Azores : The Finest Valley and Mountain Walks
A Pilgrim's Guide to Camino Portugués:
A journey of 612 km (380 miles) through stunning unspoiled countryside starting in Lisbon. Alternatively 241 km (150 miles) from the medieval heart of Porto thence winding its way up through northern Portugal to cross over the rio Minho into Spain at Tui.
There are many pilgrim paths to Santiago but there is none more soulful and significant than the Portuguese Way. And there is none so intimately connected with the actual life and ministry of St. James as well as his death and burial. It was here that he first preached Christ’s message in Iberia and it was also along this route that his body made its last journey to Libredon, later to become known and loved all over the world as Santiago de Compostela. Little wonder that it has become the second most popular pilgrim route to Santiago (after the Camino Francés).
The 2nd edition released in 2009 includes route finding information and accommodation details for the section from Lisbon to Porto which now has been fully waymarked. However, pilgrim facilities are still limited so it should only be contemplated by experienced walkers with a good level of fitness and a reasonable grasp of the Portuguese language.
206 pages paperback in full colour including *Overview route planner *11 daily stage maps showing optional routes *11 Contour guides *List of pilgrim hostels and alternative accommodation *11 Town plans *Practical notes on preparation including *Equipment and clothing checklist (with Portuguese and Spanish translations) *Historical notes and places of special interest. In addition to the physical route there are pointers to the *Mystical path with *Inspirational quotations space for *Personal reflections. All this designed to fit easily into your pocket (2009 editions have been trimmed down to 11.5cm x 21cm (4.5" x 8.2") for even lighter weight on the path).
Now bilingual English/Spanish
Madeira - The Garden Island. For a popular holiday destination Madeira is unusual in not appealing to the general beach holidaymakers. Beautiful gardens, spectacular scenery and a tourist industry still based on visiting cruise ships, appeals to a more mature and discerning type of traveller. Forget the massed hordes of tattooed tourism and indulge yourself in a genteel vacation which reflects the 'old world' charm of the island.
Wire-O spiral binding so Walk! Madeira will lay-flat while reading and fold-back on itself when in use on the trail.
Every walking routes has;
- fully detailed walk descriptions including frequent timings to aid navigation and to judge your progress.
- summary of the route.
- grading system for Effort, Time, Distance, Ascents/Descents, Refreshments and Vertigo Risk.
- 1:25,000 scale map section of the walking route.
- GPS Waypoints for routes with good GPS coverage.
- information on how to access the route by bus or car.
Routes have been specifically chosen for their accessibility by bus and car.
Island and Regional maps are included to quickly locate each walking route, along with a comprehensive index to easily find the places you are looking for. With interesting background information, bus information and walking equipment, Walk! Madeira will give you weeks of walking exploring Madeira’s spectacular landscapes.
Landscapes of MADEIRA: walks and car tours
by John and Pat Underwood
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