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- Strategic trekking guides for walking the Camino, including where to start to get the Compostela certificate, and excursions to gateway cities like Santiago, Léon, Burgos, Pamplona, and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port
- Unique ideas for enriching your experience: Admire folkloric art, Romanesque churches, and stroll through the stone archways and winding alleys of medieval cities. Soak up the mountain views as you cross over the Pyrenees and descend into misty green valleys. See the archaeological site where Europe's oldest humans were uncovered, and breathe in the salty ocean air as you finish your journey at the shores of the Atlantic
- Savor the local flavors: Enjoy authentic jamón Serrano, tapas, and Galician wine, and find out where to grab fresh cheese and bread for a picnic lunch
- The best detours, festivals, and villages along the way: Linger in Estella, witness the running of the bulls in Pamplona, visit dolmens in La Rioja's vineyards, visit the monastery in Nájera, or sip wine in Cacabelos
- Essential planning information on when to go, how to get there, where to eat, and where to stay, from pilgrim dorms to private hotels, plus tips on hazards, precautions, and gear
- Valuable insight on the history and context of the pilgrimage from Camino expert Beebe Bahrami, who has walked many Caminos since 1995
- Full-color photos and detailed maps throughout, plus a handy fold-out map of the entire route
- Thorough background information on the sacred sites and history of the Camino, as well as the landscape, culture, and local etiquette
- Handy tools including Spanish and French phrasebooks, visa information, volunteer opportunities, and tips for seniors, women traveling alone, religious and secular travelers, and LGBTQ+ travelers
Embark on your transformative journey with Moon Camino de Santiago's expert insight, unique suggestions, and practical advice.
From the Publisher
Begin the Journey
Embark on a transformative trek to Santiago de Compostela, and the Atlantic Coast beyond.
Prepare for adventure
Moon Camino de Santiago is designed to help you explore this legendary route at your own pace. With a mix of inspiration and practical tips, this guide offers essential knowledge on when to go, what to bring, and where to start. Whether you’re walking, biking, or driving the Camino, author Beebe Bahrami allows you to travel deeper with insightful sidebars on local history and culture.
Plan your must-sees along each section of the Camino de Santiago with colorful photos and helpful roundups. Know when to visit to explore local markets or festivals like the Os Ancares Cheese Festival. Discover top experiences including amazing places to watch the sun rise (or set!) and fascinating overnight stays (including a monastery dating back to the Middle Ages!).
Travel with confidence
Use this book to find your way, whether that’s taking advantage of the durable pull-out map, understanding the symbolism found along the Camino, or reading up on how to avoid crowds along the most popular sections of the route.
Explore local food & wine
Each region that the Camino crosses has its own unique flavors to experience. On top of recommendations on where to dine, Beebe introduces you to each regions’ food and wine. Keep an eye out for La Rioja’s piquillo red peppers, sample the hearty stews of the Castillian high plains, or get a taste of authentic jamón Serrano.