SAFETY ON THE CAMINO.
*Is the Camino de Santiago safe? Many pilgrims who travel any of the Jacobean Routes for the first time ask themselves this question. And the answer is clear, quick and concise: absolutely yes, the Camino de Santiago is safe. Even if we do it alone, one of the best options is to live the experience intensely.
Spain is among the 25 safest countries in the world and is the ninth with the lowest homicide rate. The Camino de Santiago is a priority for the Spanish Government itself, which intensifies security measures on the different routes during the busiest times of the year, such as the summer months or Easter. In addition, the very spirit of the route and the camaraderie that is breathed in it facilitate that the biggest problems that the pilgrim may encounter on their Way are small thefts, losses on the route or small sections in which walkers and vehicles have to share via.
National Police and Guardia Civil are in charge of guaranteeing security on the Camino de Santiago. On the occasion of the celebration of the Compostela Holy Year in 2021 and 2022, both bodies have redoubled their efforts to guarantee the safety of the Routes, pilgrims and visitors to the towns through which the Camino passes. “We protect” the Camino: jubilee year 2021-2022’ is the name of the special device launched this year by the National Police. Agents deployed throughout the territory carry out surveillance and care for the pilgrim, guaranteeing that they can make the Camino safely.
Along with the deployment of the security forces on the Jacobean Routes, the pilgrims have an ally in technology. Alertcops is a free mobile application that allows you to communicate in real time from your mobile any type of alert or emergency, in addition to automatically sending your position to the police, who will know where you are and can help you. In addition, and thanks to the efforts of the Guardia Civil, pilgrims who download it will receive a welcome message and safety advice at different points on their itinerary.
Guaranteed safety on the Camino de Santiago (St. James’s Way) is no longer a pilgrim just taking a series of precautions to minimise risks and make the route easier for other walkers. But they are still necessary. Things like bringing only the bare essentials,not carrying large amounts of money, following the signs., upholding roads safety, keeping an eye on the belongings when sharing space with other people…In other words, your security also depends on you.
An article by ELCAMINOCONCORREOS.
And remember that in the Camino you can always rely on HOSTAL GAU TXORI: comfortable accommodation (private bath), nice and traditional food and a wonderful natural landscapes as you pass by Zubiri.