Apps for the Camino Francés

 This most popular Camino route starts in:
St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France
 or
(after crossing the Pyrenees)
 in the historic village of
Roncesvalles, Spain.

Then it's the long journey westward across northern Spain,
 towards the destination city of
Santiago de Compostela.


Tip
Get more than one app—if you have enough storage space in your mobile phone.
(see my blog post about how to free up storage space on an iPhone)
Having another app or two or three— is like carrying more than one guidebook with you,
and with no added weight to your backpack.
—Jean Christie


Camino de Santiago 360º

Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

I mention this app first because it's not a "guidebook" app. 

Instead, this is a beautiful VR (Virtual Reality) app that will give you a "virtual" Camino Francés pilgrimage experience.

The app was the winner of an App Tourism Award in 2016 by the Spanish Ministry of Tourism.

You can watch 100 minutes of interactive video within the app.
 
If you'd like an armchair-travel experience of the Camino, get this app! 
Or gift it to someone — to persuade them to go with you. 

Or show it or gift it to family & friends so they'll know you'll be fine (and not alone) on this unique adventure!

—Jean Christie


Recommended
Walking the Camino — Six Ways to Santiago

Beautiful scenes; great stories: you’ll want to start the Camino tomorrow!
Here’s the DVD, or you can stream it

 
 

Wisely + the Camino Francés

A Wise Pilgrim Camino Guide

Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

Elegant design. 
Easy navigation. 
Regular updates. 
Comprehensive details for everything you need to know to walk the Camino Francés.

NEW - November 2018:
A new name for the app (formerly Camino Francés - A Wise Pilgrim Guide).
The app has been “…rewritten from the ground up to be faster and easier to use.”
More offline content, including “custom style” maps (“offline” means you can use parts of the app when you don’t have a cellular or wifi connection while walking on the trail)
More comments from other users, so you can see recommendations for places to stay, restaurants, etc.


Made by a Camino pilgrim who has been making Camino apps for several years.

He also offers a Camino Francés Kindle book - print replica, an Apple Book version, & a 2019 print edition.

I mention these books, because many people appreciate the focused layout of a digital or print guidebook to compliment the interactive experience of an app.  


Recommended
Wear a waterproof-breathable, high-visibility hat on the Camino.
Stay safe on roads, highways, and in urban centers.

Being seen is the easiest thing to do for your safety.

I wear this one.
Unisex. One size fits all. Excellent quality.

 

Guide of the Way of St James

(It’s called “Way of Saint James Pro” in the Google Play Store)
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

Note: the app, on an iPhone, will say BuenCamino under the app image—not the title listed in the App Store:  "Guide of the Way of St James.”

Clean app design, with easy to understand graphics.
Includes a feature to plan your daily stages. 

Made by a Camino pilgrim.

Other routes to buy & download inside the app:

  • Camino Francés (the featured route when you get the app)

  • Camino del Norte - The Northern Route

  • Primitive Route (Camino Primitivo)

  • Camino Portugués (from Tuí)

  • Aragon Route (Camino Aragonés)

  • Camino de Madrid (only in Spanish)

  • Baztan Route (Camino Baztanés)

  • Route extension to Fisterra (Finisterre)

TIP
 
When I first opened this app, I saw Spanish-language instructions.
But after clicking Start, the app became an English-language guide.
I mention this so you don't give up on the app just after opening it—
if you're not fluent in Spanish.

—Jean Christie


TrekRight: Camino Francés

Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

Nicely detailed route directions, with everything you'd want to know about accommodations.
Prepared by experienced hiking-app developers.

Take time to learn the various options and features: it's worth it! 

Highlight: Google Street View (although sometimes it's not available, like in some rural areas).

Highlight: If you're lost, an "intelligent compass" feature points you in the right direction to get back to the trail.
 


Recommendation
Because finding a secure place to leave your phone to charge in a pilgrim accommodation is often difficult…

I use this portable charger when I’m uncomfortable leaving my iPhone alone.
It’s the size of a candy bar, and weighs only 4oz. / 113 grams.

You can charge your phone anytime, even while walking.
Then, when you find a safe situation, leave the portable charger to charge.

You’ll get at least two or more charges from this little guy.
(works for tablets too)

 

You’ll also need a European wall charger on the Camino.
(To recharge the portable charger; but also to charge your mobile phone directly from an outlet).

 
 

Camino Assist

Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

One of the most feature-packed apps.
Highlight: Information to prepare for the Camino (a lot of great tips and advice!)

You can purchase a number of routes within the app, including the following:

  • Camino Frances

  • Camino del Norte

  • Camino Primitivo

  • Camino Portugues (from Tuí and from Lisbon

  • Finisterre & Muxía

  • Camino Madrid

  • ...and according to the app developers more "Zones" (routes) are coming.

"Play" awhile with the app to get a sense of the navigation. It's a bit complicated, but it is logical.
—Jean Christie


French Way Premium

Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

There is a BASIC (free) version, but you'll only get accommodations for a couple of stages.

The Premium version provides information you'll need for the entire route, including accommodation options.
 I've listed the Premium version, so you won't need to do two separate downloads (at this writing you cannot upgrade within the BASIC app itself).

Highlight: This app also has information specifically for cyclists.

The app developer has made other Camino apps: 


But again, only the PREMIUM versions of these apps provide information to cover the entire route.


Guthook Guides - Trail Guide for Big Adventures

Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

A free app to download, then you need to buy the route(s) you want within the app.
Two Camino choices:

 Camino Francés SJPP (start in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France) and
 Camino Francés Sarria (the 100km portion from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela). 

These folks are experts at making trail-guide apps, like the Appalachian Trail and the PCT Trail in the USA (excellent reviews!);  the Te Araroa (New Zealand trail), and many more long distance hiking trails worldwide.
 


Camino de Santiago Walking

This app has the basics you'll need for walking the Camino Francés (i.e. no fancy features).
Made by a Camino pilgrim. 

Called the Camino de Santiago Guide in the Google Play Store.

Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.


Be sure to also look at Muxía and Finnisterre apps.
Because you may want to walk a few days more to the Atlantic coast
after arriving in Santiago…


Recommended
Experienced backpackers weigh everything that goes into their backpack.
That’s the key to creating a lightweight backpack.

I use a digital kitchen scale for weighing everything (but the fully-loaded pack itself).

You can bunch-up clothing, like a jacket or poncho, with rubber bands or string so they’ll fit on the small weighing platform.

The largest item you’re likely to carry is a sleeping bag.
Place it squarely on the platform, even if the sides overhang—and you’ll still get a good weight measurement.

Kitchen scales and
postal scales are more accurate than body scales for weighing small items.
—Jean Christie

 
 

Go to Useful Travel Apps for weather, conversion, money exchange, and more — including
apps for finding vegetarian restaurants and even a couple of recommended vegetarian cookbooks, both in ebook formats for easy carrying!