Although there are many routes that wind the pilgrim through the Spanish countryside to Santiago (historically pilgrims started from their own home), the Camino Frances is the most popular. Because the majority of trekkers walk the French Way, it is the route that is most supported with services such as hostels (called albergues), restaurants, grocery stores, and pharmacies.
The French Way also takes the walker through several wonderful large towns such as Pamplona (famous for the running of the bulls), Burgos (which boasts two UNSECO World Heritage sites), Leon, and of course the trail terminates in Santiago de Compostela with its incredible cathedral (home of the world’s largest botafumeiro).
All of these are reasons we chose to walk the Camino de Santiago Frances. Like all of our adventures (moving to Costa Rica, thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, etc.), we did extensive research and though we were well prepared for each trip we learned even more during the experiences. We took notes during our 34 days of walking the 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago Frances and compiled our new knowledge into a book to help others research for their own pilgrimage in Spain.
Walking the Camino de Santiago Frances
100 Tips, Tricks, Traps, and Facts
If you’ve imagined yourself walking the Camino de Santiago but weren’t sure how to begin, you’ll find invaluable advice in this book from successful Camino pilgrims who followed the French Way (Camino Francés) to Santiago, Spain.
Walking the 500-mile Camino Francés along northern Spain is not only a centuries-old traditional pilgrimage, but it is also an immersion into Spanish culture. Walkers of all ages experience exceptional cuisine, art, architecture, ancient history, and beautiful scenery – all while getting fit.
Best-selling authors and adventurers Greg and Jen Seymour walked the Camino Francés route in 2018 and share their tips and insights in this easy-to-read guide. You will learn answers to the following questions:
- How do I budget for a month-long hike?
- How much (or how little) should I pack?
- How do I manage accommodations?
- What can I expect to see and do along the Way?
- What is a day in the life of a pilgrim like?
You will also learn how to care for your feet, how to find clean water each day, and even how not to get caught with your pants down and lights out in a bathroom!
Included in this guide are six inspirational interviews of other pilgrims with unique perspectives – solo hikers, couples, and even a family of four – who have recently hiked the Camino Francés.
They share their favorite moments and best tips about what worked for them and what did not. Some also share how they approached the Camino as a pilgrimage and what they gained from the experience.
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