Multi-award winning THE CAMINO VOYAGE is now available on DVD and Streaming Worldwide.

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After 23 months in Cinemas in Ireland and Internationally and after having screened at festivals all the way from Moscow to Hawaii, The Camino Voyage is now available worldwide.

From Dublin to the Cathedral of Santiago by rowing: the story inside ‘Homes de Ferro’

The writer Alfredo Conde wrote ‘Homes de ferro’ about the the adventure aboard the ‘Naomh Gobnait’, the boat in which a group of Irish friends rowed from Dublin to Santiago over three years.

The presentation of the book, published by Ézaro Ediciones, took place in Vigo at the Museo do Mar de Galicia as part of the cultural project designed by Buxa, Asociación Galega do Patrimonio Industrial, around the reconstruction of the pilgrim boat.

The event was attended by the writer Alfredo Conde; the editor, Alejandro Diéguez; the Secretary General of Linguistic Policy, Valentín García; and the president of Buxa, Manuel Lara.

“Although the names that appear in ‘Homes de ferro’ are real and correspond to real beings, I want to make it clear that it is not a journalistic chronicle and that it does not intend to literally supply a documentary,” explains Conde.

In 2014, the four Irish friends decided to make a boat to sail the Camino, while in 2016 they concluded the route. A year later, the four friends decided to make a route along the Galician coast that ended with a fatal accident in Caminha, in which Danny Sheehy died and the boat was damaged.

The director of Ézaro Ediciones has advised that the novel will also be published translated into Spanish and English .

Five things to know before walking the Camino de Santiago

For the past 25 years, author John Brierley has spent each spring and autumn walking the Camino pilgrim routes, and in winter, he writes Camino guidebooks. “To experience the Camino directly, you have to listen to your heart,” he says. “Listen well; it might only come as a whisper. But beware! If you have truly heard the call, you have become infected by a disease which will become fatal to your limited ego identity.” See

Step One

We generally know the Camino as the Camino Francés route, which starts in St Jean Pied de Port in France and ends at the medieval cathedral in Santiago de Compostela; a distance of 800 kilometres or 40 days (and nights!). But there are more than 80,000 kilometres of authenticated and waymarked routes, on which every nation on Earth has set foot. Last year alone, 180 different nations were represented en route.

Step Two

Eighty per cent of all pilgrims arrive in Santiago on the Camino Francés (the French Way). But the Camino doesn’t judge where you start or which route you take: you can start in Aachen or Astorga, Budapest or Burgos. I love the Camino Portuguese, starting in Lisbon or Porto: it’s relatively untamed and very beautiful. You can walk the coastal or central routes, or one of the new routes opening up.

Step Three

The caminos wind their way through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world but they are not hiking routes per se; they are a pilgrim network. As pilgrims we travel two paths simultaneously; the outer physical path and the inner path of soul. To help preserve these pathways for genuine seekers, it is necessary to apply for a pilgrim passport or “Credencial”, which is required in order to stay at the hostels en route.

Step Four

The route doesn’t judge your religion. I have walked this path with those professing to be Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist… but mostly, I have walked with people who profess no religion, but are searching for deeper meaning and purpose in their lives, and a spiritual truth that lies beyond all dogma. On the path, everybody’s talking about the same thing: what is life all about?

Step Five

The Camino is a quest. It’s a powerful agent for the Great Turning; that paradigm shift in consciousness now required to deal with the myriad challenges confronting humankind at this time. So prepare a question that you need answering before you go. That is the incredible gift of the Camino – it provides time in the silence of nature to empty out our outworn belief systems and allows time new insights to arise in the spaciousness of higher mind. And then tighten your backpack belt. It might just be the ride of your life! Buen camino….

The Cathedral of Santiago now has its first free audio guide to download on mobile

It is available on iOS and Android and can now be downloaded. It can be described in four words: simple, accessible, sustainable and sensitive. At the moment there are four languages ​​available, Galician, Spanish, English and French, and it has subtitles for people who have a hearing impairment. Upon entering the app, two tours are offered, one 30 minutes long, and another full one hour and a half. From there the visitor can choose the Museum or the Cathedral, and go enjoying the visit while listening to the explanations of this guide and enlarging them with the available images.

In total there are more than 200 images and 40 narratives and to avoid possible connectivity limitations within the temple itself, the contents can be downloaded, so the Internet connection is only necessary during the initial process of setting up the visit.

This will prove to be popular during Holy Year in 2021.

Sleeping on the Camino Portuguese

With thanks to Christian Jensen and others in the the Caminho Portuguese Pilgrims Facebook group, a spreadsheet of all accommodation on this Way has been put together. This is the second most popular route after the French Way and it is gaining popularity.

This handy tool can be found and downloaded here and it can be filtered according to the route you are taking. For example, if you are walking from Lisbon to Porto, the accommodation to Santiago can be filtered. This is a work in progress, so if you notice any changes, it is possible to let Christian aware of these.

Thank you for all the time and effort put into this.