Water Fountains along the Camino de Santiago

by Debby Jagerman-Dungan
( November 26th, 2012 )

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

Finding water to drink along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route is quite easy. One option is to buy bottled water, which you can find at places like cafés, bars, restaurants, and albergues. Although it is less expensive, and more fun, to walk into a small local market and buy bottled water there.

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

However, a free, and more environmentally friendly option, is to drink water from the abundance of water fountains conveniently located along the way. If there is either no sign, or if there is a sign that says, “agua potable,” then it is alright to drink this water. Do not drink the water from a fountain that says, “non potable” or “agua sin garantia sanitaria.”

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

A way to carry this fountain water with you is to buy one of the bottled waters mentioned above, and then reuse this water bottle over and over again. Alternatively, bring along a water bladder, which is what I did, and refill that as needed.

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

What I thought was the best part about getting water at all these water fountains was that each fountain was different, fun, and uniquely designed. For example, some were decorated with or near flowers, others were near religious symbols, and others contained the scallop shell symbol of the Camino.

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

Of note in the photo below are my backpack and my hiking pole next to the water fountain.

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

This is the water fountain where I happened to obtain that hiking pole, and left my walking stick.

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

And this fountain was apparently was built in 1849!

Camino de Santiago Water Fountains

Sweet (and drinkable) Travels!

Thoughts, Tips, and Translations for Today’s Blog:

Contemplative Thought from the Camino: None. Sometimes it was good not to think when walking along the Camino.

Packing Tip for the Pilgrimage: I wrote about this tip in a previous blog, but it seems appropriate to mention it again now. I used this very convenient water bladder. It was light weight, easy to fill, and carried a good amount of water.

Spanish Translation of the Santiago: Fuente de Agua = Water Fountain. Agua Potable = Drinking Water. Non potable = Not Drinking Water. Agua Sin Garantia Sanitaria = “Water Without Health Guarantee.”

8 comments
 
Comments
1.
On November 29th, 2012 at 5:56 pm, Nancy Sorell said:

Like!

2.
On November 29th, 2012 at 9:46 pm, Debby Jagerman said:

Nancy, Like your Like!

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On December 2nd, 2012 at 12:47 pm, Sarah Shaw - WanderShopper said:

Beautiful photos, Debby! All your wonderful posts make me want to do the walk too!

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On December 2nd, 2012 at 5:06 pm, Debby Jagerman said:

Thank you very much, Sarah! I hope that someday you will do the walk!

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On February 22nd, 2013 at 6:54 am, London Architects said:

There can be little doubt that people like water fountains. Water fountains are popular because of their aesthetic appearance, pleasing sound and because they seem to transform the atmosphere wherever they are. One of the greatest benefits of having a water fountain has to be those wonderful sound effects.

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On October 23rd, 2013 at 5:25 pm, Tanne said:

So, is it safe to drink from the fountains, or would it be safer to drink bottled water?

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On October 25th, 2013 at 8:15 am, Debby Lee Jagerman said:

Tanne,

Please refer to this link regarding drinking water, but basically,
“The water is safe everywhere except the few places where is specifically labeled as “non potabile.”

http://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/age-old-question-water-on-the-camino.8432/

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