Here are are some sources of information that I have used and found extremely helpful, and others that I have since discovered and may be helpful to others. There are undoubtedly many more and if you would like to recommend a website please leave a comment below.
The experienced pilgrims who participate on these lively and informative websites are happy to help ‘newbies’ with any questions they might have. It is really amazing how patiently members will respond in great detail time and again to the same questions. It is a very nurturing environment where there is an absolute wealth of information.
Guides and resources
There are many resources available from the Confraternity of St James
For the camino Portuguese, visit Via Lusitana Where you will find a list of albergues and much other information. This organisation operate a 24 hour telephone helpline and encourage pilgrims to use it without hesitation if they are in need of help (+351) 915 595 213
APAAS – Associação Portuguesa dos Amigos de Apóstolo Santiago (Portuguese Association of Friends of the Apostle Santiago of Lisbon) – please see comment section below for more details including 24 hr helpline.
John Brierly’s guide (maps only) can be purchased at Santarém Hostel in Santarém, contact details here
There are free PDF guides on the website CaminoGuide.net
Pilgrim Tips and Packing List written by forum member S Yates full of useful information for the first-time pilgrim.
Other areas of the world are served by:
- USA, American Pilgrims on the Camino
- Canada, The Canadian Company of Pilgrims.
- Ireland, the Irish Society of the Friends of St James.
I have found all of the following documents very helpful:
- Camino Frances – a list of all albergues (Nov 2014)
- Camino Frances stage profiles
- Camino Frances – Instructions for the river walk into Burgos
- Camino Portuguese guide Lisbon to Porto
- Camino Portuguese guide Porto to Santiago
- Camino Portuguese Lisbon to Porto short stages
- Camino Portuguese elevation graphs provided by intrepid traveller Kat Davis
- Yaz Rooney’s resources guide
- Aussie Mark Shea filmed his progress along the camino Frances in April/May 2004. The result is this very honest and charming youtube film. Make sure you are sitting comfortably – it’s an hour and fifteen minutes of great viewing.
- Beyond the Way – Andrew Suzuki’s fabulous and very professional series of documentary films about the Camino Frances, with a new series on the Camino Portuguese to follow
- A great video of the botafumeiro swing
- Fabulous uplifting video by Patrick Murray showing just how it feels to walk the camino (although don’t expect to dance every step of the way to Santiago)
- Anyone walking the Portuguese route should look at this great video showing the new route to avoid the industrial estate at Porriño.
It was difficult to find any blogs about the camino Portuguese starting from Lisbon and most of those I came across were rather negative and depressing. However I persevered and managed to find the following informative, entertaining and largely positive blogs:
- Following the arrows (many caminos walked and blogged)
- Faces and Places – Caminho Portuguese
- Follow the yellow arrows
- Val’s blog
- Head in the clouds
- Judy and Greg walking through Portugal
- Highland Hind, one of my favourite blogs with beautiful writing and stunning photography
- Leslie’s informative blog and newsletter
- Clearskies Camino, David’s blog with lots of links and articles
- Pilgrim Roads, a lively and informative blog by Anna-Marie, a Canadian writer and photographer
- My packing list
- My assessment of clothes and walking gear
- How to tie a shoelace
- How to guard against bedbugs
This page is intended to be a work in progress, please feel free to make suggestions for inclusion in the comment section below.