Camino Guides updates for 2018
The Pilgrimage office has moved from Rua Vilar to Rúa Carretas, 33.
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The new (2018) edition has been published in late 2017; it includes a full text version of the coastal routes and the addition of the Variante Espritual from Pontevedra to Padron via the Ria de Arousa.
The stage from Tui to Redondela now has a preferred option via Rio Loura, which avoids the industrial estate in Porrino but adds 1.7 km and pushes the combined sections to an uncomfortably long 34.5 km, which is too much for most pilgrims starting out from Tui. Accordingly this has been divided into 2 easier stages of 18.4 km to Porrino and 16.1 km to Redondela. The following files (low resolution for ease of download) can be sent to your device or printed to attach in your guidebook. They also include the latest updates to accommodation. Stage 19 Tui - Porrino (pages 248 - 251) and stage 20 Porrino - Redondela (254 - 257). Bom caminho...
The Xunta Galicia has recently re-waymarked parts of the camino and this is causing confusion at those points where alternatives are indicated but no information provided as to what each one offers. The route into and out of Portomarin is the worst affected area. The following files (low resolution for ease of download) can be sent to your device or printed to attach in your guidebook. They also include the latest updates to accommodation. Stage 29 Sarria - Portomarin (pages 248 - 251) and stage 30 Portomarin - Palas de Rei (254 - 257). Buen camino...
Since printing there have been a number of route changes made to the Camino Inglés. These are waymarked and in general waymarking along this route has been improved meaning pilgrims should not have difficulty finding their way.
Changes worth noting include:
Betanzos – Hospital de Bruma: This section has been redirected between Leiro and Hospital de Bruma. Minor changes have also been made between Hospital de Bruma and Sigüeiro. And the final stage from Sigüeiro to Santiago has been adjusted to follow what is thought to be the original route of the Camino Inglés.
As well as these permanent changes it is always worth staying alert for any temporary detours around roadworks and developments which are generally well waymarked with official but temporary signs.
The tithing from royalties of the sale of these guidebooks continues to support various initiatives that seek to preserve the physical and spiritual integrity of the Caminos de Santiago. Thank you for buying these guidebooks that help support and promote the caminos.
Pilgrim Statistics for 2016:
278,224 pilgrims collected a Compostela in 2016. Those walking the Camino Francés fell (for the 9th consecutive year) to 63% (176,329). The most popular starting point remains Sarria with 71,861 (26%) and St. Jean Pied de Port 33,720 (12%). The Camino Portugués remains the second most popular route rising to 19% of the total (52,190). Tui being the most popular starting place 15,167 (5%) followed closely by Porto with 17,745 (6%).
Pilgrims from 140 nations walked the route with Spaniards representing 44% followed by: Italy (16%), Germany 14%, USA 10%, Portugal 9%, France 6%, Ireland 4.3% and UK 3.9%.