Useful Planning Links
Below are a number of resources that I have used while planning my various Caminos. Some may prove worthwhile to you. If you have a website, blog, resource or Youtube video, just drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find Clearskies Camino elsewhere…
- Sign up to the Clearskies Camino newsletter here
- Facebook – Join the community with other pilgrims.
- Instagram – See photos and clips from the Camino de Santiago
- The Clearskies Camino Podcast – Listen to the first 10 episodes of my podcast with other pilgrims. More to come.
- YouTube – Subscribe to my account on YouTube and see clips from previous Caminos.
Camino de Santiago Planning links & resources…
- Camino Society Ireland – For Irish pilgrims. Independent, non-commercial information. Become a member and stay connected to the Camino. You can buy a pilgrim passport for your Camino here also.
- Gronze.com – Excellent resource. Information about the many routes, including details of albergues and pensions (In Spanish)
- The Camino de Santiago Forum – Many of the answers you are looking for will be here / meet other pilgrims.
- Camino Adventures – Run by Leslie Gilmour. A great blog with great advice.
- Godesalco Planner – Plan your Camino. All the towns of the Camino Francés and Norte are listed with distances in between.
- Rome2rio – Find out how to get from A to B. Great for working out a travel plan for you.
- Accommodation on the Camino Frances – A detailed list of accommodation on the Camino Francés as of December 2017.
- Sleeping on the Camino Portugues – A detailed list of accommodation on the Portuguese Caminho – with thanks to the Caminho Portuguese Pilgrims group on Facebook
- PilgrimageTraveler.com – Extensive notes, maps and photos from many of the ways in Spain in Portugal.
- Eroski – Information and reviews of the many different routes and accommodation (In Spanish). A great resource and one I use when I walk the Camino Francés.
- Forwalk.org – A website to help pilgrims along their Camino de Santiago
- SpanishforCamino.com – Learn enough words and phrases before you go on your Camino. A great website!
- Aer Lingus – From Dublin, they fly to Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Santiago, and Paris.
- Ryanair – From Dublin, they fly to Barcelona, Madrid, Biarritz, and Santander.
- ALSA – one of the many bus companies in Spain
- Renfe – the largest train company in Spain
- Comboios de Portugal – the train service in Portugal
- Mundicamino – Great information on all routes
- Wunderground – Find out the weather for a particular region at a particular time.
While in Santiago
- Catedral de Santiago de Compostela
- Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago – Gives you information on the pilgrim office and how many compostelas were issued today?
- Cafe Casino – Located on Rua do Vilar, this is the perfect place for your first cafe con leche or cerveza on arriving in Santiago.
- Terra Nova Pilgrim House – A great place for pilgrims to decompress in Santiago de Compostela. Make sure you visit the people who volunteer there. They do great work. They are based on Rua Nova.
- Alameda Park – A 5-minute walk from the Cathedral. Get some of the best views in Santiago!
- Museo do Pobo Galego
- Portico de la Gloria – Recently restored, go online to book a visit.
- Egeria House – Egeria House is the house of Sybille Yates and is open to pilgrims on arriving in Santiago.
- Camino Companions – Had the experience and now want to deepen the meaning?
- And to eat…Petiscos do Cardeal. Located on Rua do Franco.
- Taberna O Gato Negro – another popular spot.
- Taberna Do Bispo is located on Rua do Franco and has some of the best food in Santiago.
Walking in Ireland
- Pilgrimpath.ie – Information about walking the many varied pilgrim paths in Ireland, including festivals that occur throughout the year.
- Tough Soles – Carl and Ellie walked 4000km along all the National Waymarked Trails of Ireland.
- KerryCamino.com – All you need to know about the Kerry Camino, a 3 day pilgrimage in Kerry, Ireland.
- Boyne Valley Camino – a 25km looped walk starting in Drogheda and is part of the Celtic Camino.
- Leave no Trace Ireland – promoting the responsible use of the outdoors.
- Andrew Suzuki’s series “Don’t Stop Walking” on YouTube – a series of great videos by Andrew about planning. Andrew can be found on Facebook also.
- Efrén González – A great channel from Efren Gonzalez who journals his time on many different Caminos.
- Camino John – John has walked the Camino Portuguese from Lisbon and has documented this on YouTube. I have found it helpful.
- Stephen Jones – Irish pilgrim, Stephen, has vlogged his Camino Francés in 2018.
- BK Lee – Walks a full Camino Frances from St Jean to Santiago. If you have the time, you can walk with him.
- johnroyYHZ – A great YouTube channel by Canadian pilgrim, John Roy offering tips and clips from his Caminos in Spain and Portugal.
- Enjoying the Journey – Miriam has recently walked the Camino Frances and now documents her local walks and preparing for her next Camino.
- Sara Dhooma – Sara has walked many waymarked trails, in Spain and around the world. Her YouTube page is a great source of information and she is inspiring in many ways.
- Camino de Santiago Documentary: A Journey of the Mind – by Drew Robinson (41 mins long)
- Lindsay Cowie has some great information on planning and preparation.
- Sindre Sandvik’s Camino Primitivo from 2016
- Tips and tricks from peregrina, Steph Bugge
- Luke Darracott’s Camino de Santiago from 2013.
- Manger On The Hill – a great account from another pilgrim who walked the Camino Francés.
- Highlights from Alikev2010’s Camino Francés from 2011 – great music too
- Petrum Josephum – A humourous look at a pilgrim’s Camino over a number of years.
Great Blogs I follow…
- Somewhere Slowly
- Caminotimestwo.com – A blog by Beth Jusino, pilgrim, and author of “Walking to the End of the World”.
- Are We There Yet? – Lots of info on the Camino Frances and the Via de la Plata.
- Whenawayfarer.com – Written by Querien from Holland who has walked from her front door to Santiago
- Setmeravelles.com – I love this blog as it is written in English & Spanish.
- Nadinewalks.com – Nadine is a traveler, a pilgrim, a walker, and a writer. She shares her stories, her thoughts and her walks.
- LisaMorales.com – Pilgrim, Hospitalera and Photographer
- Seeing Clarely
- Boho-chic Ar+ist@
- OTCamino – A peregrina’s experiences on the Camino (en español).
- Thoughts And Adventures
- Trail To Peak
- Trepidacious Traveler – One of the more informative Camino related blogs out there
- Postcard Traveler
- Gidivet camino
- Camino Wanderings – Documenting the Wanderings of a Camino Fanatic
- Sometimes She Travels
- Bike the Camino de Santiago
- Jen’s Journey – Camino de Santiago 2013 & 2016
- Matt and Heidi Smith: Our Camino Journey
- The Greenery
- “Sees” the Day – Camino Diaries
- Buen Camino – 2014
- Lisa’s Camino
- To be a pilgrim…
- Following The Arrows – by Kat Davis (RIP)
If you do write a camino-themed blog, please let me know and I will update my list.
An updated list of the essentials of planning for your Camino de Santiago
- Weekend Watch – over 70 videos with a Camino theme
- Daily Costs on the Camino – How much does a Camino cost?
- Pilgrim Statistics 2019
- Pilgrim Statistics 2018
- Pilgrim Statistics 2017
- Pilgrim Statistics 2016
- Pilgrim Statistics 2015
- More statistics from the Pilgrim’s office
- Struggling with the Post-Camino blues? Check out a free e-book, After the Camino! (Provided by Nadinewalks.com)
- Accommodation on the Camino Ingles & Celtic Camino
- Map of Albergues from St Jean Pied de Port to Galicia border
- Map of Albergues from O Cebreiro to Santiago de Compostela
- Map of Albergues from Santiago de Compostela to Finisterre and Muxia
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