Apps for the Camino del Norte

A popular alternative to the famous Camino Francés route, the Camino del Norte (the northern route) starts in the Spanish-Basque border town of Irun, and later joins the Camino Francés in the Galician town of Arzúa (about two walking-days from Santiago de Compostela).


Recommended

I’ve used these “blister-bandages” since 2001.
They’ll stop a blister from getting worse,
and they’ll cushion the pain caused by blisters — even while hiking.


Disadvantage: they can stick to your socks if they turn gooey after a long, hot shower.
So, let them dry. Shower at night, sleep without socks.

—Jean Christie

 
 

Wisely + the Camino del Norte

A Wise Pilgrim Camino Guide

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
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's northern route.
Includes the coastal and alternate routes.

NEW - December 2018:
A new name for the app (formerly Camino del Norte - 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 print edition here.
— 
Some people appreciate the focused layout of a digital or print guidebook to compliment the interactive experience of an app.  


Recommendation
Because finding a secure place to charge your phone
in pilgrim accommodations is difficult…

I use this portable charger when I’m uncomfortable leaving my iPhone alone.

You’ll also need a European wall charger on the Camino if you’re not European.
(To recharge the portable charger; but also to charge your mobile phone directly from an outlet).

For the UK, and Ireland you’ll need this wall charger.


Guide of the Way of St James

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here. (It’s called Way of Saint James Pro in Google Play)
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

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

[Note: the app, on your 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 own 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)


Camino Assist

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
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


Recommended

Read a Camino del Norte guidebook while it’s raining on the trail—with the new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite.

I love my older version of the Kindle Paperwhite: it’s lightweight, and I can carry an incredible amount of books—including guidebooks for countries I’ll visit before and after my Camino journeys.

The screen is comfortable on the eyes (you can adjust it to suit your eyes).

Best of all:
you can read outside without any glare.
(unlike the glass screens on mobile phones and tablets like an iPad).

 

Recommended

These two guidebooks created by experienced Camino pilgrims.

 
 

By the way… this is book 1 of a very smart
murder mystery series by
Canadian author Louise Penny.
Get the Kindle edition here.

Sometimes we all need an escape — even on the Camino.

 

The Art of Pilgrimage: a soulful book to enhance and deepen your Camino journey…

(if you’d rather listen to the audiobook, you can get it here).

One of my favorite books, ever…
—Jean Christie


Be sure to check out the page Useful Travel Apps for weather, conversion, money exchange, and more — including apps for finding vegetarian restaurants.