It is possible to walk the Camino de Santiago – only the French Route – without a guide book. On my first Camino I had a large guide book that contained maps for each day – I had borrowed it so could not leave it at an Albergue as a reference guide for others and had to carry it the whole way – it was far to heavy. Bear this in mind.
So if you are taking a guide book with you – pack light. It is almost impossible to get lost on the French Route, therefore the guide book should be more about the areas, points of interest etc. An additional map is a waste – on the back of the pilgrims passport there are some maps, also they can be collected along the way, free and single sheet in each region.
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