Links to Camino Information

Introduction

The links below reference websites that have been found useful by many members of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims.

As far as possible, we have selected the links below to take you to the English version of each website. In some cases, you may still have to click on a flag, typically in the top right, click on a dropdown, or click on a button labelled “En” to choose English.

Please note that this list of websites has been compiled for your convenience. The fact that a website is listed should not be taken to imply that the CCoP endorses that website, the associated organization, or any products and/or services that they may provide.

Suggested sources of information about the Camino(s)

General Information

  • The Camino de Santiago Forum
    A general site on which you can ask questions about the Camino, and/or view answers to previously asked questions. In addition, there are a large number of Camino resources available to members of the site (membership is free).
  • Wikipedia: Camino de Santiago
    No description necessary!
  • Google Arts and Culture’s Buen Camino page
    Developed in association with the Catedral de Santiago Foundation, the Regional Government of Galicia, the Spanish Federation of Associations of Friends of the St. James Way, and the Ministry of Culture, Regional Government of Aragon, this website provides a comprehensive introduction to the Camino de Santiago.
  • Google Translate
    Some of the sites below are in Spanish. Clicking on the “translate with Google” link will take you to the same site, translated into English by Google Translate. Note that, generally, clicking on links on a translated page takes you to the destination page translated into English.To translate any URL, simply paste it into the text box on the Google Translate page, then click the URL that appears in the translated box. Any links you click on in the translated page will also be translated.

If you’re looking for information on something specific, a search on your favourite search engine often provides a large number of results. Type in what you are looking for (e.g., vegan food) and add “Camino” at the end!

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So you want to walk a Camino?

Guides (Books, Apps, and Websites)

  • Camino Guides by John Brierley
    Perhaps the most common English language guides on the Camino, particularly on the Camino Francés.
  • Village to Village Camino Guidebooks
    A widely used set of guides to many of the Caminos, with useful (and free!) information on the website.
  • Wise Pilgrim Guides by Michael Matynka Iglesias
    A very useful website, with corresponding books and apps. The website has detailed information for almost all the Caminos available free.
  • Moon Camino de Santiago: Sacred Sites, Historic Villages, Local Food & Wine
    A guidebook to the Camino Francés with a focus on the history and cultural aspects of the Camino.
  • Stingy Nomads
    A site by a couple who have walked several of the Caminos, with additional details on training and costs.
  • John Sikora’s YouTube Channel
    This YouTube channel provides, among other videos, a video (from a GoPro) on each stage of several of the Caminos. Each of the Camino videos begins with a Google Maps flyover, showing the terrain, and then shows the actual stage as seen by a pilgrim, usually at a 5x speed, together with a map showing the progress for the day.
  • Pilgrimage Traveler
    This website provides, for several of the main Camino routes other than the Camino Francés, detailed turn-by-turn directions for each stage, with photographs of the turning points. This information is near the bottom of (rather long) webpages.
  • Spain.info (English version)
    Spain’s official tourism website, with information on some of the possible stops along the Camino.

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Getting There (and Back)

  • Rome2rio (Rome to Rio)
    Find routes from one address to another, anywhere in the world.
  • Skyscanner.net
    Originally focused on low cost airlines in Europe, such as Vueling, Easyjet, Ryanair, Iberia Express, Skyscanner allows you to search for flights between airports and find the cheapest in any month.
  • The Trainline
    European trains, some bus companies, generally with no surcharge on fares.
  • SNCF
    The French state-owned rail company, which sells tickets for travel in France and internationally.
  • Comboios de Portugal
    The Portuguese state-owned rail company (CP), which sells tickets for travel in Portugal.
  • RENFE
    The Spanish state-owned rail company, which sells tickets for travel in Spain and internationally.
  • Long Distance Buses
    There are a number of companies providing long distance bus services within Spain, and between Spain and neighbouring countries. Some of these companies are Alsa, Autna SL, BlaBlaCar (also ride sharing), Flixbus, Monbus, and Rede Expressos. Note that, if you’re catching a bus to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, you may have to spell the “Saint” in full for the destination to be recognized.

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Routes/Maps

A number of the sites listed under Accommodation also provide information on stages, including maps.

  • Godalesco Camino Route Planner (click on EN for English)
    This site allows you to select a Camino, a starting point, an ending point, and overnight stops, and provides you with a list of localities on your route with daily distances, distances to your destination, elevation profiles and more.
  • Camino Francés Itineraries
    Suggested overnight stops for fast and slow itineraries on the Camino Francés.
  • Caminos de Santiago en Europa
    A map of the routes of the Caminos de Santiago showing much of Europe.
  • Correos – The Spanish Post Office
    The Spanish Post Office provides detailed maps of the various stages of most of the Camino routes.
  • Wise Pilgrim Guides
    This website, provided by Michael Matynka Iglesias, has detailed information for almost all the Camino routes available free. Consider purchasing an item, such as a book or an app, or making a donation to support this work.
  • Which Route (Brierley)
    This page on the Camino guides website provides a map and a quick summary of the twelve main Camino routes.
  • Camino Routes in Spain
    This page on the website of our sister organization in the UK provides links to pages with descriptions of each of the main Camino routes in Spain and Portugal.
  • The Dutch Society of Saint James: GPX files
    This page on the website of our sister organization in the Netherlands provides GPX and KML files for each of the main Camino routes in Spain, France and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium. Select “English” in the drop-down at the top.

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Weather

Use your favourite weather site for the major locales along the route. The route from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (in France) over the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles (in Spain), known as the Napoleon route, can have tricky weather. The two websites below provide weather forecasts for this route.

  • Meteo Blue – Col de Bentarte
    A primarily French weather site that provides forecasts for the Col de Bentarte, a pass near the highest point on the Napolean route over the Pyrenees.
  • Au Coeur Du Chemin
    To obtain the forecast for the weather on the Napoleon Route, click on METEO: PORT DE CIZE.

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Health, Wellness and Fitness

  • Safety Hints and Tips
    A set of safety hints and tips by a well-known Camino author, Johnnie Walker (PDF).
  • Very Well Fit
    A suggested training schedule to prepare to walk the Camino.

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Accommodation

  • Gronze.com (translate with Google)
    In Spanish, but certainly a major website describing the Caminos and the accommodations along the way, with links to Booking.com where available.
  • My Camino Bed
    Search by map or by stage for accommodation on the Camino Francés (includes a variety of accommodation types).
  • Booking.com
    This is one of the more popular booking sites used by many of the accommodations in Spain.
  • Albergues Camino de Santiago (translate with Google)
    Details of the Caminos, with lists of albergues (hostels) for each stage, some with online booking (in Spanish).
  • OnlyPilgrims
    A hostel (albergue) website for the Camino Francés, with a limited selection of albergues, which can all be booked online.
  • AlberguesLoT (translate with Google)
    Operated by the AMCS, the Association of Municipalities of the Camino de Santiago Francés, this site provides real-time availability of beds at municipal albergues on the Camino Francés, and indicates whether albergues are open or closed.

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Meals and Special Diets

  • Camino Ways – Vegetarian on the Camino
    A discussion of vegetarian food on the Camino, with a link to a food ebook (registration required for the ebook).
  • Vegetarian and Celiac options
    A discussion of food options on the Camino from the Village to Village website, with links to albergues and restaurants that provide vegetarian and celiac meal options.
  • Vegan on the Camino
    Suggestions from one woman’s experience on how to be vegan on the Camino.
  • Happy Cow
    A website and app with vegetarian and vegan restaurants around the world. Search by location, or “near me”.

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Packing and Bag Transport

  • Pilgrim Tips and Packing List
    This book by S. Yates, co-written by CCoP member D. Hnatiuk, provides detailed suggestion on what to take and how to pack.
  • Camino Pack List
    This website provides packing list tips and recommendations from Jean Ashmore, who also wrote a book called “To Walk Far, Carry Less”.
  • Correos – Spanish Post Office
    The Spanish Post Office, in addition to providing straightforward and reliable pack transportation, has detailed maps of the various stages of most of the Camino routes. You can also send your luggage ahead to Santiago de Compostela and have them hold it for you for up to 45 days.
  • JacoTrans
    JacoTrans is one of the major pack transport companies providing services on the Camino Francés.
  • Casa Ivar
    Operated by the person who runs the Camino de Santiago Forum, you can send luggage ahead to Santiago de Compostela and they will hold it for you for up to 60 days. They advise against shipping luggage from outside the EU, because of possible customs delays.

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Santiago Cathedral/Pilgrims Office

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Pilgrim Associations

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