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Now in their 7th year as a mobile app, and their 10th online, the Wise Pilgrim Guides are the go-to source of up-to-date information on the Camino de Santiago.
The app is updated regularly with new content and new features and offers you the ability to leave tips for pilgrims following behind you.
This guide covers the Camino Francés, the most popular route across Spain. It has been redesigned and now works almost exclusively offline (to share your comments with others will require a data connection). As more an more albergues share their WiFi this becomes less of an issue, and the guide will tell you which ones offer WiFi.
A full directory of Albergues, camping, hotels, pensions, paradors, and cases rurales. Over 900 in total, with special attention to those that can be booked online.
No more "stage anxiety" or guide created bottlenecks.
Offline and online versions of a beautiful topographical may will give you a good view of the terrain ahead.
Photos of albergues, monuments and other points of interest along the way. Currently 900+ images and growing.
Scrollable Elevation Map:
This one is hard to show with just a screenshot, but the elevation that appears at the top of every city page scrolls East to West. One complete elevation, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago, uninterrupted by page folds.
Albergue closed early for the season? Have a restaurant that you want to share, or perhaps one to warn others about? Every location in the app gives you the opportunity to leave a comment and to read the comments left by others. No registration necessary.
¡Buen Camino and thank you for your support!
Now in their 7th year, version 3.0 of the Camino Francés brings a whole new look to the app as well as a small rebranding. It has been rewritten from the ground up to be faster and easier to use.
More offline content: The Wisely + edition of the guides now also include offline mapping capabilities. This has been on the wishlist for a long time and I am happy to say that it works wonderfully. The maps are a custom style, allowing you to get a better view of the topography ahead.
New content: The app now incorporates all of the new information that was recently published in the 2nd edition of the printed book.
More comments: Leaving a comment about an albergue or hotel is now much easier, and I have added the ability to leave a comment about cities as well. Many users wanted to leave up to date recommendations for restaurants or other fine things they discovered, and so now it is possible. Note that this feature does require a data connection.
3.0.2 - Minor update to fix the sorting of accommodation (albergues on top!) as well as a small mapping bug. It also brings an Italian translation of the guide!
Ratings and Reviews
exactly what I needed!
I walked part of the Camino in June 2018 and found this app incredibly helpful overall! Unlike many other pilgrims, I did not have to stop and unpack a bulky guidebook every time I wanted to check distances or find the closest bar. All I had to do was pull out my phone and voila! Overall, I found the descriptions of albergues/towns and the route of the camino itself very accurate. Some of the prices of the albergues were slightly different but otherwise everything was great and I did not have any surprises. I also found the elevation profile very helpful for quickly visualizing distance between pueblos and the amenities offered. The online map was also very useful. For some reason, my phone tracks my GPS location accurately even on airplane mode without wifi so I was always able to know exactly where I was on the map. The map itself was very accurate. The only small annoying thing was that every time you open it, it resets to the standard starting place. Overall, I would recommend this app to anyone looking to get accurate maps and information about albergues and pueblos along the way. I found it to be a very good, and often more up-to-date alternative to carrying around a heavy guidebook. 10/10 :)
Crashes upon open frequently, but just click it 3 or 4 times and it works, so maybe 2 stars would be more appropriate. Not optimized for iPhone X screen size. Used it for partial Camino from SJPDP to Fromista in 2017. Like the elevation profile. Albuergue guide a bit basic but complete, a narrative review might be nice or more user comments would be nice. Comments are recent only. Decent narrative for route but a bit difficult to access, you tap The Provinces, the you find your area. Took a bit to discover that. No offline map, so I downloaded competitor app thar has gps and oggline map. No customizable schedule/route.
Disappointing, irregular functionality
This app’s functionality is highly disappointing. I’m on the Camino now, and more often than not (about 90% of the time), it does not open correctly. That is, the screen open the immediately closes. However, when I view all of the currently open apps, it shows the app as being open. About 25% of the time, I can open the app from there. But the other times I need to close the app fans start over/try again later.
When it works, the information is useful.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.