Best Books & Movies about the Camino de Santiago!
Planning to cycle the Camino de Santiago?
Here the best books and films about the
Camino to get inspired to make it to Spain.
The coming year, 2021, is a Jubilee year for the Camino, meaning that the Feast of Santiago the Apostle (25th of July), falls on a Sunday. Thus, make your plans made early to fly to Spain and relish this centuries old venerable walk or ride.
Best Movies about the Camino de SantiagoOk, get off your bike or trainer for the moment and wander over to the couch and watch, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago (2013) which is a documentary about 6 people walking the Camino. From ages 3 to 73, we watch their personal journey on the trail. The Camino is always a fascinating human story and this is captured here.
More Hollywood, is “The Way”, staring Martin with his son, Emilio Estevez writing this Inspirational 2010 film about a
father who has to recover the body of his estranged son who died while walking the “El Camino de Santiago,” and decides to take the pilgrimage himself. “Life is too big to walk it alone.” It is a little contrived in parts but the shots of the scenery are nice and feel of the Camino.
A very very nice short (only 25 minutes long) is a very intimate voyage, “Camino the Journey to Santiago”, directed by Matthew Nothelfer & Alicia Wszelaki. ( 2013) which shows some lovely footage of the Camino and not a word spoken.
Good Books to Read if Cycling or walking the Camino .Let us start light, as a lot of Camino books can be quite philosophical and in parts, heavy. In a different travel genre, this funny book, “Spanish Steps: travels with my Donkey” by Tim Moore, who has done several travel journals, including one about cycling the French Tour de France (French Revolutions). The history of the Camino is paired with his own journey on Shinto, a donkey all the way to Santiago.
One of the better travelogues about the Camino is Cees Nooteboom’s“Roads To Santiago”. He is resident to Spain and you can tell with his in-depth explanation of every town and village passed, how much he cares for Spain. Fascinating stories about a myriad of topics through a fascinating country.
A good fiction book about El Camino is ‘Shadows, Shells, and Spain” about a man in search of his wife, who has abandoned him with only a letter which asks him to walk the Camino de Santiago if he wants to know more about the reasons for her departure.
Many books and films about the Camino deal with an adversarial element to overcome, On the Primitive Way written by Landon Roussel, is one of these. A true travel story about 2 Brothers (Landon being the oldest) from Texas, who decide to walk the Camino starting in the north in order to re-connect. The struggle is the coming to terms with his brother’s drug addiction and time in prison as well as the physical toll the route takes.
“The Way of Stars and Stones: Thoughts on a Pilgrimage” by Wilna Wilkinson again deals with emotional conflict on this travel to Santiago. A loved one, diagnosed with incurable cancer, is foremost in her mind as she walks the Camino in search of personal tranquillity and meeting other walkers and those on a spiritual quest.
Still on your spiritual quest, you must of course read Paulo Coehlo’s “The Pilgrimage” which even includes mediation exercises on each chapter. His own personal take on the Camino it is a fascinating journey in itself.
One last one, and another Hollywood take on it, is the New York Times Best seller, Shirley MacLaine’s journey in “The Camino”. Really a fascinating read on MacLaine personally (including her past lives!), and on the trip itself.
Now that you are inspired to explore this beautiful area yourself, try our Coastal Camino guided road bike tour if nervous to do it by yourself or short on time. It is a fully supported bike ride along the Northern coast, the Pico de Europa and all the way to Santiago.
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