Have you heard of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain? Historically, spiritual pilgrims have followed the path that Saint James took across the country (well, technically, from wherever they lived). These days, people walk the camino for all sorts of reasons. I plan to learn more about those reasons like I always do – in the pages of books via a Camino reading list.

I’ve been scheming to make my own camino happen someday in the sort-of-near future. Perhaps, I’ll see you on the way in Fall 2018. Buen Camino!

A Camino Reading List: Best Books to Read Before Hiking the Camino de Santiago

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The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho

Before there were travel bloggers, there were travel authors. Coelho wrote this book in 1987 and subsequently sent thousands of pilgrims in his wake. It gives a glimpse at the spiritual hardship and transformative trail magic many find on the camino. Yet another life-changing book from Coelho (this is the first one I loved).

Field of Stars by Kevin Codd

This book is often sited as a favorite book of pilgrims walking the camino. It’s a highly spiritual account and is sure to be a meaningful read.

Buen Camino by Natasha and Peter Murtagh

This is a cowritten book by a father and daughter duet who set out on the Camino together. My journey may look similar in both route, length and potentially even walking partner.

A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino de Santiago: The Way of St. James by John Brierley

This is the most well-renowned practical guide to the camino that I’ve come across. I’m going to trust the pilgrims that have walked ahead of me and refer to this guide often. I have a feeling that a few of my hiking buddies will feel the same and add it to their own Camino reading list.

The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago by Robert Sibley

Can you tell that personal accounts on the camino are my jam? This one follows Sibley as he makes the five-hundred-mile trek. Twice. He also has a special way of describing the sights and sounds of the camino. I almost feel like I’ve already begun my journey.

What to Watch Before Hiking the Camino de Santiago

The Way 

I might not even know about the Camino de Santiago without this movie. It follows a man on his pilgrimage, shortly after his son has passed away. It’s an inspiring and heartwarming take on the walk.

Camino Ways Podcast 

I’m firmly on the podcast train and my camino education can only be helped by that. This podcast is a short and snappy guide.

What am I missing? Help me prepare for the way.




  1. Karen
    April 12, 2019 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for the reading list, it will be helpful and motivating, I’m sure.
    A documentary about the Camino that I really enjoyed was, Footprints, The Path of Your Life. It follows a Catholic priest and and a group of 10 young men along the Camino de Santiago. Obviously it highlights the religious aspects of the pilgrimage, but many people do the camino for that reason.

    • adobberteen
      May 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm

      Those are both great ones! I’m thinking of doing an updated camino resources post to highlight them.

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