Camino: Food and Drinks You Must Try On Your Pilgrimage

Tapas on the Camino de Santiago
Tapas on the Camino de Santiago

Cerveza, vino and the best food on Spain's Camino de Santiago


If you are after some authentic Spanish flavours on your Camino pilgrimage, you are in for a treat.

From the brightly coloured padrón peppers to some of the very best tortillas and empanadas in Spain, here are the ultimate Camino food and drinks you simply must try on your way to Santiago.

Tortilla de patatas

Who can say ‘no’ to a slice of mouth-watering tortilla de patatas? The Spanish delicacy is famous the world over, with dedicated tortilla competitions taking place in Spain every year. Traditionally the dish would only include four ingredients (eggs, potatoes, salt and oil), although these days there are many versions which also add onions.
Tortilla is one of the most popular tapas choices on the Camino

Queixo de tetilla cheese

Manchego may claim the title of the most famous Spanish type of cheese but, when you are walking the Camino, you should sample some creamy queixo de tetilla. According to legend, during the construction of the Santiago Cathedral’s famed Portico of Glory, the church authorities ordered for Queen Esther’s bosom to be toned down; in protest, the locals created this cheese and gave it the shape of a woman’s breast.

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Padrón peppers

This popular Camino food is found on virtually every tapas menu along the Camino de Santiago and is a variety of bright green peppers that are traditionally cooked with olive oil and salt. Although most of them have a mild taste, about one in ten padrón peppers has much higher levels of capsaicin, which gives it a much hotter flavour… and there is no way to tell until you taste it. We call it tastebud roulette.
Padrón peppers originally come from northwestern Spain


You will find some of the finest empanadas on your Camino journey, as the iconic crescent-shaped, savoury pastry originally comes from northwestern Spain (exactly where the Camino finishes in Santiago). Either fried or baked, empanadas are filled with a variety of ingredients such as meat, fish, seafood or vegetables. In fact, each family is said to have its own unique recipe!
Empanadas can have a variety of fillings

Percebes barnacles

Fans of seafood (and not only) will delight in what is often seen as the most exclusive of all delicacies in Galicia. Percebes, a strange-looking briny barnacle, are incredibly difficult to find and are, for many, the best food on the Camino de Santiago. They can only be hand-harvested off the rocks of the Galician coast, often a dangerous task, which explains their hefty price tag.
Percebes barnacles are exlusively found in Galicia

Tarta de Santiago

Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, you should treat yourself to a slice of tarta de Santiago to celebrate the end of your Camino journey. Although the distinctive cross of Santiago was not used until 1924 to decorate this delicious, almond-based cake, the original recipe is much older: this Camino food speciality dates back to 1577!
Tarta de Santiago is the perfect sweet treat at the end of your Camino journey

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How about a drink?

An ice cold glass of cerveza or vino is the perfect way to reward yourself at the end of a day’s long walk on the Camino.
Estrella Galicia is ideal to quench your thirst when you walk the Camino
If you are a beer fan, the local brand is Estrella Galicia (it was founded in A Coruña in 1906 and is still run by the same family) and you will find it on the menu of every bar you pass by.

If you prefer wine, you should definitely try a glass of white albariño. Crisp, aromatic and very refreshing, albariño is native to Galicia and it is one of Spain’s most distinctive grape varieties.
Albariño is the most famous wine produced in the Galicia region


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