Camino de Santiago Guidebook

Camino de Santiago GuidebookMy Camino de Santiago guide book ebook on the Camino Frances – The French way from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela has been fully updated for 2016.  It is available on various platforms including Amazon and Apple. Here are the links to each English language store:

Update 16th Feb 2016 – added over 500 pensions and hotels with web links.

Some Reviews from Amazon:

From Dermot:

Having helped so many pilgrims over the years by creating the Camino de Santiago website forum in 2006, including myself on almost a daily basis, I could not wait to download Leslie’s book onto my Kindle Fire. Leslie’s book offers lots of information and personal advice gained by his own direct experience on his own Camino walks. It’s also clear that he’s done lots of research to put his book together. It is an easy read, it includes many interesting photos. A feature I liked was imbedding a hot link that directs you to an albergue’s webpage, so you can look at photos and get good descriptions of places to stay. The last section of his book (FAQs) offers excellent insight on many topics. My wife and I head to Spain two weeks today for our first camino and I feel more confident we will have a successful adventure thanks to the information I have gained from Leslie’s book.

From Brown County Bob:

As someone who has been fortunate enough to travel the Camino twice,(2005 and 2011) I only wish that this book was available at the time. I found that the other sources I used had either very limited information or that the information was very dated. As well as listing the accommodation/ amenities of each stop along the way, you are also provided with a little nugget of historical information. As a scholar of medieval culture, I found this to be the ‘pièce de résistance’. I also love that he has stuctured and mapped out the journey over 32 days. A very realistic and not too strenuous time frame. The FAQ section is ample information to prepare you for what lies ahead. Gilmour is obviously someone who has explored this ancient route in exceptional detail leaving no stone unturned. When I find myself heading for Santiago again, I will most certainly have this in my back pocket. An absolute necessity!

What is in My Guidebook?

As I always say, there will be mistakes.  To help fix as many of these as possible my email address is listed in the guidebook, this helps to update information as quickly as possible – one of the great advantages of an ebook.

I wrote the book I would like.  It contains all of the following:

  • hostel / albergue email addresses when confirmed
  • maps and elevations for each of the 32 sections
  • list of albergues for each village, town, and city
  • cost and facilities in each albergue including internet, washing, meals, breakfast, bike storage, cost for single and double rooms
  • web addresses and telephone numbers where available for albergues, how to book ahead
  • outline of each day
  • points of interest – this includes some history, myths, and legends where I found them interesting
  • packing list, travel – how to get there, with web addresses
  • baggage carrying companies
  • a big list of frequently asked questions
  • some photos

This is the first time I have written a travel guidebook and it will likely change and evolve based on feedback This website, (and the forum), which I have been running since 2006, has become better as the result of feedback.  Feel free to email me Leslie at caminoadventures@gmail.com

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 and very detailed history, 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 too 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 provide information about the areas, points of interest, history, etc. Maps are good for knowing how far it is to the next town or village but they are not required for navigation as the Camino is very well marked.  There is a map on the back of the pilgrims passport, and they can be collected along the way in each region; there are also free maps to download as a pdf.

My book cover was designed by Chris at Tessellation Art.