Welcome to El Camino that leads from the foothills of the Pyrenees in France to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia – a distance of 791 km (490 miles). During the past ten years the Camino has witnessed an amazing revival to regain its place as the most popular Christian pilgrim route in the world – but this is no modern fad for this ancient path has been transforming lives for more than ten centuries. In recognition of, “The testimony to the power of faith and the 1,800 buildings of great historic interest that lie along its path” it was proclaimed the first European Cultural Itinerary in 1987 and inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.
Now updated Pilgrim's Guide To The Camino De Santiago includes newer maps and photos and lighter in weight to support carefree traveling- this comprehensive guidebook to the Camino de Santiago and its offshoots contains all the information needed by modern-day pilgrims wishing to walk the sacred Way of St. James. Overview route planners plus daily stage maps and detailed town plans help sojourners with all the advance preparation they need.
The maps feature contour guides to help distinguish the terrain that will be crossed each day, while full information on all pilgrim hostels, as well as details for alternative accommodation, allow travelers to plot adequate nightly stopping points. All reference information is accompanied by helpful spiritual guidelines to support the seeker's inner journey as well as the outer pilgrimage. Otherwise known as the Camino Frances, the main route covered in this volume is the most popular sacred route through Spain, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.
288 pages paperback in full colour including:
- Overview route planner
- 33 daily stage maps showing optional routes
- 33 Contour guides
- List of pilgrim hostels and alternative accommodation
- 14 Town plans
- Practical notes on preparation including
- Equipment and clothing checklist
- Dictionary with basic pilgrim phrases
- Historical notes and places of special interest. In addition to the physical route there are pointers to the
- Mystical path with
- Inspirational quotations space for
- Personal reflectionsand a
- Self-assessment questionnaire to help prepare for the inner journey.
All this designed to fit easily into your pocket!
||John Brierley is a former charter surveyor who promotes business sabbaticals and pilgrimages as a way to reappraise life's purpose. He is the author of several collections of maps and guides to the Camino de Santiago and the Camino Portugues.