I first heard of the Camino on a visit to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port with my girlfriend. By chance we came across some pilgrims setting off with their backpacks for the long hike across Spain and she told me they were walking to Santiago.
I was astonished! I could not understand why would anybody want to subject themselves to that kind of hardship.
For whatever reason this bizarre notion was like a seed sown in the deepest corner of my sub-conscience, and a few years later there I was talking my first steps on my first Camino.
Now, many years and many Caminos later, I still don't fully understand why people do this!
This set of books grew out of my fascination for the Caminos and the people who make them special and my desire to give something back for all that they have given me.
I wanted to provide pilgrims with up-to-date and impartial information for preparing for the Camino and for when they're walking.
This guide to preparation for the Camino contains the following: Planning and Preparation: advice on when to walk, which part to walk, what to bring (clothes, equipment, etc.), what not to bring (very important), travel to your starting point, internet resources and budgeting.
Entirely revised and updated in summer 2015 with more than 60 new pilgrim hostels and improved trail maps and urban maps.
A practical guide to walking the Camino de Santiago/Camino Francés with information about pilgrim hostels and services plus lots of background information about the history, culture and architecture of the places you will pass through.