The Camino in a Wheelchair

A woman using a wheelchair on a natural path Camino

While the Camino is traditionally walked on foot, many people choose to cycle it too. Today we wonder – it is possible for wheelchair users to complete the journey as well?

Official data implies “hundreds” of people arrive to Santiago in a wheelchair, and insists that there is a “firm commitment of the Government of Galicia with the opening of the Way to all the persons“.

Handicap pilgrim on the Camino

There’s a route in the Camino Francés, inaugurated a few years ago, that it’s explicitly adapted for all people, with accessibility and adjusted services. And it’s not the only one!

That being said, accessibility on the Way is not always as good as it could be and it should not be assumed that a given route would be accessible with a wheelchair. But if you want to experience the Camino de Santiago as a wheelchair user, we have some tips for you:

Plan ahead

The first step in preparing for the Camino as a wheelchair user is to plan ahead. Research the route and the towns and cities you will be passing through to determine which sections of the Camino are wheelchair accessible. Some regions may be more challenging than others, so it’s important to know what to expect and to plan accordingly.

Choose the right equipment

Having the right equipment is essential for a successful Camino experience. A lightweight, manual wheelchair is recommended, as it will be easier to push over long distances. If you are planning on completing the entire Camino, you may also want to consider investing in a set of off-road wheels to navigate the rough terrain.

Book accommodation in advance

Finding accessible accommodation along the Camino can be a challenge, and specially when you’re looking for accessible options. It is highly recommended that you book your accommodation in advance to ensure that you will have a place to stay each night.

Take your time

The Camino is a journey, not a race. As a wheelchair user, you may need to take your time and take frequent breaks. It’s important to listen to your body and not push yourself too hard. Remember, the goal is to complete the Camino, not to set a speed record.

Person on wheelchair doing the Camino de Santiago

Get local and first-hand information on accessibility

As a wheelchair user, some of the places may not be accessible for you. It is important to get information on accessibility before you start your journey. Some organizations like the Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago, offer information and help on accessibility along the Camino.

Plan your Camino with us

It’s always good to have a trusty supplier and experienced information when planning your Camino, but if you are planning on completing the Camino as a wheelchair user, it’s a good idea to book with a company as experienced as ours. We will be able to assist you on the more challenging sections of the Camino and also provide valuable information about the route and the towns and cities you will be passing through.

Ask for a free quote and begin your journey today!

Embrace the challenge

The Camino de Santiago can be challenging for anyone, but as a wheelchair user, it can be even more so. That’s why it’s important to see the challenge as what it is – an opportunity to push yourself and to grow. Remember, the Camino is not just about the destination, it’s also about the journey. If you need inspiration, the extraordinary documentary I’ll Push You shares the story of two best friends, Justin and Patrick, one pushing the other 500 miles on the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain.

The Camino de Santiago is a journey that can be enjoyed by all, including wheelchair users. With the right planning, equipment, and mindset, it is possible to complete the Camino as a wheelchair user. Remember to take your time, embrace the challenge, and enjoy the journey. With a little bit of preparation and determination, you can successfully walk the Camino de Santiago as a wheelchair user. And we’d love to help you succeed!

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