The Camino Literary
The Camino Literary: A Unique Journey through Time and Literature
Many writers, poets and celebrities have written about the legendary Way of Saint James or Camino de Santiago. The first written account about the French Way and what was in all purposes a guide book for those walking at the time was the Codex Calixtinus. This book was written by a French Monk in the 12th Century. Since then many guide books have been written about the Way of St James, and suggestions for good ones to read can be found here.
Guide books aren’t however the only literary reference to this area of Spain. A growingly popular topic for novels has been personal journeys on the Camino, such as that by Shirley MacLaine “Journey of the Spirit” and Paulo Coelho?s “The Pilgrimage”. Fiction has also played its role in creating an allure for this area of northern Spain. The iconic novel “The Sun Also Rises” by Ernest Hemingway is partly set in Pamplona during San Fermin and captures the frenzy of the fiesta but also captures the serenity of the Spanish countryside.
At Follow the Camino, we believe that Art, Literature and the Camino values and spirit go wonderfully well together. Therefore, we now producing a range of Camino Literary tours, with our first release being “Our Heming Way”, to celebrate Hemingway and his love for Pamplona, a major city on the French Way.
This tour is best taken with you arriving into Pamplona during the fiesta of San Fermin. With this in mind we suggest a start date of the 5th July from St Jean Pied de Port. With a stopover in Burguete where Jake and Bill from the novel enjoyed five days fishing and where you may also have an opportunity to possibly do some fishing yourself. Entering Pamplona on the fourth day of this trip you will then have 2 nights to immerse yourself in the festivities.
If you have any suggestions or know of a unique literary trip we should organise on the Camino, feel free to let us know and we will organise it for you!
Walking the Camino de Santiago was one of those times where I felt truly alive. I have been a fan of Ernest Hemingway for years and following his footsteps on the Camino was a unique experience I will always cherish. I highly recommend Follow the Camino. You will not be sorry you used these services.