The links below reference websites that have been found useful by many members of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims.
For most items, a search on your favourite search engine provides a large number of results. Type in what you are looking for (e.g., vegan food) and add “Camino” at the end!
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.
Suggested sources of information about the Camino(s)
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.
Wikipedia: Camino de Santiago
No description necessary!
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.
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Guides (Books, Apps, and Websites)
Camino Guides by John Brierley
Perhaps the most common English language guides on the Camino, particularly on the Camino Frances.
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 Frances with a focus on the history and cultural aspects of the Camino.
Spain’s official tourism website
Spain’s official tourism website.
A site by a couple who have walked several of the caminos, with additional details on training and costs.
A commercial tour website, but with lots of free information.
Getting There (and Back)
Rome2rio (Rome to Rio)
Find routes from one address to another, anywhere in the world.
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.
European trains, some bus companies, with no surcharge on fares.
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.
The Spanish state-owned rail company, which sells tickets for travel in Spain and internationally.
BlaBlaCar Buses has a network of buses and ride-sharing services in France, Spain and Portugal.
A network of buses in Portugal, including buses to/from Galicia (the northwestern region of Spain) .
Alsa Bus Lines
A network of long distance buses in Spain, including buses from Pamplona to Saint Jean Pied de Port (Saint must be spelled in full) in France.
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 Frances Itineraries
Suggested overnight stops for fast and slow itineraries on the Camino Frances.
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 UK 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.
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.
Accommodation, Meals and Special Diets
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 Frances (includes a variety of accommodation types).
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).
A hostel (albergue) website for the Camino Frances, with a limited selection of albergues, which can all be booked online.
Camino Ways – Vegetarian on the Camino
A discussion of vegetarian food on the Camino, with a link to a food ebook (registration required).
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.
A website and app with vegetarian and vegan restaurants around the world. Search by location, or “near me”.
Packing and Bag Transport
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.
JacoTrans is one of the major pack transport companies providing services on the Camino Frances.
Pilgrim Tips and Packing List
This book by a Canadian, S. Yates, 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”.
Helpful Links on our website
Other Useful Links
Canada – Acadie
Association acadienne des pèlerins et amis des chemins de Saint-Jacques
Canada – Québec
Du Québec à Compostelle
Australian Friends of the Camino
Camino Society Ireland
Confraternity of Saint James of South Africa
Galicia – Xacabeo Galicia
Confraternity of Saint James
American Pilgrims on the Camino