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As The Camí de Sant Jaume isn’t such a well-trodden Camino there aren’t too many guidebooks available so planning this route takes a little more doing than for the more popular Caminos.
Having said that, The Catalan Tourist Board has produced an Excellent publication that covers the first half of the route and I was lucky enough to obtain a copy through a friend, so if you are planning to walk this Camino I would certainly get in touch with them and request a copy.
There are a couple of good websites, Mundicamino gives reasonably accurate route descriptions but some of their info is out of date, santiago-compostela.net also has some great info and a pictorial on the route.
Getting there and back – Barcelona is the obvious choice to fly into, from there getting to the stating point at Montserrat is simple enough as it is less than an hour away by train. We chose to bus back from Zaragoza to Barcelona and the end of the Camino, but you could also choose to fly home from there as Ryan Air now operate flights to UK.
We all flew independently into Barcelona and met up there, then the next morning took the train to Montserrat to start the walk.
Departing from Barcelona around 10, we had left enough time to have a good look around Montserrat, then had lunch before setting off, because of this we had planned an 11.2k short days walking and had intended to stay at Sant Pau de la Guardia but when we arrived there we found that the Private Refugio we intended staying in was closed so had to backtrack another 3k to a roadside Hostal, Here we had arranged to meet 2 of Stevie’s friends (Helen & Tony) which turned out to be a great move as the Hostal kitchen was closed, so as these friends had a car we all went out for a nice meal.
From Sant Pau de la Guardia we then walked to Jorba then La Panadella (We had originally planned to walk to Cervera this day but somehow we accidentally diverted onto an older, longer route so only got as far as La Panadella).
Then onto Tárrega, then Castellnou de Seana (Probably our most favourite place on the whole route), then Bell-lloc d’Urgell and then into Lleida.
Unfortunately we had to say farewell to Birgit in Lleida as she only had one weeks holiday and myself and Stevie continued on to Zaragoza.
I have written up the individual stages in Sports Travel Tips as well as list the places we stayed in Accommodation Tips
From Lleida Stevie and I continued the Camino, First to Fraga, soon after Fraga we left Catalunya and entered Aragones, Unfortunately this was where our Excellent Guidebook supplied to us by The Catalan Tourist Board ran out and from here we had to rely on the way markings backed up by strip-maps printed off from Mundicamino.
Never-the-less we found Candasnos, our next nights stop-over. The scenery had changed considerably, now leaving the fertile lands of Catalunya behind and entering the Badlands of Aragones.
Next we stayed at Bujaraloz, then Pina Ebro, then we got a little lost but eventually walked into Burgo de Ebro and from there to Zaragoza.
Again- I have written up the individual stages in Sports Travel Tips as well as list the places we stayed in Accommodation Tips
- Pros:Excellent Camino passing through some Beautiful countryside with wonderful villages / towns to stay in en-route
- Cons:Finding good info for planning can be difficult, other than that no con’s to speak of
- In a nutshell:If you are looking for an off the beaten path Camino then this might well be the one for you
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