John Brierley – A Pilgrim’s Guide to Camino de Santiago (2019)
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2019 edition! The bible of the Camino Francés by John Brierley. The most popular guidebook of all the routes of Camino de Santiago. It escorts you from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela day by day, stage by stage and village by village.
Why is it so popular? What provides you John Brierley’s guidebook, what other guidebooks not? The most important unique features:
– City maps. Most of the guidebooks show only the maps of the daily stages but not the plans of the towns. In bigger cities it is extremely useful. It helps you to find a place to sleep or the city center itself and also helps you to find back to your accommodation when you are lost among the streets of a town.
– John Brierley’s book has information about the hotels, hostels, pensions, and not just the albergues. If you need sometimes better quality accommodation on the Camino Francés, this guidebook is the solution to find them.
– This guidebook shows the alternative routes also and not just the original way of the Camino. Why do I want to walk an optional route? I’m glad with the original one! The original route sometimes drives you across industrial areas for example just before Burgos, or just next to the main road for kilometers but meanwhile the alternative routes are much nicer and less crowded!
Other useful features of the book:
-Overview route planner
-All the daily stage maps of Camino Francés
-Contour guides with elevations
-Sun-Compass to aid orientation
-Practical notes on preparation
-Dictionary with basic pilgrim phrases
-Historical notes and places of special interest
-Latest edition (2019)
In addition to the physical route there are pointers to the
-Inspirational quotations space for Personal reflections
-Self-Review questionnaire to help prepare for the inner journey.
All this designed to fit easily into your pocket with the latest slimline guides measuring only 11.5 cm x 19 cm (4.5″ x 7.5″). All in all 288 pages paperback in full color.