Codex Calixtinus


Synopsys: A key and foundational text of the European identity. This Book V of the “Calixtinus Codex” is the first guide that describes the Camino de Santiago and its goal. Elaborated around the year 1140, probably by Aymeric Picaud, a French monk, it is also the first travel book of the Old Continent.

The Pilgrimage


The pilgrim, or The Pilgrim of Compostela, is a novel by Paulo Coelho that narrates in first person the vicissitudes of the pilgrimage of the author on the Camino de Santiago, as it is known to an ancient medieval route which began to travel from the French town of Saint Jean Pied-de-Port. A contemporary quest for ancient wisdom by Paulo Coelho.

The Camino


This is the story of a journey. For Shirley, the Camino was both an intense spiritual and physical challenge. With rich insight, humility, and her trademark grace, Shirley MacLaine gently leads us on a sacred adventure toward an inexpressibly transcendent climax. The Camino promises readers the journey of a thousand lifetimes.

Slacker Pilgrim


Synopsys: Half travel tips and half travel memoir, The Slacker Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago is a humorous book about the famous pilgrim trail across the north of Spain. In April and May 2012, Sunshine Jen walked 550 miles on the Camino Frances to Santiago de Compostela then onto Finisterre on the coast. She went looking for answers, but she came back with more questions and no blisters.

Women of the Way


“Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino” is a heartfelt and personal story of hiking the Camino de Santiago. An incredible 500 mile journey across Northern Spain. In 2011, Jane V. Blanchard hiked from St. Jean Pied-de-Port in France over the Pyrenees to Roncesvalles in Spain, and then westward across Northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.

Basque


If you visit the Basque Country, you will undoubtedly fall in love. Located on the Spanish-French border in Northern Spain, it is home to some of the world's finest restaurants, spectacular modern architecture and dramatic scenery.

About the Basque Country


An insight into the culture, history, society and institutions of the Basque Country.
Published by the Basque Government (2009)

The Pintxo Trail


A selection of 100 bars in San Sebastian that mentions the history of the place and recommends its emblematic pintxos.

Bilbao & San Sebastián


A pocket guidebook of Bilbao and San Sebastian by Lonely Planet.

Guidebooks

with information about the different Caminos: maps, length of the stages, difficulties, accommodations, bars and restaurants, …



Poems


Rosalía Castro de Murguía better known as Rosalía de Castro (24 February 1837 – 15 July 1885) was a Spanish writer and poet.

A native of Santiago de Compostela in the Galicia region of northwest Spain, she wrote in both Galician and Castilian.

Rosalia de Castro, is today considered one of the outstanding figures of nineteeth-century Spanish literature. Her poetry, often compared to that of Emily Dickinson, is characterized by an intimate lyricism, simple diction, and innovative prosody.
Writing in the Galician language, after the Séculos Escuros (Dark Centuries), she became an important figure of the Galician romantic movement, known today as the Rexurdimento ("renaissance"). Her poetry is marked by 'saudade', an almost ineffable combination of nostalgia, longing and melancholy.
Her home in Padron is preserved as a museum. The Portuguese Camino passes next to it. She is buried in the Pantheon of the Illustrious Gallegos in Santiago de Compostela.

Journey to the Alcarria


>Camilo José Cela
Born on May 11, 1916, in Iria Flavia in the Galician province of Coruña to a Spanish father and English mother, Mr. Cela studied medicine, philosophy and law in Madrid before being drawn into the civil war. He then tried his hand at bullfighting, painting and acting before devoting himself to literature. Camilo José Cela was well known in his native Spain for his sardonic humor and irascible personality as well as for his writing.
In 1989, he won the Nobel Prize of Literature. Although relatively unknown in the English-speaking world when he won the Nobel Prize.
Mr. Cela made his reputation with his first , and many say his best novel, ''The Family of Pascual Duarte,'' which is said to be the most widely translated Spanish novel after Cervantes's ''Don Quixote.'' Among his other popular books, ''The Hive,'' ''Mazurka for Two Dead Men,'' ''San Camilo, 1936'' and ''Journey to the Alcarría'' have also been translated into English.
He died in Madrid at the age of 85 and was buried in the cemetery of his hometown. The Portuguese Camino passes next to it.