2 great guidebooks - 3 more on the way
The two most popular apps have now been made available in book form. They are packed full of maps and detailed information; and include alternative routes and accommodation options.
The guidebook to the Camino del Norte is currently being written and will be available later this year.
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The guides have been rewritten and now contain more practical information than they ever have; for the first time including more specific information for pilgrims who are looking for albergues that offer group dinners and vegetarian options.
For the first time in print, the guidebooks will include:
Lots of places to sleep: Hundreds of properties, including all albergues and most hotels, paradors, casa rurales, pensions, and camp sites. For albergues you will know: how many beds (including private rooms) the albergue has and how much they cost, phone number, months (and hours) open, and whether the albergue accepts non-pilgrims or reservations. You will also know whether they have a bar/restaurant, a kitchen for your use, whether they serve a group dinner, have vegetarian options, wifi, laundry facilities, or bicycle storage.
City by city information: Navigation tips and cautions, historical references, a list of available service (pharmacies, restaurants, atms, that kind of stuff) and dates for local fiestas.
Large Scale Maps: Large Scale Maps with no pre-determined stages. These maps are at the start of the book and are the best reference for anyone wanting to plan ahead without having to flip through the book.
Elevation Profile: The elevation profile sits alongside the large scale maps, giving you a better overview of the terrain ahead.
City Maps: Lots and lots of city maps. From the small villages to the regional capitals, if there is more than one option for accommodation a map is included to help you find it. These maps are inline with the guide and also show the nearest grocery, albergue, pharmacy, atm, and other bits.
Detours and alternative routes: The camino splits in a few places, and when it does an overview is provided to help you visualize the option ahead.
In the Camino Francés book there are also quick booking links. For cities where accommodation is available on booking.com, a QR code is included (in an appendix) to help you get the task done with the least amount of clicking possible.
The guidebook has been produced to be climate neutral, and is printed in Santiago de Compostela.