There is a vast and growing literature that concerns itself with the Camino de Santiago specifically and with pilgrimage generally. Certainly prominent in the early history of the Camino are the Codex Calixtinus and the Historia Compostelana. The Codex dates from around 1140 and is widely considered to be the world's first 'tourist' guidebook. (We list on this page a number of more up-to-date guidebooks.) The Historia Compostelana relates events in Galicia of the first four decades of that same century, presenting a partisan account of the achievements of Diego de Gelmírez, who became archbishop of Santiago de Compostela.

 The modern literature on the Camino and on pilgrimage encompasses not only many walker’s guides, but also cultural handbooks on art and architecture, personal narratives and reflections, novels and more. Sometimes a particular book can be difficult to categorize; if you don't immediately find the title you're looking for, please check the other categories of use your browser's Find or Search facility. Some of the entries concern pilgrimages other than the Camino de Santiago and some have as their subject pilgrimage in general.

 See the latest addition to the page: Antxon González Gabarain (Rebekah Scott, trans.): The Great Westward Walk: From the Front Door to the End of the Earth

Guide Books (In English)

We also suggest that you look at individual routes on our Route Overviews page for a more focused collection of guidebooks. Some of these guidebooks are revised on a regular basis and we may not in all cases be showing the most recent edition.

To Walk Far, Carry LessAshmore, Jean-Christie (2011) Camino de Santiago: To Walk Far, Carry Less. Walk Far Media. ISBN-13: 978-0983758006 (paperback), ASIN: B005NKNB0I (Kindle). Author Ashmore has written a book devoted entirely to the subject of what to wear and what to carry on the Camino. Learn how to choose backpacking gear and clothing that will work best for you considering the route you've chosen and the time of year you'll be walking. The book considers a multitude of choices: poncho or rain jacket? water bottles or backpack hydration system? sleeping bag or sleeping sheet? mobile phone or other tech-devices? Rather than telling you what to pack, the author provides you with the questions you'll need to answer to make your own decisions.

Bonville Traveler's HighwayBonville, William (2013) A Traveler's Highway to Heaven: Exploring the History and Culture of Northern Spain on El Camino de Santiago. SynergeBooks. ISBN: 978-074432082-4. A narrative motor/walking guide to the cultural record and history encountered between Roncesvalles and Santiago de Compostela. It also involves side trips into Asturias, plus other less distant diversions from the French Road. The author says he wrote the book for those who, for reasons of time, age, disability or children tagging along, are unable to cope with an 800-kilometer hike, but still yearn for the El Camino experience.

brierleyBrierley, J. Pilgrim's guides and maps to the Camino de Santiago and the Camino portugués. The Findhorn Press publishes numerous guides and map collections by John Brierley. These are updated regularly and include guidebooks to the francés, portugués and Finisterre routes, as well as collections of maps in book form for the francés and the portugués. Visit the Findhorn Press website for complete information.

CSJ guidesConfraternity of Saint James (London) Pilgrim Guide Series. The Confraternity publishes a comprehensive series of guides to the routes in Spain as well as those in France, England and selected routes in Germany and Switzerland. The guides are lightweight and, although they have no pictures or maps, they have all of the essential information. The most popular guides are updated annually in late winter and some that are not updated annually have supplementary information available online. Some of the guides are available online in PDF format for a donation. Available through the CSJ bookshop on their website:

Walking the Camino, Davies and ColeDintaman, Anna & David Landis (2017) Camino de Santiago (Village to Village Guide): Camino Frances: St Jean - Santiago – Finisterre. Village to Village Press. ISBN-13: 978-0984353385 (paperback) and ASIN: B06Y3HPN67 (Kindle). Updated annually, this lightweight, comprehensive guide to the Camino francés and Finisterre cites as its features: Full-color detailed topographical stage maps of each day's walk with GPS files online; more than 100 detailed city and town maps; practical information on transport, accommodations and services; overviews of historic pilgrim sites, with information about the historical context of the pilgrimage; and advice on hiking gear, packing and daily Camino life. Companion website has extended free planning and travel information.

Lightfoot Guide to the Via Francigena setChinn, Paul & Babette Gallard (2014) The Lightfoot Guide to the via Francigena - Four Volume Set. Pilgrimage Publications. ISBN: 978-2-917183250, 978-2-917183267, 978-2-917183274, 978-2-917183090. The set comprises the 3 Lightfoot Guides from Canterbury to Besançon, Besançon to Vercelli and Vercelli to Rome with the Companion to the via Francigena which will relate all the details of the historic and cultural sites that you will pass. The GPS coordinates of  significant intersection are available for downloading. Each of the volumns is available for separate purchase.

Way of Satint James bicycling, HigginsonHigginson, John (2012) The Way of St James Cyclist Guide: Le Puy en Velay to Santiago de Compostela. Cicerone Press. ISBN-13: 978-1852844418 paperback, ASIN: B00AA8BX44 Kindle. A guidebook to cycling the 1,570 km cycle route along the Way of St James pilgrim route from Le Puy in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Uses roads with a good surface for touring cyclists and averages only 50 km per day. Also includes routes from Santiago to Finisterre and Padrón.


The Way of Saint James, JaénJaén, José Maria Anguita (2010) The Way of Saint James: the Pilgrim's Practical Guide. Everest. ISBN-13: 978-8444131467. The package contains the guidebook itself and 48 separate cards with the stages of the Camino francés, the extensions to Fisterra and Muxia and the Aragon route as well as the Northern and Portuguese roads, the Camino inglés and the Via de la Plata. Each card includes a map of a stage with the elevation profile, resources (lodgings, restaurants, bikes repairs, sport stores, hospitals, etc), the description of the stage and a QR code that leads the smartphone-equipped peregrino to further information. Very expensive and heavy at over 1.5 lb.

Joos, Raimund (2016) Outdoor: The Way of St. James, Camino Francés. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-3866865174; Kindle ISBN-13: 978-3-86920-0118; App ISBN: 978-3-86920-012-5. This is the first English Camino guide by the author of the most popular guides in German. The guide features detailed descriptions of refuges, quality, prices and equipment as well as descriptions of the route for planning of daily stages. 288 pages. Click HERE for a look inside the book.

Martin Garcia, Juan (2019) Camino Quick Guide. Walking the Way of Saint James: Services & accommodations for pilgrims to Santiago, a book to plan the stages. Published independently. ISBN-13: 9781794616578 (paperback); ASIN: B07N14VPY6 (Kindle e-book). To walk the Camino is a crazy but rewarding adventure. To do the Camino is to walk, nothing more. Walking is not running or climbing, but neither is it strolling at the mall.  A book for readers who are considering it, this book will be a help in making informed decisions and  planing it well. Tambien disponible en español.

Lightfoot Guide to the via PodiensisMeya, Angelynn (2016) Lightfoot Guide to the Via Podiensis. Eurl Pilgrimage Publications. Paperback: ISBN: 978-2917183373.  The Lightfoot Guide to the Via Podiensis follows in the footsteps of pilgrims who since the 10th-Century have crossed France on their way to the shrine of Saint James.  It is a contemporary guide to one of the most popular hiking trails in France: the 774-km route from Le Puy-en-Velay to the Pyrenees, the starting point of the Spanish Camino. 

• Detailed descriptions of 34 stages and three major alternative routes
• Full-color topographical and detailed city maps
• Elevation profiles and turn-by-turn walking instructions
• Up-to-date information on accommodation
• Historical and cultural overviews
• Practical information about preparing your trip and life on the trail

Camino de Santiago: Fingerprints of God, MoylanMoylan, Paul (2011) Camino de Santiago Planning Guide: Your Pre-Walk Guide. Self-published. ASIN: B0170VDIS2. A two-time veteran of the Camino, author Moylan has assembled a guide that includes the historical background of the phenomenon, what one needs to consider in assembling equipment and thoughts about the spiritual aspects of the journey. The content derives from his many years' experience of delivering workshops on the Camino and of interacting with would-be peregrinos. Available at

Slackpacking the Camino, NilsenNilsen, Sylvia (2013) Slackpacking the Camino Francés. Pilgrimage Publications. ASIN: B00BEIQVM8 Kindle. Doing the Camino with beds booked and baggage transferred doesn't mean that you won't get blisters, tendonitis, aching muscles and a funny tan! Slackpacking the Camino contains information on which routes to consider, how to get to the start, three walking itineraries from 10km to 25km per day and more. Lists of service providers for luggage transfers, accommodation bookings and more.

Miam-miam dodo ArlesNilsen, Sylvia and Greg Dedman (2011) Your Camino: A Lightfoot Guide to Practical Preparation for a Pilgrimage. EURL Pilgrimage Publications. ISBN-13: 978-2917183168 (paperback); ASIN: B005TAHQIA (Kindle e-book). After years of answering frequently asked questions on Camino forums, the Internet, Camino workshops and on her own Camino blog, author Sylvia Nilsen has teamed with co-author Greg Dedman to assemble what is intended to be the most comprehensive guide to the Camino. Besides providing information and maps on the many different Camino routes in France and Spain they offer advice on the best time to go and how to get there, planning daily stages, budgets and accommodation, pilgrim and trail etiquette, equipment and clothing. There are chapters on technology, weather, food and language.

Nilsen, Camino LingoNilsen, Sylvia, & Reinette Novoa. (2012) Camino Lingo: English - Spanish Words and Phrases. EURL Pilgrimage Publications. ISBN-13: 978-2917183243. The only book with Spanish words and phrases used by Camino pilgrims. This is a ‘cheats’ guide to speaking Spanish on the Camino. Over 650 English/Spanish words relating specifically to the Camino pilgrimage with simplified pronunciation - including a menu reader.

Seven Tips, PowellPowell, Cheri (2010) Seven Tips to Make the Most of the Camino de Santiago. R. C. Linnell Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0615381466. Not a travelogue or a guide, but rather a preparation manual that gives practical advice on the different aspects of undertaking the journey. The Seven Tips cover everything from what to take to the history of the Camino to calculating the cost. Thought provoking questions are posed to help set realistic expectations in the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and logistical areas.

Way of Satint James Le Puy, RajuRaju, Alison (2017) The Way of Saint James (Chemin de Saint-Jacques de Compostelle): Le Puy to the Pyrenees. Cicerone Press. ISBN-13: 978-1852846084. A walker's guidebook to the 740 km Way of St James Pilgrim Road from Le Puy-en-Velay in central France to the Pyrenees – first volume of the only guide to the whole route written in English. Includes route directions and information about places to visit along the way, the history of the pilgrimage, pilgrim references and current facilities. Fully rewalked in 2009.

The Way of Saint James Via de la Plata, RajuRaju, Alison (2010) The Way of Saint James: Via de la Plata, Seville/Granada to Santiago. Cicerone Press. ISBN-13: 978-1852844448. A walker's guidebook to the Way of St James’ southern pilgrim route through Spain to Santiago de Compostela. Nearly 1,000km long, the Via de la Plata starts in Seville or Granada and leads north and then north-west through the historic towns and varied scenery of Extremadura, Castille-León and Galicia.

Room with a Pew Starks, Richard and Miriam Murcutt (2012) A Room with a Pew: Sleeping Our Way through Spain's Ancient Monasteries. The Lyons Press. ISBN-13: 978-0762781454. Release September 2012. The authors traveled through Spain – from Barcelona in the north to Malaga on the southern Mediterranean coast – staying in ancient monasteries. As they discovered, Spain’s ancient monasteries are intriguing places in which to stay—ripe with history, art and culture; peopled by a dying breed of monks and nuns; rarely visited; and open to all. The book offers a unique take on Spain that will appeal to both seasoned travelers and newcomers to that country. Though not a guide book, it does contain enough information for readers to plan a similar journey of their own.

Room with a Pew Toy, Matthew (2014) Preparedness Guide for the Camino de Santiago: Learn Exactly What to Pack, Why You Need it, and How it Will Help You Reach Santiago. My Daily Relief. ISBN-13: 978-1502471383 paperback; ASIN: B00OBS4TT0 Kindle. Not a guide to help you find your way on the Camino but a guidebook designed to give clear, up to date and honest information about how to successfully prepare your belongings for the Camino de Santiago. The author's purpose of this guide is simple: To teach you exactly what you need to take, why you need it and how it will help you in your journey.

The Northern CaminosWhitson, Dave and Laura Perazzoli (2013) The Northern Caminos: Norte, Primitivo and Inglés. Cicerone Press Limited. ISBN-13: 978-1852846817. Authors Whitson and Perazzoli, both of whom have extensive experience on these routes, have compiled a much needed English language guide to the northern Caminos: the Camino del Norte, the Camino Primitivo and the Camino Inglés. Available April 30, 2013..

Wittig, Stacey (2014) Spiritual and Walking Guide: León to Santiago. Spiritual and Walking Guides. ISBN-13: 978-0615989396. Author Stacey Wittig has written a spiritual guide for walking from León, Spain, to Santiago. What about pilgrimage helps you let go of fears and find peace that passes understanding? How can you be still and hear God’s voice as you trek the ancient pilgrimage route? How will you prepare your heart for a closer walk with God on the Camino? Find answers to these and other questions in this daily devotional and walking guide. Included in this book are daily scripture readings, meditations and questions for reflection to make the most of your pilgrimage and on the more practical side, details about where to sleep, daily distances walked and essential websites, insider travel tips, how to obtain a credential, how to follow the route without maps. The book contains space to journal thoughts and revelations.


Wise Pilgrim (2019) The Camino Francés: A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago. Previously published in an online version and as a mobile app, this is the first in the Wise Pilgrim series to be available in a print edition. The guide features navigation tips, historical references, lists of available services (pharmacies, restaurants, ATMs) and dates of local fiestas city by city, a comprehensive accommodation directory, large scale maps (without pre-determined stages), elevation profiles, detours and alternative routes and quick booking links through Available through the Wise Pilgrim website and the Camino Forum Shop.

Wise Pilgrim (2019) The Camino Portugués: A Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago. Previously published in an online version and as a mobile app, this is the second in the Wise Pilgrim series to be available in a print edition. The guide features navigation tips, historical references, lists of available services (pharmacies, restaurants, ATMs) and dates of local fiestas city by citycomprehensive accommodation directory, large scale maps (without pre-determined stages), elevation profiles, detours and alternative routes and quick booking links through The guide covers from Lisbon to Santiago via both the central and coastal routes. Available through the Wise Pilgrim website and the Camino Forum Shop.



Guide Books (Other than English)

We also suggest that you look at our Route Overviews page for a more extensive collection of guidebooks. Some of these guidebooks are revised on a regular basis and we may not in all cases be showing the most recent edition.

Miam-miam dodo francesVarious authors. The Miam miam dodo series. Numerous editions covering routes in France plus St. Jean to Santiago. (In French but with a glossary in Spanish, German and English.)

Camino guide BoadaFiol Boada, Joan (2009) El Camino de Santiago desde Roncesvalles y Somport. Lectio. ISBN-13: 978-8496754317. A quite comprehensive guidebook that covers the francés, the aragonés and the finisterre routes with detained maps, elevation charts, detailed descriptions of the route and albergues. Available through (Spanish but available in catalán also)

Jakobsweg frances, JoosJoos, Raimund and Michael Kasper (2012) Jakobsweg: Camino Francés. Conrad Stein Verlag. ISBN-13: 978-3866863811. Eine detaillierte Wegbeschreibung und zusätzliche Orientierungshilfen durch Karten und genaue Höhenprofile. Genaue Beschreibung der Herbergen, deren Lage und Ausstattung, Tipps für die Unterbringung in Pensionen und Hotels, Hinweise für Radfahrer. Hintergrundinformationen zu Land und Kultur. Hinweise zur Infrastruktur wie Einkaufsmöglichkeiten, ärztliche Versorgung und Banken. Darüber hinaus finden sich einige allgemeine Tipps und Hinweise zu Klima und Reisezeit, Ausrüstung und Vorbereitung der Reise. Natürlich wird im Führer auch der Weg nach Finisterre genau beschrieben und einige Tipps für den Weg ab dem Somportpass und auch nach Muxía gegeben.

Jakobsweg Küstenweg, JoosJoos, Raimund and Michael Kasper (2012) Jakobsweg: Küstenweg. Conrad Stein Verlag. ISBN-13: 978-3866863767. Das Outdoor Handbuch stellt traditionelle, inzwischen in Vergessenheit geratene und wenig erschlossene Alternativen zur Hauptroute des Jakobswegs in Nordspanien vor. Beschrieben wird der vollständige Weg entlang der spanischen Biscaya-Küste nach Oviedo einschlileßlich der beiden Abzweige zum Hauptweg bei Santo Domingo de la Calzada bzw. Burgos. Weiter schildert der Autor den klassischen Umweg von Leon über Oviedo nach Santiago de Compostela.

Via de la Plata Camino guide BoadaJoos, Raimund and Michael Kasper (2011) Jakobsweg: Via de la Plata (Der Weg ist das Ziel) . Conrad Stein Verlag. ISBN-13: 978-3866862517. Das Buch beschreibt die Vía de la Plata und den mozarabischen Jakobsweg. Die Vía de la Plata verläuft von Sevilla über Mérida und Salamanca nach Astorga, und stellt seit Jahrtausenden die wichtigste Nord-Süd-Verbindung im Westen der Iberischen Halbinsel dar, die von den Römern durchgehend gepflastert wurde. Es handelt sich bei diesem Weg um eine der großen europäischen Kulturstraßen, die durch eine sehr dünn besiedelte Gegend mit einem der intaktesten Ökosysteme Europas führt, ideal also, um auf der Pilgerschaft nach Santiago die Einsamkeit und Beschaulichkeit zu finden, die uns der Alltag sonst kaum gönnt. Der mozarabische Jakobsweg, zweigt von der Vía de la Plata nördlich von Zamora ab, um über Ourense auf das Grab des Apostels Jakobus in Santiago de Compostela zuzustreben.

Jakobsweg Portugués, JoosJoos, Raimund (2012) Jakobsweg: Caminho Português . Conrad Stein Verlag. ISBN-13: 978-3866863835. Das Buch beschreit den zweitbeliebtesten Jakobsweg. Die Wegbeschreibung beginnt in der Wiege der Kultur Portugals der Stadt Porto und führt über Barcelos, Ponte de Lima und Valenca. In Tui erreicht der Weg Spanien und verläuft über Pontevedra und Padron schließlich nach Santiago. Der Weg führt den Pilger durch verträumte portugiesische Dörfer und kühle Weinlauben. Aber auch auf Anhöhen und durch Täler, an Buchten vorbei und in historisch bedeutende Städte Portugals und Spaniens. Wer Portugal und Galizien und die sprichwörtliche Gastfreundschaft seiner Menschen abseits der Touristenströme kennen lernen will, ist hier auf dem richtigen Weg.

Jakobsweg primitivo, JoosJoos, Raimund and Michael Kasper (2012) Jakobsweg: Camino Primitivo . Conrad Stein Verlag. ISBN-13: 978-3866863828. Das Buch beschreibt den Verlauf des ältesten, ca. 330 km langen Jakobsweg Camino Primitivo, den weiteren Verlauf des Camino Francés bis Santiago und den anschließenden Weg nach Finisterre. Der Weg über die Berge Asturiens und Galiciens gilt unter Insidern als eine reizvolle Mischung aus Pilgern und Bergwandern. Wenngleich der Weg heute über ein gutes Netz an Herbergen verfügt und lückenlos gekennzeichnet ist, hat er sich den Charme eines ursprünglichen Jakobsweges bewahrt. Auch das Verbindungsstück vom Küstenweg bis Oviedo, dem Ausgangspunkt des Camino Primitivo, wird in diesem Buch beschrieben.

Guia Practica LorenzoLozano, Millán Bravo (1999) El Camino de Santiago: Guía Práctica del Peregrino . Editorial Everest. ISBN-13: 97-88424139070. One of the most respected and venerable guides to the Camino de Santiago available, written by Millán Bravo Lozano, who was the head of the Department of Latin at the University of Valladolid, Spain. Although his guide has not been updated since 1999, the real value of this guide continues to be the abundance of information that it contains about the route, its history and its traditions that it contains. (Spanish)

Martin Garcia, Juan (2019) Camino de Santiago de Roncesvalles a Santiago de Compostela. Guía práctica con información al peregrino de las jornadas, dificultad, distancias y duración. Publicado independientemente. ISBN-13: 978-1796449686 (libro de bolsillo); ASIN: B07NJHH7LK (Kindle libro electrónico). Caminar por el Camino es una aventura loca pero gratificante. Hacer el Camino es caminar, nada más. Caminar no es correr ni escalar, pero tampoco es pasear por el centro comercial. Un libro para los lectores que lo están considerando, este libro será una ayuda para tomar decisiones informadas y planificarlo bien. (Spanish) Also available in English.

Caminos Ebro and CatalanMencos, Carlos (2008) Guía práctica del Camino Jacobeo del Ebro y Camino Catalán . ISBN-13: 978-8493451231. Perhaps the only guidebook that focuses on the Ebro and Catalan routes. (Spanish)

El Camino de Santiago a Pie, NadalNadal, Paco (2010) El Camino de Santiago a Pie 2010. El País/Aguilar. ISBN-13: 978-8403509054. (Spanish) This is has been called the single, most useful guide available at present, though it is available only in Spanish. Its maps, the descriptions of the route, daily distances, and the altitudes reached on each stage of the journey are carefully researched and updated on an average of every two years or so. (Spanish)

Miam-miam dodo ArlesRetail, Mireille (2010) Miam Miam Dodo: le Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle par la Voie d'Arles. Editions du Vieux Crayon. ISBN-13: 978-2916446264. From the respected Miam Miam Dodo series: information on accommodation and other facilities for the Arles route, with schematic maps, from Arles to the Col du Somport. Also covers the Camino aragonés from Somport to Puente la Reina. (French)

Frankreich, JakobswegRother, Norbert (2011). Frankreich, Jakobsweg GR 653 Via Tolosana. Conrad Stein Verlag. ISBN 978-3866861626. Described as being compact, efficient, effective and lightweight. Includes all the necessary information (route, technical, sleeping/eating and cultural highlights) "without frills and other superfluous romantic chit-chat". Needs to be augmented with 6 (French) IGN TOP100 topographical maps. (German)

Camino Ruta del Camino QuintalesQuintales, Luis Antonio Miguel (2002). Ruta del Camino Fonseca: De Salamanca a Santiago de Compostela. ISBN-10: 84-81961787. This is a quite comprehensive guide for this lesser traveled route from Salamanca northward to Zamora then to Ourense and finally to Santiago. Apparently not updated since the first edition in 2002. May be difficult to find in the Americas. (Spanish)


Personal Accounts and Reflections

Camino ChronicalAlcorn, Susan (2006) Camino Chronicle: Walking to Santiago. Shepherd Canyon Books. ISBN-13: 978-0936034034. This award-winning book (Ben Franklin 2007 finalist for Best Travel Essay) takes readers along on the 500-mile Camino journey. A personal account interspersed with legends and historic info of the trail as well as essays on the food and culture.

Healing MilesAlcorn, Susan (2017) Healing Miles: Gifts from the Caminos Norte and Primitivo. Shepherd Canyon Books. ISBN-978-0936034065; Kindle ASIN: B0794XJ671. Although in part a guide for walking these two paths, Healing miles explores the experience and adventure of walking 750 miles across Spain on two important pilgrimage trails (the Norte and primitivo) while dealing with family health and aging issues both on the trail and back home.

Following the Milky WayAviva, Elyn (2001) Following the Milky Way: A Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. Pilgrims' Process. ISBN-13: 978-0971060906. Aviva's book is a vivid memoir of a life-changing adventure, chance encounters, unforeseen dangers, and unexpected pleasures. Spanish history, wine, food, literature, art, architecture, and legend share equal time with the stories of pilgrims that she meets along the way.

Encounters on the Camino de SantiagoBeahen, William (2012) Encounters on the Camino de Santiago: Natural, Human, and Divine. General Store Publishing House. ISBN-13: 978-1771230070. In 2008 author William Beahen reached a turning point in his life: retirement from a long, satisfying career, no clear idea of what the future would hold aside from a vague concept of wanting to help those of need in the community and, on the positive side, a pending marriage. On the suggestion of a friend he decided to walk the Camino and what took place over the thirty-two days of the journey led to a life transformation.

Women of the Way, BlanchardBlanchard, Jane V. (2012) Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino. CreateSpace. ISBN-13: 9781475247411, ASIN: B008G1VA2W. Ms. Blanchard takes you on her Camino and offers not only her viewpoint, but also the perspectives of other women travelers she meets along the way. She offers insight into the worries and concerns most of us would have if we were to trek along the same adventure. Ms. Blanchard has written a book that is part journal, part introspective narrative, part practical guide.

The Way Is Made by Walking coverBoers, Arthur Paul (2007) The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. InterVarsity Press. ISBN-10: 0-830835075. Arthur Paul Boers opens to us his incredible story of renewed spirituality springing from an old, old path walked by millions before him. It is a story of learning to pray in new ways, embracing simplicity, forming community, living each day centered and focused, and of depending on God to provide.

Dreaming of SantiagoBoorsma, Bas (2005) Dreaming Santiago: Perspectives on a Pilgrimage. Digitalis. ISBN-13: 978-9077713037. Bas describes typical Camino tales, reproduces his share of 'Camino baddies,' puts a scrutinizing focus on some of his fellow peregrino's, lets other pilgrims do the talking, describes what albergue dormitories do for you, and more. He also provides a personal perspective on what kind of seed is being sown when walking the ancient trail.

An Italian Odyssey: One Couple’s Culinary and Cultural Pilgrimage Burk, Julie and Neville Tencer (2010) An Italian Odyssey: One Couple’s Culinary and Cultural Pilgrimage. Verdera Media. ISBN-978-0986588709. An Italian Odyssey is a story about a midlife couple who embarks on a great adventure—walking 1,000 km on the Via Francigena, an ancient, elusive medieval pilgrim trail through the heart of Italy. Their initial plan was to walk and eat their way through Italy using their own homemade guide and map books. But their adventure takes on a life of its own as they face unexpected challenges.

Pilgrims JourneyCamp, Sophronia (2002) A Pilgrim's Journal: Walking El Camino de Santiago. A memorable, personal account of the author's journey along the Camino de Santiago. Illustrations by Thyra Heder. Available at

Pilgrims Journey la PlataCamp, Sophronia (2008) A Pilgrim's Journal II: Walking la Vía de la Plata. An account of a 1,000-km pilgrimage from Sevilla to Santiago, following the Vía de la Plata, sometimes in the company of the odd pilgrim companion or family member, but often solo with the transitory company of pigs, sheep, goats and the occasional shepherd. The Chaucerian camaraderie of the Camino francés is replaced by solitary meditation, long, dry distances and a plunge into an interior experience. A lone, but never lonely trek, as different as it could possibly be from the francés, but every bit as rewarding. Illustrations by Henry McMahon. Contact

Casatejada, José (2015) Vía Compostela, Des Monts du Velay to the Costa da Morte. Books On Demand. ISBN-13: 978-2322013050. Parti seul à pied du Puy-en-Velay jusqu'à Santiago de Compostela, puis au Cabo Fisterra en Galice, l'auteur raconte son Chemin de Saint-Jacques. D'étape en étape, il décrit : ses émotions, ses petits miracles du jour, sa solitude parfois, ses moments d'exaltation, ses doutes aussi, ses rencontres inopinées, son rendez-vous avec l'amitié, son arrivée devant la cathédrale mythique, son parcours jusqu'à la Costa da Morte, puis son retour. Sur la Via Podiensis, en France, et sur El Camino, en Espagne, ce chemin d'itinérance, tracé par les Hommes pour les Hommes depuis la nuit des temps, se déroule tantôt docile, parfois réfractaire, toujours merveilleux. Est-il magique à ce point que chacun deviendrait meilleur après l'avoir parcouru? Partant marcheur, en revient-on pèlerin? Légendes ou réalités? Ce récit ambitionne de raviver les souvenirs de celui qui a déjà marché jusqu'à Saint-Jacques, d'inviter celui qui a commencé le périple à le poursuivre jusqu'au bout, d'inciter celui qui ne l'a pas encore imaginé, à oser Compostelle. (French)

Cheney, Phil and Manuela (2015) Half a Million Steps: True Inspirational Stories from a Pilgrimage in Spain. Advantage PublishingISBN-13: 978-1519398161. Half a Million Steps is a collection of true life stories taken from encounters along the Camino in 2015. Authors Phil and Manuela Cheney offer inspirational inspirational stories about people from 15 countries across the world sharing their humanity. The people who met for the first time on the trail share their own journeys both before and during their adventure into northern Spain. This is not a travelogue, but is a travel encounter with real people and spiritual synchronicity.

Chimenti, Wayne (2006) El Camino de Santiago: Rites of Passage. Trafford Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1412056380. El Camino de Santiago: Rites of Passage is about the Chimenti family's travels on a 500-mile walking pilgrimage. It started as Nahja, their 12-year old daughter's "rite of passage". It turned out to be a test for everyone.

What the Psychic Told the PilgrimChristmas, Jane. (2007) What the Psychic Told the Pilgrim: A Midlife Misadventure on Spain's Camino de Santiago. Greystone Books. ISBN-13: 978-1553652403. To celebrate her 50th birthday and face the challenges of mid-life, Jane Christmas joins 14 women to hike the Camino. Despite a psychic’s warning of catfights, death and a sexy, fair-haired man, Christmas soldiers on. After a week of squabbles, the group splinters and the real adventure begins. In witty style, she recounts her battles with loneliness, hallucinations of being joined by Steve Martin, as well as picturesque villages and even the fair-haired man.

Clem, Jim & Eleanor Clem (2004) Buen Camino: Hiking the Camino de Santiago. Pagefree Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1589613423.

To the Field of Stars, CoddCodd, Kevin A. (2008) To the Field of Stars: A Pilgrim's Journey to Santiago de Compostela. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. ISBN-13: 978-0802825926. Seeking to take stock of his life, Catholic priest Kevin Codd set out in July 2003 on a pilgrimage that would change his life. To the Field of Stars tells the story of his unusual spiritual and physical journey. Each brief chapter chronicling Codd's thirty-five-day trek is dedicated to one or two days on the road. The author shares tales of other pilgrims, his own changes of perspective and his challenges and triumphs along the way.

Six Months Walking the Wilds, CooperCooper, Steve (2008) Six Months Walking the Wilds (Of Western Europe): The Long Way to Santiago. PublishAmerica. ISBN-13: 978-1451244052. Part comedy, part travelogue; part meditations on life, love and pasta. Six Months Walking is a journal of the author’s two-thousand-mile walk through Italy, France and Spain, tracing routes leading to Santiago de Compostela. Six months of the author’s twists, turns and trials mingle with the stories of his fellow peregrinos.

The Art of Pilgrimage, CousineauCousineau, Phil (2000) The Art of Pilgrimage: The Seeker's Guide to Making Travel Sacred. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1573245098. Cousineau's The Art of Pilgrimage is directed toward the modern-day pilgrim looking for inspiration and a few spiritual tools for the road combining as it does stories, myths, parables and quotes from famous travelers of the past to help them focus on the purpose and intention at every stage of their journey.

Cowels, Ashlee (2019) Wisdom for the Way: A Camino de Santiago Guidebook for the Pilgrim's Soul. Independently published. ASIN: B07N6C2R1Y (Kindle e-book). It helps to have a practical guidebook with maps and places to stay along the way, but what about the person in search of a transformational experience? What’s the best guide for the pilgrim's soul? Wisdom for the Way calls itself is a “soul guide” that will help you understand your pilgrimage as a Hero’s Journey. Wisdom for the Way offers introspective tools you'll need to go deeper while walking The Way.

Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino, DayDay, Christy (2016) Walking from Here to There: Finding My Way on El Camino. Seacoast Press. ISBN-13 978-0997861280This book is equal parts reflection, part factual account of the challenges and joys of the Pilgrimage, and part practical advice for preparing for it and making it the best experience possible. If you like first-person accounts full of facts and reflection, you will like Walking from Here to There.

The Way of a Thousand Arrows, DraneDrane, Jonathan (2007) The Way of a Thousand Arrows. Greenshoot Investments. ISBN-13 978-0980424706. An Australian family's journey along the Camino de Santiago. With no plan and just thousands of arrows to show the way, the family learns about life and the strange and mystical lessons of the Camino. The lessons as seen through the eyes of a modern family, all members of the human race, the same race that walked the path centuries earlier.


Camino Voices, DrydenDryden, Iian (2016) Camino Voices. Beret Books. ISBN-13: 978-0993486708. Author and illustrator has matched sketches of the Camino with the words of hundreds whom he encountered along the Way. Available through the author's website.

Egan, Kerry (2006) Fumbling: A Pilgrimage Tale of Love, Grief, and Spiritual Renewal on the Camino de Santiago. Broadway. ISBN-13: 978-0385507660.

Holding Hands with the World, Ennor Ennor, Evelyn (2002) Holding Hands with the World: My Personal Pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. E-book. Author Evelyn Ennor has written a light, easy read, a charming and inspirational narrative about people and places, interwoven with personal insights about the journey of life, about lending a helping hand, keeping our minds and hearts clear, about passion, about healing and moving forward, about the power of the present moment and spirit. Free electronic copy is available HERE

Fainberg, Denise (2015) Walking Through Sunflowers: Through Deepest France On the Road to Compostela. Lulu Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1312971974 paperback. ASIN: B00VQLHXJS Kindle. ePub through Teacher and travel writer Denise Fainberg and companion Patrick Roberts undertook to walk one of the ancient pilgrimage routes running across France toward Santiago. Their path led from the Auvergne to the limestone plateaus and river valleys of Quercy; to jewels of Romanesque architecture at the many traditional shrines along the way; through the vineyards and farmland of Aquitaine; and over the Pyrenees into Spain. The parade of modern pilgrims, the thousand-year history of the path and its artistic and spiritual heritage combine with the seductive environment of southern France to leave an impression on body and soul.

He and I ArrivedFellner, Horst D. (2011) He and I We Arrived: The interior aspect of my spiritual pilgrimage has come to its conclusion (Volume 1). CreateSpace. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1456340544. Two broke and burnt-out humans, two horses and a dog set out from Le Puy-en-Velay to follow the 1600 kilometers of the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. The author simply says, "The interior aspect of my spiritual pilgrimage - walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the old pilgrimage route, also known in English as The Way of St James - has come to its conclusion. I am at peace about the remainder of my life-journey."

France, Robert Lawrence. (2014) Along the Way: Pilgrimage Scenes from the Camino Francés to Santiago de Compostela. Libri Publishing. ISBN-13: 978978-1907471278. Along the Way is unique among contemporary Camino publications in that it is part travelogue, part literary review and part cultural commentary. Readers can follow Robert France’s own pilgrimage through succinct excerpts from his journal that are accompanied by numerous photographs. The book also provides the first interpretation of the prevalent themes—adventure, joy, contact and contemplation—covered in the published literature of modern Camino accounts. Finally, the book undertakes the first illumination of the modern cultural phenomena of the Camino.

Ultreia! Onward! Progress of the Pilgrim, FranceFrance, Robert, ed. (2007) Ultreia! Onward! Progress of the Pilgrim. Green Frigate Books. ISBN-13: 978-0-971746855. Spiritual pilgrims navigating the Camino de Santiago are offered motivational support in this compilation of passages culled from contemporary pilgrims’ travel diaries. Sequentially arranged and meant to be read during specific points of each day’s journey, the more than 200 entries provide an emotional boost for those traversing the European path but are equally enjoyable for those unable to travel, as they extol the beauty of the French and Spanish countryside and provide a perfect introduction to the process of religious pilgrimage in a modern, secular world.

The Great Westward Walk: From the Front Door to the End of the EarthGabarain, Antxon (Bolitx) González (Rebekah Scott, trans.) (2017). The Great Westward Walk: From the Front Door to the End of the Earth. Publisher: Antonio Maria González Saragüeta. ISBN-13: 978-8461792870. The Great Westward Walk is the long-awaited English translation of El Gran Caminante, the best-selling contemporary Spanish narrative of the Camino. The tale is told by “Bolitx,” a Basque pilgrim who walked in 2008 from his hometown on the Cantabrian Sea. Along the Way to Santiago he spins tales of family life in a Basque village: ghost trains, kindly nuns and card-shark grannies; as well as his daily dealings with pilgrims: the pot-smokers, saints, liars and scholars who share his journey. Peppered with Camino history never before seen in English; it’s a view into the character of a witty soul both Spaniard and Basque. The Great Westward Walk was this young author’s final work: he finished the written journey three days before ALS ended his life at age 41.


Gale, Kari (2015) The Art of Walking: An Illustrated Journey on the Camino de Santiago. ISBN-13: 978-1507555002. In the spring of 2013, Kari Gale walked the Camino de Santiago. During the 500-mile journey, she documented each day in her journal with ink and paints, resulting in over forty watercolor illustrations. The simple prose and sketches found in The Art of Walking provide an intimate perspective that captures the sweeping landscape of Spain, the beauty of ordinary moments, and the profound simplicity and delight of walking. Available through 

Riding the Milky WayGallard, Babette (2006) Riding the Milky Way. The Long Riders' Guild Press. ISBN-13: 978-1590480540. It was a motley crew of two humans, two horses and a dog that left Le Puy-en-Velay to follow the 1,600 kilometers of the Way of Saint James to Santiago de Compostela. The humans were broke, burnt-out and vaguely hoping that early retirement would save their health and sanity. The horses picked off the French equine scrap-heap and the dog was trying to understand what he was doing he was there, astride a horse.

Riding the Roman WayGallard, Babette (2007) Riding the Roman Way. Pilgrimage Publications. ISBN-13: 978-2917183007. Equestrians and authors Paul Chinn and Babette Gallard ride out again, this time 2,000 kilometers in search of the Vía Francigena, the ancient road from Canterbury to Rome.

Buen Camino, GarcíaGarcía Miquel, Josepe (2014) ¡Buen camino! . Plataforma Editorial. ASIN: B00HYC7KHI. ¡Buen camino! es por fin un relato que viene a llenar el poderoso vacío que existía en la narrativa en lengua española sobre la experiencia transformadora que supone la ruta a Santiago, y consigue rápidamente que el lector se identifique con el protagonista y se vea partícipe de los cambios que este experimenta. A los que son peregrinos les hará revivir muchos momentos transformadores, y a los que no lo son les dotará de excelentes ideas para una vida mejor y de las ganas de probar esta experiencia única. (Spanish)

One Step at a TimeGeoffrion, Tim (2008) One Step at a Time: A Pilgrim's Guide to Spirit-Led Living. The Alban Institute. ISBN-13: 978-1566993692. Author Tim Geoffrion writes in One Step at a Time not about his own journey but about how God works in those who seek to be led by the Spirit. Using pilgrimage as a metaphor for the Spirit-led life, he offers his experiences, thoughts and reflections as a catalyst for the reader's own spiritual pilgrimage. Geoffrion has written so that readers can learn to recognize God's activity in our lives, to live more fully in God's love, to follow Jesus Christ according to our unique calling and purpose, and to let the Holy Spirit fill and lead us in every aspect of the journey.

I'll Push YouGray, Patrick and Justin Skeesuck (2017) I'll Push You. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1496421708. Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1496421692. Kindle ASIN: B01MTIX6H0Friendship takes on new meaning in this true story of Justin and Patrick, born less than two days apart in the same hospital. Best friends their whole lives, when Justin was diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease that robbed him of the use of his arms and legs, Patrick was there. Determined to live life to the fullest, the friends refused to give into despair or let physical limitations control what was possible for Justin.

So when Justin heard about the Camino de Santiago, he wondered aloud to Patrick whether the two of them could ever do it. Patrick’s immediate response was: “I’ll push you.”

The Old Poverty Road to Santiago, GreenwoodGreenwood, Mike (2012) The Old Poverty Road to Santiago Part 1: from Arles to Toulouse. Kindle ASIN: B0092PLD46. An old man's pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, seeking to reconcile the old with the new, and wealth with poverty.

We are never aloneHarman, Lesley D. (2009) We Are Never Alone: Healing Lessons from the Camino. Ursus Press. ISBN-13: 978-0986497001. Sociology meets New Age Mysticism. The author weaves a tale of the connections between embodiment, material attachment, community, fear, family, faith, time, nature, altered states of consciousness and healing. The journey progresses from the physical and material into another space, a mystical horizon of time traveling, spiritual transformation and healing.

Road to SantiagoHarrison, Kathryn (2003) Road to Santiago. National Geographic. ISBN-13: 978-0792237457. More memoir than travelogue, Harrison's contribution to National Geographic's Directions series is reflective and deeply personal, yet still manages to recreate a physical place in all its rugged, peaceful glory. On the first night of their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, Harrison and her daughter checked into a picturesque hotel. Overcome by the scenic beauty, Harrison threw open the hotel-room window shutters and exclaimed, "Look at the mountains!" From behind her, 12-year-old Sarah ecstatically waved the television's remote control and shouted, "French MTV!"

Hitt, Jack (2005) Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain. Simon & Schuster. ISBN-13: 978-0743261111.

Hlavsa, David (2015) Walking Distance: Pilgrimage, Parenthood, Grief and Home Repairs. Michigan State University Press. ISBN-13: 978-1611861860. In the summer of 2000, David Hlavsa and his wife embarked on a pilgrimage. After trying for three years to conceive a child and suffering through the monthly cycle of hope and disappointment, they decided to walk the Camino, a joint enterprise—and an act of faith—they hoped would strengthen their marriage and prepare them for parenthood. Though walking across the north of Spain turned out to be more difficult than they had anticipated, after a series of misadventures, including a brief stay in a Spanish hospital, they arrived in Santiago. Shortly after their return home, Lisa became pregnant, and the hardships of the Camino were no comparison to what followed: the stillbirth of their first son and Lisa’s harrowing second pregnancy.

Homan, Dianne (2016) Walk Your Own Camino: Themes and Variations along the Camino de SantiagoCreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN-13: 978-1537683027. The idea for Walk Your Own Camino came to the author on her second day of her very first Camino. It struck her as a unique way to organize and share a flood of information and impressions. Homan writes about the Rock Camino, The Quirky Camino, The Musical Camino, The Meditation Camino, The Life and Death Camino and more. The stories range from funny to thoughtful to moving. As well, they provide the reader with advice and practical knowledge about the Camino.

Behind the Albergue Door, JohnstonJohnston, Dean (2013) Behind the Albergue Door: Inspiration Agony Adventure on the Camino de Santiago. Barefoot Holdings Ltd. Kindle ASIN: B00EURR89A. Behind the Albergue Door is a seriously tongue-in-cheek starting place for anyone considering hiking the Camino, sure to bring back memories, both good and not so good for those who have already traveled it, and a riotous travel chronicle for everyone else.

Pilgrims and Fairies, KayKay, Susanita (2013) Pilgrims and Fairies. Susanita Kay, pub. Kindle ASIN: B00CG3T6ZO. Author Susanita Kay writes: "Growing up I was told a story about men who wore long brown dresses and walked with long sticks while carrying sea-shells in their pockets. The sea-shells, was said to be so that they could hold them against their ears and hear when someone was in trouble and needed their help. They would then just point the long sticks that they were walking with in the direction of the trouble and all would be well. I hope that this book about my Camino will let you look at those tucked away dreams with the intention of letting them out in the light. This book is also about gratitude for everything expected and unexpected, and for long forgotten memories that surfaced in strange and memorable places, with a glass of red wine or a warm cup of coffee in hand."

Pilgrim in Time, KellerKeller, Rosanne (2006) Pilgrim in Time: Mindful Journeys to Encounter the Sacred. Liturgical Press. ISBN-13: 978-0814630334. Author Rosanne Keller considers pilgrimage to be a mindful journey to encounter, explore and become aware of the sacred. Keller’s emphasis on sacred, altered time is a distinctive feature of "Pilgrim in Time". In this book, she takes us to pilgrimage sites as well as to sacred places close at hand. In the introduction she states: "This book is about pilgrim's spirit, discovered in the act of pilgrimage." While she covers pilgrimages to such places as the Grand Canyon, Jerusalem, Canterbury and a frozen field behind her home, the experience of Camino occupies a prominent place in the book.

Confessions of a Pilgrim, KenneyKenney, Sue (2007) Confessions of a Pilgrim. White Knight Publications. ISBN-10: 05-95427901. Pilgrim, inspirational speaker, documentary filmmaker and Canadian author Sue Kenney returns to the Camino to walk some 500 kilometers alone on the Portuguese Route. Prior to leaving, she is entrusted with a sacred Eagle Feather that is given to her by a Native friend as a result of a vivid dream. Her pilgrimage turns into a mystical quest when she is confronted with the challenge of finding a worthy recipient for this great honor before returning back home.

My Camino, KenneyKenney, Sue (2004) Sue Kenney’s My Camino. White Knight Publications. ISBN-10: 09-7341863X. The true story of a woman confronting her deepest fear. Suddenly downsized from her corporate career, Canadian pilgrim Sue Kenney decided to embark on this journey to discover her life purpose. Sue left the familiar world of her family, rowing and career to walk 780 km on the Camino, alone in the winter

Walking the Camino: A Modern Pilgrimage to Santiago, KevinKevin, Tony (2009) Walking the Camino: A Modern Pilgrimage to Santiago. Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-1416553878. Filled with fascinating observations and anecdotes about the nature of contemporary Spain, author Tony Kevin, an overweight 63-year-old former diplomat, relates his eight-week trek across Spain. Rich with the history, politics, and culture of the region, this travel narrative follows his travel on the Camino mozárabe and the Vía de la Plata. Capturing the flavor of both the past and present experiences of walking the Camino, this chronicle depicts the concept of pilgrimage as not only having the potential to unlock hidden memory and conscience but also as a meditation on the nature of modern life. In addition to cultural and spiritual discussions, this diverse exploration also offers practical advice for would-be pilgrims—from packing and training to walking techniques and navigation.

I'm Off Then, KerkelingKerkeling, Hape (2009) I'm Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago. Free Press. ISBN-13: 978-1921372339. Hape Kerkeling is possibly the best-known entertainer in Germany. In 2001, in a spontaneous reaction to a severe mid-life crisis he more or less simply picked up and headed out on the Camino. This book is the product of his experience. Determined to avoid devout pilgrims — because, he writes, they would be no different at the end of the journey than they were at the start — Mr. Kerkeling instead encounters an array of tourists, oddballs and adventurers, eventually making what will probably prove to be lifelong connections with a few.

The Camino Letters, KirkpatrickKirkpatrick, Julie (2010) The Camino Letters. Pyxis Press. ISBN-13: 978-0986513404. When Canadian lawyer and writer Julie Kirkpatrick went for a long walk in Spain with her teenaged daughter, she asked her friends to supply 26 tasks for the pilgrimage. The tasks came as unexpected gifts, and what began as a light-hearted diversion became a journey into the labyrinth of her life. Available through Pyxis Press.

A Million StepsKoontz, Kurt (2013) A Million Steps. Kurt Koontz publisher. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0615852928; Kindle ASIN: B00ERE7TS6. Author Kurt Koontz thought he was well prepared for his walking trip on the Camino. But all of his preparation did not begin to encompass the scope of his external or internal adventure. Part diary, part travelogue, in A Million Steps Koontz navigates through his personal history of addiction, recovery and love. He describes embracing the beauty of the countryside and connections with other pilgrims from around the world.

Keeping Company with Saint Ignatius, LarsonLarson, Luke (2014) Keeping Company with Saint Ignatius: Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Paraclete Press. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1612615196. When author Larson and his wife Evie embarked on a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain, their purpose was to experience walking as a way of keeping company with Jesus and his companions, of both earth and heaven, such as Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Keeping Company is filled with personal, candid and often amusing stories of the couple’s experiences along the Way of Saint James. Larson invites you to step off the treadmill of self-effort in your quest to experience God more intimately through the spiritual practice of walking, literally, with God.

Lash, Jennifer (1998) On Pilgrimage. Bloomsbury USA. ISBN-13: 978-1582340128.

Carrying Grace to Santiago, LauranLauran, Maureen (2011) Carrying Grace to Santiago: A Daughter's Journey. CreateSpace. ISBN-13: 978-1466451391. Author Maureen Lauran planned to sketch her way along the Camino de Santiago. On break from her duties as art teacher, she set out to walk the 500-mile trek hoping for great vistas, delicious wines and crusty breads, and conviviality with other travelers. Drawing her way through quaint villages, beautiful cathedrals, along meandering rivers and across ancient bridges she encountered all of those things… and something more.

Lawson, Jennifer & Patricia Lennon (2017) Walking in Watercolor: An Artist's Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. SoPo Press. ISBN-13: 978-0692860618 Every year, more than a quarter million pilgrims from all over the world walk the Camino de Santiago. This book chronicles the author’s journey on this ancient path. Her daily musings and watercolor sketches capture her experiences—the villages, the food, the wines, the friendships and the sights and sounds of northern Spain. Over 200 original watercolors.

A Sense of Direction, Lewis-KrausLewis-Kraus, Gideon (2012) A Sense of Direction: Pilgrimage for the Restless and the Hopeful. Riverhead Hardcover. ISBN-13: 978-1594487255. Described as being irreverent, moving, hilarious and thought-provoking, A Sense of Direction is Lewis-Kraus's take on the perpetual war between discipline and desire, and its attendant casualties. Across three pilgrimages and many hundreds of miles - the Camino de Santiago, a solo circuit of the eighty-eight Buddhist temples in Japan, and, together with his father and brother, an annual mass migration to the tomb of a famous Hasidic mystic in the Ukraine - he completes an idiosyncratic odyssey to the heart of a family mystery and a human dilemma.

Journey of the Spirit, MacLaine MacLaine, Shirley (2001) The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit. Atria. ISBN-13: 978-0743400732. Typical of MacLaine, this is a personal story with enormous adventure, a smattering of flashbacks and a hefty serving of cosmic revelations. Like a true pilgrim, MacLaine travels solo, willing to strip herself down to the physical essentials and find deeper meaning in all the bizarre, frightening and coincidental events she encounters along the way.

Maddox, Jeff (2012) Meeting My Guardian Angel on the El Camino de Santiago. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Kindle ASIN: B00NLRAK3G; paperback ISBN-13: 978-1479382781. This story is about one man's spiritual journey; experiences during just one single day of what was planned to be a 31-day pilgrimage trek. He meets his Guardian Angel more than once during that day.

The Singular Pilgrim, MahonyMahony, Rosemary (2004) The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground. Hardback Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, paperback Mariner Books. Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0618022625, paperback ISBN-13: 978-0618446650. In this reflection on her experiences in Christian and Hindu holy places, author Rosemary Mahony travels to some of the world's great pilgrimage sites: Ireland’s Croagh Patrick, Lourdes, Santiago de Compostela, Canterbury, the banks of the Ganges. As she encounters anti-Catholic protesters in Walsingham, England, or shares trail chat and blisters with an impressive multinational array of eccentric comrades on the way to Santiago de Compostela, Mahoney's stated objective is both to understand the nature of belief and to grapple with the remnants of her own Irish Catholic heritage.

Oliisms: The Wit & Wisdom of Oliver Schroer & Friends, MaloneyMaloney, Julie (2011) Oliisms: The Wit & Wisdom of Oliver Schroer & Friends. Studio22 Idea Manufactory. ISBN-13: 978-0981105246. For those who know of the music of Oliver Schroer, for the Camino community especially his CD of solo violin - he would have said 'fiddle' - music recorded on the Camino, this small book will be an especial delight. Julie Maloney has assembled sayings taken from Schroer's newsletter and inspirational quotes from other sources and has assembled them into a small book written in hand-lettered calligraphy.

Discovering the Camino de Santiago, MarkeyMarkey, Greg J. (2011) Discovering the Camino de Santiago. Roman Catholic Books. ISBN-13: 978-1934888209Priest-pastor Fr. Greg Markey chronicles the month-long life and times of a pilgrim on the Camino. His journey — Web-free, phone-free and TV-free — generated an array of spiritual reflections. Fr. Markey chose to wear the traditional Roman collar on his journey and, perhaps unsurprisingly, his resulting conversations with other pilgrims were serious, reflective and practical.

Melville, Marilyn (2002) Peregrina: A Woman’s Journey on the Camino. Reed Press. ISBN-10: 0-9697399-1-5.

Travels with my DonkeyMoore, Tim (Hardcover 2005, paperback 2006) Travels with My Donkey: One Man and his Ass on the Pilgrim Way to Santiago. St. Martin's Press. Hardcover ISBN-10: 0-312320825, paperback ISBN-10: 0-312320833. Moore entertains with his snappy one-liners and skewed views of the locals, his fellow pilgrims and his own reasons for undertaking the camino. Against advice to the contrary, he pursues his search for a donkey to accompany him, which "upgraded his camino from a big walk to a revelatory voyage of self-examination."

Camino de Santiago: Fingerprints of God, MoylanMoylan, Paul (2011) Camino de Santiago: Fingerprints of God. Tate Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-1617772030 (paperback), ASIN: B005UQLXAA (Kindle e-book). The author walked the Camino in 2003 and was so affected that he returned several years later to do it again. He has written a reflection on the personal, emotional and spiritual experience of pilgrimage in the 21st century. "The resulting unconscious transformative nature was and still is emotionally and spiritually uplifting. Pilgrimage is a way of being."

Call of the Camino, MullenMullen, Robert (2010) Call of the Camino: Myth and Meaning on the Road to Compostela. Findhorn Press, ISBN-13: 978-1844095100. The author brings to his narrative a life-long interest in myths, storytelling and healing. An account of his own first Camino is interwoven with the “lore” which continues to give meaning to the pilgrimage experience and which today includes the life stories of fellow pilgrims — those stories which we tell ourselves about ourselves. This work is addressed not only to pilgrims but also to those who have never walked the Camino and perhaps never will, but who would like to know why others do.

Rooster in the Cathedral, MyersMyers, Paul (2009) Rooster in the Cathedral: Reflections of a Pilgrims While Walking to Santiago. Shoreline Press. ISBN 978-1-896754-78-9. Canadian Presbyterian minister and author Paul Myers shares his pilgrimage from Le-Puy-En-Velay, France, to the cathedral at Santiago with us—the good and the bad. What does it mean to be a pilgrim—to walk in these modern times over an ancient route? Myers shares his thoughts about material possessions, planning for the unknown and reconnecting with amazing primitive sides of life. The book contains numerous color photographs.

Roads to SantiagoNooteboom, Cees (Hardcover English trans 1997, paperback 2000) Roads to Santiago: Detours and Riddles in the Lands and History of Spain. ISBN-13: 978-0151001972 (hardcover); ISBN-13: 978-0156011587 (paperback). The author does not encourage the reader to follow his footsteps in search of the "good spots" as much as he causes the reader to develop the desire to understand a place. In this delightful tale of his wanderings along the back roads of Spain, Dutch author Cees Nooteboom seeks out the soul and spirit of the country in a way that suggests a journey of self-discovery as much as an actual expedition. Although the stated goal is to reach Santiago de Compostela, Nooteboom takes nearly every detour available to get there.

 Norris, Patricia (2003) Buen Camino: Memories of the Road to Compostela. 1st Books. ISBN-10: 1-4140-1261-6 paperback, ISBN-10: 1-4140-1260-8 e-book). A very personal record of one pilgrim's Camino from equipment selection and training through the walk and on to the epilogue.

Part personal memoir, part travelogue, with myths, legends, historical anecdotes and architectural highlights from along the Way , this is an account of a journey along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from the first disastrous day when the trip almost ended to the final glance back at the Cathedral of Santiago from the bus heading for the airport. Paluzzi, Jo (2014) One Pilgrim's Progress: Lessons from the Camino. ISBN-13: 978-1503362444 (paperback). Part personal memoir, part travelogue, with myths, legends, historical anecdotes and architectural highlights from along the Way, this is an account of a journey along the Camino from the first disastrous day when the trip almost ended to the final glance back at the Cathedral of Santiago from the bus heading for the airport. "Ultimately, it is a testimony to the healing power of living in the moment.'

Camino Português: A Pilgrim's Journey Petitti, Alda (2011) Camino Português: A Pilgrim's Journey. Balboa Press. ISBN-13: 978-1452541730 (hardcover); ISBN-13: 978-1452541747 (paperback); ASIN: B006W6MVMQ (Kindle). Ready for an adventure and a break from the everyday routine of her life, author Alda Petitti embarks on a 10 day pilgrimage where she walks 150 miles from Porto, Portugal to Santiago, Spain. At the age of 57, she walks solo during the day encountering challenges and meeting other pilgrims along the route. While walking the Camino she relearns some life lessons through meaningful and heartfelt experiences.

Walking the Camino in an Age of AnxietyPratt, John H. (2007) Walking the Camino in an Age of Anxiety: The Search for the Medieval Pilgrim. BookSurge Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1419669316 (paperback).The book retraces the steps of the Camino through the author's personal journey in the fall of 2001, in the shadow of the 9-11 attacks. Through the use of primary sources as well as the experience of walking the route, the book brings to life the world of the medieval Camino. It is also a book about life on the Camino today, especially life for the author, his wife and a good friend, who made the journey together, and the many interesting walking companions they met along the way.

Rafferty, John, ed. (2016) Camino to Santiago: A Spiritual Companion. Redemptorist Publications. ISBN-13: 978-0852314586. In this little booklet (less than 80 pages) 31 pilgrims from across the world share their reflections on their pilgrimage to inspire and inform other pilgrims and those interested in the pilgrimage. Their stories may help in preparation for the journey or in accompanying pilgrims on their way.

Riggs, Phil (2015) My Camino Journey on the Roads to Santiago: Hiking the Spanish, Portuguese and French Caminos. CreateSpace. ISBN-13: 978-1511738750 (paperback); ASIN: B010Y9NYN6 (Kindle). Author Phil Riggs has assembled a collection of events that he experienced on the Camino. The book is about relationships, personal experiences, legends and stories of the Camino as well as personal musings that came to mind after encounters with interesting fellow pilgrims or with Mother Nature. Riggs includes advice on what to take and what not on your own Camino. Finally he offers commentary on the three routes he walked.

The Camino De Santiago, A Sinner's Guide, RockRock, Eddie (2010) The Camino De Santiago, A Sinner's Guide. Rock Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1445263892 (paperback), ASIN: B00B3I4HF2 (Kindle). Irish comedian Eddie Rock has written a unique, alternative account of one man's pilgrimage, an account which is enthralling, informative, entertain and above all highly amusing. Available at

Roussel, Landon (2015) On the Primitive Way. Communities Press. ISBN-13: 978-0996968102. On the Primitive Way recounts two Texan brothers’ pilgrimage on the Camino. Starting in Oviedo, Spain, the author, the older brother, chronicles their journey through the mountains of Asturias that brought them together after over a decade of estrangement due to the younger brother’s drug abuse, addiction and imprisonment. As they endure torrential rains, blindsiding blizzards and grueling climbs, the author comes to realize that the real challenge is not to survive the elements but to reconcile with his brother after a tumultuous past.

Rudolph, Conrad (2004) Pilgrimage to the End of the World: The Road to Santiago de Compostela. University Of Chicago Press. ISBN-13: 978-0226731278.

Walk in a Relaxed MannerRupp, Joyce (2005) Walk in a Relaxed Manner: Life lessons from the Camino. Orbis Books. ISBN-13: 978-1570756160. In this inspirational paperback, the author presents her adventures on the Camino de Santiago and their significance in her further life. At the age of 60, she took this arduous journey with Tom, a retired pastor and close friend. As an imaginative practitioner of spiritual literacy, Rupp has gathered together the many meanings of her experience so that fellow pilgrims can share in the lessons.

Samuilova, Ivinela (2015) The Camino from Leon to Santiago: Short, practical and inspiring travel notes for a two-week uplifting experience along The Way. ASIN: B0146DK2NG (Kindle). This little book offers a personal and practical guide to packing for, booking and walking the Camino francés from Leon to Santiago by way of one woman's experience. It will be especially useful for busy people who cannot afford to do the entire Camino experience (typically 40 days and 750 km), but who need a break from the pressure of their normal routine. The book offers practical tips and ideas, including photographs and a map of the route as well as thoughtful insights. This two-week travelogue is intended to help the reader along the first steps that might lead to the Camino. 

The Journey: A Guide for the Modern Pilgrim Scaperlanda, Maria Ruiz and Michael (2004) The Journey: A Guide For The Modern Pilgrim. Loyola Press. ISBN-13: 978-0829416176 paperback. A comprehensive guide to planning a Catholic pilgrimage (not only the Camino) and living a pilgrim's life. Rooted in the rich Catholic tradition of pilgrimage, The Journey combines a practical understanding of the challenge of physical pilgrimage and a holistic understanding of what it means to live a pilgrim's life. This book offers a fresh perspective, a wealth of firsthand stories, and advice and guidance for those seeking to live as pilgrims.

Schell, Donald, & Maria Schell (2001) My Father, My Daughter: Pilgrims on the Road to Santiago. Church Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0898693393. In their evocative and complementary styles, father and daughter write of their physical trek across Spain, and of their spiritual journey of discovery of the self and of the other.

Walking With Stones Schmidt, William S. (2012) Walking With Stones: A Spiritual Odyssey on the Pilgrimage to Santiago. Trafford. ISBN-13: 978-1935359296 paperback; ISBN: 146690934X Kindle. Walking over 500 miles from St. Jean to Santiago, author William Schmidt, himself a counselor for many couples, found himself in his own dissolving marriage. Walking these miles became an experience of self-awareness and self-transformation.  The "Camino pilgrimage" became furthermore a quest for the sacred, for a "holy longing" that lives inside every one of us.

Sesto, Carl (2012) Walking Through Shadows: El Camino de Santiago de Compostela. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN-13: 978-1475090826 paperback. Walking Through Shadows is the account of an out of shape American’s pilgrimage to Santiago. The daily journal and photographs chronicle the physical, mental, and spiritual challenges encountered on this 36 day journey. The author is a photographer and book artist who undertook this life-changing pilgrimage while on a sabbatical from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

The Artist's Journey, Shaver Shaver, Marcia (2010) The Artist's Journey: The Perfumed Pilgrim Tackles the Camino de Santiago. Book Publishers Network. ISBN-13: 978-1935359296 paperback. Trials, tribulations and testy travelers only spurred Marcia Shaver on in her journey across Spain, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Finisterre. Setting a practical pace that allows her time to draw, and soaking in the revitalizing countryside, the author rediscovers her physical strength—and more.

Sommer, Louise (2014) The Hidden Camino. The Sommer Institute. ASIN: B00RCKK68C Kindle; ISBN-13: 978-0994217004 paperback. At the beginning of 2010, author Louise Sommer was living a busy life, holding down a demanding full-time job as well as attending university part-time. She had heard about the Camino, but had no thoughts of undertaking the pilgrimage herself. One fateful night, however, Louise had a powerful dream, succeeded by others equally potent, that would steer her life in a direction beyond her wildest imagination. Louise started to see the hidden truths of the Camino stepping out from the shadows and reaching into the mysteries of ancient Europe, the devastating deceits of the church and the ignored origins of Mary Magdalene and The Virgin Mary.

Spittle, Reginald and Susan Spittle (Illustrator). (2018) Camino Sunrise: Walking With My ShadowsReginald Spittle publisher. ISBN-13: 978-1732890916 paperback. Reg was a master of disguising a lifetime of debilitating anxiety that continually undermined his self-confidence. Recently retired, he was looking forward to expanding his travel horizons, never dreaming he'd soon find himself chasing distant boundaries across a foreign land, sleeping in dorm bunks, and sharing bathrooms as if he were a teenager experiencing his gap year. When tragedy strikes, Reg reluctantly accepts his wife's challenge to carry his red backpack on the Camino, confronting past fears and humiliations, while packing new worries.

 Stanton, Edward (1994) Road of Stars to Santiago. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN-13: 978-0813118710. Author Edward Stanton has written an engrossing account of his own pilgrimage. Road of Stars to Santiago is a personal story of his journey. Stanton says: "I undertook a five-hundred-mile walk along the ancient Camino de Santiago, from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostella in northwest Spain, the supposed burial site of the apostle St. James the Elder, and beyond to Finisterre, Land's End on the Atlantic coast. On my journey I followed the old road whenever possible, passing through mountains, medieval forests and remote villages, as well as modern towns and cities. I slept in fields, abandoned schools or wherever I could, on a thirty-day trip that brought me into contact with a whole cross-section of Spanish society, and with pilgrims from France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and England."

Road to Santiago, StarkieStarkie, Walter (New ed 2003) The Road to Santiago: Pilgrims of St. James. John Murray Travel Classics. ISBN-10: 0719563372. Originally published in 1957, this is one of the classic early accounts of the 'modern' Camino recounting the author's journey from Arles with his fiddle.

Following the Yellow Arrow, TalbotTalbot, Lynn K. & Andrew Talbot Squires (2011) Following the Yellow Arrow: Younger Pilgrims on the Camino. WingSpan Press. ISBN-13: 978-1595944023 hardback; ISBN-13: 978-1595944351 paperback. This collection presents the reflections of twenty-one young writers who share their adventures on the Camino, each looking for the revelation that has enriched their lives. As they hiked, they discovered answers to why they'd walked, what they'd learned, and how they'd changed. The contributors - all of whom were in their teens and twenties - reflect on the way the Camino allowed them to meet challenges, heal personal fractures, and connect with others. The essays they have written capture the spirit of the Camino with amazing fidelity.

A Journey of Days, ThatcherThatcher, Guy (2008) A Journey of Days: Relearning Life’s Lessons on the Camino de Santiago. General Store Publishing House. ISBN-13: 978-1771230377. In 2007 Guy Thatcher walked the Camino hoping to discover the reason for the compulsion that drove him there. What he found instead was the timeless land of northern Spain, beauty, silence, mountains and plains, rain and relentless sun, snow in May, heartbreaking climbs, fatigue and injury; friendly and welcoming people, new friendships, despair, transcendental joy, birth and death and churros con chocolate.

A Journey of Days Continues, ThatcherThatcher, Guy (2013) A Journey of Days Continues: Mud Mountains, and Mindfulness on the Camino de Saint-Jacques. General Store Publishing House. ISBN-13: 978-1897113998. A Journey of Days Continues is the story of Guy Thatcher’s 800-kilometer trek across France on the ancient pilgrimage path, les Chemins de Saint-Jacques, and is a sequel to Thatcher’s first book, A Journey of Days, in which he described his personal journey along Spain’s Camino de Santiago. Thatcher decides that walking les Chemins de Saint-Jacques teaches an individual who he or she truly is. Read about this insightful walking experience and enjoy the descriptions of the ancient historical sites and landmarks along the way.

Tuggle, Bob (2000) On the Road to Santiago. Writers Club Press. ISBN-13: 978-0595139101.

The Best WayWalker, Bill (2011) The Best Way: El Camino de Santiago. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. ISBN-13: 978-1467960229. Bill Walker decided to undertake the Camino in the ‘Holy Year’ of 2010. The Camino is supposed to be a religious-spiritual pilgrimage but Walker had also been told that it was “The European Divorcee Trail.” At Walker's side was his 18 year-old nephew, Gavin, with his special brand of Fonzie-like charm. The two of them learn just how delightful the French really can be (except, of course, when they’re being impossible), why the Germans are almost all model pilgrims, and the tragi-glorious roots of the Spanish national character.

Among the PilgrimsWallis, Mary Victoria (2006) Among the Pilgrims: Journeys to Santiago de Compostela. Trafford Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1412007962. Author Mary Wallis weaves accounts of bicycle and walking pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela together with the thousand-year old history of the Camino. Compares modern pilgrimage with medieval religious traditions.

Strangers on the CaminoWijesinha, Sanjiva (2014) Strangers on The Camino. Vijitha Yapa Publications. ISBN-13: 978-9556652291, Kindle ASIN: B00JO1ZC40. An account of a trek along Spain's ancient pilgrim trail - the Camino de Santiago. Filled with snippets and anecdotes about the ethnic, cultural, military and religious history of Spain, Strangers on The Camino is a readable book that gives the reader a insight and perspective of a journey by a father and son along the Camino. Strangers on the Camino will be of interest and of use to those who are thinking of setting off on their own Camino. Descriptions of The Way and of the refugios and other accommodation which Sanjiva and his son Shivantha used give a sense of their six week journey .

Along Templar Trail WilsonWilson, Brandon (2008) Along the Templar Trail: Seven Million Steps for Peace. Pilgrim's Tales, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0977053681. Author Brandon Wilson has explored nearly one hundred countries. In "Along the Templar Trail" he writes a travel diary of his experience walking the 2620 mile Templar Trail from France to Jerusalem. A true story that interweaves history, adventure, religion, mysticism and modern conflict. The book also includes a list of stages and distances and a suggested packing list.

Pilgrim, WhyteWhyte, David (2012) Pilgrim. Many Rivers Press. ISBN-13: 978-1932887259. In his 7th volume of poetry, David Whyte looks at the great questions of human life through the eyes of the pilgrim: someone passing through relatively quickly, someone dependent on friendship, hospitality and help from friends and strangers alike, someone for whom the nature of the destination changes step by step as it approaches, and someone who is subject to the vagaries of wind and weather along the way. The poems in Pilgrim explore themes of departure, shelter, companionship, deep friendship and the necessary transformations of friendship, the struggles at crucial thresholds and the arrivals that always become further departures, offering companionship along the way.

Grandma's on the Camino, WymanWyman, Mary O'Hara (2012) Grandma's on the Camino: Reflections on a 48-Day Pilgrimage Walk to Santiago. AuthorHouse. ISBN-13: 978-1477289235 paperback; ISBN-13: 978-1477289228 hardcover; ASIN: B00AEJGLWS Kindle. In Grandma’s On the Camino, author Mary O’Hara Wyman, a 70-year-old grandmother from San Francisco, relates her adventures walking 500 miles alone as a pilgrim on the Camino. Through back-home reflections based on journal entries and postcards sent to her granddaughter, Mary describes engaging encounters with pilgrims of all ages and motivations and the daily trials of finding food and a bed each evening.



Asensi, Matilde (2000) Iacobus. Booket. ISBN-13: 978-8408068570. (Available only in Spanish.) El caballero Galcerán recibe la encomienda papal de viajar a Francia para investigar unas muertes misteriosas, en compañía de un joven, llamado García. Pero pronto el camino se torcerá y terminarán recorriendo el Camino de Santiago en busca de un tesoro fabuloso...

PerigrinatioAsensi, Matilde (2007) Peregrinatio / Perquisitore. Planeta. ISBN-13: 978-8408068556. (Available only in Spanish.) Un homenaje al Camino de Santiago Año de 1324. El ex caballero hospitalario Galcerán de Born, el Perquisitore, preocupado ante las noticias que recibe acerca de la conducta inapropiada de su hijo, Jonás, y de su disoluta vida en la corte de Barcelona, decide enviarle una misiva que contiene órdenes muy precisas para el joven y se convertirá en su Liber peregrinationis. Acompañado por un caballero de Cristo (antiguos templarios), Jonás de Born iniciará una nueva andadura en su vida.

Dead End on the CaminoAviva, Elyn (2001) Dead End on the Camino: A Noa Webster Mystery. Pilgrims’ Process. ISBN-13: 978-0971060913. Murder, mayhem, and mystery accompany anthropologist Noa Webster on her treasure hunt on the Camino de Santiago.

Aviva, Elyn (2004) The Journey: A Novel of Pilgrimage and Spiritual Quest. Pilgrims' Process. ISBN-13: 978-0974959702.

The PilgrimageCoelho, Paulo (1999) The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-0722534878. Considered by many the quintessential Camino story. An glorious mixture of adventure story and guide to self-knowledge, this book recounts the trials of Paulo and his mentor, Petrus, as they journey across Spain in search of a miraculous sword.

Beneath Wandering StarsCowles, Ashlee (2016) Beneath Wandering Stars. Merit Press. ISBN-13: 978-1440595820. After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother's best friend -- whom she has despised all her life. Beneath Wandering Stars takes the reader on a journey of love, danger, laughter and friendship, against all odds.

 Curtsinger, E.C. (2005) Ten Thousand Ways to Santiago: A Pilgrimage Novel. Xlibris. Hardback ISBN-13: 978-1-4134-8334-5; paperback ISBN-13: 978-1-5992-6883-5. Paul Shaffer, an American loner in pilgrim costume and with a big pack on his back, camps in the snow one night crossing the Pyrenees and, mourning the death a year earlier of Angelique Roussel, he makes a snow statue of her. Two boys come by the next morning and rob Paul of everything but his toothbrush, leaving him naked in the Pyrenees.

Murielle's AngelHall, Russell J. & Peg Rooney Hall (2013) Second Wind on the Way of Saint James: A Novel. Lighthall Books. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0976426387; Kindle ASIN: B00ENNJZBA. Second Wind is a story of the beauty and power of the Camino, and its influence on the people who walk it. It is a tale of old friends and wildlife naturalists, Bert Charles and Helen Morgia, who are at the turning points in their lives when the successes and failures of career and marriage are mostly in the past and the “what next” question looms. They walk the Camino together, unsure of what, if anything, they are seeking. Will the Camino help them find their second wind?

Murielle's AngelHowell, Mary J. (2013) Murielle's Angel. Cinnamon Press. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1907090837. Forty-eight year old Rosemary Wallace, for reasons that escape her, becomes an uncertain pilgrim - "I can't go on this way or that way or any way at all. I am just walking." What unfolds in Murielle's Angel, in prose that mirrors the pace of the walk, is a collection of stories that interweave as step after step is taken.- an angry young man, a tall blond stranger, an avuncular Spanish poet, a doctor accosted by a man in the village of Casanova who wants her to be his and wants a kiss ‘on account’ and the enigmatic Murielle, whose drawings invert perception.

Meyer, John (2017) Shadows, Shells, and Spain. Summer Nomad Publications. ISBN-978-0987670397. Lost and listless on the island of Mallorca, Jamie Draper searches for his estranged wife, Pam, who has left him without any explanation or warning. Exploring her last known location, Jamie stumbles upon a letter from his missing wife promising full disclosure as to her departure and her current whereabouts. There's just one catch: her mysterious adventure is disclosed in a series of letters she's left hidden along the ancient Camino trail.

The PilgrimageMorelock, Kathleen (2012) East to the Grotto on the River Gave. CreateSpace. ISBN-13: 978-1467949781; Kindle ASIN: B007KNSFRU. There is a time portal north of Santiago. Through this portal pass a 10th century Moor, a 19th century Irish nun, a 27th century environmental scientist and an 18th century sociopath. The disorder of time brings them all, and a few others, together to expose a murderer, to rescue a kidnapped child and to save the earth from a planet-destroying bomb. A rare religious, science fiction novel.

Strong as DeathNewman, Sharan (1997) Strong as Death. Forge. ASIN: B007XV1SAK Kindle. Bella Rosa Books. ISBN-13: 978-1933523279 paperback. A former novitiate in the Order of the Paraclete, Catherine LeVendeur has had more than her share of adventures. When Catherine chose love over churchly devotion by falling in love with her Saxon nobleman, Edgar, her family as the earnest hope that married life would settle her down. After suffering several miscarriages and the birth of a stillborn child, Catherine is driven by a prophetic dream. She and Edgar embark on a pilgrimage to the fabled cathedral city of Compostela, to petition St. James for a child, to take the holy waters and to pray. The ensemble is rounded out with mad monks, some less-than-penitent crusaders and a motley collection of pilgrims.

Pilgrim Footprints on the Sands of TimePilgrim Footprints on the Sands of TimeNilsen, Sylvia (2013) Pilgrim Footprints on the Sands of Time. EURL Pilgrimage Publications. ISBN-13: 978-2917183342. William Beaumont made a promise to his dead mother and younger sister to go on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Saint James to save their souls. He is overjoyed when he is asked to accompany the FitzUrse family on their three-month pilgrimage to Santiago. Set in the turbulent 12th-century, this is a story of love, adventure and danger on the pilgrimage roads from England to Spain.

The PilgrimagePick, Lucy (2014) Pilgrimage. Ciudono Press. ISBN-13: 978-0991121533. The last thing Gebirga of Flanders remembers seeing is the argument between her parents that ended in her mother’s death. In the years since, she has learned to negotiate her family’s castle of Gistel as a blind woman but everyone assumes that one day her home will be the convent founded in her mother’s honor. An accidental encounter offers another path, and Gebirga flees her callous family with a pack of pilgrims that includes a count’s daughter bound for marriage, two clerics writing a guidebook and a mysterious messenger with an unknown agenda, all headed along the pilgrimage road to Compostela.

Kamal Ravikant: RebirthRavikant, Kamal (2017) Rebirth: A Fable of Love, Forgiveness, and Following Your Heart. Hachette Books. Hardcover ISBN-978-0316312288; Kindle ASIN-B01F1UD5OQAfter the death of his estranged father, Amit takes his parent's ashes to the Ganges to fulfill a deathbed promise. Instead of returning home, he wanders, his pain and grief leaving him confused about his future. Almost broke, unsure about his direction in life, and running from memories, he is led by fate to the Camino de Santiago. Once a reluctant pilgrim, Amit realizes he cannot stop until he completes the journey. With each step Amit is challenged to confront his fear of following in the footsteps of his father, the loss of a woman he may love after all, and the reality of an uncertain future.

Journey To Compostela, ReillyReilly, Bernard (2000) Journey to Compostela: A Novel of Medieval Pilgrimage and Peril. Combined Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-1580970426. On a pilgrimage through medieval Spain, a knight and a peasant play a cat-and-mouse game that grows deadlier with each passing day.

Secret of Santiago, ReillyReilly, Bernard (1997) Secret of Santiago: A Novel of Medieval Spain (Medieval Military Library). Da Capo Press. ISBN-13: 978-0938289609. Medieval historian Bernard Reilly uses the novel format to fill in the gaps in knowledge of Spain in the Dark Ages, in a visionary account of one man's faith at the time of the founding of the Shrine of Compostela.

Pilgrimage to HeresySaunders, Tracy (2007) Pilgrimage to Heresy. iUniverse, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0595469123. A Spanish gnostic bishop argues for his life in the year 385. A modern day pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago searches for keys to her existence. And an ancient text binds them together. A tale of intrigue which asks disturbing questions about the nature of faith and pilgrimage.

St. James' RoosterSaunders, Tracy (2012) St. James' Rooster. iUniverse, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-1475927627. Set in Santiago de Compostela, part present day fiction intertwined with much historical fact, St James' Rooster takes the reader to the turbulent times of the Middle Ages and the beginnings of the cult of St James. Diego Gelmirez, Bishop and then Archbishop, follows his driving ambitions to make Compostela into another Rome. In so-doing he challenges a queen and rivals a Pope, even as it puts his own life in the gravest danger.

The Ramsay ScollopTemple, Frances (Hardback 1994, paperback 1995) The Ramsay Scallop. Orchard Books. Hardback ISBN-10: 0531068366; paperback ISBN-10: 0064406016. Author Temple travels back to 13th-century Europe for a coming-of-age story about a 14-year-old orphan, Eleanor of Ramsay. The town priest sends her and her betrothed on a pilgrimage to Spain to atone for the sins of all the townspeople. Young adult.

Torbado, Jesús (2002) El peregrino. Planeta Publishing Corp. ISBN-13: 978-8408044895. (Available only in Spanish.)

Bedbug's Big Adventure, WelburnWelburn, Ruth (2013) Bedbug's Big Adventure. Bedbug is a happy friendly little guy who lives in a dormitory in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. He has never seen the world; he has never been out of his mattress. He wonders why the pilgrims are so excited. He wonders where they go and what they see. He would like to go on an adventure, so he hitches a ride on Pilgrim's bedroll and travels along the Way of Saint James with her. Available through

Walking the Way, Wiegman Wiegman, Neal (2009) Walking the Way: A Medieval Quest. WingSpan Press. ISBN 978-1-59594-325-5. The author's trek along the 500-mile pilgrimage across the Way of Saint James inspired this historical novel about what the journey must have been like during its medieval heyday. Two thorns from Jesus' Crown of Thorns have been stolen from a monastery in the Pyrenees. The quest for these holy relics sends an 18-year-old Basque named Xavier on an odyssey over the length of the Camino. Xavier shares his adventures with two Italian priests, characters based on actual historical figures. One of them published a memoir and the most vivid passages are quoted in the novel, as are sections of the Liber Sancti Jacobi, the earliest pilgrim guidebook. Walking the Way with Xavier will provide a foundation for understanding the pilgrimage road to Santiago in the 21st century.


Culture and History

Historia compostelanaAnonymous (ed. Emma Falque Rey) (1995) Historia compostelana. Akal ediciones. 2001. (Available only in Spanish.) ISBN: 978-84460-0417-2. La obra es fundamentalmente el relato de los hechos del gran prelado compostelano Diego Gelmírez, una de las figuras más importantes de la Edad Media de Galicia. Los acontecimientos narrados en la Historia compostelana abarcan principalmente desde 1100 a 1139, es decir, los años en que Gelmírez fue primero obispo (1100-1120) y después arzobispo de Compostela hasta su muerte (1120-1140).

Being a Pilgrim, AshleyAshley, Kathleen & Marilyn Deegan (2009) Being a Pilgrim: Art and Ritual on the Medieval Routes to Santiago. Lund Humphries Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-08533-1989-4. Kathleen Ashley, author, and Marilyn Deegan, photographer, explore the experience of the medieval pilgrim through an examination of art, historical and social contexts as well as themes related to pilgrimage such as music, legend and ritual. The book is copiously illustrated, showcasing the visual legacy of the medieval pilgrimage experience in sculpture, painting and architecture. Interwoven in the narrative text are original sources which bring to us the voices of these men and women who set out on what was then an epic journey.

The Spiritual Traveler, BahramiBahrami, Beebe (2009) The Spiritual Traveler: Spain - A Guide to Sacred Sites and Pilgrim Routes. HiddenSpring Books/Paulist Press. ISBN-13: 978-15876-8047-2. Cultural anthropologist and writer Beebe Bahrami explores the truly sacred and spiritual places, traditions, people, and roads of Spain. This is a non-denominational and deeply anthropological and folkloric travel book on Spain's prehistoric, pagan, Jewish, Christian and Muslim past. It is also a spiritual exploration of the country's diverse present, such as in emerging communities dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism, animistic Earth-based spiritualities, as well as current revivals of the land's connection to the three Abrahamic faiths. Each chapter explores a region, a thematic route and the most vibrant spiritual life of that area.

Roads to Santiago, BrabbsBrabbs, Derry (2008) The Roads to Santiago: The Medieval Pilgrim Routes Through France and Spain to Santiago De Compostela. Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd. ISBN-13: 978-07112-2706-4. Although there are numerous guidebooks and personal accounts of the Camino de Santiago, there is no fully illustrated book covering the magnificent architectural and stunning landscape highlights to be found en route. This book covers all the major routes on both sides of the Pyrenees and it covers the various alternatives within Spain itself. The historical context is explained, and the notable monuments and landscapes are illustrated with photographs by one of Britain's leading landscape and architectural photographers.

Coffey, Thomas F. & Maryjane Dunn (2018) The Miracles and Translatio of Saint James, Books Two and Three of the Liber Sancti Jacobi: A Translation, with Introduction, Commentaries and Notes. Italica Press. Hardcover ISBN 978-1-59910-323-5; Paperback ISBN 978-1-59910-324-2; E-book ISBN 978-1-59910-325-9. The pilgrimage route to Compostela has an exceptional witness from its early days: the Liber Sancti Jacobi or Book of Saint James. The text provides an encyclopedia on Saint James the Greater and on the pilgrimage to Santiago. Of the five books included in the manuscript, Books II and III, published here in English translation, deal directly with the cult surrounding Saint James. Book II recounts 25 of the miracles attributed to the saint between the years 1100 and 1135. Book III describes the transfer of James’s body to Santiago from the Holy Land, where legend says he was beheaded by Herod. Together these two books of the Liber Sancti Jacobi provide a comprehensive description of the power and importance of the saint, reflecting his significance and the significance of Santiago de Compostela as one of the three major Christian pilgrimage sites during the Middle Ages.

The Miracles of St. JamesCoffey, Thomas F., Maryjane Dunn & Linda Kay Davidson (1983) The Miracles of St. James: Translations from the Liber Sancti Jacobi. Italica Press. ISBN-13: 9780934977388. This book offers the complete text of Book II of the Codex Calixtinus, the twenty-two miracles associated with St. James. The introduction analyzes the types, places and recipients of the miracles and discusses the appearances of St. James himself in these stories. This is a contemporary description of the necessity, the ways and means, and the dangers engendered in making the Compostela pilgrimage. The original author's diatribes against the abuses common on the route give the twentieth-century reader a fascinating view of life on a medieval pilgrimage.

Margery Kempe CollisCollis, Louise (1983) Memoirs Of A Medieval Woman: The Life And Times Of Margery Kempe. Harper Perennial. Paperback ISBN-13: 978-00609-0992-5. This unusual biography tells the story of an extraordinary fifteenth-century woman who journeyed all over Europe from England to the Holy Land to Santiago de Compostela. Kempe was married and had fourteen children when she deserted her family to make her extended pilgrimage to expiate a 'secret sin' in her early life. Along the way she meets many famous prelates and dignitaries, gets into all sorts of scrapes, and survives a feverish voyage in the stinking galleys of a Venetian boat. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Davidson, Linda Kay & Maryjane Dunn-Wood (1993) Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages: A Research Guide. Garland Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0824072216.

Pilgrimage Essays Dun and DavidsonDunn, Maryjane & Linda Kay Davidson, eds. (2000 paperback) The Pilgrimage to Compostela in the Middle Ages: A Book of Essays. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-04159-2895-3. Nine studies address the phenomenon of the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. This volume was the first U.S.-published essay collection devoted to the subject, drawing on multiple disciplines - including music, history, art and religious history - to shed new light on the Santiago pilgrimage and its manifestations throughout Europe.

Dunn, Maryjane & Linda Kay Davidson (1994) The Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela: A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography. Garland Publishing. ISBN 13: 9780824072209.

Frey, Nancy Louise (1998) Pilgrim Stories: On and Off the Road to Santiago, Journeys Along an Ancient Way in Modern Spain. University of California Press. ISBN-13: 978-0520217515.

gitlitzGitlitz, David & Linda K. Davidson (2000) The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook. St. Martin's Press. ISBN-13: 978-0312254162 paperback; ASIN: B0091I0YOE Kindle. To fully appreciate the riches of the Camino, look no further than The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago, a fascinating step-by-step guide to the cultural history of the Road for pilgrims, hikers and armchair travelers alike. Organized geographically along the francés, the book covers aspects of the terrain, places of interest, history, artistic monuments and each town and village's historical relationship to the pilgrimage.The authors have led multiple student treks along the Road, studying the art, architecture, and cultural sites of the pilgrimage road from southern France to Compostela. Their lectures, based on twenty-five years of pilgrimage scholarship and fieldwork, were the starting point for this handbook. Be advised, this is s cultural handbook, not a guidebook for walking!

Pilgrimage Davidson & GitlitzGitlitz, David & Linda K. Davidson (2002) Pilgrimage: From the Ganges to Graceland. ABC-CLIO, Inc. ISBN-10: 1576070042. This encyclopedic two-volume set is a delight to read and pleasing to view. The authors begin with an introduction warranting a special note: in less than 10 pages, the reader receives a comprehensive overview of the history, nature and purpose of pilgrimage, cutting across cultures and faith traditions. Pilgrimage is defined here as "a journey to a special place, in which both the journey and the destination have spiritual significance for the journeyer." The book's subtitle is an indication of the breadth of the work.

The Long Road to HeavenHeaton, Tim (2013) The Long Road to Heaven: A Lent Course Based on the Film "The Way". Circle Books. ISBN-13: 978-1782792741. This second Lent resource from the author of The Naturalist and the Christ explores Christian understandings of “salvation” in a five-part study course based on the film The Way. Starring Martin Sheen as a bereaved father, this soulful and uplifting film observes a group of pilgrims walking the Way of St James to Santiago. As it follows their journey of inner transformation, the course examines biblical accounts and images of salvation – past, present and future – and addresses the questions: What are we saved from? What are we saved for? Who can be saved? What do we have to do to be saved? How are we saved?

Pilgrims' Steps, HodumHodum, Robert (2012) Pilgrims' Steps: A Search for Spain's Santiago and an Examination of his Way. iUniverse. ISBN-13: 978-1475940121 Softcover; ISBN-13: 978-1475940138 Hardcover; ISBN-13: 978-1475940145 Ebook. Referencing biblical and ancient historical accounts, oral histories, contemporary analysis and current popular reflections, Pilgrims’ Steps examines the saint’s life and times and his connection to the religious and political movements of the 1st century. This work includes an in-depth overview of the origins and history of this region’s ancient cultures and their belief in sacred landscape. Pilgrim's Steps depicts the complex persona of St. James the Greater and examines the pre-Christian religions of Galicia as well as the evolution of the medieval Christian pilgrimage tradition along the Camino. Author Robert Hodum maintains that contemporary pilgrimage tradition along the Way incorporates the ancient sacred routes of Galicia, linking prehistoric populations, Bronze Age peoples and early Christian pilgrims with today's pilgrims.

The Road to Santiago, JacobsJacobs, M. (2003, 3rd edition) The Road to Santiago. Pallas Athene. ISBN-13: 978-1873429426. This is an informative, fully illustrated guide to the architecture along the main pilgrim route to Santiago. The work covers the churches, monasteries, cathedrals, hostels and hospitals associated with the pilgrimage as well as examples of Romanesque, Mozarabic, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and traditional folk architecture.

The Way of St James I The Way of St James II The Way of St James IIIKing, Georgiana Goddard (1917, reissued 2008) The Way of Saint James, Volumes I, II and III. Pilgrims' Process, Inc. ISBN-13: 978-0979090929, 978-0979090936, 978-0979090943 paperback. This is a reissue of Georgiana Goddard King's seminal study, The Way of Saint James. Completed in 1917, this three-volume set is a wide-ranging exploration of the history, literature, legends and architecture of the Camino de Santiago. It is based on Professor King's wanderings on foot and by cart, mule and other conveyance on the Spanish pilgrimage road, and on extensive academic research with particular emphasis on medieval art and architecture. Professor King was both a well-respected scholar and a keen observer of her surroundings. Thoroughly documented, with extensive notes and appendices, this is a must-have reference book not only for art historians but also for any true aficionado of the Camino.The University of Toronto has scanned a copy of the original edition and has placed it in several formats on the Internet Archive site. Access volume 1, volume 2 or volume 3.

Pilgrims GuideMelczer, William (1993) The Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela. Italica Press. ISBN-10: 0-934977259. The Pilgrim’s Guide presents the first complete English translation of Book Five of the Liber Sancti Jacobi or Codex Calixtinus, the twelfth-century guidebook that traces the medieval camino from southern France to Santiago de Compostela. As important and interesting as the translation of this central book of the Codex is, the most fascinating part of the book is Melczer's extensive introduction about all facets of the cultural and historical position that the cult of Santiago held in the Middle Ages and his extensive notes on the text of the Codex.

Mitchell-Lanham, Jean (2015) The Lore of the Camino de Santiago: A Literary Pilgrimage. Two Harbors Press (paperback) and Publish Green Publishing (Kindle). Paperback ISBN-13: 978-1634133333. Kindle ASIN: B00UZNL3S0. Author Jean Mitchell-Lanham went for all the usual reasons — religious, midlife crisis, a need for adventure or a miracle, to visit Hemingway's 1920s hangouts, to pay homage to Saint James. Then her academic and literary interests set her off on a secondary journey to dig deeper into the mysteries and the draw of the pilgrimage. The result is this book: a review with academic, regional, cultural, historical and religious facts. All intertwined with the author's own journey.

Murphy, Denis (2011) Book Five of The Codex Calixtinus: The Pilgrim's Guide. This is an online English translation of book five of the Codex, the pilgrims' guide.

Myers: Santiago: Saint of Two WorldsMyers, Joan, Marc Simmons & Donna Pierce (1991) Santiago: Saint of Two Worlds. University of New Mexico Press. ISBN-13: 978-0826312730. A documentary project on Saint James or Santiago which traces the history of ancient pilgrimage route and shows depictions of Santiago in the New World. 73 pages plus 84 single-sided, full-page, duo-toned black and white plates and a two-page map.

Pilgrims Guide Shaver-CrandellPazos, Antón M., ed (2013) Pilgrims and Pilgrimages as Peacemakers in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Ashgate Publishing Company. ISBN-13: 978-1409468264. Anton M. Pazos is Vice-director and Senior Research Scientist at the Instituto de Estudios Gallegos and President of the Commission Internationale d'Histoire et d'Etudes du Christianisme. With a set of contributions from leading experts in the field, this book explores the concept of pilgrimage in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Specific examples of pilgrimages that helped to strengthen links between different religions or civilizations are explored, ranging from Europe to Asia and from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. While the book in its entirety is not specifically about the Camino de Santiago there are two chapters have some aspect of the Camino as their topic.


Pool, Kevin R., ed. and trans (2014) The Chronicle of Pseudo-Turpin: Book IV of the Liber Sancti Jacobi (Codex Calixtinus). Italica Press, Inc. Hardcover, ISBN 978-1599102894. Paperback, ISBN 978-1599102900, Kindle Edition, ASIN: B00OZPWFB8. The twelfth-century Chronicle of Pseudo-Turpin, also known as the History of Charlemagne and Roland, offers an “eye-witness” account of events during the late eighth century. Charlemagne’s compatriot, Archbishop Turpin of Rheims, describes the miraculous appearance of Saint James to Charlemagne and the battles against the Muslims that he and Roland fought as a result of this vision. The chronicle is one of the fundamental texts in the literary legend surrounding Charlemagne, Roland, Compostela and St. James. In his introduction to this first modern English translation of the chronicle, Kevin Poole investigates the issues of fiction, legend and authorship and the relationship between the false chronicle and its wider literary tradition. He also highlights the possible connections between the work and its contemporary political and religious environment. 178 pages with 10 illustrations. 

Reader, Ian (2013) Pilgrimage and the Marketplace (Routledge Studies in Religion, Travel, and Tourism). Routledge. Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-0415709194; Kindle edition ASIN: B00F47542I. The study of pilgrimage usually concerns itself with (mostly ancient) miracles and (mostly modern) social activity. While some of these may play an important role in the success of pilgrimage sites, this book demonstrates that the marketplace, including marketing and promotional activities by religious entities, secular interest groups and governmental agencies, create the consumerist markets through which pilgrimages become established and successful – and through which the ‘sacred’ as a category can be sustained. The author discusses how pilgrimages may be invented, shaped and promoted by various interest groups. In so doing he draws attention to the competitive nature of the pilgrimage market, revealing that there are rivalries, borrowed ideas and alliances with commercial and civil agencies to promote pilgrimages. While these forces have been and are certainly in play on the Camino, the author considers other routes including in Japan, India, China, Vietnam, Europe and the Muslim world.

Pilgrims Guide Shaver-CrandellShaver-Crandell, Annie, Paula Lieber Gerson, Alison Stones (1995) The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela: A Gazetteer. Harvey Miller Publishing. ISBN-10: 1872501931. This massive reference book, weighing in at almost 3 pounds, will be extremely useful to historians of religion, architecture, sculpture and travel. Not a guide to the Road but to the monuments along the way, including references to those that are ruins or no longer there.

Sumption, Jonathan (2003) The Age of Pilgrimage: The Medieval Journey to God. Paulist Press. ISBN-13: 978-1587680250. Author Jonathan Sumption examines the traditions of pilgrimage prevalent in Europe from the beginning of Christianity to the end of the fifteenth century. He discusses such major destinations as Jerusalem, Rome, Santiago de Compostela and Canterbury and he examines both major figures—popes, kings, queens, scholars, villains—and the common people of their day. He explains the appeal of pilgrimage to medieval people and the religion on which it was based. And he asserts that modern tourism has its roots in the Middle Ages, including "package tours," phrase books and postcards.

1918 Shikoku PilgrimageTennant, Susan (2010) The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue: An English translation of Musume Junreiki. CreateSpace. ISBN-13: 978-1450540759. In 1918 a young woman of 24 set off to walk the 1,400 km pilgrimage route around the island of Shikoku (The 88 temples). This book is her account of her extraordinary experiences during the five month journey. The 105 newspaper articles that she wrote while making her pilgrimage made her a celebrity in Japan. In later years the woman, Takamure Itsue, became well known in Japan as a poet, intellectual, scholar, historian, feminist and anarchist. This is an English translation of the newspaper articles.

PilgrimagesUre, John (2006) Pilgrimages: The Great Adventure of the Middle Ages. Carroll & Graf. ISBN-13: 978-0786717804. Using contemporary accounts, former British Ambassador Sir John Ure relates the stories of medieval Christian pilgrimage during the years 1066 to 1536. Through the often forgotten records of Erasmus, John of Gaunt and Margery Kempe among others, the author brings to life a colorful cast of characters.

Valina, El (1992) Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago. Editorial Galaxia. ISBN-10: 8471547945. First comprehensive guide in English prepared by the parish priest at O Cebreiro, the person most responsible for re-blazing the route and making the present day pilgrimage possible. We are considering this as a historical book because as a guide book the material is very outdated. As a history it has a special place in the lore of the Camino.


Other Printed Material

Camino Cocina Battjes, Paul (2010) Camino Cocina Cookbook. Complete with color photographs, recipes and stories, Camino Cocina features 40 of the best meals, desserts and tapas enjoyed by the Battjes family during their 800 km journey across northern Spain. Available through


Camino CocinaMartinez, Yosmar Monique (2016) Tastes of the Camino: 30 Authentic Recipes along the French WayWhisk & Spatula Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0-997253405. Cookbook author and publisher, recipe developer and culinary instructor Yosmar Martinez reveals in Tastes of the Camino the foods along the Camino. Representing various towns and villages from Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port to Santiago de Compostela, the thirty recipes will wow your senses and give you a look into the food culture of the Camino de Santiago.  Click HERE for more information.

Juego de Ocas Pérez López, Javiier (2014) El Juego de la oca del Camino de Santiago. OK, this isn't a book but it is sort of printed material. In the Camino de Santiago Goose Game you'll travel 63 stages on the French route, each one describing the features and character of the section; churches, monasteries and the most emblematic landscapes from Roncesvalles to Santiago. On the reverse of the board are the instructions with a small description of what can be found in each square. These descriptions are translated to Spanish, French, English, German, Italian and Portuguese on the leaflet that accompanies the game. The game comes as foldable cardboard for an easy transport with, dice and several cut-out figures representing different pilgrims. Available through the Juego de la oca website.

Camino Cocina Peyer, Eduard (2012) Buen Camino and Bon Appétit: A Culinary Journey and Pilgrimage With Ingredients. Infinity Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-0741479228 hardcover; ISBN-13: 978-0741478696 paperback; ASIN: B009KQRPXA Kindle. Buen Camino and Bon Appétit is filled with author Peyer’s stories about the people he met along the two major journeys of his life--a 40-year career as a chef in some of the best hotels on two continents and his pilgrimage along the Camino after he retired. His memoir contrasts the extreme pressure of life as a world-class chef with the simplicity of walking the Camino. He blends these two journeys in the final section of the book, a selection of the recipes that most vividly recall both journeys.

Thompson, Susan (2014) The Pilgrim Soul: Your Journal for the Camino de Santiago. Ultreia Press. ISBN-13: 978-0692323205.The Pilgrim Soul is a journal intended for you to record your journey on the Camino. It encourages you to record your words, your drawings, your sellos, photographs and other mementos from the Camino. Three pages are set aside for each day. The first page provides areas to record the date and the locations where you start and end each day, as well as a place for a drawing, a photograph or duplicate sellos. Two additional pages are supplied for journaling or additional sellos. Quotes are provided throughout the book.

Vonhof, John (2011, 5th ed.) Fixing Your Feet: Prevention and Treatment for Athletes. Wilderness Press. ISBN-13: 978-0899976389Foot pain and injuries can thwart even the most experienced pilgrim. Foot expert John Vonhof discredits the conventional wisdom of "no pain, no gain," teaching instead how the interplay of anatomy, bio-mechanics and footwear can lead to happy or hurting feet. With a focus on individual and team care, Fixing Your Feet covers everything that an active person needs for immediate and long-term foot care solutions. Vonhof offers numerous solutions for each problem, as there is no one best solution. This comprehensive resource covers footwear basics, prevention and treatments along with clear diagrams, photos,and charts that demonstrate techniques and solutions.


HERE is a large bibliography of books maintained by a French Xacobeo organization.

We are always interested in adding books related to the Camino specifically and to pilgrimage generally to our list. Please submit your suggestions to the webmaster.

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