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A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean, Roncesvalles, Santiago

A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago: St. Jean * Roncesvalles * Santiago - John Brierley The path maps, terrain maps, and other essential information like distances and town names are excellent in this book. The lists of accommodations and cafes were surprisingly accurate. I especially appreciated the price listings for the accommodations, and the street maps for the bigger towns/cities.

I agree with some other reviewers that the author's commentary and 'spiritual guide' portions were sometimes intrusive and patronizing, however well-intended.

I personally ditched every page not dealing with the route, and discarded the route pages I had completed as I went along.

I also found that by NOT following the stages as the author laid them out, I had a better chance of finding accommodation. When I followed the stages, I was often turned away at full albergues, although I am a very slow walker and finished my stages closer to 5PM.

Excellent guide, excellent resource, excellent souvenir (the covers, I mean....since I discarded as I went!)