Guide book or just a map for the Camino de Santiago?

Guide book or just a map for the Camino de Santiago?

The question was:

I had just walked the Camino Frances with the Brierley Guide. A couple of friends who plan to walk the CF next year asked me what maps/guides I would recommend. I remember meeting pilgrims with just maps of the camino. I thought that it would have sufficed and are much lighter than my guide book. I looked up the Brierley Maps (NOT Guide) and Ben Cole and Bethan Maps on Amazon (USA). The Brierley Maps was listed at 4 ounces, while the Ben Cole and Bethan Maps at .8 ounces! I have heard that the Ben Cole and Bethan’s lighter, but I don’t think it’s that light LOL For those who have these two maps (Brierley’s and Cole’s), please let me know the actual weights of these two items. BTW, in helping these two friends plan for their CF, I’m thinking of returning next year to walk the Camino del Norte. Any suggestion for Guide/Map for the Norte? Buen Camino.

Read the good advice regarding the pros and contras of bringing a map and/or guidebook on the Camino de Santiago.

Camino de Santiago map

Camino de Santiago map

This is not really a question, but may are looking for Camino de Santiago maps. In the forum this has been talked about a lot,  for example posts like:

But maybe the most important question would be:

Maps for the Camino de Santiago

Camino de Santiago Map
Camino de Santiago Map

Maps are a popular topic in the forum, some thing that a map is not needed since the way-markings are sufficient, while others like to have a map “just in case”.

So for those that like maps, which one is the best?

There are several threads in the forum on this topic and here are some suggestions for The Camino Frances map.The CSJ has a larger Camino map here. Peter Robins has a great map page located here.

Click here for a wide search of the various discussions on Camino de Santiago Maps.