asking for information
  • Probably wearing those zip off trousers that turn into shorts

Points for a sighting: 3

Camino route: Frances

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#3 The one with the over-sized backpack

Find them: slowly plodding and cowering under the crippling weight on their backs

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • They offer you anything you want from a first aid kit
  • They have hiking boots AND trainers
  • Hunched over and possibly in pain

Camino route: Norte

Points for a sighting: 1 (5 if you ask if they’ve packed the kitchen sink)

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#4 The SERIOUS snorer

Find them: in bed surrounded by people with pillows over their heads

Signs that you’ve seen one: Oh, you’ll know

Camino route: Everywhere (sigh)

Points for a sighting: 2 for the average “hum” 5 for a snorer louder than a trash lorry

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#5 The CEO (Type A in recovery)

Points for a sighting: 3

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • A distant figure out yonder marching at the speed of light Intense conversation about your “goals” for the Camino
  • Tell you they’ve come here to “chill out man”

Find them: out on the trails at 06:00, eating lunch on the dot at 12:00 and checking into their albergue at 15:00 sharp.

Camino route: Primitivo

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#6 The one with the sandals

Find them: rubbing their feet a few kms into the trail or hanging out in an albergue with other sandal lovers

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • A vague smugness emanates from their core
  • They might mention how comfortable their sandals are, but you won’t believe them
  • Quietly nursing blisters in the dark so nobody mocks them

Points for a sighting: 2 (5 if you say “nice sandals” as you walk by)

Camino route: Frances

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#7 The one with the walking poles

Find them: walking in the wrong direction because they’ve accidentally left their walking poles in a cafe 5km back

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • You’ll hear them “tap tap tapping” before you see them
  • They’ll tell you how great their poles are
  • Probably wearing a wide-brimmed hat

Points for a sighting: 2 (5 if you ask to try their poles)

Camino route: Norte

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#8 The sporty one

Find them: jogging past you at pace, possibly saying “great route” as you huff and puff up the hill behind them

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • They’ll be wearing Hoka trainers, a sports bra (female version), tank top (male version) and running shorts
  • Frantically hydrating with something orange
  • Speed walking and /or running

Points for a sighting: 4

Camino route: Norte

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#9 The feuding couple

Find them: standing at the side of a road arguing about which direction to go in or in a heated debate about where to go for dinner.

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • Two sad, angry or bitter looking people
  • Possible shouting and raised voices
  • May be looking longingly at solo walkers

Points for a sighting: 4

Camino route: Portuguese

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino

#10 The one with no plan

Find them: either running away from a logistician or chilling in a hammock

Signs that you’ve seen one:

  • They keep saying “whatever dude” or “I go with the flow”
  • Wearing sandals and shorts in the rain
  • Possibly petting stray dogs on the route

Points for a sighting: 3

Camino route: Frances (they thought it was the only one)

50 types of people you'll meet on the Camino


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