Navigating the Camino with SIM Cards: Tips and Tricks

Navigating Camino tips

Are you planning to walk the Camino de Santiago? If so, you may want to consider purchasing a SIM card for your mobile device. A local SIM card can be a valuable asset while walking the Camino, providing you with access to maps, information, and communication with loved ones. How to purchase a SIM card on the Camino? We got you covered!

Navigating Camino tips

Step 1: Research mobile network providers

In Spain, there are several mobile network providers that offer SIM cards for purchase. Some of the major providers include Movistar, Vodafone, Orange, and Yoigo. These providers have physical stores in most cities and towns along the Camino. Most of the Spanish airports and commercial centers will also carry at least one place to buy cards – be that a provider store or a more generic option carrying different brands.

Before you embark on your Camino journey, we suggest researching the network providers and their requirements to choose a mobile network plan that matches your needs!

Step 2: Deciding which type of SIM card

Two types of SIM cards are available for purchase – prepaid and postpaid. Prepaid SIM cards are available at a fixed price and allow you to use a certain amount of data, minutes, and texts. Postpaid cards require a monthly subscription and can offer more benefits such as unlimited data and roaming. Pro tip: Steer clear of deals aimed at short-term tourists as sometimes they may not provide roaming services.

Step 3: Requirements for purchasing a SIM Card

Once you have chosen a plan, it’s time to purchase the SIM card. You can do this by visiting a physical store or by ordering online. When purchasing the card, you will need to present a valid ID such as a passport or national ID card. Some providers may also require proof of address. It is always a good idea to look up network specific requirements before purchasing a SIM card.

Step 4: Activate the SIM Card

After purchasing the card, you will need to activate it. This can usually be done online or in-store. You may also need to top up your balance to start using your card.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Connected Camino

Congratulations! You are now the proud owner of a SIM card and can enjoy a connected Camino. Your SIM card will allow you to stay in touch with loved ones, access maps and information, and stay safe in case of emergencies. Be sure to monitor your data usage and top up your balance as needed to ensure that you stay connected throughout your journey.

Further information:

  • If you have a dual SIM mobile, you can use your same mobile phone for the newly purchased SIM card
  • If not, we suggest carrying an old phone for unlimited data, or switching your SIM cards.
  • Alternatively, you can also download the offline Camino route maps through google maps.

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