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Photo: Stones left by pilgrims under the Cruz de FerroHere are a few links to useful sites related to the Camino de Santiago:

Camino Downunder Blog
Marc Grossman provides tips and insight into walking the Camino de Santiago.

Australian Friends of the Camino
A South Australian based organisation accredited by the Santiago office to issuing its members with a bona fide Australian credential pass for the purpose of staying in designated only pilgrim hostel accommodation in France and Spain; and then presenting that credential when you arrive in Santiago as the basis for obtaining the "Compostela" certificate (the certificate of completion of the Camino de Santiago). 
Postal address for AFOTC is:
PO Box 601
South Australia 5051

David M. Gitlitz & Linda Kay Davidson
"Co-authors of the most quoted and used text in the English speaking world concerning the Spanish pilgrimage route from the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela: The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago — The complete cultural handbook. And first published in 2000."
— Professor Emeritus of Spanish, David M. Gitlitz and specialist Hispanic academic, Dr Linda Kay Davidson.

Professor Conrad Rudolph
Department of the History of Art University of California
Conrad Rudolph is a Professor of Medieval Art History and the author of 'Pilgrimage To The End Of The World — The Road to Santiago de Compostela.'

Pinay Traveller
Pauline Mangilog-Saltarin: A Filipina's take on travelling the world
'Finding My Way to Camino de Santiago'

Direction Compostelle
'La Boutique du Pélerin' in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France.

Although Camino Downunder is focused on assisting and making a difference for independent pilgrim walkers, it does acknowledge that people have a right to choose how they wish to connect with the pilgrimage routes of France and Spain. Therefore, there is a Victorian based company which offers the following services to Australians and their website is:
A personalised service for self guided trips covering both walking and cycling trips. Accommodation bookings and wherever possible using heritage hotels and places with character. They book all arrangements themselves directly, so they take full responsibility for bookings and transfers. David Reynolds is the Director of RAW Travel -


The following links are pilgrim hostels we recommend on the Camino de Santiago. A full list of recommended accommodation along the Camino Francés is available in the Camino de Santiago: 30 all weather walking maps.

Refuge Orisson

L'Esprit du Chemin


Earth Sky Sea
New Zealand designed and made performance outdoor clothing, clothing ideal for trekking and heavy duty walking, all types of outdoor sports and to wear when travelling. The ESS (Earth Sea Sky) boxer shorts (95% merino wool with 5% lycra) should be sought out by anybody with mild to serious chafing issues in the crotch area. They are considered the best in the world.
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