The Way of St James - Spain

Pyrenees-Santiago-Finisterre

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ISBN
9781852843724
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Published
1 Nov 2003
Reprinted
21 Apr 2017
Edition
First
Pages
224
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
250g

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Guidebook to walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route, or Way of St James. A 778km trek through northern Spain from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela and onto Finisterre on the Galician coast. The camino usually takes between 4 and 5 weeks to hike. Guide to the Frances route, with maps and accommodation details.

Seasons Seasons
The main season for this section of the Camino route is from May, in time to arrive at Santiago on 25th July. This can mean very hot weather!
Centres Centres
Centres passed through include Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, Astorga, Sarria, Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre.
Difficulty Difficulty
The Way of St James is not technically difficult. A long walk in what can be difficult hot, dry conditions.
Must See Must See
Arriving at Santiago de Compostela, crossing the Pyrenees, the cameraderie of the people you meet on the way, the architecture, history and ever-changing landscape.
ISBN
9781852843724
Availability
Published
Published
1 Nov 2003
Reprinted
21 Apr 2017
Edition
First
Pages
224
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
Weight
250g
  • Overview

    This guidebook is an essential companion to walking the Way of St James. The Camino de Santiago is a thousand year old pilgrim road from Le Puy-en-Valey in central France to Santiago de Compostela cathedral in northwest Spain and finally on to Finisterre on the Galician coast. Many who walk the route, known as the Camino Frances, are not experienced walkers, but with this guidebook, all the information a pilgrim needs to tackle the challenge is at hand.

    Ancient pathways, medieval churches, castles, towering mountains, and following in the footsteps of history over 1500km in France and Spain. It's a daunting distance, and this second-part guide to the pilgrimage as it travels through Spain covers the final 778kms of the route. It is further divided into sections: Saint-Jean-de-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles (over the Pyrenees), Roncesvalles to Burgos, Burgos to Léon, Léon to Sarria and Sarria to Santiago de Compostela. A further section from Santiago to "the ends of the Earth" at Finisterre on the Atlantic coast is also included.

    This guide is the ideal companion to the Spanish section of the Pilgrim Way to Santiago. The walk from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago can be completed in four to five weeks by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and who also likes to visit the varied places of interest along the way. It can also be undertaken in sections by those who lack the time to do it all in one go or who would just like to cover certain stretches. As well as the route description, the guide also includes stage maps, information on accommodation, access and where to get your pilgrim stamp in the towns and villages. A thorough introduction informs on the long history of the Way of St James, and advises on what to take with you, and how to manage a long-distance trail.

  • Contents

    INTRODUCTION    
    History
    Topography, economy and language
    Before you go
    Planning your schedule
    Equipment
    There and Back
    Being there
    Using this guide

    THE ROUTE
    Saint-Jean-de-Pied-de-Port to Roncesvalles
    Roncesvalles to Burgos
    Burgos to León
    León to Sarria
    Sarria to Santiago de Compostela
    Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre

    APPENDICES
    A. Camino Aragonés
    B. Summary of St James's and other Pilgrim References
    C. Suggestions for Further Reading
    D. Useful Addresses
    E. Glossary
    F. Index of Maps
    G: Summary of Route
    H: Index of Principal Place Names
  • Maps

    Michelin 1,400.000 (1cm:4km) Orange series

    sheets: 441 North West Spain, 442 Northern Spain.

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Alison Raju

Alison Raju is a former teacher of French, German and Spanish to adults and is the author of three other guides published by Cicerone Press: 'Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago): Pyrenees - Santiago - Finisterre', 'Vía de la Plata (Seville to Santiago)' and 'The Pilgrim Road to Nidaros (Way of St. Olav): Oslo - Trondheim'.

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