The Camino del Norte - A Wise Pilgrim guide to the Northern Camino from Irun to Santiago [2023 Edition]
The 2023 edition of this guidebook has been sent to the print shop and is scheduled to start shipping in early January 2023. It is a comprehensive rewrite, incorporating hundreds of changes as a result of covid and the energy situation in Europe. Both the albergues and myself have done our best to provide accurate pricing, but leave open the possibility of minor increases during the new year.
Thank you to all of the pilgrims whose support has kept this dream moving forward.
The guidebooks include:
The same comprehensive accommodation directory. Hundreds of properties, including all albergues. Hotels, paradors, casa rurales, pensions, and camp sites. For albergues you will know: how many beds (including private rooms) the albergue has and how much they cost, phone number, months (and hours) open, and whether the albergue accepts non-pilgrims or reservations. You will also know whether they have a bar/restaurant, a kitchen for your use, whether they serve a group dinner, have vegetarian options, wifi, laundry facilities, or bicycle storage.
City by city information. Navigation tips and cautions, historical references, a list of available service (pharmacies, restaurants, atms, that kind of stuff) and dates for local fiestas.
Large Scale Maps: Large Scale Maps with no pre-determined stages. These maps are at the start of the book and are the best reference for anyone wanting to plan ahead without having to flip through the book.
Elevation Profile: The elevation profile sits alongside the large scale maps, giving you a better overview of the terrain ahead.
City Maps: Lots and lots of city maps. From the small villages to the regional capitals, if there is more than one option for accommodation a map is included to help you find it. These maps are inline with the guide and also show the nearest grocery, albergue, pharmacy, atm, and other bits.
Detours and alternative routes: The camino splits in a few places, and when it does an overview is provided to help you visualize the option ahead.
The guidebook has been produced to be climate neutral, and is printed in Santiago de Compostela.