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Way of St James - Spain



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Seasons: The main season for this section of the route is from May, in time to arrive at Santiago on 25th July. This can mean very hot weather! Centres: Centres passed through include Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Burgos, Leon, Astorga, Sarria, Santiago de Compostela, Finisterre. Difficulty: Nothing technically difficult. A long walk in what can be difficult hot, dry conditions. Must See: Arriving at Santiago de Compostela, crossing the Pyrenees, the cameraderie of the people you meet on the way, the architecture, history and ever-changing landscape.
A walker''s guide to the 778km Pilgrim Road from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees on the French side to Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain and finally to the ''end of the earth'' at Finisterre on the Galician coast. A companion volume by the same author, The Way of St James (Le Puy to the Pyrenees), describes the French section of the route through to the Pyrenees.

As well as giving directions for walking the route, the book also provides information on places to visit along the way, the history of the pilgrimage and the availability of practical facilities such as shops, bars, restaurants and accommodation.

Unlike existing guides (in any language) this one contains: details of the walker''s continuation from Santiago to Finisterre (75km) and a comprehensive listing of St James'' and other pilgrim references along the way (as an Appendix). It also contains a list of suggestions for further reading, a glossary of geographical and other useful terms, and a series of sketch maps covering the entire route to help the user in planning his or her journey.