Walking the Ignatian Way in Northern Spainby Murray Stewart
Publication Date: 03rd Dec 2021
Camino Ignaciano walking and travel guide – expert advice on walking the Camino Ignaciano in northern Spain, following in the footsteps of Ignatius of Loyola through the Basque mountains and including Arantzazu, Laguardia, Logroño, Alfaro, Zaragoza, Montserrat and Manresa. Also includes practical information and details of the twenty-seven stages.
About this book
In 1522 Ignatius of Loyola made a pilgrimage from his home in Spain’s Basque country to Montserrat and Manresa. This new guide from Bradt provides all the information needed to follow in his footsteps in a neat, easy-to-carry portable format, including an essential mix of practicalities, such as when to go, where to stay along the route, national parks and public transport, and a detailed breakdown of the route’s 27 stages. Start and finish points, level of difficulty, duration, distance, ascent and descent, and route descriptions are all included, as well as elevation charts, maps and what to see along the way. This is a unique secular walking guide to a religious-themed walk which takes intrepid hikers from the imposing tower house and sanctuary of Loyola in the Basque Country, up through the stunning Basque mountains and down to the beautiful town of Laguardia with its myriad wine caves. Through the vineyards of Alava and world-famous La Rioja, the trail visits lively Logroño and follows the River Ebro eastwards, through the lesser-visited cities of Zaragoza and Lleida.
Navarre and Aragón autonomous communities are covered, then on to powerful, independent-minded Catalonia, allowing walkers to connect with a region of Spain less-visited than the sparkling costas or the huge conurbations of Madrid or Barcelona. For its grandstand finish, the route returns to Montserrat and then Manresa, where Ignatius lived for months in the spartan surroundings of a cave to write his seminal work, the Spiritual Exercises. Having had their pilgrim passports stamped along the way, walkers are rewarded with a certificate to demonstrate their resilience in completing the route.
About the Author
Murray Stewart has impressive credentials as a long-distance walker. He has covered no fewer than four of the famous Camino de Santiago routes across France and Spain, (over 3,000km in total), as well as following the steps of fellow Scot Robert Louis Stevenson and completing the Chemin Stevenson trail in the Cevennes mountains in France. His wanderings have spawned publication of various magazine articles and he is also the author of Bradt’s award-winning Basque Country and Navarre.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Chapter 1 Background Information
Chapter 2 Practical Information
Chapter 3 The Route