Introduction - what not to do with your Camino guide!
There are lots and lots of guides to the Camino.
Some long, academic tomes. Some lighter (both in weight and in content!)...
.....and, others, as you might expect, in the middle.
On this page you will find the most popular guides to the Camino - those, sort of in the middle.
Before going any further, I have an admission to make. I lost my John Brierley's well known and highly rated invaluable guide (see below) before I even got going on my first part Camino.
I was doing the 100 kilometres from Sarria to Santiago with three friends from the UK. I had just got off the flight from the UK and was on the airport bus going to the Santiago bus station where we were going to catch the bus to Sarria.
I was sporting my map case, in which I had proudly inserted my Brierley and Michelin map. Al least I was sporting it proudly until I somehow, inexplicably, lost it. I am normally very careful.
¡Qué pena! .. as the Spaniards say.
Annoyed - yes.
Initially philosophical - no.
Philosophical later - yes ...but perhaps someone was telling me that the Camino is not about being over prepared. Let the Camino guide and take you. The map and the guide book was perhaps symbolic of that.
Back to the Guides!
Anyway, below are three of the recognised top guides to the Camino.
I have put them in no particular order.
At the bottom of the page is a simplified comparison of the guides.