We celebrate caminos and pilgrim paths with this selection of books and articles.
Often based on ancient pilgrimage trails, these long-distance walking routes can be found throughout Europe. There are a great number of options finishing at Santiago de Compostela, such as the Camino de Santiago, Primitivo and Norte, the Way of St James through France and Spain, as well as the Via Francigena, the Way of Saint Francis and the Camino Portugués. There are also a couple of British pilgrim routes – the Pilgrims’ Way, St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way.
There's enough to keep you walking for years and you don't have to be religious to enjoy these trails. People walk the caminos for all sorts of reasons as well as faith: for a gap year, a challenge, some contemplation time, recovery or just because they are beautiful routes.
Camino de Santiago: Camino Frances
Guide and map book - includes Finisterre finish
Guidebook and map book to walking the 784km Camino Frances from St Jean-Pied-de-Port in southern France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, including an additional route to Finisterre. Split into 6 sections and 36 customisable stages, the guide lists over 500 pilgrim hostels. The map book covers the entire route, which can be walked in 4-5 weeks.More information
Feature · 19 May 2018
With both offering boasting stunning views and an abundance of historical sites, it can be hard to choose between the Central and Coastal Camino. Fortunately, link routes mean you can combine the two, as Kat Davis explains.
Feature · 12 Jun 2016
The Camiño dos Faros, or ‘Lighthouse Way’, is a superb coastal walk that follows the Costa del Morte (‘Coast of Death’) for 200km around the coast of Galicia in northwest Spain. As the name suggests this a wild and rugged coast, battered by the Atlantic, with a long and well-deserved reputation for wrecking ships. Visiting the numerous lighthouses which adorn the major promontories, the...