Free resources for the Camino de Santiago
In this page you’ll find several useful resources to help you prepare your Camino de Santiago.
We’ll start with some Spanish language, of course. The following videos belong to a series of free Spanish lessons hosted by The Camino Café.
Travel & transportation
You’re past the beginner stages?
Check my collaboration with VideoEle in the creation of a video about the Camino, or my posts in Spanish: one about food on the Camino and another one with tips to improve your Spanish while walking the Camino
Help me improve this site with more resources. Do you know of any useful website, blog, book, app…? Anything that might be of help to those preparing for their Camino. If you have any suggestions, just leave a comment!
American Pilgrims on the Camino: This volunteer-run, non-profit organization supports the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in different ways.
Canadian Company of Pilgrims: This non-denominational volunteer-run association supports Canadians interested in the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.
The Confraternity of Saint James: Based in London and mostly run by volunteers. They have published several guides.
Shamrocks and Shells: The Camino Society Ireland’s online magazine, with plenty of information and links to other resources.
Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago: Information about Compostelas, Credenciales, Pilgrim’s Mass…
The Cathedral in Santiago: What to see, info about masses, the Botafumeiro, the pilgrimage…
Forums and guides
Camino de Santiago forum: Loads of information on a wide variety of topics (and you can ask your own questions too).
Gronze (in Spanish): Online guide to the different Camino routes, including available accommodations along the way.
Eroski (in Spanish): Another online guide to the different Caminos, including info about albergues.
El Camino con Correos: The Spanish Post Office offers a backpack transfer service. Their website also includes a guide to the different Caminos.
Mighty Goods: 21 pilgrims share how they pack for Camino de Santiago. Full of useful advice.
RENFE: The Spanish rail company.
ALSA: A bus company with many destinations all over Spain.
Rome2Rio: Plan your trip: choose your starting point and destination and see what your options are.
Bag transfer services
www.elcaminoconcorreos.com: the Spanish postal service has a backpack transfer service for pilgrims. It covers all the main routes within Spain.
www.tuitrans.com: for the Camino Portugués, from Porto.
www.jacotrans.es: for the Camino Francés.
Information from the Spanish Coeliac Association, with info and tips to prevent problems when eating out: https://www.celiacos.org/informacion/en-ingles/gluten-free-spain.html
List of restaurants in Galicia that offer gluten-free meal options: http://www.celiacosgalicia.es/web/es/comer_fuera_de_casa
A Wild Woman’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago, by Samantha Wilson.
Camino del Norte: Irún to Santiago along Spain’s Northern Coast, by Matthew Harms et al.
Stone and Water: Walking the Spiritual Variant of the Camino Portugués, by Roy Uprichard. The Spanish translation is now available too: Piedra y agua: Andando por la Variante Espiritual del Camino Portugués