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Welcome to the Camino Guide website! We provide free guides to the Camino de Santiago which can be downloaded in PDF format and printed out or viewed on a device such as a mobile phone or an ebook reader. The guides are updated regularly with information from pilgrims walking the Camino. They are the most up-to-date source of information about services and pilgrim accommodation on the Camino de Santiago available in English.

The guides contain all the practical information you'll need during your pilgrimage. Click on the links below for the Camino you're interested in:

If you're looking for the Vía de la Plata guide you can acces it from our Vía de la Plata website.

And check out our new packing blog at packing!

In the Useful Links section there are lots of links to other resources on the Internet to help you with your preparation.

Like to know more about this guide and its origins? Have a look at the Our Philosophy section.

If you have any comments or updates or corrections for any one of the guides you can contact us by emailing info@caminoguide.net. If you'd like to like to make a donation click here.

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Camino Francés

Starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the Camino Francés is the traditional route for pilgrims arriving from France and the most popular Camino today.

 

The guide lists pilgrim accommodation and essential services along the route. It's updated frequently based on feedback from pilgrims like you.

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The full guide

As well as the free guide we also publish a more detailed paid-for guide to the Camino Francés.

It's comes as two books. Book one, The Walking Guide to the Camino de Santiago, is a comprehensive guide to walking the Camino. It contains all the information in the free guide plus detailed route maps and maps of towns and villages, and loads more information about the things you'll see along the way, covering the following:

Book two, Camino de Santiago - Practical Preparation and Background, is designed to help you in your practical preparations for walking the Camino. It covers the following:

Download some sample pages from the full guide

Or download more information about the full guide

The books are in PDF format (like the free guide) and can be printed or read on your computer or hand-held device.

How to buy...

If you'd like to buy one or both books you have several options:

Buy the books in PDF format directly from this website.

Both books together cost €4, that's considerably cheaper than buying them elsewhere. We can make it cheaper because we're cutting out the middleman.

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Buy the books in ebook or print format on Amazon.

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If you have an ebook reader which is not compatible with Amazon formats you can buy both books from the SmashWords ebook publishing website.

Camino de Santiago - Practical Preparation and Background

Walking Guide to the Camino de Santiago History Culture Architecture

Buy the guide as a smartphone app.

The guide to the Camino Francés is now available as a smartphone app for Apple iPhones, phones running Google's Android OS and Windows Phone OS.

Please see: Apple, Android, and Windows Phone

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The idea for the guide

The idea for the full guide came from another conversation with another grumpy Frenchman in Grañón. He was complaining bitterly about how the available guidebooks didn't do the Camino justice and failed to explain its wonderful architectural and historical heritage inside the larger historical context. Not to mention the Camino's important role in European history.

This got me thinking and I began to research the Camino's history. There is very little real history written about the Camino in English, the reference texts are in French (Les Chemins de St Jacques by Yves Bottineau) and German (Pilgerstab und Jakobmuschel by Norbert Ohler). Luckily my nomadic existence had prepared me well for the task and over a period of months I ploughed my way through both. The result was an essay on the history of the Camino which forms the heart of the full guide. It attempts, in as accurate and comprehensive a manner possible, to place the Caminos in their historical context and to explain the circumstances which led to their birth and their (not inconsiderable) contribution to history.

The Camino is an experience which puts people in a situation and presents them with a set of challenges for which most people have no precedence. For that reason I thought it was important to give people the best information and advice possible on preparing for their pilgrimage. In writing the sections on preparation, what to bring and what to expect once on the Camino, I drew on my own experience and those of the many friends I've made in my years of wandering.

The section on communication contains the Spanish phrases I find myself using all the time on the Camino. On the Camino Francés you can easily manage without Spanish (although it's nice, and polite, to know and use the basics) however on the other Caminos you'll struggle without any Spanish.

Later when I bought and fell in love with an Amazon Kindle ebook reader I decided I had to get my guide on to it. The result was the Camino Guide for Kindle.

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Camino Aragonés

The Camino Aragonés is the Spanish continuation of the Chemin d'Arles which is traditionally considered to start in the French city of Arles. This is the main route from southern France, Italy and south east Europe. In Latin it is known as the Via Tolosana.

 

Many pilgrims start the Camino Aragonés at the Col de Somport, the traditional border crossing into Spain, however our guide includes three spectacular days walking on the French sides of the border from Oloron-Sainte-Marie up to the Col de Somport. The Camino Aragonés joins the Camino Francés at Eunate near Puente La Reina.

Oloron-Sainte-Marie is a good starting point for this Camino because it is on the French rail network.

The guide lists pilgrim accommodation and essential services along the route. It's updated frequently based on feedback from pilgrims like you.

To download the guide enter your email address below. You will receive an email with a link from which you can download the guide. You only need to complete the email field, the others are optional. We like to know where people heard about us so it would be nice if you could tell us that.

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Camino del Baztán

The Camino del Baztán starts in Bayonne and passes through the beautiful Valley of Baztán to rejoin the Camino Francés in Pamplona. It is a wonderful alternative to the strenuous walk from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles.

 

Although facilities are less well developed on this Camino, with a bit of forward planning it can be walked by anyone. With its gentle pace and friendly natives, it's like the Camino must have been twenty years ago!

The guide lists pilgrim accommodation and essential services along the route. It's updated frequently based on feedback from pilgrims like you.

To download the guide enter your email address below. You will receive an email with a link from which you can download the guide. You only need to complete the email field, the others are optional. We like to know where people heard about us so it would be nice if you could tell us that.

Email:

 

First name:

 

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Where'd you hear of us:

 

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We promise not to sell your email to anyone else and not to send you any further communications if you have chosen not to receive any. Communications will be limited to very occasional updates about the guide.

If you found this guide useful please consider making a 2€ donation. The money you donate will go towards paying the costs of providing free and reliable information to pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago.

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Our Philosophy

Philosophy behind our free minimalist guide.

 

The idea for this guide came to me one day on Chemin du Puy. I was talking to a rather grumpy French gentleman who was somewhat obsessed with the weight of his kit and was complaining bitterly about having to carry a guidebook that weighed nearly 200g, most of which was made up of unnecessary things like colour photos and waffle. That got me thinking about creating a guide that would contain just the essential information. Nothing more.

The guide grew out of my desire to give something back to the Camino community for all the happiness the Camino has given me. It was written following these principles:

Useful Links

Links to useful resources on the internet.

 

There's a multitude of information available on the internet. This is just a small sample.

In English

There's are lively forums for all your questions here and here.

The Canadian Company of Pilgrims have an excellent website with downloadable guides dealing with subjects like camping, luxury hotels, etc. They even have a recipes page! The American Pilgrims site is good too. Also the Confraternity of St James from the UK now has some guides you can download and the Irish society has a good website. There's also an excellent blog with tonnes of additional information here

In Spanish

One of the best from the Eroski group with information on everything and a lively forum. Mundi Camino is another site with loads of information. This is the website of the Amigos del Camino. The Jacobeo website has lots of information if you can find it.

In French

Les Amis du Chemin de St Jacques in St Jean Pied de Port also produce a list of pilgrim accommodation which they update every year. It can be downloaded from the Xacobeo.fr website.

Videos

Here's a video of the Botafumeiro in Santiago cathedral.

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