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A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Portugues: The Portuguese Way of St. James Porto to Santiago de Compostela Paperback – Mar 1 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Findhorn Press (March 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844090558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844090556
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,532,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

John Brierley, born in Aries on April 2, 1948, was educated and qualified as a chartered surveyor in Dublin, where he began his own practice in 1971. An existential crisis in 1987 took him to Findhorn in Scotland. This proved to be a turning point in his life toward a spiritual perspective. In 1996, he convened the international conference “Business for Life,” in which the central issue was identified as a crisis of the human spirit. His abiding passion became the idea of business sabbaticals as an antidote to burnout and the notion of pilgrimage as a way to reappraise life’s purpose. He is the author of A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Portugués; A Pilgrim’s Guide to Camino Fisterrra; and A Pilgrim’s Guide to the Camino Francès.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa08770b4) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f51930) out of 5 stars Excellent guide, colored maps, trail profiles, photos, accomodation guide Feb. 7 2006
By Timecheck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This guide follows the format of Brierley's Camino Frances guide: very pleasing to look at: glossy paper, colored photos almost every page, multicolor maps and trail profiles, parts of text set off by shading. It has the information the walker needs, where the alburgues are, how many beds, alternate choices. There is an introductory section with introduction, overview, followed by planning and preparation information. The main body of the guide follows, organized in 11 stages where each stage corresponds to a typical day's travel. Each stage has a map and a trail profile.

The planning section is very useful - detailed equipment list, travel info, essential phrases in Spanish and Portuguese and a short history of the Camino


This guide also makes a serious effort to address the spiritual or inner path side of the journey. In addition to the map and profile, each stage begins with three paragraphs - the Physical Path - a narrative overview of the day's walk, the Mystic Path - to awaken you to the spiritual potential of the day's walk, and Personal Reflections - a quotation from the author's reflections. In each stage there is a page with blank lines for the walker to write in their own reflections. The mystic path, and blank reflections page didn't work for me, but that is personal preference.

For me, the colored maps, elevation profiles and photos are the strong points of the book.

The Camino facilities change from year to year, and inevitably publications will have typos and errors of fact. Do future pilgrims a favor by emailing the publication's website if you find errors in the text.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1bddc60) out of 5 stars a faithful walking companion. July 10 2005
By A. W. Van Soestbergen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a frequent Camino walker, I have used many guide books. This book on the Portuguese Way from Porto to Santiago is a total "must" for a succesful pilgrimage.

The maps for each stage are clear, possible detours are included.

Also for each stage, contour outlines are given and the distances are adjusted for height.

Accomodations and restaurants are listed with phone numbers .

Description of each stage is broken down to "The Pratical Path, "The Mystical Path" and "Personal Reflections" Some might be skeptical about the last two but it adds an emotional factor to the walk, something I have not yet seen in any other guide.

Photo's are plenty. over 200 photos. The author suggest not to bring a camera because the photo's you need are already in the book. It saves weight......

With all the suggestions for planning of your trip, this guide will keep you on the right track.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa07120cc) out of 5 stars Best guide I've seen June 28 2005
By J. Paterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The "Camino Portugues" has managed to provide the most integrated and concise travel guide that I've ever come across (and I've used plenty). It manages to provide a complete picture of this lesser known pilgrimage route with an easy to follow step by step process complete with pictures and colorful maps. It loads up on all of this practical information and somehow doesn't become sterile. It's a great read as part of your pre-travel preperation. There are even places that I'm using for additional notes (reserved as "reflections" for those that want to use it as a summary journal).

There are no other updated English guides for this Camino, and as it turns out, with this book, you don't need any. It's the complete package.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa04c3e28) out of 5 stars Superb -- this is all you need! June 19 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I used this book and the similar Fisterra book for my pilgrimage in April 2006. They are both superb. I followed Brierley's suggestions pretty much to the letter. The book contains excruciating details as well as a longer and spiritual view.

I think of the book as a personal gift to each of us pilgrims. Brierley obviously loves his work and the Camino. He kept me on track, put me to bed early and awake early when it was important, encouraged me to appreciate the wonderful people and sights along the camino. He offers history lessons, lists of practicalities, maps and directions. This book is all you need!
HASH(0xa0704984) out of 5 stars San Miguel Says..... June 26 2007
By Mr. Michael Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very thorough review if the Portugues Way. Will test it's accuracy next Spring.The French Way is much more frequented and pilgrim's catered for, so a good guide for this less popular walk is essential. John Brierley's work 'A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino Portugues' will be my bible for the journey.