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The newspaper El Norte de Castilla is reporting that the number of pilgrims on the central section of the Camino Frances has fallen 9% in the last two years: HERE.
And, another newspaper article, this time from Burgos, the municipal hostel there recorded 800 fewer pilgrims in 2018 than in 2017. HERE.
The 2019 edition of the Camino Guide is now available. All versions, the printed book from Amazon, the app for Android and iPhone (SEE) and the Kindle ebook are available now.
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There's a mistake on page 79 of the printed guide, the information about pilgrim hostels in El Burgo Ranero is garbled, this will be corrected soon. For the correct information see here. Sorry about that!
The new versions of the Camino Guide Apps are now available. They're on both Android and iPhone. See the CaminoApp website for a link to the app store.
The new 2018 edition of the Camino Guide is now available! If you donated you can now download the full guide from the link in the email you received (if you can't find that email or the links don't work contact us and we'll sort it out). The free guide has also been updated, you can download them from the original email you received or just enter your email on our Download page again to get fresh links.
The new edition of the Camino Guide for 2018 is being prepared, so far there are new pilgrim hostels in: Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Ilarratz, Obanos, Estella, Luquín, Sansol, Belorado, Castrojeriz x 3, Santiago de Compostela and Moraime (near Muxia). More updates to follow.
As always you can download the free guide from our Download page.
The municipal hostel in Villafranca Mondes de Oca is closed. It is not know if it will reopen.
There seems to be some confusion about how the EU (also known as Schengen) visitors visa system works. Basically, if you're not an EU citizen you can only spend 90 days out of any 180-day period in the Schengen area (which includes most EU countries except Ireland and the UK). The rules are explained in more debth here. This is an official document so the information in it should be reliable.
21 August, Vive el Camino: If you'll be arriving in Santiago in the next four months you'll find that the bridge over the motorway before San Lázaro is closed for road works. A signposted detour is in place but apparently (quite apart from adding almost 1500m to the walk) it's causing some confusion! See here.
15 August, Deadline: apparently there's another Camino film on the way (no pun intended!) Thank you Hollywood!
Please note, in some editions of the guide, on the section between Santiago de Compostela and Fistera (Finisterre) the distance between Santa Mariña and Ponte Olveiroa is 11km and not 4km. This has been corrected in newer editions. Apologies for any inconvenience.
The Economist: the dreadful people at The Economist have dared to question Galicia's right to call itself a "Celtic Nation"!
I just recieved an email from the owners of a new albergue in Valverde de la Virgin, which is just after León on the right route, it's called La Casa del Camino, here's its entry on Eroski. They sent me some photos and it looks very nice.
Copyright © Gerald Kelly 2019. All text and photos.