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  1. Mark McCarthy

    Airport Bus Service Cancelled

    The Empresa Freire service from the airport to Lugo has been permanently cancelled. It is hoped another bus company may take over the route. https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/galicia/2020/12/22/historico-bus-freire-lugo-santiago-dice-adios-despues-75-anos/0003_202012G22P10991.htm
  2. Mark McCarthy

    Free Camino Guide Book today only!

    To celebrate the launch of my new guidebook, The Way to Santiago, and the great feast of Saint James, for two days only I am giving away the Kindle version. The Kindle version will be free to download today only (July 25th). Normal Kindle price is $6.99. The guidebook is based upon the iconic...
  3. Mark McCarthy

    Is the Osprey Atmos/Aura 50 AG the best Camino backpack ever?

    Feeling a little bit bored so I thought I would resurect an old debate about which is the best Camino backpack. I know its way too big, too heavy and you can't use it as carry on BUT after a winter Camino I am now convinced that the Osprey Atmos AG is the best Camino backpack ever! It is sooo...
  4. Mark McCarthy

    Camino Trivia

    While on lockdown, I was wondering if we could start a daily post of Camino trivia (history and background). As a start here is some background on the monastery next to the wine fountain at Irache: "The abbey at Irache was one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in the world with its...
  5. Mark McCarthy

    English Notes for the Camino from Lourdes to Sain-Jean-Pied-de-Port

    Mark McCarthy submitted a new resource: English Notes for the Camino from Lourdes to Sain-Jean-Pied-de-Port - A suggested itinerary for anyone wishing to start the CF in Lourdes Read more about this resource...
  6. Mark McCarthy

    Audio description for the film The Way

    Does anyone know if any of the Camino films like The Way or Six Ways to Santiago have an audio description feature for visually impaired viewers?
  7. Mark McCarthy

    Guide Daytrips to Finisterre

    I am looking for recommendations for companies that do 1 day guided daytrips from Santiago to the coast including Finisterre. Anyone had any experience of these that they enjoyed and can remember the name of the tour company?
  8. Mark McCarthy

    Santiago to Sarria Bus Timetable

    Mark McCarthy submitted a new resource: Santiago to Sarria Bus Timetable - As of October 2018 Read more about this resource...
  9. Mark McCarthy

    New Camino Vlog

    Nice long vlogs from a couple walking from Astorga to SdC.
  10. Mark McCarthy

    New Vlog

    Just came across this new Vlog of a family currently walking the Camino. The first two videos have been entertaining and charming.
  11. Mark McCarthy

    Change in Camino route bypassing Viloria de Rioja?

    Does anyone have information about a plan to modify the route of the Camino and to bypass Viloria de Rioja? If so, this would be a real shame as it has one of best refugios on the Camino and is the birthplace of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
  12. Mark McCarthy

    Sarria to Santiago in very short stages

    One of my readers asked for some help to make a Camino from Sarria to Santiago. They are medically restricted to walking about 6km/day. I have created a PDF version of the plan in the resources section in case anyone else has a similar need...
  13. Mark McCarthy

    Sarria to Santiago in very short stages

    Mark McCarthy submitted a new resource: Sarria to Santiago in very short stages - 19 Stage Sarria to Santiago Camino for those who are medically challenged Read more about this resource...
  14. Mark McCarthy

    New VLOG

    I came across this VLOG yesterday and have really enjoyed it. Just search YouTube "Stephen Jones Camino". First day is . I hope you enjoy as much as I have had.
  15. Mark McCarthy

    Albergue O Mirador in Portomarin has closed permanently

    I just tried to make a reservation in the Albergue O Mirador in April but they say that they are now only a restaurant and that the albergue has permanently closed down. I have heard rumour of a new albergue opening in Portomarin, does anyone have any details?
  16. Mark McCarthy

    MAPS.ME vs Google Maps vs competitor apps

    My last few Caminos I have used MAPS.ME which worked well on the CF but not as well on the CP. I noticed a few other people using MAPS.ME rather than Google Maps. I was wondering what are people's thoughts are on MAPS.ME versus Google Maps and does anyone use other apps? I use MAPS.ME to...
  17. Mark McCarthy

    Best ways to travel to León ?

    We are planning to walk León to Santiago in August. The most obvious route seems to be to travel to Madrid airport and then get the bus to León. For those who have started in León, what ways have you travelled to León? Has anyone travelled the last leg to León by train or by air?