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Journey along with us as we explore the sacred sites and holy places around the world! Stay current with all our pilgrimage travels!

Also, stay updated with all of our articles that reflect our thoughts and ideas on how to be a pilgrim in our current, stressful and rushed culture. You too can slow your life and your adventures with the mindful travel style of the pilgrim.

"In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim. What matters most on your journey is how deeply you see, how attentively you hear, how richly the encounters are felt in your heart." ~ Phil Coustineau, from his book, "The Art of Pilgrimage."




Apr 07, 2022

Updated Portuguese Guide, Central Route, From Porto to Santiago

Camino Portugues, Central Route, eBook Guide CoverThe classic Central Route on the Camino Portugues is a must do. I have made it easier for you, by updating my eBook of this route. There have been fewer changes on this one, but accommodations, cafes and restaurants come and go, especially in pandemic conditions. More and more municipal albergues are opening up in time for the walking season. However, the Camino continues to be an ongoing, and fluid situation. Be sure to call ahead or inquire of the locals, to double check if an albergue is open!

Also ensure that you have current Covid information for entering Spain (As of Feb 1, 2022 a booster shot will be required to be "fully vaccinated!"), entering any other countries along the way and re-entry requirements for your country of origin!

Buen Camino!
Elle

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Apr 05, 2022

Updated Portuguese Guide, Coastal Route, From Porto to Santiago

Camino Portugues, Coastal Route, eBook Guide CoverJust in time for spring walking, I have updated another Digital eBook Guide. The Senda Litoral now has more choices than ever, if you want to walk close to the sea. The Senda Litoral is separate from the official and often more inland Coastal Route. Accommodations come and go, as do restaurants and cafes, as you would expect in this post-pandemic time. More and more municipal albergues are opening up in time for Easter. However, the Camino continues to be an ongoing, and fluid situation. Be sure to call ahead or inquire of the locals, to double check if an albergue is open!

Also ensure that you have current Covid information for entering Spain (As of Feb 1, 2022 a booster shot will be required to be "fully vaccinated!"), entering any other countries along the way and re-entry requirements for your country of origin!

Ultreia!
Elle

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Apr 03, 2022

Monasterio de Oseiro Albergue Reopened!

Photo of Albergue de Peregrinos del Monasterio de OseiraGood news for the walkers on the Camino Sanbres! The Albergue de Peregrinos del Monasterio de Oseira is now reopened after two years of renovation work! Now you can stay in this glorious, spiritual place once again at the Monastery of Oseira!

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Feb 23, 2022

Updated Camino de San Salvador eBook Guide

Camino de San Salvador eBook Guide CoverOnce again, I have been busy as a beaver, and have updated another Digital eBook Guide. The San Salvador has had some major route changes that I have included, and changes in bars and accommodations. The majority of the municipal albergues are still closed as of this writing, however, with the pandemic quickly improving, this is an ongoing, and fluid situation. Be sure to call ahead or inquire of the locals, to double check if an albergue is open!

Also ensure that you have current Covid information for entering Spain (As of Feb 1, 2022 a booster shot will be required to be "fully vaccinated!"), entering any other countries along the way and re-entry requirements for your country of origin!

Ultreia!
Elle

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Feb 21, 2022

Updated Portuguese Guide, Lisbon to Porto

Camino Portugues, Lisbon to Porto eBook Guide CoverI am pleased to announce that I have updated another Digital eBook Guide to reflect the current status of accommodations, cafés and any route changes on this Camino. I have not included whether or not municipal albergues are open or closed, since this is an ongoing, and fluid situation. Be sure to call ahead or inquire of the locals, to double check if an albergue is open, especially the municipal ones!

Also ensure that you have current Covid information for entering Spain (As of Feb 1, 2022 a booster shot will be required to be "fully vaccinated!"), entering any other countries along the way and re-entry requirements for your country of origin!

Buen Camino!
Elle

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Jan 27, 2022

Updated Camino Sanabrés Guide

Camino Sanabrés eBook Guide CoverI am pleased to announce that I have updated my Digital eBook Guide to reflect to the best of my ability the current status of accommodations, cafés and any route changes on this Camino.

Remember to call ahead or inquire of the locals, to double check if an albergue is open, especially the municipal ones!

Also ensure that you have current Covid information for entering Spain (As of Feb 1, 2022 a booster shot will be required to be "fully vaccinated!"), entering any other countries along the way and re-entry requirements for your country of origin!

Happy dreaming and planning!
Elle

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Jan 26, 2022

Covid-19 Booster Required to Enter Spain

Photo of VaccinationSpain has just announced that starting on February 1st, all travelers entering Spain, to be considered fully vaccinated, must have the primary Covid vaccination series AND a booster.

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Nov 18, 2021

Bus Schedule to/from Muxia

Map of Portuguese Routes from Spirit of the Camino
If you are planning a trip to Muxia after your Camino, but don't have time to walk it, you may want to check out this current bus schedule! It is definitely a gorgeous and peaceful place to unwind and debrief after your your Camino! Click on the link below to see just how gorgeous this place truly is!

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Sep 28, 2021

Camino Digital Guide Books from the PilgrimageTraveler in eBook Format

A one-stop shop for all of our camino digital guide books in electronic, eBook format.

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Sep 27, 2021

Pros and Cons of Various Portuguese Routes from Spirit of the Camino

Map of Portuguese Routes from Spirit of the CaminoFrom my good Camino friend, Nick Leonard, here is his wonderful article on the pros and cons of almost all the Camino Routes in Portugal. This is a lovely introduction to the various routes, if Portugal is on your next Camino agenda!

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Sep 22, 2021

New Albergue in A Gudina on the Camino Sanabres is Now Open!

Municipal Albergue A GudinaAs promised by the Xunta de Galicia, the planned opening of the new albergue in A Gudina actually happened in August of 2021. The old one is now closed, and this is a good thing! The new one, pictured left, is in an historic building along the main road, as you enter on the Camino Sanabres, about halfway through town. It is called the Albergue de Peregrinos Casa da Viuva, or the "Widow's Home." I have updated my Camino Sanabres eBook to reflect this change. One of the benefits of my eBooks, if you make a purchase, I will send regular updates to you as new information comes in!

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Jun 14, 2021

Brand New Municipal Albergue in Vigo, on the Coastal Camino Portugues

Municipal Albergue VigoGood news for all the pilgrims on the Camino Portugues Coastal Route. There is a brand new municipal albergue in Vigo that has opened up in June! You can now stay for an inexpensive price in this city, if that is your desire. The albergue is down by the docks, on the Senda Litoral at the Rua da Ribeira do Berbes, number 5. It has 93 places! Please remember, however, that the municipal albergues in Galicia are only just opening, post pandemic, at 30% capacity and with many new rules. Please honor the hygiene rules so we can all safely continue to walk!

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May 19, 2021

EU Approves Opening Up to Vaccinated Travelers

Well, if the EU approved, it is now up to each and every individual country to set the rules for entry. A negative PCR may still be required to enter a country, or maybe a quarantine, but things are looking hopeful for the near future! Keep your fingers crossed if you are outside of the EU! If you are lucky enough to be within the EU, you can enter Spain, with a negative PCR test. Keep checking the IATA website for up to the minute information on entry requirements. If you do walk, you should call ahead to confirm any accommodation and be prepared to pay more for private hotels and albergues, as the municipal albergues, if open, may have reduced capacities.

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Apr 29, 2021

Updated Camino Finisterre (and Muxia) Guide

Camino Finisterre Ebook CoverWhile I am dreaming of my next Camino, during this lengthy pandemic, I have had the time to check up on any changes on the Finisterre and Mux�a routes from Santiago. I have noted via Wikiloc tracks from locals, that there were really no recent changes to these tried and true routes, although I did add some alternatives as well as shortcuts of my own in this update.

I also cleaned up my GPS tracks, deleting missteps and extra steps, to make the mileage numbers more accurate.

And sadly, when checking all my links to eateries and accommodations, there are now those who have permanently closed, which I deleted from my ebook and webpages. Others have changed their contact information, which I updated to the best of my ability.

Remember that many things will be fluid and evolving as this pandemic resolves, so make sure you are flexible with alternative plans if something is not open as expected. And as I always, always advise, carry plenty of your own food and water to fall back onto!

Keep dreaming and planning! ~ Elle

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Apr 27, 2021

Galicia's Highest Swing?

Columpio de Vilarino de ConsoWhat will the Camino planners think of next? Yes, indeed, at one of the highest points along the Camino Sanabres, there is a swing constructed under a shelter that you see in the photo. You can swing and gaze at the most fabulous views of the reservoir, the Embalse de As Portas, that can be seen from the ridge heights.

The swing, in Gallego is known as the Columpio de Vilarino de Conso, and was constructed in the depths of the pandemic, along with some major route changes.

To see more of the swing, it's location and the views from the high ridge, click through to my article.

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Recent Articles

  1. Updated Portuguese Guide, Central Route, From Porto to Santiago

    Apr 07, 22 12:00 AM

    Camino Portugues, Central Route, eBook Guide CoverThe classic Central Route on the Camino Portugues is a must do. I have made it easier for you, by updating my eBook of this route. There have been fewer changes on this one, but accommodations, cafes…

    Read More

  2. Updated Portuguese Guide, Coastal Route, From Porto to Santiago

    Apr 05, 22 12:00 AM

    Camino Portugues, Coastal Route, eBook Guide CoverJust in time for spring walking, I have updated another Digital eBook Guide. The Senda Litoral now has more choices than ever, if you want to walk close to the sea. The Senda Litoral is separate from…

    Read More

  3. Monasterio de Oseiro Albergue Reopened!

    Apr 03, 22 05:54 PM

    Photo of Albergue de Peregrinos del Monasterio de OseiraGood news for the walkers on the Camino Sanbres! The Albergue de Peregrinos del Monasterio de Oseira is now reopened after two years of renovation work! Now you can stay in this glorious, spiritual pl…

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