2022 edition: A Camino Francés Guide (W/FREE Passport)

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2022 Edition!

The 2022 edition of this guidebook has been a year and a half in the making, a great deal longer than the average update. What began as routine communication with albergues during the brief period of pilgrimage in the Summer of 2020 led to the usual on-the-ground investigating during the last 2 months, right up until this edition went to press in the last week of September.

Creating it was a challenge. I have done my best to communicate with every albergue, and they in turn have done their best to relay what they know about their future. At the time of printing, the changing rules and regulations have kept everyone on their toes but together we have tried to put forward the best information possible. What was certain is that nearly every albergue is planning to open in 2022, including many that didn’t in 2021.

This edition contains many changes from the last published edition, most of them a result of the changing health codes that have compelled many albergues to change the services they offer. Many have reduced the number of beds available in dormitories in favor of converting some of that space into private rooms, quite a few have closed their kitchens, and several have changed ownership altogether. Prices have risen a bit as many properties have had to reduce the number of pilgrims that they can accommodate. Some have adopted a system of donation instead. More albergues than ever allow pets, and tents. And lastly, many more albergues than ever before now accept reservations. Local laws are still evolving, and no doubt a few changes are still to come: if an albergue price goes up, or if their bed count goes down, please be kind to them… it is not their fault.

Changes to the services in towns have been less drastic. Some towns lost their only grocery, their aging owners have chosen to retire. Another not-so-small town lost its only ATM.

And the camino itself? Well, it has not changed at all. Patiently it waits. Thank you to all of the pilgrims whose support has kept this dream moving forward.

The guides now contain more practical information than ever before, including more specific information for pilgrims who are looking for albergues that offer group dinners and vegetarian options. 

They include:

  • A comprehensive accommodation directory.  Over 900 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 book is created and printed in Santiago de Compostela.

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Marianne T. verified customer review of 2020 edition: A Camino Francés Guide (W/FREE Passport)
08/01/2017

Great book

Very enjoyable to read. After eight Caminos, this is a good book. One I wished I would of used.

MT
Marianne T.
United States
02/03/2020

Camino Frances Guide book purchase

At this stage I haven't actually used the guide book, we begin our Camino journey in April 2020. So this review is just covering the ordering & delivery of the item....ordering was easy and straight forward and the item was received quickly despite being delivered to the other side of the world and over the Christmas period! So yes, very happy with purchase and will definitely recommend the Casa Ivar Forum shop :)

DS
Debbie S.
New Zealand New Zealand
12/31/2019

CF 2020

Great product, arrived a lot quicker than expected. But then again, it all arrives quickly from Ivar :)

DB
David B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
12/24/2019

Wise Pilgrim Guide. A necessary addition.

I have made a number of purchases from the Camino Forum Shop. Shopping this way is abit akin to' keeping it in the family'. Although waiting for my purchases a little longer having to go all the way 'down under', it is worth the wait and have never has an issue. The complimentary pilgrim passports are an added bonus.

DW
Dennis W.
Australia Australia
12/24/2019

Excellent

Received my guide. Very excited. More than expected! Thank you!

KR
Kenneth R.
United States United States
12/16/2019

A PILGRIM'S GUIDE TO THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO 2020

Irrive in perfect condition with passport.

HC
Harry C.
United States United States
12/11/2019

great, order came quickly.

great, order came quickly.

A
Anonymous
Canada Canada
12/11/2019

pilgrim guide.

absolutely brilliant, a very informative pocket size guide book, great finish on the cover. keep up the good work,

GL
graham l.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
12/11/2019

The Camino Francis

Love the book so much great information Thanks.

SC
Stuart C.
New Zealand New Zealand
07/14/2019

THE BEAST

IT'S THE BEAST GUIDE EVER

A
Anonymous
Israel Israel

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Customer Reviews
4.8 Based on 57 Reviews
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Filter Reviews:
Marianne T. verified customer review of 2020 edition: A Camino Francés Guide (W/FREE Passport)
08/01/2017

Great book

Very enjoyable to read. After eight Caminos, this is a good book. One I wished I would of used.

MT
Marianne T.
United States
02/03/2020

Camino Frances Guide book purchase

At this stage I haven't actually used the guide book, we begin our Camino journey in April 2020. So this review is just covering the ordering & delivery of the item....ordering was easy and straight forward and the item was received quickly despite being delivered to the other side of the world and over the Christmas period! So yes, very happy with purchase and will definitely recommend the Casa Ivar Forum shop :)

DS
Debbie S.
New Zealand New Zealand
12/31/2019

CF 2020

Great product, arrived a lot quicker than expected. But then again, it all arrives quickly from Ivar :)

DB
David B.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
12/24/2019

Wise Pilgrim Guide. A necessary addition.

I have made a number of purchases from the Camino Forum Shop. Shopping this way is abit akin to' keeping it in the family'. Although waiting for my purchases a little longer having to go all the way 'down under', it is worth the wait and have never has an issue. The complimentary pilgrim passports are an added bonus.

DW
Dennis W.
Australia Australia
12/24/2019

Excellent

Received my guide. Very excited. More than expected! Thank you!

KR
Kenneth R.
United States United States
12/16/2019

A PILGRIM'S GUIDE TO THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO 2020

Irrive in perfect condition with passport.

HC
Harry C.
United States United States
12/11/2019

great, order came quickly.

great, order came quickly.

A
Anonymous
Canada Canada
12/11/2019

pilgrim guide.

absolutely brilliant, a very informative pocket size guide book, great finish on the cover. keep up the good work,

GL
graham l.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
12/11/2019

The Camino Francis

Love the book so much great information Thanks.

SC
Stuart C.
New Zealand New Zealand
07/14/2019

THE BEAST

IT'S THE BEAST GUIDE EVER

A
Anonymous
Israel Israel