Books and maps on
WALKING IN NORTHERN SPAIN
(Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Basque Country, Navarre and La Rioja)
Galicia (Michelin Maps) Scale 1:400,000 Published August 12
Costa De Galicia (Michelin Zoom Maps) Published March 09
Asturias, Cantabria (Michelin Regional Maps) Scale 1:400,000 Published April 12
Asturias, Costa Verde (Michelin Zoom Maps) Published March 09
Costa De Cantabria (Michelin Zoom Maps) Published March 09
Pirineos Atlanticos (Michelin Zoom Maps) Published March 09
Pais Vasco, Navarra, La Rioja (Michelin Regional Maps) Published April 12
Camino De Santiago: St. Jean Pied De Port/Roncesvalles-Finisterre Via Santiago De Compostela - Spiritual seekers and travellers will find all the resources they need to walk the Way of St. James in this complete set of maps and town plans. Covering the sacred route from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago, including the Finisterre extension for modern-day pilgrims who wish to reach the ocean, this portable book of maps makes the perfect companion for adventurers attempting to heed the spiritual calling. Light enough to carry while walking long distances each day, the maps show the location of all pilgrim hostels en route and the distances between all villages and points of interest, as well as alternative routes and accommodation. Published Jan 15.
Spain Northern (Adventure Map), National Geographic. Published July 11
Northern Spain Insight Travel Map - This is a full-size fold-up route map of Northern Spain, with distance indicators and a complete index. It also contains street maps of the major cities, as well as comprehensive tourist information. Map Scale: 1:800,000 Published April 13
Northern Spain Rough Guide Map - This map of Northern Spain is a companion for anyone exploring this fascinating region. From the remote beauty of the Picos de Europa to the bustling port of Santander and cosmopolitan Bilbao, the map provides detailed route information whether you're travelling by car or public transport or out on a day's hiking or biking. Places of interested are highlighted, from museums to viewpoints and cathedrals to football stadiums. The "Rough Guide Map" is printed on rip-proof, waterproof polyart paper for durability. Scale 1:350,000 Published March 04. Limited availability.
Ten Circular Walks in Cantabria, John and Kate Daly - The walks in this book are set in Cantabria, an autonomous region in the north of Spain, bounded to the south and west by high mountains, including the Picos de Europa, and to the north by the Bay of Biscay. Cantabria is an unspoilt and natural part of Spain with teeming wildlife, long sandy beaches and stunning scenery. The ten routes cover a range of terrains including ancient forests, formidable peaks and coastal walks. The book also contains useful tourist information and suggestions for places to visit close to the walking routes. Each walk has been carefully selected to provide an element of challenge or particular interest such as close encounters with wildlife, stunning scenery or historical significance. The walks come with detailed driving and parking instructions, straightforward, accurate directions and the local map reference. Published Feb 14. K
Discover Cantabria: Ten walks in Beautiful Locations 2, John and Kate
Daly - From rugged snow-capped mountains to long stretches of glorious
sandy beaches and with lush pastures, wild rivers and extensive forestry
in between, Cantabria in northern Spain has just about everything to offer
the serious walker, casual rambler or holidaymaker in search of a gentle
stroll. This book brings together some of the highlights of the Cantabrian
landscape by offering the reader an easy walking route – the walks range
from one to eight kilometres – along with tips on what to look out for on
the way be it a particularly stunning view, a point of historical interest
or some of the abundant flora and fauna. With additional sections
providing useful information about where to enjoy a picnic and the best
tourist attractions to be found close to the walks, the book makes an
ideal companion for visitors seeking a great day out in this unspoilt and
fascinating corner of Spain. Published Oct 14. K
For Le Puy to the Pyrenees, see Pyrenees Books
Camino de Santiago - Way of St James from the Pyrenees to Santiago. Rother Walking Guide - The Rother walking guide describes in a total of 41 stages the whole of the Camino francés from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port via Roncesvalles, as well as the Aragon route from the Somport pass via Jaca to Santiago de Compostela, including possible secondary routes and the extension to Finisterre or Muxía. Thus the Way of St. James leads through a wealth of diverse landscapes, continuously interrupted by culturally and historically interesting places like Roncesvalles, Pamplona, Puente la Reina, San Juan de Ortega, Burgos or Leon, to name but a few. Published March 13
Walking for Wildlife: El Camino to Santiago De Compostela, Jean Ann Buck - A grandmother of four, dons a 25lb rucksack and treks the 700kms El Camino to Santiago de Compostela in a sponsored quest to protect Manx wildlife. Her diary and notes of the route have been compiled into an inspirational journal of adventures across the vineyards, sierras and cities of northern Spain. Her light-hearted informative approach brings to life all that is to be seen on El Camino and an excellent guide for anyone contemplating walking this ancient and well-trodden path. Published April 04
Basque Country (Landscapes) - The Basque Country's coastline runs east from Bilbao (with its award-winning Guggenheim Museum) and San Sebastian (some of the best food in Europe) to chic Biarritz with its splendid beaches. This pocket-sized full-colour guide describes car tours and walks on the coast and inland - throughout the seven provinces making up the area, including the lush green flanks of the Pyrenees with their picture-postcard villages and famous places like Pamplona and the Pilgrims' Route to Santiago de Compostela. Fold-out touring map, large-scale (1:50,000) topo walking maps. Local transport timetables. Free on-line update service with specific route change information. Published May 10
The Village to Village Guide to the Camino Santiago, Way of St James: Complete Directional Guide to the Pilgrimage to Santiago with Accommodation, Jaffa Raza - Use this book to walk a medieval path off the beaten track. This Village to Village guide enables the walker to follow the 1,000 year-old pilgrimage footpath to Santiago de Compostela and to re-enact Europe's most historic journey. This guide is recommended by the Catholic Church to those making the pilgrimage to Santiago on foot. It is a detailed directional guide for the 800 km footpath in Spain. The book contains listings of budget accommodation and other practical information. Published Nov 06
Hiking the Camino de Santiago: Camino Frances: St Jean - Santiago - Finisterre. A Village to Village Guide, David Landis - Contains all the information you need to walk the 800km (500 miles) Camino Francés and 90km (55 miles) Camino Finisterre. - Full-colour detailed topographical stage maps of each day s walk, GPS files online. - 100+ detailed city and town maps to make sure you always know where you are. - Essential practical information on transport, accommodation and services. - Overviews of dozens of historic pilgrim sites, with information about the historical context of the pilgrimage. - Expert advice on hiking gear, packing and daily Camino life. Published June 14
Northern Spain Footprint Travel Guide, Andy Symington - Run with bulls, rub shoulders with pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago, ski the Aragonese Pyrenees or explore some of the most rugged and naturally beautiful territory Spain has to offer. Northern Spain remains unspoilt by tourism; whether you want to discover ancient towns steeped in tradition and age-old customs, the buzzy cultural capital of Bilbao, San Sebastian's stunning beaches or just sample some of the finest seafood and cider then "Footprint's" critically acclaimed 5th edition guide helps travellers get off the beaten path and really get to know the region. This book provides in-depth coverage of the regions many adventure activities, surfing, climbing, hiking, trekking and many more. It features highlight maps to help you get the best from this vast region. Published April 14 K
Walking Guide to the Via de la Plata and the Camino Sanabres: from Seville to Santiago and Astorga, Gerald Kelly - The Vía de la Plata is a Roman road and pilgrimage route which starts in southern Spain and continues to the north coast at Asturias. It is used today by many pilgrim on their journey to Santiago de Compostela. It is one of the most popular Caminos in Spain. This new print edition is based on the ebook of the same name. Published in February 2013, it is based on up-to-date information about pilgrim accommodation and facilities along the route. It covers the whole route from Seville to Santiago on the Vía de la Plata and the Camino Sanabrés and the extension which joins the Camino Francés in Astorga. It also describes the Camino to Finisterre and Muxía. Published Feb 13. K
The Northern Caminos: Norte, Primitivo and Ingles, Dave Whitson and Laura Perazzoli - This is a meticulously detailed yet handy guidebook to the pilgrimage routes that lead through northern Spain to the sacred city of Santiago de Compostela. The
Camino del Norte is an 817km five-week coastal route from the town of Irun, close to the French border. Its alternatives are the Camino Primitivo (which splits from the Norte near Oviedo for the next 355km) and the Camino Ingles (a five-day 116km route from the city of Ferrol on the north-west coast). The guide gives stage-by-stage descriptions to all three routes, and to the Camino de Finisterre (a three-day extension route from Santiago to the
west coast). Published Jan 15. K
Camino de Santiago: The ancient Way of Saint James pilgrimage route from the French Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela (Trail Guide), Sergi Ramis - The first one-volume walking guide in English to the most popular long-distance route in Europe walked by British tourists. Published June 14
Picos De Europa: Northern Spain, Teresa Farino - Pocket-sized full-colour motoring and walking guides with fold-out touring maps and large-scale topographical walking maps. Published July 10. Limited availability.
Northern Spain: 10 Circular Walks Around the Picos De Europa, Peter Ward, Trish Myers, Terence Keogh. Published Sept 05
Walks and Climbs in the Picos De Europa,
Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica: A Mountaineering Guide, Robin Walker - "Walking in the Cordillera Cantabrica" is a mountaineering guide to one of Spain's premier ranges, and includes detailed descriptions for 60 routes spread around the whole of this magnificent mountain chain. Based on selected valley bases, the routes are readily accessed, thus minimising travel time. All of the routes can be done in a day and all are circular, whilst in difficulty they vary from straightforward, half-day outings to strenuous, full-day ascents demanding fitness, good overall mountain skills, and the ability to deal with short sections of scrambling. This guide is complemented by articles on four specialist topics of interest to any who wish to know the range in greater depth: place-names, transhumance, the Civil War and alpine flora. The Cordillera Cantabrica is currently home to a total of nine protected areas, including three UN-designated areas. Published June 03. K
Trekking and Climbing in Northern Spain, Various Authors - Covering 16 treks and 12 climbing peaks, this guidebook is designed for both first-time trekkers and experienced climbers visiting the Pyrenees and Cordillera Cantabrica - northern Spain's "trekking paradise". From the celebrated trails of the Pyrenees to the less visited, but no less spectacular, footpaths of the Picos de Europa in the Cordillera Cantabrica, the book offers clear descriptions of treks and of more aspirational peak climbs. Information on indigenous wildlife and the stunningly varied landscape - snowcapped peaks are never far from dense forests or sun-baked river gorges - is complemented by practical advice on travel, techniques and equipment. Strip maps pinpoint every route and give a reliable idea of distance and timings. Published May 03. Limited availability.
Off the Road: A Modern Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route into Spain, Jack Hitt - A funny, irreverent travelogue through France and Spain describes places considered sacred--fortresses, monasteries, statues, and relics--and features a group of quirky, modern pilgrims seeking knowledge of themselves and each other rather than God. Published March 05.
The Via De La Plata: The Way of St. James from Seville to Santiago, Alison Raju - A walker's guide to the southern pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela. This Camino Mozarabe de Santiago, or Via de la Plata as it is also known, starts in either Seville (1000km) or Granada (1175km) and leads north and northwest along paths and old tracks through Extremadura, Castillle and Galicia. The route is suitable for mountain bikes. It is the only original guide to this route in English, and complements the two new Cicerone guides covering the Way of St James from Le Puy to Santiago by the same author. Published Sept 05. Limited availability.
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