Spain's City and Regional Apps


NOTE
It's difficult to find city and regional apps with an English-Language option. 

If you stumble upon a city or regional app that I've not included here, 
I'd be grateful if you'd let me know!

Thanks,
—Jean Christie


The Best Spain Map App


Spain:Offline GPS Navigation

Android —   I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play store — an alternative, highly-rated app is here.

Excellent map, because it zooms into a small enough scale where you'll see city or town blocks, including the shapes of buildings in those blocks. 
This is particularly useful when entering and exiting towns and cities on the Camino routes. Sometimes you can lose those famous yellow arrows.

You can switch the "Route Type" in Settings from "pedestrian" to "car" or even "bike."
So this app should be useful for Camino cyclists too!

While you can use the typical map apps in your iPhone, be mindful that they could increase your phone's data use. Depending on your plan, that can be costly. This app is entirely offline, and uses GPS to identify where you are and where you need to go. 

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Check to see if there's a map update while still connected to wifi. I did so, and it was 185MB—a large-enough download that I would want to do it only on a good wifi connection. 
—Jean Christie


ANOTHER TIP
To get to Settings, and other features, do a long-press on the screen to bring up the options. 

BONUS
I noticed that, although the app is called Spain: Offline GPS Navigation, it seems to cover the entire world...so it'll be useful in Spain, France, London, and I just saw the building where I am right now in Seattle USA!
—Jean Christie


The Best Apps for Santiago de Compostela

The city of Santiago de Compostela is the destination for Camino pilgrims.

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It's easy to confuse "Santiago" (the capitol of Chile)
and "Santiago de Compostela" (the Camino destination) 
in the App Store (read descriptions before buying!)
—Jean Christie


Santiago

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

This is the official app of the Santiago de Compostela tourist office (Santiago de Compostela Turismo). 

The app is a bit "buggy" as of this writing. But it does have some great features.
For example, it has an up-to-date list of cultural events happening in Santiago de Compostela— exhibitions, fairs, music concerts, theatre, and more. 

And if you press on the search icon, you'll find a list for a variety of special locations in the city. You then have the option to buy an audio description for these locations. I paid 99¢ for an interesting 5-minute history of the famous Obradoiro Square (English-language). 

The map has two options: an ordinary map of streets, or a birds-eye, photographic overview of the city. You can select which features you'd like to have visible on the maps in Settings (for example, accommodations, museums, pharmacies, etc.).


Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

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

The Spanish government produced this "Audio Guide" (with an English-language option). 

History, legends, architectural information about this extraordinary cathedral—as well as an information guide for where to go in the Cathedral. 

Enjoy this before you go—and then again, after you arrive in Santiago de Compostela!

The Spanish government also offers bundles of their Audio Guide apps.
These highlight many of the incredible places to visit while you're in Spain.

[NOTE: I did not find bundles of these apps for Android mobile phones at Google Play]

For example, you could get the 3-app MONUMENTS OF SPAIN bundle here. 
This includes the Sagrada Familia (Antoni Gaudi´s masterpiece in Barcelona), the Alhambra of Granada and , and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

Or, get the 6-app MUSEUMS AND MONUMENTS OF SPAIN bundle here. 
This bundle includes the famous Madrid museums: the Prado, Thyssen-Bornemisza and Reina Sofia; as well as the three apps in the bundle above: Sagrada Familia, the Alhambra of Granada, and the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. 

They've done a nice job on these apps— they're audio-visual treats!
—Jean Christie


App for the Province of León

The famous city of León is a popular place to take a day or two of rest while walking the Camino Francés.
León is located within the autonomous community of Castile and León.


León El Camino de Santiago

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

English-language information for eight Camino walking-stages that run through the province of Castile and León, including accommodation options. 

NOTE
 To get the English-Language option, press "Ajustes" in the app menu, then "Ingles."

If you have the storage space in your iPhone, this might be a useful backup app (to your guidebook app, or a digital guidebook). 

The eight traditional walking-stages through Castile and León:

  • Sahagún to Mansilla de las Mulas

  • Mansilla de las Mulas to León

  • León to Hospital de Órbigo

  • Hospital de Órbigo to Astorga

  • Astorga to Rabanal del Camino

  • Rabanal del Camino to Ponferrada

  • Ponferrada to Villafranca del Bierzo

  • Villafranca del Bierzo to La Laguna

 


Apps for the Principality of Asturias

The Principality of Asturias is an autonomous region in northwest Spain. 

 Camino routes that run through this region:
Camino del Norte (the northern route)
Camino Primitivo
Camino del Salvador


Pre-Romanesque Art of Asturias

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

Extraordinary chapel and churches to see in the Asturias region. 

The app has basic descriptions in text or audio. You'll likely want to learn more. This app serves to entice...
Map links show you where the sites are. 

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Play around a bit with the app, it's not the best user-friendly app. But you'll soon see how the few options work. 
The photos in this app are so beautiful that I want to go immediately to Asturias to spend time in these historic sites! 
—Jean Christie


AsturPlaya - Beaches of Asturias, Spain

Android —   I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play store — an alternative, highly-rated app is here.

Not just for beach bums! Beautiful beaches to explore along Spain's northwest coast. Plenty of information, from beach access to transportation options to nearby services. The app is easy to navigate. Beautiful photos will tempt you...


Parque de la Prehistoria

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

A guide for the Teverga Pre-history Park (in Asturias).
Despite the title of the app, there is an English-language option for the app.

Learn about the Palaeolithic period cave art,
and about the human beings who lived in this area nearly 10,000 - 35,000 years ago. 

That's older than I am!
—Jean Christie


Asturias, Spain : Offline GPS Navigation

GPS identifies where you are on a map.
For pedestrians and cyclists (as well as cars). 
After a first internet connection, the app works completely offline. 

Android —   I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play store — an alternative, highly-rated app is here.

This is the same Android alternative listed under “Spain:Offline GPS Navigation” at the top of this web page.


App for Auritz-Burguete

A village on the Camino Francés in the Pyrenees. 


Auritz-Burguete

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

The app quotes Hemingway:
"The wildest damn country in the Spanish Pyrenees."


This mountain village is located just 2.7 km from Roncesvalles, Spain. 

While most pilgrims stay in Roncesvalles, you could also find accommodations in Auritz-Burguete using this app. Or a restaurant, bakery, bar, cafe. 

And there's a pride of place demonstrated in this app, including  "What you cannot miss!",
traditions and fiestas, and local walks—such as the Walk to Lindus, a bird's viewpoint. 


App for Muxía  

Muxía, like Finesterre, is a Spanish coastal town and a destination for many pilgrims after visiting Santiago de Compostela.


Muxía

Android —   I couldn’t find this app on the Google Play store. Here is a Spanish language Muxía information app for the town.

Spanish-language only, but I'm mentioning this app because it has a decent map—with the locations and names of accommodations, restaurants, and other resources.


App for Villafranca de los Barros

A town on the Vía de la Plata route.


Villafranca de los Barros

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

Spanish-language app, but the accommodations list and places to eat might be useful. 


My Camino Bed

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

A General Accommodation App for the Camino

Search the Camino by Map & by Stage for accommodations; book from within the app.

Under “Handy Tips” you can read a good description of the types of lodging on the Camino — from Albergues and hostels, to the famous and often spectacular Paradores (accommodations converted from castles, monasteries and other ancient buildings).