I received a message recently from someone who wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago with his 12-year-old son. He wanted to know if it was a crazy idea or if he should go ahead with the planning.
When I walked the Camino, in March and April, I didn't see any children on the way primarily because they would have all been at school. I don't know how many children walk the Camino in the summer months (which is when this father wanted to walk), but I think the problem here would be that the summer months get so busy, with huge crowds racing to get to the refuges before the other pilgrims. I have heard of people getting up at 5am to arrive first. This sounds like a horrible experience to me - I can't imagine how a 12-year-old would feel about it.
Have you walked the Camino? Did you walk with children or see any on your way? What did you think? Share your experience below!
See also: Camino de Santiago Guide