At long last the piles of journals that built wisepilgrim.com have been returned to their original handheld form.
Designed, written, and developed with pilgrims in mind (and by a pilgrim
himself), the smart guides published by Wise Pilgrim are the most up to date guide available. It receives updates regularly (from within the app) and pilgrims can contribute their own observations of unexpected changes along the way.
There are 6 guides in the series, and this one covers the Camino Francés from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela.
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Note:The data in the guide works offline, but things like mapping andcomments (and for the moment photos), only work with a data connection. Photo bundles are coming soon so that you can get all of the data in onedownload and save the roaming charges.
Albergue Directory. A full directory of Albergues, and notes on which towns havealternative accommodation like camping, hotels, pensions, and casas rurales.
Stage Guide. Full directory of villages along theway, in the order in which you pass them, with accurate listings of what services are available.
Location Aware. Every location is geo-located. Devices with GPS enabled will display actual distance from every point (albergue, church, city, etc.) within the app. Devices without GPS will instead show measured distances between points.
Photos. Photos of albergues, monuments and other points of interest along theway are currently viewable while online from within the app.
Maps. If you have a data connection, or are connected to wifi, you can view the locations of every point on a map. Unfortunately, this feature is unavailable without a connection.
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 South to North. One complete elevation, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago, uninterrupted by page folds.
Comments. Albergue closed earlyfor 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.
INSTANT UPDATES:This is the only guide that is always up to date. Whether you plan to walk nextweek, or next year, up to date information can be re-downloaded and stored from within the app. This applies for the photos as well, most of which will be added this summer.
FUTURE ROADMAP:Future updates are already being developed. Better data synchronization and bundled downloads are in the works. Please contact me if you have any questions. Be sure to check out the other Wise Pilgrim guides for alternatives on where to begin the Camino Frances (perhaps the Aragonés) and how to end it (might I recommend the Invierno).
I. Unless you are reading the page for Santiago de Compostela, this app will not remind you how far it is to Santiago. For it to do so would mean that it knew which way you were going to walk at every fork in the road. It's a nice app, but not THAT nice. Besides, these distances are lovingly indicated the entire way by thousands of mojóns and even more beer adverts.
II. 19 Stages, are you crazy?! No, not at all, and of course it would be impossible to complete the camino comfortably on foot in that time. The reasons for dividing the app into these stages are quite simple. The most important was to shake the pilgrim from "end of stage syndrome." This is the effect caused by regular guidebooks which indicate an end of stage, where everybody carrying that guidebook feels obligated to get to that point. Most of the real gems along the way are in-between the usual stages, and by creating impossibly large stages this app forces you to choose one of them; hopefully by listening to your feet and your intuition. The stages themselves are actually quite close to the very first narrative of the camino ever written, the Codex Calaxtinus. It's author managed the feat in 19 days but only with the help of a horse. You probably don't have a horse, but if you do, this app will help you to know which albergues have a place for you and your steed.
III. This app, like the wisepilgrim.com site that supplies it content, is ad free. It is my mission to keep it that way.