Apps for the Camino Primitivo

The Primitive Route runs from Oviedo to Lugo, and joins the Camino Francés in Melide.

 Wisely + The Camino Primitivo

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.

NEW - December 2018:
A new name for the app (formerly Camino Primitivo - 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 Edition and a 2019 print edition.
I mention these because some people appreciate the focused layout of a digital or print guidebook to compliment the interactive experience of an app.  

TrekRight: Camino Primitivo

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

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. 

Please note: The app features the Camino Francés.
You can buy other routes inside the app, including the Primitive Route (Camino Primitivo). 

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

Digital Book: The Northern Caminos

Also available as a Kindle book here.

The Caminos Norte, Primitivo and Inglés

This is a recently updated guidebook by a U.K. publisher of quality hiking books: Cicerone Press

NOTE: please know that the book was updated in 2017 (as you'll see on the copyright page)—even though the book description, as of this writing, still shows the December 2014 release date. 

In the early pages of the book you'll find a link to the Cicerone Press website to get the latest updates before you go.
You can also register with them, and get notified when updates are available. 

To Walk Far, Carry Less
Thousands of readers have used this to customize their Camino backpack to be light-in-weight.
Your back, hips, knees, and feet will thank you for carrying less.