This is one of the very few books that encompass the entire route in one manageable volume . . . and is very detailed in its directions.
With the rise in adventure travel and long-distance hiking, it makes sense that the Camino de Santiago is experiencing a renaissance. What started as a pilgrimage across Spain over a thousand years ago has become a route for hikers and cyclists wishing to explore the history and culture of Spain as well as those on a spiritual quest. This revised and updated version of the 2012 publication details the "French Way," which the author, a travel book editor and author of other Camino de Santiago guides, has broken into 34 days, or stages. Each is detailed with places to eat, hostels to stay in, interesting sights, maps, elevation profiles, and, generally, how to approach that day's hike. Detailed route navigation is not given except where the route isn't clearly marked with road signs. Ramis provides a basic history of the Camino de Santiago, options for biking the route, and suggestions for what to pack and how to prepare for the trip. The hiking experience is clearly this guidebook's main focus. VERDICT Anyone hiking the Camino de Santiago will need a solid guidebook, and this one squarely hits the mark.—Sheila Kasperek, Mansfield Univ. Lib., PA