Thursday, May 18, 2017

17 May

It was drizzling when we left the farm.Jos dropped us at a crossroads that lead to the outskirts of Melide.  We walked through a sleepy Furlong to Meliden.
Showed Gail the octopus at the restaurant Exquisite and then we climbed up to the church and the old Galicia way cross.
Gail went down the steep path to the road below and I took the low road, meeting her on the road.when we reached Radio there was a choice of paths - one through the forest and across a river via large stones in the water (impassable for wheelchairs ) and I took the 'complimtarios ' route through forest and farms we finally met at the Piquena  Oasis food stall.
We stopped in Bone,  passing the new cafe bar to visit Josefina and Marino at the Os Albergue and Cafe Bar where we had lunch.  He is a professional photographer with a large private collection of cameras from minute 'spy' cameras to large box cameras on stands.
Lots of hills to Castaneda where we easily found the gracious, stone Casa Milia on the side of the road about 300 off the Camino. Checked into our rooms in an annexe.  There is no Wifi in the rooms and poor connections in the main building.
We had the pilgrim menu for €15 and after dinner showed Anna and Maria the reviews of their Casa and their meals on TripAdvisor (which they'd  never seen).

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

16 May

It was cloudy to start.  We stopped at San Xulian but was told that Manuel wasn't there.  He, like Gordon, has also had some health issues.
Met Nancy and Sandy from the USA.  Gave them my contact details - they are interested in our 10km a day itinerary.
When we got close to Leboreiro we missed the sign to Coton and continued left on the path, then on the No 476,  until we reached a closed restaurant on the side of the road.
I phoned the Casa Familia number and Heidi answered.  We had walked about 2 km in the wrong direction and needed to backtrack along the highway to O Coto where the farmhouse was.  It was hot and the heat rose from the tar.  We were quite pooped when we finally got to the farm.
When we met Jos he told us that their 4 yeat-old child was in hospital with severe burns from an accident with boiling water.  His wife had poured water into a glass container which exploded over the child.
He introduced us to his other 4 children and 9 year-old Vera adopted us, showing us our room, the bathroom and the kitchen.
Once we had rested Vera sowed us the chickens, sheep and a large tented room in the back garden with a double bed and bunks which could accommodate  pilgrims.  There was one other pilgrim there, a young womank Beatrix from Valencia walking with her little dog Noah.
Jos cooked a vegetarian  stir fry and a mixed salad which we had with wraps.
We brought out the Amarula and shooters and stayed at the table in the kitchen until the children had to go to bed.  They are all home schooled and we think Jos was a bit overwhelmed having to care for them, including a 14 month old baby, while his wife stayed with the 4 year old at the hospital.
Beatriz  wanted a lift to Meliden in the morning so we asked to be dropped off beyond the roadside restaurant we had walked to (and from).

Monday, May 15, 2017

15 May

The cows started their bellows at 4km so neither of us had much sleep.
Iberia phoned. They can't deliver the suitcase because we are in Lug and today the are delivering in Coruna.  We decided to walk to Palas de Rei, check in and get a taxi ti Lavacolla to collect the case ourselves.
I went to get Gail' s coffee but our Casa wasnt open so I walked to the one down the road and got one there for her. It was cloudy and a bit warmer so no gaiters or puff jacket today.
Lovely walk with places to stop at Ligoniel,  Aires and the Ant' place at Porton.  I gave Sussex the message from Gordon. We ordered emanate and drinks and he said the drinks were on Gordon.  Sweet man.
We arrived in Palas and found the hotel opposite Buen Camino.  They ordered a taxi for us and Angela arrived to take us to Santiago some 100 km away.
We were moved from one floor to the next but finally Gail was taken to identify her case,  which had spilt open. All the contents were intact so she completed the necessary forms to claim from Iberia and we returned to Palas.
We had a drink and tapas at the hotel, then to an ATM, a shop to buy straps for the suitcase and a supermecado to buy provisions for the road.we had dinner at the s
Restaurant next to the stairs.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

11th May

 It is my job to take Gail a cup of coffee in bed so that she can get going in the morning.  She packed her travel kettle and coffee in her suitcase but that is missing.  At 7 45 I go down 3 flights of stairs to the bar to get a cup of  coffee.  It's a small cup and I carry it back up to the room.

We start getting ready and Gail needs another cup of coffee.  I go back down and this time I come back with coffee and a hot chocolate.  I then take my wheelie cabin bag down the stairs, one step at a time.  Then up again to collect our back packs and down we go.  I feel warmed up and ready to go. Gail needs to stretch to get going.

We say goodbye to Luis and put on our ALTUS raincoats.  It is uphill through the town then a steep down path to the railway line.  The concrete marker shows 110km to Santiago.  We agree that next year Mark and Emma don't have to start at Sarria to earn a Compostela.   We will photograph the new 100 km marker and that is where we will start.

Just as well we made that decision, it is uphill on muddy, stoney paths through corridors of gnarled mossy chestnuts and stone walls.  We walk slowly, negotiating the mud pools and slush.  We reach Barbadelo at 11 am - 5 km in 2 hours. What a relaxed pace!  While we wait for our room we have a huge slice of pat at a tortilla and hot chocolate.   There'll be no losing weight on this trip!

At 12km the lovely Jenny shows us to our room, a big modern room with 3 single beds. We can spread out our stuff. Gail phoned Sandy her travel agent in Johannesburg about her missing case and I checked on the World Tracer website.  Location of Luggage unknown. Gail feels that it is still in Johannesburg.   This has happened to her before.  I have a feeling that it is in Madrid.  I can register two addresses online where the case should be sent to.  Its too late for Barbadelo so I put Ferreiros.


Getting into a routine. Up at 7 15,  get dressed, get coffee for Gail and a Cola Cao  for me. Pack, breakfast in room, luggage downstairs and start walking at 8 45.  
Cecilia struggled along, 'lento, lento.' 
Drizzly morning and cooler than yesterday. Difficult rocky paths to Mercadoiro. From there to Vilacha was easier. It was quite sad to see the for sale sign on Gordon Bell's albergue, Casa Banderas.  Stopped for a slice of pizza at Restaurant Vegetariano in Vilacha.  
There are 3 options to Portomarin. Right - on a tarred road steeply down to the river and the bridge.  Left is a bit longer with a difficult section near the end but with a detour around the  difficult  section. We opted  to go right, down the steep path.
Instead of climbing the steps into the village we walked along the road to the right and then steeply up a side road to the main street.
Sat outside Arenas and had a drink. A big crowd of people came streaming out of the church. They filed into a municipal hall where they sang and danced, celebrating the feast day of a local saint.
We walked up Rua Deputation to Ultreia. Louisa was there to meet us and she called Luis and Carmen to come and say hello.  It was a great reunion as I haven't stayed there since I was with the Caracoles group in 2013.
Checked in and Gail and Cecilia went back to town.  I had a sower, changed and went to the church. Joined the girls for dinner at Peter.  Back to the albergue where we offered everyone amarula and shooters.
Went to bed at 10pm 

14 May

We had 13 km to walk today so I got coffee and hot chocolate from the vending machine, ate yoghurt and a banana and said a fond farewell to Carmen  and Louis.
Long climb today -almost all the way to Gonzar and beyond.  Cecilia struggled and even though we opted for the shoulder on the road instead of the gravel path alongside the road we slowed down even more - 4 hours to do 8km.
We stopped for a snack and said goodbye before continuing, then 2 hours for 2.5 km.
We were relieved to get to Ventas de Naron.  They only have matrimonial rooms so we each have our own room - with heaters! Showered, washed some clothes, phoned Iberia again about Gail's missing case. They said it will be in Santiago tonight.  Gave them the albergue address in Palas de Rei.
Our rooms are in an outbuilding alongside the cow sheds and the cows were very vocal until late,  mooing,  bellowing and trumpetting like elephant late into the night

Saturday, May 13, 2017

12 May

Our alarm is set for 7 45. When I went to get coffee there was blue sky and sunshine. By 8.30am the clouds had rolled in bringing drizzle.
This will be a great place to use as a base for a few days for the Nilsen-Leaver family Camino next year in July.  It has accessible rooms and a large swimming pool which Emily will love.
We walked with a German couple for a while.  She carried a backpack  and he had nothing to carry. He said she didn't trust sending her stuff ahead and prefered carrying it herself.  I told them that they looked like a typical rural African couple.  The man striding ahead and the women trudging behind  carrying the load!
We stopped  for a while and shortly after saw a young woman taking short stiff steps on the side of the path. "Are you alright?" We asked. "Yes.  No.  Not really," she said.  Cecilia from Los Angeles told us that she'd  had a knee op a year ago and was OK to walk the Camino. She started in St Jean with a friend but some time on the meseta the knee 'Blew ' and she couldn't bend it or walk on it properly.  She took a train from Leon to Sarria and was planning on walking 5 km per day so that she could earn the Compostela and meet up with her walking friend at Monte de Gozo.
We offered to walk with her. She said she was walking 5 km to Ferreiros.  She was upset when we told her that we were also going to Ferreiros which was 9 km away. She had missed calculated the mileages between villages.  We offered to stay with her and walked the rest of the way at a snail's pace.
Met a couple from Vredendaal at Morgade.  I rembered sitting there in 2011 waiting for Christine  and Judith to arrive.  Zuretha  and Theresa  walked back about 3 km down the road to meet them and carry their packs for them.
It was another 3 km to Ferreiros and we walked slower and slower.  She had booked a room in the albergue and we in a private room.  This new albergue y Casa Cruceiro wasn't here in 2007 when Finn walked the Camino.  I had planned that when he met Marion, Analise  and me, we would only walk 14 km from Sarria  to Ferreiros on his first day.  We planned to stay in the albergue so we stopped at the cafe-bar, Finn and Analise for a beer and Marion and I for an ice cream.  Then we saw that there was a sign on the albergue door that said if you had only walked from Sarria you should continue to the next albergue as this on was for pilgrims who had started further back or at least 20 km.  There was a list of taxi numbers in case you were injured and couldn't walk any further.  Finn was devastated as he'd had 2 beers and an  ice cream by then.  We had no option but to walk another 12km to Portomarin,
We had dinner in the cafe bar and afterwards I helped Cecilia book rooms a few days ahead.  Her phone doesn't allow for phone calls only data.  I can't believe that people with smart phones don't buy airtime so that they can make calls in times of need,
I went to bed at 9:30km.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I arrived at King Shaka airport at 2.15 and checked in after having my small suitcase plastic wrapped. "You must collect it in Johannesburg " said Finn.  I disagreed. I didn't want to have to go through to baggage claim and then to departures when the case could be checkted straight through to Santiago. He was worried thst the case would go missing snd never make it to Spain but I checked it through.  My Camino clothing and paperwork was in my backpack which I took as carry-on luggage. Odile was on the same flight. She said that Robyn was on an SAA flight.

I phoned Gail after landing at Oliver Tambo airport and we met at Capello's where she was having lunch.  We checked in together, asking the ground crew to seat us together even though we both already hsd seats assigned. They were very accommodating and found us seats at the back of the plane. We were told that we must collect our luggage in Madrid and check it in for the onward flight to Santiago.

Whilst waiting at boarding we met Hillary, Gwen, and Odile. Robyn arrived and then I saw Sandra and we exchanged gifts - hers to go to Angela in Logrono and mine to San Anton.  Nice new aircraft - we had a three seater to ourselves so Gail was able to lie down and sleep across 2 seats most of the night.

When we arrived in Madrid at 7.30am we went to baggage claims but none of our stuff was on the carrasol.  The Iberia desk told me that in Europe one collects luggage at the final destination so it had gone to Santiago.

We parted ways with the amaWalkers ladies and got our flight to Santiago while they all flew to Pamplona.  When we landed at Lavacolla  airport only my pink case arrived. Gail's wasn't  there.  I took mine through customs and found Sonia (Santiago taxi driver) waiting for us as arranged.   I told her that Gail's case hadn't arrived and after reporting it to Iberia we left the airport at 11 am together with Nick from Connecticut who had also reported a piece of luggage missing.

Sonia dropped us off close to Pension Escalinata and we checked in, warmly greeted by Jose and Be lin the owners. Gail needed clothes so after a hot drink and toast, we went to Pregrinoteca to look at hiking pants, shirts etc. She couldn't find anything there but the Chino shop across the road had black tights a cheap t-shirt, socks and panties. We got Spanish Sim Cards at Moister and bought salad, cheese, chips, rolls, yoghurt and cold drinks at a Froize supermarket and cherries and peaches at a fruit and veg shop.

After a rest in our room we went back to the river and had a couple of drinks. We went  back to the pension and had chips and guacamole and drinks.  Jose had phoned the Iberia help desk to enquire about Gail's missing case but it was one of those automated reply numbers where you didn't speak to a person.  I sent a whatsapp  to Jon and he said everyone had collected their luggage in Pamplona.  So, only Gail, who had checked hers in at Johnnesburg, didn't have her luggage. At 9.30 we showered  and went to bed. The door to our room had glass panels and the light from the passage shone in.  We were too tired to care.

Gails  suitcase with her special stash!

Saturday, May 06, 2017


Last year my younger brother and his wife Gail were supposed to fly to Rome with Finn in July to meet me after I'd lead my group on the Via Francigena. (Gail walked with my Caracoles group on a Slow Walk from El Ferrol to Santiago in 2014). The plan was to spend a night in Rome and get a train to Viterbo the following day.  We would then do a slow walk back to Rome on the last 100km.

My brother was unexpectedly diagnosed with an illness in May that required surgery and months of post-operative treatment, so he and Gail had to cancel their walk at the last minute. Finn, Jenny, John and I did the walk without them.  I promised them that I wouldn't book myself to lead any groups in 2017 so that I'd be available to walk with them on any route in Spain, France or Italy.  

Due to a heavy workload my brother has decided to wait until next year to walk the Camino but Gail, desperate to get away and walk the Camino again, decided that she would like to do a short walk before the end of May.    We leave South Africa on 9th May and arrive in Sarria the following day.  We will take 12 days to reach Santiago where we will spend 2 nights. We have booked train tickets to Ponferrada, Burgos and Logroño.  From there we fly to Madrid on 27th May for our flights home
This will be the 10th time I walk to Santiago.  I walked to Santiago in 2002, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011 (twice) 2013 (twice) and 2014.  (In 2015 I walked the meseta with an amaWalkers Group, served at an albergue for 2 weeks then flew into Santiago.) 

This is the first time I'm not walking for me, or leading a group.   This is a special walk, for a number of reasons.  I am walking in memory of a wonderful woman who was, and still is, well-known on the Camino, who passed away at the age of 92 in 2002.  I will request a memorial Compostela for Felisa when we arrive in Santiago and will take it to Maria and her daughter Feli in Logroño.
Felisa used to sit under a sprawling fig tree outside her modest home on a sandy path leading to the outskirts of Logroño.  She offered passing pilgrims figs, love and water and her special stamp was much sought after.  Since she passed away her daughter Maria continued serving passing pilgrims and although not in good health and 83 years-old, she still sits under the fig tree offering pilgrims figs, love and water

I will also be carrying the photograph of Wayne - son of a friend killed by a hit-and-run driver a few weeks ago.  His mother, a Camino pilgrim, always hoped to walk the Camino with her son.  I will light a candle for Wayne at all the churches we visit including the cathedral in Santiago.

Gail and I will also be doing a recce walk in preparation for a family Camino next year.  Mark and Tammy want to walk the Camino with Emily in July.  Mark is in a wheelchair, Emily has fragile bones, so this is going to be a challenge!  Gail and I are going to write lots of notes about the route and where the difficult sections are for someone in a wheelchair.

Besides the fact that I am walking with Felisa and Wayne close to my heart, and doing a trial walk for Mark and Emily, this is primarily Gail's Camino. She has had a tough year and needs this time-out with nothing to do but walk, sleep, eat, drink and walk again!  We know that the Camino in busy, especially from Sarria, but we are going to embrace the crowds of pilgrims and if we get the opportunity to sing, or dance with groups of pilgrims, we will join in!

Counting the sleeps - 3 to go and we are off!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


This post has been updated and, by request, the dates have been reversed to have the latest year on the top of the page and the early year at the bottom.  Sil - aka amaWalker - December 2016

Every year a few pilgrims die whilst on the Camino.  Some have heart attacks, others die of existing conditions, and many more are killed on the roads by vehicles.  

The numerous memorials erected by the loved ones of those who lost their lives on the Camino are a poignant reminder that with over 500 000 pilgrims on the Caminos each year, deaths will occur. 

In the middle ages, if a pilgrim died whilst on a pilgrimage they would by-pass purgatory and go straight to heaven.  It is a comforting thought for those who have lost loved ones on the Camino -   may they all rest in peace,

Here are a few names (incomplete) for each year since 1986 compiled from newspaper reports, pilgrims' submissions and the list on the Spanish Federation website.  If you know someone who has died on the Camino whose name is not on this list, please send details to: and to me (with a photograph if possible) via this blog


A 58 year-old pilgrim died after suffering a heart attack on April 10, 2016 on the descent from the
mountains of El Bierzo Leon.

Luis Roberto Villaciencio  a 58 year-old Canadian pilgrim of Bolivian origin died on the night of
April 16 to 17 in the municipal albergue in Burgos.

Drago Žnidar (or Žnider) from Slovenia died of a heart attack in Lorca on 18 April.


A 73 year-old Finnish pilgrim died 26 April after being hit by a car close to the hostel of Valença on the Portuguese route.  The man was part of a group of people from Finland, had just checked in at the pilgrim hostel

A middle aged pilgrim died 28 April as a result of a bicycle accident near Tricastella. 

Ron Duke, 66 year-old Australian pilgrim, had a fatal heart attack while sleeping peacefully on 29th April 2016 in Leon, having walked with Shirley from St Jean Pied de Port. Shirley finished the pilgrimage for both of them and received two Compostelas in Santiago.

A 71 year-old German pilgrim died on May 2, 2016 in the Pontevedra albergue of a heart attack.

Antoine Sanchez , a 62 year-old French pilgrim 62 years old, died on May 12, 2016 while resting 
in the A Guarda shelter (Pontevedra), due to cardiac arrest.

Mr Varszegi, 53 year-old Hungarian pilgrim died of a heart attack on 20 May,100 m after the
Orisson auberge on the first day of his pilgrimage.

Jose María Treviño Zunzunegui , 55 year old pilgrim from Madrid who walked from Saint-Jean-
Pied-de-Port in the company of his eldest son in thanksgiving for his firstborn having overcome 
serious illness, died suddenly on June 20 in Burgos while resting.

Seamus McDonagh (60) died on 10 July of a heart attack hours after completing the two-week 
Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to Santiago.

Michael Cura 16 year old Welsh teenager from Swansea and his party were nearing the end of their
charity cycle trip to Santiago when he collapsed and died on 21 July in the Irago Mountains.

70-year-old British citizen died of heat stroke on 4 September on the Camino Via de La Plata after
spending the previous night in a hostel in Castilblanco de los Arroyos 

Michel Laurent a 70 year-old Belgian pilgrim died on Sunday September 4, 2016 in the vicinity of 
Almaden de la Plata (Sevilla), from heat stroke.

The body of Belgian pilgrim Jeroen Schelstraete was found in Leon 9 September.   He died of wounds inflicted by unknown persons.

Jim Ha Cho, 41 year-old South Korean, disappeared from the beach at Finisterre 12 September.  His body has not yet been found.

Patrick J. Ennis passed away in San Jose, Burgos on 15 September while walking the Camino de Santiago with a friend.

Juan Francisco, ‘Paco’, a 54 year-old Spanish pilgrim from Salamanca, walking his third Camino, died of fatal injuries on 4 November after falling down a ravine between Val Carlos and Roncesvalles

37 year-old Thomas Bellman from Germany was found dead in a ravine in the Saltacaballo area, a few kilometers before Castro Urdiales on the Camino Norte. 27 November


Denise Thiem, an American pilgrim who went missing in April near Astorga, was found murdered in September.

Juan Carlos Lema Balsas 'Zapatones', pilgrim and Jacobean icon of the Compostela pilgrimage, 61 years old, died on May 14 in Pontevedra.

Hugh Wallace died in Santiago on 19 May after completing his pilgrimage

American pilgrim found dead near Izandorre, Val Carlos 20 May  
A French pilgrim, native of Besançon 74 years old, died between Lauzerte and Moissac on 21 May

A German pilgrim, 73 years old, died of a heart attack on June 2, 2015 in the Molinaseca albergue  (León)
67 year-old pilgrim resident of Lugo died when she was hit on the N-547 on 7 June passing through the town of Arca in the Coruña municipality of O Pino.

A 36 year-old French pilgrim died on the way between Las Herrerias, before O Cebreiro, and La Faba, locality of the municipality of Vega de Valcarce on 21 June

 20 year-old Max Hilder from Germany drowned in the sea at Finisterre on 29 June

Rowland Ian Kitchen died of a heart attack on 16 September near Sarria after completing many Camino trails

Roger Chilcott , 67 year-old Town Councillor of Dartmouth died of heart failure on 3rd October whilst  walking the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela trail for charity 
Dr. John Leonard Goodwin of Charlottetown, age 60 years. Died suddenly, in Castrojeriz on 5 October
The body of Adrian Ruiz Munuera, a native of Fuenlabrada was found after he went missing two days  earlier -22 October  - having completed his pilgrimage in Finisterre.


Miguel Martinez Maestre (55 years) and José Lillo Huertas, Alicante pilgrims traveling north to begin the Way in Villatobas (Toledo) died on April 26, 2014, when their van rolled down an embankment.

A German pilgrim, 59, died in his bed of a heart attack on April 30, 2014 in the hostel Morgade (Lugo) 

An Irish pilgrim cyclist, 65 years old, died on April 12, 2014 near Hospital Condesa(Lugo) when he
fell off his bicycle.

Pilgrim British cyclist, 71 years old, died on September 1, 2014 in Carrion de los Condes (Palencia) of a heart attack.

Vicenta Beltran Arnández, 55 yeasr-old pilgrim cyclist from Valencia died on September 5, 2014 at the hospital in Barakaldo (Vizcaya) of a stroke.

Japanese Pilgrim, 52, was found dead on November 13, 2014 in a farm shed near San Juan de Ortega (Burgos).


Jenaro Cebrián Franco, canon of the Cathedral of Santiago and director of the Pilgrim Office, 77 years old, died on January 1, 2012 in Santiago de Compostela victim of a heart attack.

Gilbert Janeri,  8 March 2003 , Brazilian pilgrim, 44-year-old, who was found dead in the Ozanzurieta close to Roncesvalles (Navarra), on March 22, 2013

 Wolscanc Albert Albrecht , German pilgrim 70, died suddenly on April 30, 2013 in the hostel Garrovillas (Cáceres)

Rev. Philip Wren 'Methodist Pilgrim' died May 2013 in Palencia on The Way.

Dario Bandera , Italian pilgrim 65 years of age, was found dead on May 23, 2013 in the mountains of Nobla as close to Undués of Lerda (Zaragoza), victim of a stroke.

Alvia train accident:  79 passengers died in the derailment in the vicinity of the station of Santiago de Compostela on the evening of July 24, 2013, on the eve of the feast of St. James

Manuel Dalmeda , volunteer hospitalero Najera, 62 years old, died suddenly on September 7, 2013 in Azofra (La Rioja) while visiting

Two German pilgrims: HR and LWG, 43 and 49 years old respectively, died on 20 September 2013 close to Pedrouzo (Arca, La Coruña) after being hit by a truck while walking along the shoulder of the N- 547

Dr Agnel Lobo (60 years) died in Triacastella on the 3rd of October 2013 of a heart attack.


Sebastien Thomas, French pilgrim coming from Mont Saint Michel, died on March 3, 2012 in the course of his pilgrimage.

A 67 year old Italian cyclist died on April 24 in the vicinity of Fuente de Cantos (Badajoz), hit by a vehicle.

Joan Ramon Caparros Segui , Barcelona pilgrim who started in Seville, died suddenly on May 10, 2012 on entry to Santiago de Compostela.

Mark Byron Dennis, pilgrim of Michigan (USA), 53 years old, died on May 31 in the shelter of Burgos, in his sleep.

A British pilgrim 66 years old, died suddenly on July 24 in Ponferrada, while walking on the Sil River Bridge.

Freddy Heylen , Belgian cyclist pilgrim from Antwerp, died on July 31, 2012 in Villafranca

A pilgrim from Sabadell (Barcelona) , 64 years old, died suddenly on August 14 in the vicinity of Castaneda (Arzúa, La Coruña), due to a heart attack.

Eric Rudolf Selman , Dutch pilgrim coming from Oviedo, died on September 26, 2012 in Arzúa (La Coruña).

A 65 year old pilgrim Tarragona Ourense resident, died on September 11 in the vicinity of Lalin (Pontevedra), hit by a vehicle.

A 25 year old Belgian pilgrim was found dead on the morning of October 24, 2012 at the viewpoint of Monte del Gozo Santiago de Compostela.


Pater Georg, Bremen German pilgrim who walked the Camino de Santiago to Compostela from Porto, 68, died the day after his arrival in a pension in Santiago on April 7, 2011.

Iohannes Schouten, Dutch pilgrim, 63 years old, died on April 11, 2011 in Pamplona

Angel Perez Salinas, Navarra pilgrim who came on foot from Saint Jean Pied de Port, died on April 24, 2011 unexpectedly in Palas de Rey.

Johanna Chmiel, Austrian pilgrim, died on May 10, 2011 without being able to complete the Camino in Santiago. 

Skov Arne Schmidt, Danish pilgrim 76, died of a heart attack about 100m after the passing ancient the Roman Bridge before Lorca.  In 2012 his widow and family members erected this iron cross in his memory.

José María del Arco, a pilgrim from Ciudad Rodrigo (Salamanca), died on June 17, 2011 in Astorga

Nicole Bigo, a pilgrim from France who began in Le Puy en Velay, died before reaching Santiago.

Herceg-Peterdi Reka, Hungarian pilgrim walking from Saint Jean Pied de Port died in Leon.

Cornelius Bernardus Ignatius – a winter, a pilgrim from Holland, died on September 7, 2011 in Ponferrada.

Franciscus Johannes Maria van Everardus Gijzel, Dutch cyclist pilgrim coming from the shrine of Santiago de Galder (Netherlands) died on October 12, 2011.

Constantine Ferrandis Campins , Mallorca pilgrim died unexpectedly before starting his pilgrimage, his teammates made the pilgrimage on his behalf and arrived in Santiago on October 18, 2011.

Maria del Pilar Hernandez Garnes, Castellón pilgrim began in Roncesvalles and reached  Logroño where she became ill and died shortly afterwards.

Miguel Rios Lamas,  49 year old died on 10/09/2011


Anters Steffen , German pilgrim, 26, died on January 17, 2010 after being struck by a train near Sergude (La Coruna), between Vedra and Susanna, a few kilometers from Compostela.

Manuel Jimenez, a veteran pilgrim from Madrid, 78, died early Sunday in April 25th, 2010 of a heart attack at the exit of Navarrete (La Rioja) while doing the 'Valvanerada', 

Juan Bautista Prats i Catala 68, died of a heart attack in the night of 28 to 29 April 2010 while he slept in the village of Hontanas (Burgos).

Linus Gillis, 62 year old Canadian pilgrim started in Saint Jean Pied de Port, died on May 17, 2010 in Terradillos of the Templars (Palencia).

Enrique Luis Ferraro, 77 Canadian died in Cacabelos Municipal Albergue on May 20, 2010 walking his 5th Camino

Christiaan Adrianus Van Gol Jacqueline - 71 years old Dutch pilgrim making the journey by bicycle from his country, died on May 22, 2010 in Leon victim of cardiac arrest.

An Italian pilgrim, 31 years old, died on July 9, 2010 when he mounted Ibañeta (Navarra), due to heat stroke.

Carmelo Arnaiz Chaton, Spanish pilgrim, 68, died July 9 at the hostel of Avilés (Asturias) in his sleep of a heart attack.

Guilio Recusani, Italian pilgrim, aged 26, drowned on August 20, 2010 in Finisterre, after completing the pilgrimage to Compostela and continuing to Finisterre.

George Kollen, German pilgrim, 67 years old, died on the morning of October 16, 2010 between Portomarín and Sarria (Lugo), of a heart attack.


Lucio Cardillo, Italian pilgrim, 70, died on May 26, 2009 in Burgos. His family continued the pilgrimage on his behalf.

CP, Italian cyclist pilgrim, 34, died in June 2009

Pedro Fernandez Fernandez, a veteran pilgrim and hospitalero, 60, who had to stop in May in the shelter of Samos when he fell ill and died on June 22, 2009 at a hospital in Leon.

Brants Manuel Reyes, 45 year-old veteran pilgrim and hospitalero from Madrid, died of a heart attack on August 21, 2001 while serving in the shelter in Nájera (La Rioja), 

Mönnigmann Josef Werner, German pilgrim Sassenberg, 60, died of a heart attack on September 9, 2009 in the shelter of Azofra (La Rioja).

Efferen Werner, German pilgrim died on September 13, 2009 in Foncebadón (Leon).

Alfons, Belgian pilgrim died of a heart attack on September 29, 2009 in the shelter of Mansilla de las Mulas (León).

Romain Floener, pilgrim from Luxembourg died in late September 2009 in Porriño (Pontevedra).

Gerhard Theodor Waber, 57 year-old German pilgrim from Augsburg died on December 1, 2009 at a hospital in Burgos


Uberlinda Cortes 63 year-old on her second Camino died west of Rabanal

AG, Limoges French pilgrim, 60, died on May 6, 2008 near Mañeru (Navarra), of a heart attack.

Rodrigo Grossi, pilgrim veteran and President of Astur-Leonese Association of Friends of the Camino de Santiago (Oviedo), 74, died on May 18, 2008 near Tarrueza (Cantabria) of a heart attack while on North Road with their Association.

Paul Anthon Wharsop, pilgrim English cyclist, 60, died on May 30, 2008 between Valcarlos and the Ibañeta Pass (Navarra), of a heart attack.

Home Thomas Huete, Cuenca veteran pilgrim, 61, who was about to start in mid-July 2008 a new journey in Leon, when he died of a heart attack.

Francisco Javier Burgos Lizaldez , pilgrim of Zaragoza, 53, died on September 10, 2008 near Sangüesa (Navarra), of a heart attack.

Efferen Werner, German pilgrim died on September 13, 2008 in Foncebadón (Leon).

Jose Manuel Caudet Peris, a pilgrim of Valencia, 57, died of a heart attack on September 15, 2008 at the Cathedral of Santiago, as he climbed the steps to embrace the Saint.

Francisco Manuel Lopez Picasso, Malaga veteran pilgrim, 42, died on September 25, 2008 as he climbed the hill Mostelares.

Manuel Rodríguez Viña, pilgrim and hospitalero of Zaragoza, 55 years, while serving as a hospitalero in Arrés (Huesca) had to be rushed to hospital in Huesca, where he died on the night of 20 to 21 October 2008 of meningitis.


Chris Phillips 51 - Scottish pilgrim left Saint Jean Pied de Port for Roncesvalles but did not arrive because of the snow. He was found the following day April 4, 2007 just 50m from the road and taken to a hospital in Pamplona, where he died of hypothermia.

Jean Bernard Andre Gros, 65 French pilgrim who walked the road with his wife, died on the afternoon of May 14, 2007 in Palas de Rei (Lugo), while resting at a hotel.

Kelly Tomas Murillo, a pilgrim of Costa Rica 61 years old, walked with his sister from Saint Jean Pied de Port, but died in May 2007 of a heart attack.

Fuhrmeister Lambert, 76 German pilgrim, was found dead on June 9, 2007 after passing Puente la Reina (Navarra),

Marcia Schiavon, Brazillian pilgrim passed  21th June 2007, in Boadilla del Camino, from heart attack in her sleep.

Gonzalo Bañolas Bolaños 46 – from Canary, died on June 26, 2007 in Burgos where he was about to start walking the Camino de Santiago.

Jesus Sanchez, pilgrim rider from Vitoria (Alava) who did the Camino with his son, was hit by a car on July 28, 2007 and died on 31 at a hospital in Orense.

Gilles Chanovin, 58 French pilgrim who came from Le Puy, died on August 7, 2007 early in the morning after being hit by a car on the slope of Pieros (Leon)

Andrés García Pelayo, pilgrim rider Algeciras (Cádiz), 41, died on September 5, 2007 after fainting while climbing to Cebreiro.

James Niergang , French pilgrim 63, died on the night of 15 to 16 October 2007 at the hostel of Nájera (La Rioja) in his sleep.


Torremocha Carlos Lorenzo, 63 year old pilgrim and hospitalero veteran died on January 8, 2006 in Tres Cantos (Madrid) of a heart attack - just 15 kilometres after starting the road from his home in Madrid.

Christine Gall, French pilgrim who died after starting her pilgrimage to Saint Jean Pied de Port.

Vanhersecke Claude, French pilgrim died after starting his pilgrimage in Le Puy.

Benno Lignau, 69 year-old German pilgrim veteran started his fifth pilgrimage at Canfranc , died on the morning of June 17, 2006 at a hotel in Mansilla de las Mulas (León) in his sleep

Inigo Ibarrondo, pilgrim from Seville, 48, began the Via de la Plata in Seville and died of cardiac arrest at the end of its second stage, on August 4, 2006 at the hostel of Castilblanco de los Arroyos (Sevilla)

Santino Joseph Campo and Julian Manzano , 50 and 51, both friends and hospitaleros were killed on August 21, 2006 in Villada (Palencia) in a train accident , returning home from a pilgrimage to Santiago on the Camino Portuguese.

Higinio Aguado, Spanish pilgrim of 67 years of age, died on September 8 in Villafranca Montes de Oca (Burgos) after suffering a fainting spell.

A Pilgrim, 62 years old, died on September 9, 2006 after Castrogeriz (Burgos) as he climbed the height of Mostelares.

Rosa Maria Seia Amorim, a Portuguese pilgrim cyclist from Barcelos (Portugal), died on September 29, 2006 during the course of the last stage and close to Santiago.

Rosanna from Verona (2006) died just after Zuriain


Francis Marsac , French pilgrim who came from Le Puy, died on May 16, 2005.

Zumsande Werner, a pilgrim who came from Saint Jean Pied de Port, died on May 24, 2005 in El Cebreiro (Lugo) after a heart attack.

Jean Marchandy, French cyclist died on June 1, 2005 in Tiebas (Navarra) hit by a vehicle.

Jose Manuel Llamazares Alvarez , 69 - Spanish pilgrim coming from Oviedo, died on July 1, 2005 in Santiago de Compostela after fulfilling his pilgrimage.

PG, French pilgrim of 65 years walking with his wife, died on September 15, 2005 in the shelter of Astorga (León) after a heart attack.

Ana Teresa Hernandez, Spanish pilgrim 19, died on September 18, 2005 in Gonzar (Lugo) due to arteriosclerosis.

Joseph Carty – 78 year-old Irish pilgrim died just outside Ponferrada at the  village of Campo.


Franz Joseph Kokf, Belgian pilgrim 67, died on April 28, 2004 in Guendulaín (Navarra)  of a heart attack.

Bongardt W. Hubert , German cyclist pilgrim 66, died May 18 in the town of Moratinos (Palencia) - hit by a van.

Surda Anton, Slovak pilgrim, died on May 22, 2004 in Legarda (Navarra) - hit by a car.

Chápuli Alande Vicente , Valencia Pilgrim 35, died on July 24, 2004 in San Justo de la Vega (León) - hit by a vehicle.

Barttolo Revelatto, Italian cyclist pilgrim 61, died on August 14, 2004 in Ponferrada (Leon) in his sleep at his hotel.

Robert Edmond, Pilgrim 56, died on August 21, 2004 in Valverde de la Virgen (Leon) after a stroke.

Luis Hoyos, pilgrim rider Villaba (Navarra), 24, died on August 23, 2004 in Mansilla de las Mulas (León) - run over by a van.

Ramon Gonzalez de Mendoza Diego Villacé, pilgrim of Extremadura, died on April 21, 2004.

Bernhard Stefan Jüttner, German pilgrim 63, died on September 12, 2004 in the shelter of Sahagún (León) in his sleep.

An Italian Pilgrim with terminal cancer, died on Sept. 21 at the Cathedral of Santiago after fulfilling his pilgrimage.


Myra Brennan (52 yrs) of Kilkenny and Sligo, Ireland, died in her sleep at the end of her second Camino in Santiago 24.06.2003

Francis J. Barte , French pilgrim and 59 Athos-Aspis, died March 5, 2003 near Valcarlos (Navarra).

Lukassen , Dutch cyclist pilgrim, died on June 7, 2003 climbing to Cebreiro (Lugo).

Gisele Boulard died 21 June between Calzadilla de los Hermanillos and Religos.

Bertaco Giovanni , Italian pilgrim 73, died on August 12, 2003 in Camponaraya (Leon)


A Brazilian Peregrino , 48 years old, disappeared on January 13, 2002 in the Pyrenees and found dead on January 23, 2002 by two pilgrims.

A French Pilgrim , 78 years old, disappeared on April 3, 2002 between Saint-Jean-Pied de Port and Roncesvalles and found dead a few days later by hikers near Ortzanzurieta (Navarra).

Marie Catherine Kimpton, Canadian pilgrim, died on June 2, 2002 in Villatuerta (Navarra) hit by a car. Her husband was injured.

A French Pilgrim, walking with his wife, died June 4 in Sarria (Lugo).

Klanke Ulbrich, German pilgrim 59, died on June 25, 2002.

Braum Henrietta, German pilgrim who was struck by a vehicle on June 25, 2002 and died June 27 in Pamplona (Navarra).

José María Huerta Otero, 25 pilgrim of Cadiz, died July 11, 2002 in the shelter of Rabanal del Camino (Leon) due to meningitis.

JRBF, pilgrim Lodosa (Navarra), 49, died on August 17, 2002 in the shelter of el Ganso (Leon).

A Canadian peregrina, 49, died in 2002 at the hostel of Sarria (Lugo).

Shingo Yamashita, a veteran Japanese pilgrim, 64-year-old was found dead on November 8, 2002 between Linzoaín and Zubiri (Navarra).


Jorge Ferreira, 48 year-old Brazilian disappeared on 13 January 2001 in the Pyrenees and was found dead on 23 January 2001 by two pilgrims
Jouko Juhani Tyyri , Finnish pilgrim, died on May 9, 2001 at the pilgrim's hostel in Ponferrada (León) in his sleep.


Francisco Juarez Arbeloa, from Leganes (Madrid), 59, died July 11, 2000 in Melide (La Coruna) of a heart attack.

A Spanish Pilgrim cyclist from Sabadell (Barcelona), cyclist, died near Ponferrada (León) hit by a vehicle.

Miguel Angel Rocino, born in Buenos Aires, died on 13-11-2000 aged 67.


Libertad de Ramón , Enrique Lopez, Natividad Alonso and Carmen Navarro, bus pilgrims from the Diocese of Astorga,  died on May 23, 1999 in a bus accident.

Francisco Javier Fernandez Azcona , pilgrim Oteiza 34, Navarre, drowned in Finisterre on 27 March 1999 after completing his pilgrimage

Emilio Muñoz Guerrero, a pilgrim from San Sebastian de los Reyes (Madrid), died on May 4, 1999 while climbing the Alto de Erro (Navara).

Iñaki Esnal Murga , Spanish pilgrim who died on May 21, 1999 in Rabanal del Camino (Leon).

Melendo Bernedi Sabin, a pilgrim from Bilbao, 62, died on June 5, 1999 in Leon at the start of his pilgrimage.

Javier Mendez Biurrun, pilgrim of Tafalla (Navarra), died on June 22, 1999 at the hostel in Leon.

G. Clifford Noylan, pilgrim American cyclist, died on July 9 on the N-120 at the entrance of Navarrete (La Rioja) - he was run over by a truck.

Lionel Douhaud, French pilgrim, died on July 22, 1999 shortly before reaching Melide (La Coruña) he was hit by a van


Manfred Kress , German cyclist pilgrim 60, died on June 9, 1998 at Camino Real Bercianos (Leon).


Paul Rolf Bäcker , Dutch cyclist pilgrim, died on June 14, 1996 in the hostel Melide (La Coruna) of a heart attack.


Nicolaas Adrianus Henricus Theeeuwes , Dutch cyclist pilgrim 54, died on July 12,
in Sahagún (León) hit by a car while returning to his country.

Jose Rodriguez Marcos, pilgrim rider 60 years, a native of Oviedo, died on July 25, 1995 between Palas de Rey and Monterroso (Lugo) following a heart attack.


Mario Rafael Gonzalez , Spanish pilgrim, died on July 4, 1993 in Los Arcos (Navarre) hit by a vehicle.

Guillermo Watt , Swiss pilgrim died on August 25, 1993 in Salceda (La Coruña).
 Mariano Sanchez Covisa Car , Spanish pilgrim, died on September 24, 1993 in Cerceda (Arca, La Coruña).

Mariano Sanchez Covisa Carro,  Spanish pilgrim, died on September 24, 1993 in Cerceda (Arca, La Coruña).


Charles Prosper Remmy , Strasbourg French cyclist pilgrim, a priest of 56 years, died on August 17, 1989 in the village of La Granja (Sarria, Lugo) from cardiac arrest.


Heinrich Krause , German cyclist pilgrim 26, died Aug. 31, 1987 in El Acebo (Leon) in accident on his bicycle.


Alice de Craemer , pilgrim Belgian cyclist, died July 1, 1986 in Navarrete (La Rioja) hit by a vehicle whilst on pilgrimage with her ​​husband who was injured.