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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 new Vía de la Plata website.

The full Guide to the Camino Francés contains all the information in the free guide and loads more besides. It's available to download or as a Kindle ebook. If you already own the Kindle ebook click here to find out about getting the latest version.

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 2€ donation click here.

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Camino Francés

Starting in St 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. See a list of the latest updates here.

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The full guide

The full guide to the Camino de Santiago - Camino Francés is now available to download as a pair of .pdf files or as two Kindle ebooks from Amazon.

It's divided into two parts. Part one is a comprehensive guide to walking the Camino. It contains all the information in the free guide plus loads more about the things you'll see along the way, covering the following topics:

History - Culture - Architecture - Folk History - Traditional Festivals - Legends - Meaning of Placenames.

Part two is designed to help you in your practical preparations for walking the Camino and to teach you a little about its history. It covers the following:

There's lots of background information too on the History of Spain, the History of the Camino and the lives of Pilgrims in Ancient Times. This is designed to help you put everything you see in a historical context.

The Communicating chapter gives advice on making yourself understood and understanding other people. It also has a comprehensive list of Spanish words and phrases relevant to the Camino. The menu guide will help you decypher Spanish menus (and hopefully keep you fed and watered!)

Download some sample pages from the full guide

Or download more information about the full guide

The download version is in .pdf format (like the free guide) and can be printed or read on your computer or hand-held device. Cost 4€ for both sections.

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The Kindle guide to the Camino de Santiago

The Kindle ebooks contains all the information in the full guide and has also been fully updated during summer 2011.

It comes in two separate ebooks, one with Preparation and Background Information for before you go and the other with all the information you'll need during your Camino.

Both cost US$5 (or the equivalent amount in your currency) and taxes (VAT, GST, etc.) are added depending where you live and Amazon takes a cut. You can buy it and see samples on the Amazon website:

Click: Walking Guide to the Camino de Santiago History Culture Architecture from St Jean Pied de Port to Stantiago de Compostela and Finisterre (CaminoGuide.net eBooks) and Camino de Santiago - Practical Preparation and Background (CaminoGuide.net eBooks) Preparation and Background Guide.

If you live in the UK click: Walking Guide and Preparation and Background Guide.

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The full 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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Latest updates - Camino Francés

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May 2013: multiple updates to info and new hostels in: Espinal, Zabaldika, Villamayor de Monjardín, Logroño x 2, Navarrete, Espinosa del Camino, Reliegos, Villavente, Vega de Valcarce x 2, Fillobal, A Balsa, Sarria x 2, Melide x 2, Bebedeiro

March 2013: new private hostels in Ferreiros and Negreira. Telephone numbers for hostels along the whole Camino.

February 2013: new private hostel in Santa Mariña on the Camino de Finisterre and in St Jean Pied de Port. Also various other updates. 

November 2012: new municipal hostel in Vilaserio on the Camino de Finisterre.

October 2012: new hostel in Hospital de Órbigo and a new private hostel in Muxia - at last an alternative to expensive hotels!

September 2012: new hostels in Pamplona, Viana and Grañón and various other updates.

June 2012: Complete review of the Camino Francés guide. Multiple updates and new pilgrim hostels in Logroño, Nájera x 3, El Burgo Ranero, Reliegos, Murias de Rechivaldo, Vega de Valcarce, Sarria x 2, Boente x2, Salceda, Arca do Pino / Pedrouzo, San Lázaro, Santiago de Compostela x 2. León municipal hostel closes because of spending cutbacks. This is the hostel outside the city centre, the convent hostel is still open.

June 2012: new hostel in Finisterre, Albergue Cabo da Vila.

February 2012: a hostel burned down in Villafranca del Bierzo. Updates and additions to statistics section in Full Guide.

January 2012: a few minor updates which came through in the last couple of months. More importantly there's been a complete redesign of the guide, download it and have a look. Let me know what you think to info@caminoguide.net

October 2011: Larrasoaña, Bercianos del Real Camino, Rabanal del Camino, Mercadoiro, Vendas de Narón, Arco do Pino.

September 2011: multiple updates following my Camino 2011. New hostels in: Navarette, Sahagún, Calzadilla de los Hermanillos, Cardeñuela Río Pico, Finisterre

June 2011: new hostels in Roncesvalles, Arca do Pino, Huarte and Portomarín. Update to Villamayor de Monjardín

May 2011: San Juan de Ortega, Burgos, Boadilla

April 2011: Tardajos, Zubiri, Logorño, Ventosa, Burgos

March 2011: Various updates between Pamplona and Burgos including a new hostel in Ciriñuela and the youth hostel in Grañón.

January 2011: Municipal hostel Villava, Pamplona

December 2010: Santiago correction and new font (Verdana). New hostel in Melide.

August 2010: updates to Finisterre Camino including new hostels in Negreira, Vilaserío, Cee, Finisterre.

July 2010: Multiple updates (too numerous to mention) following my Camino 2010. New hostels in: St Jean Pied de Port, Mañeru, Rabé de la Calzadas, Villalcázar de Sirga, Villares de órbigo, Villafranca del Bierzo, La Faba, Portomarín, Palas de Rei, San Lázaro, Santiago, Torres del Río .

May 2010 update hostel Azofra.

April 2010 new over-flow hostel in Sahagún, two new hostels in Negreira. Update Municipal Hostel in Pamplona. Update San Bol.

March 2010 Misc price, services and route updates for the entire Camino. New hostels St Jean, Zubiri, Logroño, Viana, Sotés, Villambistia, Burgos, Hontanas, Rabé de la Calzada, Itero del Castillo, Frómista, Mansilla de la Mulas, San Martín del Camino, Foncebadón, Portomarín, Mongrade, Castañeda.

February 2010 Rabanal del Camino, La Virgen del Camino, change washing for laundry , Melide, Negreira, Mercadoiro, Logroño, Santiago Seminario Menor opening for March, Lires river crossing, Honto.

January 2010 Additional route information for Pamplona, Burgos, León, Astorga, Ponferrada and Camponaraya. New hostel in Santiago. Melide hostel closed for renovation.

December 2009 Various updates Fisterra/Muxía, new hostels in Belorado, Pamplona, Samos, Portomarin, Maroñas and Fisterra. Change price format to Spanish style (eg 5€).

November 2009 Updates to Torres del Río, Logroño, Cirueña, El Burgo Ranero, Valverde de la Virgen, Trabadelo, Laguna de Castilla, Villafranca Montes de Oca, Marcadoira, Arzúa, all Xunta hostels will cost 5€ from 01/01/10

October 2009 Updates to Uterga, Eunate, óbanos, Lorca, Villatuerta, Estella, Los Arcos, Sansol, Torres del Río, Viana, Logroño, Navarete, Ventoso, Nájera, Azofra, Grañón, Villafranca, Agés

October 2009 Updates to Roncesvalles, Cizur Menor, Puente la Reina, Estella, Los Arcos, Logroño, Villambistia, Espinosa del Camino

September 2009 Youth Hostel in Estella and updates to Cirauqui

September 2009 Update Casa del Santo in Santo Domingo de la Calzada

August 2009 New hostel in Zariquiegui, El Albergue de Zariquiegui

June 2009 New hostel in St Jean, Refuge Esponda

First edition March 2009

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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. See a list of the latest updates here.

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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Latest updates - Camino Aragonés

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September 2012: new hostel in Canfranc Estación.

October 2011: Undués de Lerda, new hostel in Tiebas

July 2010: Ruesta, Sangüesa, Izco, Tiebas. Change price format to style used in Spain (ie. 10€)

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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 St 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. See a list of the latest updates here.

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:

 

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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.

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Latest updates - Camino del Baztán

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March 2013: various updates thanks to the volunteers in Bayonne!

November 2011: various updates, new pilgrim hostel in Espelette and removed holiday village in Souraïde.

March 2011: first version.

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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. This one's pretty flash with tonnes of information.

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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