Resources & links


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

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:

I have found all of the following documents very helpful:


      • 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.


Camino portuguese
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:

Other caminos


This page is intended to be a work in progress, please feel free to make suggestions for inclusion in the comment section below.

16 Responses to Resources & links

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  2. sibelissimo says:

    Some useful informations about the Portuguese Way of Saint James:
    We are APAAS – Associação Portuguesa dos Amigos de Apóstolo Santiago (Portuguese Association of Friends of the Apostle Santiago of Lisbon)
    Our office to support pilgrims is in Xuventude de Galicia (Galician Centre of Lisbon) Rua Júlio Andrade, 3 – Lisboa:
    We have a telephone support 24 hours / day to help pilgrims: 00351 – 966 426 851
    Our email address is:
    The beginning of the Portuguese Camino de Santiago in Lisbon is the Church of Santiago:
    Our Facebook page is:ção-Portuguesa-dos-Amigos-de-Apóstolo-Santiago-APAAS/326981800791268?fref=ts
    Best regards!


  3. Annie Carvalho says:

    Thanks Maggie. I hope if you decide to include group trips, you will add my page at Thanks again. Annie


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  5. Geraldine says:

    Here’s a great Camino weather tool. To help you to be better able to plan what to pack and what to expect each month weather-wise along the Camino:


  6. Prosper Egan says:

    I found this blog full of valuable information, which, I am sure I shall use frequently.


  7. Jo Kennedy says:

    Maggie what guide book did you use for the Mozarabe? There is no for this camino unfortunately?


  8. Jo says:

    Dear Maggie,
    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. I am planning to do a camino next year, starting in Le Puy, crossing to the Camino del Norte from St. Jean Pied de Port, then linking up with the Camino Primitivo. Your incredibly informative blog is full of the alternative routes that I have been trying learn about.


    • magwood says:

      Hi Jo, sorry for the delayed response. Good to hear the blog is useful for you. Sounds like a great adventure for you next year. Buen camino!


  9. El Mayordomo says:

    Maggie. What do you use to show your walking on a map on this sit


    • magwood says:

      Log into Wikiloc on line (not in the app). You will see all your recorded tracks listed. Each has an ‘eye’ symbol next to it. Click on the eye for each track you want to show on the map. Then I just took a screen shot.


  10. Ola Maggie – Happy New Year to you! Thanks for your wonderful blog – I have found it to be useful and informative. I walked the Madrid Camino in May of 2017 and think that a lot of folks might be interested in knowing more about this ‘quiet Camino’ so I created a blog. Perhaps you could check it out and see if might be something you could recommend as an alternative to some of the busier Caminos.
    Let me know what you think!
    All the very best,
    Robert Bockstael


    • magwood says:

      Hi Robert. Many thanks for your comment and HNY wishes back to you. I will certainly take a look at your blog and include it in my resources section which has been sadly neglected for way too long. Best wishes, Maggie


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