A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Sanabres & Camino Invierno: Ourense - a Laxe - Santiago Ponferrada - a Laxe - Santiago

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This brand new Camino Guide includes the last two largely undiscovered pilgrim routes into Santiago. That they have remained bypassed for so long is all the more surprising as they follow ancient Roman itineraries and offer spectacular and yet easily accessible alternatives to the well-trodden main routes.
This guidebook combines two ancient routes into Santiago that remain largely undiscovered despite their historic significance. Each route offers a very different camino experience but are combined in one volume as they join in A Laxe for the final stages. Each provides the minimum distance required for a pilgrim to apply for a Compostela; but that is not the purpose of this guidebook
which seeks to off er alternatives to the busy routes through Sarria and Tui which account for over 80% of all pilgrims to Santiago; by contrast the Camino Invierno currently carries less than 1%.

Camino Sanabres offers a link from the Via de le Plata. This guide offers the last 5 stages of that itinerary commencing in Ourense with its rich Roman heritage and extant thermal baths. Excellent rail and road links make the city highly accessible for pilgrims wishing to commence their journey from this point. The acorn would be a fitting symbol for this route that winds its way through ancient oak forest past the Pico Santo into Santiago.

Camino Invierno provides a link from the Camino Frances and a wonderful alternative to the routes through Sarria which carry such a large volume of pilgrims. The 'Winter Way' is a camino in its own right as it snakes its way through the mystery of Las Medulas, the largest gold mines in the Roman Empire and now a World Heritage Site (see cover photo). It continues along the sacred banks of the rio Sil, the incomparable Ribeira Sacra with its vineyards and chestnut forests. Its remote location and limited facilities make this a demanding route, well suited for the seasoned pilgrim with an adventurous spirit, seeking a quieter way.

This guidebook also seeks to find a balance between the outer and inner journey, between the physical and spiritual, which is why it is subtitled A Practical & Mystical Manual - that we might find a place to eat and sleep at the end of a hard day's walk but also, and crucially, that we might find the courage to dive into the mystery of our own soul awakening.
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Weight 0.000000
Author Brierley, John (John Brierley)
Availability IP
Department Spain and Portugal
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781912216260
Pages 144
Published 13/06/2022
Publisher Camino Guides
Section Spanish Travel Guides
Series Camino Guides: Pilgrim's Guides to Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James)
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