When it comes to phones on the Camino de Santiago, you have different types of pilgrim. There is the pilgrim who leaves his or her phone off as much as possible so they are not distracted by the constant notifications. There is the tech joy pilgrim who embraces technology. I am somewhere in the middle. I usually have my phone on me to use as a camera. However, there are more and more Camino related phone apps created with the pilgrim in mind. They have been developed with up-to-date information on the route and on albergues. Here are some of the best I have used whilst on the Camino. I own an Android phone so unfortunately, I can’t provide links for Apple devices.
Camino Ninja (download)
Camino Ninja has gained popularity over the last number of years. It is easy to use and provides assistance for the more popular routes. The Camino Sanabres and Via de la Plata are in Beta mode. It offers GPS if you are geographically challenged and provides a full list of accommodation. I was recommended this app while walking through the meseta in September last and it is pretty useful.
Buen Camino de Santiago Pro (download)
Buen Camino has sold thousands of guides of the Way of St James and continues to make available to pilgrims all the information required to complete the Way: maps, profiles, all types of accommodation and points of interest. You can download the Camino de Baztán, Camino Francés, Camino Aragonés, Camino del Norte, Camino Portugués from Tui, the Camino Primitivo, and the Route extension to Fisterra-Muxia.
MAPS.ME – Offline Map and Travel (download)
An incredibly easy app to use. Download it and through wifi, download the maps that you need, whether it be Galicia or La Rioja or the whole of Spain. Then you will have offline maps on your phone before you go and save on mobile data. You also have the ability to create bookmarks which is handy. It is also very useful if you are walking a quieter route.
Camino de Santiago Eroski Guide (download)
The Eroski Consumer guide shares all the secrets of the Way, exact kilometres of each route and stage, updated pictures, monuments and all the detailed description of the itinerary so you know at all times how to organize, what to see and what to do.
In the app you will find all the information the French Way (from Somport and Saint Jean Pied de Port), Camino del Norte, Camino Primitivo, Camino de San Salvador, Basque Way of Interior, Road Baztanese, Portuguese Way, English Way, Way Catalan by San Juan de la Peña, Via de la Plata, Camino Sanabrés and to Fisterra and Muxía.
The Wise Pilgrim Collection (download)
Along with the printed selection of guidebooks, there are a wide number of apps to choose from. There are apps for a number of routes. That said, I prefer the guidebook in this case and do tend to carry the WP guide with me when on Camino. But it is entirely your choice. The guidebooks can be bought at www.wisepilgrim.com.
Another handy app that will help you find something on the Camino. CaminoTool helps you find what you need whilst ensuring the best quality and service: accommodation, restaurants, food, bars, pharmacies, podiatrists, dentists, hospitals, souvenir shops, footwear, excursions, taxis, bookshops.
AlertCops is the citizen security alert service that the Spanish Law Enforcement Authorities (Policia and Guardía Civil) provide to assist you in risk situations.AlertCops is a complementary channel. You can send alerts with images or videos to the nearest emergency center, chat directly with a support agent or receive security news and notifications sent by public security services. So, you will receive faster and more efficient attention. You can also share your position with those people you want or with the public security center that provide this service.
Special Mention: Gronze Maps (Link – Beta version)
Gronze Maps is in Beta however it is free to use by clicking the link above. You just need to create an account and turn on location settings on your phone. You will then have access to the map with accommodation, and amenities for each and every Camino in Spain and Portugual. I have not used this on the Camino but I can see me using this on the less popular routes in the future.
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