The best Camino books and films to lose yourself in

We've compiled a list of our favourite Camino books, guides and films to get you ready for your own Camino adventure..

Camino de Santiago Guides - John Brierley

"We headed away in a camper van to ‘travel the world’ and during that year, 1987, I stumbled onto the Camino de Santiago for the first time and felt its welcoming embrace."

John has compiled and keeps updated beautiful maps and guidebooks for one of our routes; the Camino Frances.

You can find out more here.

The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho

In this, the book that paved the way for the The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho documents his extraordinary pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in search of ancient wisdom.

Following the same road travelled by pilgrims from the south of France to the north-west of Spain, Coelho, joined by a mysterious mentor, is transformed forever as he learns to understand the nature of truth through the simplicity and beauty of life.

You can buy the book on Amazon here.

The Camino: A Journey of the Spirit - Shirley MacLaine

The author and actress chronicles her journey along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain--the famous pilgrimage route that has been taken by pilgrims ranging from St. Francis of Assisi to Chaucer.

You can buy the book on Amazon here.

Other Books

The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook by David Martin Gitlitz and Linda Kay Davidson, 2000

The Journey: A Guide for the modern pilgrim, by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda

Camino Chronicle: Waling to Santiago, by Susan Alcorn

Of course there was the very first guide written in 1139 by Aymeric Picaud but it might be out of print! Aymeric Picaud was a 12th-century French scholar, monk and pilgrim from Parthenay-le-Vieux in Poitou. He is most widely known today as being the suspected author of the Codex Calixtinus, an illuminated manuscript giving background information for pilgrims travelling the Way of St. James. In essence, he wrote one of the earliest known tourist guidebooks.

Practical Guides

Pilgrim Tips and Packing List Camino de Santiago, by S. Yates

Camino de Santiago- Practical Preparation and Background, by Gerard Kelly

A Village to Village Guide - Hiking the Camino de Santiago, by Anna Dintaman and David Landis

The Way (2010)

Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.

Tom then decides to walk the Camino himself, and the film follows his personal journey.

You can watch the trailer below, or find out more about the film here.