128 page paperback in full colour including;
- Overview route planner
- Daily stage maps including alternative routes
- Daily contour guides
- Town plans
- Details of pilgrims hostels and alternative accommodation
- Practical notes on preparation
- Historical notes and places of special interest
In addition to the practical route there are pointer to:
- The mystical path with inspirational quotations and space for personal reflections
- Self-assessment questionnaire to help you prepare for the inner journey
This guidebook combines the shortest route into Santiago and the only one that departs from it. Both routes provide the minimum distance required for a pilgrim to apply for a Compostela; but that is not its purpose. By combining these two very different routes we have the possibility to take each as a separate journey or take an extra week and experience what it is like to arrive and depart from Santiago. We also come to understand the variety of pathways that the caminos de Santiago offer us; inviting further exploration. It also seeks to find a balance between the outer and inner journey, between the practical and spiritual, which is why it is subtitled A Practical & Mystical Manual – that we might find a place to eat and sleep at the end of a hard day’s walk but also, and crucially, that we might find the courage to dive into the mystery of our own soul awakening.
Camino Inglés: This ancient route was popular with pilgrims arriving by sea in the medieval period. It is quietly coming alive again and ready to welcome pilgrims seeking a more solitary way along the rugged rías of Northern Galicia. In the first edition the Camino Finisterre was described as the road less travelled but that acclaim has now passed to the English way (or Celtic way) that starts in Ferrol or A Coruña.
Camino Finisterre: Pilgrims who continue to the ‘End of the Earth’ Finis Terrae often refer to this as a highlight in their journeying. Both paths are uniquely beautiful, full of the flavours of Galicia and her deliciously authentic culture. The spirit of St. James is alive in the deep river valleys and rolling hills that make up her Landscape Temple. Come and experience her untamed beauty and the purity of the light that has attracted spiritual seekers for countless millennia. The light, while obscured, lies hidden in our memory. It is no coincidence that the path to the end of the worldends at a lighthouse and the Ara Solis.
“Written in English with maps translations in Spanish, German, Italian and Dutch. “
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