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 Portugués.
A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean * Roncesvalles * Santiagoby John Brierley
Now updated to include newer maps and photosand lighter in weight to support carefree travelingthis 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
Now updated to include newer maps and photosand lighter in weight to support carefree travelingthis 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 Francés, the main route covered in this volume is the most popular sacred route through Spain, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago.
- Findhorn Press
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- Edition description:
- Eighth edition
- Product dimensions:
- 4.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
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A Must-Have When Hiking the Camino We hiked the Camino Frances in October/November and found this guidebook to be essential. We have been travelling basically full time for the past 5 years and, as you can imagine, have used a lot of guidebooks in that time. And I have to say, Brierley's maps were as accurate as any we've seen, probably at least partially because he updates them every year. The fact that they are generally not to scale takes a little getting used to but is more or less irrelevant. Personally, we did not have any use for the "Mystical Path" sections, but they were easily ignored and even if he removed them I doubt he could have reduced the overall size of the book by much. Although if he could I would have welcomed it. We seriously considered going with his more basic book of maps that does not include any of the trail, town or albergue descriptions but, in the end, were happy we chose the slightly larger version as that info came in handy on a daily basis. Because things are constantly changing Brierley no longer rates the albergues but after a while it is not too hard to read between the lines and figure out which places he would recommend. This was far and away the most popular English-speaking guidebook on the Camino and it was interesting to see how it became something of a cultural phenomenon to bash it for even the slightest inaccuracies, both real and perceived. Yet, of our group of friends and acquaintances, the few who did not have a copy were constantly either following those who did, or borrowing theirs. Anyway, as I said, we know guidebooks and I can tell you that none of them are flawless, and this one is much better than most.
My bible on the Camino! Great listings of albergues to stay at or hotels. Could not have made it without this book. at first I was not into the daily affirmations but as I walked and referred to my journal I actually went back to read them - and they hit home each time! Just remember no expectations and you are not alone! Buen Camino!!
A very complete and thorough map and guidebook for those walking the El Camino. Highly Recommended!