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What guidebook do you recommend that contains historical info/what to do/see in the villages?


Camino(s) past & future
Will be doing Portuguese Central Way starting Oct 19, 2018
The camino guidebook I purchased didn't have any historical references to the cities. Just maps and accommodation and basic packing tips. Is there a guidebook that indicates what to look out for / historical landmarks for the camino? Or is this something just to research before the trip?

I'm doing this for spiritual purposes and to learn more about the history of the ancestors that once lived on that land.


Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
When I saw the topic title, I remembered the exact same book that @mspath mentioned above. You can also find very cheap second hand editions in sites such as Abebooks.
I got a copy, and it was very nice to read!


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Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Yes, it’s a wonderful book, but about the Camino Frances, not the Portuguese.


Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
It's a good question. I wanted something similar for the Via de la Plata, but finished up by doing some research on the internet before I started.

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Well, I recently ordered Brierley's Portuguese guide as I like the way he does the maps. He covers all of the points you are looking for in a guide. Many folks do not appreciate the spiritual insights he often adds, but I think you may find them beneficial. Otherwise, internet research will be your default, as Kanga mentioned.

Seamus Forde

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Camino(s) past & future
For a cultural/historical guide many pilgrims use
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago by David M Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson which is available on Amazon in both paperback and as an ebook.

Happy research and Bien camino!
Thank you so much, have now just purchased from AbeBooks. Amazon said they did not ship non digital items to Australia for some unknown reason. AbeBooks very easy to use. Many thanks again.

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