Apps for the Camino Portugués

This route runs north from Lisbon, Portugal to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

There are different interpretations as to where the route begins.
Some route descriptions start in Lisbon.
Others describe the route to start farther north: in
Porto, Portugal.
Then there's the option to start in Tui, Spain (on the Spanish-Portuguese border; it's about 100k to Santiago de Compostela).

But this is true for all Camino routes:
you can begin your journey anywhere.
—Jean Christie

Blister Prevention

…did you know that natural sheep’s wool can prevent blisters?

The secret ingredient?
[from Latin: Lāna “wool” & Oleum “oil”]
Sheep’s wool is an age-old remedy for blisters.

If you’re lucky, you might naturally find it along wire fences on the Camino
(a fence can “grab” bits of wool from sheep as they pass by).

You can also get it here, gathered and packaged
by the folks in beautiful New Zealand.

After you remove the outside package, you’ll find the wool comes in
in a little cotton bag - perfect for “squishing” into your backpack.


Wisely +The Camino Portugués

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 Portugués.


  • Lisbon to Porto

  • Porto to Redondela along the central route (goes through Tuí)

  • Porto to Redondela along the coastal route

  • Redondela to Santiago de Compostela

    NEW - December 2018:

    A new name for the app (formerly Camino Portugués - 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 Kindle and a 2019 print edition.
I mention this because some people appreciate the focused layout of a digital or print guidebook to compliment the interactive experience of an app.  

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

[Also: this 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.

Starts in Tui, Spain on the Spanish-Portuguese border (about 100k from Santiago de Compostela). 

The app features the Camino Francés.
You can buy and download other routes inside the app—including the Camino Portugués. 

  • 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)

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.

Camino Portugues Premium

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

This app starts the route in Porto, Portugal. 

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.

Camino Assist

Android — Get this app on the Google Play store here.
Please note: reviews are based on the iPhone app.

This app starts the route in Lisbon, Portugal and farther north in Tui, Spain.

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

Recently published Camino guidebooks to supplement the Camino Portugués apps…

A lot of pilgrims appreciate the focused layout of a digital or print guidebook to compliment the interactive experience of an app.  

1. John Brierley’s Camino Portugués Maps

Covers the route from Lisbon via Porto to Santiago de Compostela — and it includes the alternate coastal route.

Camino Portugués Maps (Apple Book)

Camino Portugués (Kindle Edition)

Camino Portugués Maps (print book)

2. The Camino Portugués (August 2018)

Published by the excellent Cicerone Press Limited, and written by an experienced Aussie hiker (over 10,000 km!).

Apple Book

Kindle Edition


3. Camino Portuguese — A Wise Pilgrim Guide (print book)

This is the 2019 edition.
Written by the app developer for the app: Wisely + The Camino Portugués.

Protect Yourself When Walking on Roads and Highways

I highly recommend this Gore-Tex® Waterproof-Breathable high-visibility hat

Unisex, Adjustable — one size fits all.

Being seen is the simple way to stay safe
when walking on roads and highways
on the Camino.
People are more distracted than ever while driving.

This hat also has reflective features, so car headlights will illuminate the hat
if you happen to set out early at dawn — or find yourself still walking at dusk.
This is often the case in the heat of summer.

Again, I love this hat - it took awhile to find this combination:
high-visibility, waterproof, breathable.
I wear it a lot while walking locally too, and also while riding my bike.

Pricey, but worth it.
A quality hat that will last for years & years.
And hopefully help to keep you safe.


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