Santiago de Compostela (The Way of St. James) Cycling Atlas. Esterbauer/Bikeline. The 980km long Spanish section of the Way of St. James, from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France across the Pyrenees to Pamplona and on to Santiago de Compostela, presented by Verlag Esterbauer. The atlas has maps at 1:75,000 showing the route and its variants. Coverage includes the section west from Santiago de Compostela to Cape Finisterre, and the atlas also provides route profiles: an overall profile for the whole route in steps of 25kms, plus more detailed sectional profiles in steps of 10kms. Extensive information is conveyed by symbols, indicating road surface, campsites and other accommodation, bikeshops for repairs, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc. A list of various types of accommodation facilities is included.
NOTE: The guide is in German only. The map legends include English. The English legends and the information on the maps are such that you can use the guide/atlas without a knowledge of German.
Map showing the location of described treks
Cycle Touring in Spain. By Harry Dowdell. Cicerone, UK. With an agreeable climate, Western Europe’s greatest wilderness areas, unmatched flora and fauna, a history stretching back beyond civilisation, Spain, with its friendly people and readily available accommodation makes an outstanding destination for the cycle tourist. This guide contains the hard won practical information needed by cyclists who wish to independently tour Spain, including when and where to go, how to get there, how to get around, accommodation, passports, visas and insurance, money and banks, bicycle considerations, living on the road, points of arrival.
In addition to the practical information eight routes are described in detail along with maps, profiles and accommodation lists. The routes vary in challenge with suitability for novice through to keen cyclists and are described in five to twelve daily stages with options to shorten, extend or go off road as the cyclist wishes.
Overview map showing all of the described routes Sample of one of the trip overview maps
The Way of St. James: Le Puy to Santiago - A Cyclist's Guide. By John Higginson. Cicerone Press. This edition of the Way of Saint James Cyclist's Guide (researched and written during the Holy Year of 2004) provides an up-to-date description of this ever-popular 1570km cycle route from Le Puy in France to Santaigo de Compostela in Spain.
By using roads with a good surface for touring cyclists, this guide attempts to follow the original pilgrimage route as closely as possible and offers the opportunity to visit every major church and shrine along the way with a few detours to outlying monasteries for good measure. The average distance on most days is only 50km, easily within the compass of the moderately fit.
The guide includes routes from Santiago to Finisterre and Padron for those cyclists who want that little ëextraí, while several variants are mentioned to cater for the fit and not-so-fit pilgrim.
There is a comprehensive kit list and an English-French-Spanish list of essential words for the journey, as well as details of accommodation in gites d'Ètape, chambres d'hote, hotels, refugios and hostals.
The Way of St. James: Le Puy to the Pyrenees (France part). By Alison Raju. Cicerone Press. Covers the French part of the Trail from Le Puy-en-Velay 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. This guide contains an outline of the route along the CÈlÈ valley (53km) as one appendix and, unlike existing guides (in any language), a comprehensive listing of St. James and other pilgrim references along the way as another. There is a list of suggestions for further reading and a glossary of geographical and other useful terms. It also contains a series of sketch maps covering the entire route, to aid the user in planning his or her journey.
The author recommends five 1:100,000 France IGN maps for this part of the Camino. They are listed below.
Sheet 50. St-Etiènne, Le Puy.
Sheet 57. Cahors, Montauban.
Sheet 58. Rodez, Mende.
Sheet 63. Tarbes, Auch.
Sheet 69. Pau, Bayonne.
The Way of St. James - Pyrenees: Santiago to Finesterre (Spain part). By Alison Raju. Cicerone Press. This guide is the only English-language guide for the popular Pilgrim Road from Le Puy to Santiago de Compostela. 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" in Finisterre on the Galician coast. It is the first original guide to the route in English, replacing the second part of the single volume previously published by Cicerone Press. 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 two features not included in any others: 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 aid the user in planning his or her journey.
Recently Michelin re-formatted and re-numbered their Spain maps; after the publication of this guidebook. The two maps recommended in the book, Michelin 471 and 472 have been replaced. The maps needed to cover the path are #571, covering the western end of the path; #575 which covers the central (and largest) portion of the path; and #573 which covers the eastern end of the path.
Although they are not up to the quality of the British OS mapsFrench IGN maps, we also recommend the Spanish 1:50,000 topographic maps for the Spanish portion of the trail. These maps are useful for side trips off the trail and for detail not shown on the Michelin below.
Camino de Santiago Route Map. 1:600,000. Spain IGN.
Northwest Spain - Galicia map. Michelin #571. 1:400,000. Western end of path.
Northwest (north-central) Spain - Castilla y Leon map. Michelin #575. 1:400,000. Central part of the path.
Northcentral coast of Spain - Pais/Vasco/ Navarra/La Rioja map. Michelin #573. 1:250,000. Eastern end of the path.