The Camino Francés

The Camino Francés

By Wise Pilgrim

  • Category: Travel
  • Release Date: 2012-06-20
  • Current Version: 2.2.10
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 99.94 MB
  • Developer: Wise Pilgrim
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
Score: 3
3
From 21 Ratings

Description

No account necessary. No hidden costs. Now in their 6th year as a mobile app, and their 9th 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. This guide covers the Camino Francés, the most popular route across Spain. It has been redesigned and now works almost exclusively offline. To use the map features, or to share your comments with other guide owners, 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. Accommodation Directory: 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. Stageless Guide: No more "stage anxiety" or guide created bottlenecks. Location Aware: Every location is geo-coded. 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 the way. Currently 900+ images and growing. 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 East to West. One complete elevation, from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago, uninterrupted by page folds. Comments: 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!

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Reviews

  • Comments

    1
    By AmandaB1216
    Comments on albergues not working on Frances app.
  • Camino Lady

    5
    By Camino Lady
    I found this app very helpful. The reviews on the albergues were great and helped me pick places to stay. Elevations were helpful. Maps (because I was not online) did not help me but were helpful to others.
  • Solid app, worked well

    4
    By JBS09
    Tried several Camino apps, many had multiple charges for each stage of route or each feature. We ended up using just the apps from Wise Pilgrim, functional and straightforward, even if they didn't have all bells and whistles you might imagine. Had all info we needed for the two routes we were on (Camino Aragones and Camino Frances). The lodging info was generally accurate, including phone numbers. The map with the active blue dot locator was invaluable, especially on the Aragones, which is less marked on the ground. One note is that as of July 2016 much of the route marked on the ground between Villamayor de Monjardin and Los Arcos is somewhat different- closer to the highway than the route marked in the app. Eventually they join together again and it's pretty easy to sort out what is going on with the blue dot locator and the map in the app.
  • Could be a bit better

    3
    By agil-k9
    Would like to see a landscape display on iPad. When you link to a web page it looks better in landscape mode so you wind up rotating the iPad all the time.
  • Indespensible Guide

    5
    By shoalsgirl
    Everyone else carried a guide book but with this iOS app, no books were necessary and I was grateful to have updated content during my Camino. The "Comments" were indispensable and helped my better ascertain which albergues would be a good fit. Also it was a benefit to read other people's reviews of their stay and of their journey. I am continually recommending this guide to other pilgrims. Thanks for creating such a professional product!
  • Lost my paper guide, delighted with this replacement

    5
    By Skák
    I lost (left) my guide book on the train to Pamplona and downloaded this as a replacement. Not disappointed in the slightest.
  • Disappointed

    1
    By 230math
    I am still in my house with good wifi connections and I still can not open the links . I was hoping to get something decent for the price that I paid . So disappointed !
  • Not worth it

    2
    By Klr99
    Complete waste of money. I found nothing useful here.
  • A good start but not well organized

    3
    By Jedidiah1225
    I bought this app after my Camino group split up in Burgos and I was left guide less. With some heavy pre-planning at the albergue I can map out tomorrow's course, but it requires taking snapshots of the map and checking other sources for distances. A few suggestions: 1) I'm in Leon. This app tells me I am only 245 kilometers from Santiago, but every other guide, including my Camino Passport, puts me at about 300. The difference is worth TWO DAYS of walking. distance from current location is useless if it's not Camino distance, but as the crow flies. 2) The stages should be broken up into 25-30 kilometer sections. 30 kilometers is a pretty aggressive day for the average pilgrim, but would still be functional for planning. Most guides follow a 20-24k plan. It would be helpful if this guide had similar stages. Also, the total stage distance should be shown on the stages page. 3) A distance calculator would be very helpful. It would help with planning if I could enter the names of cities and receive a total distance. Or if I could enter a start point and a kilometer total and receive an end point, or the nearest city with an albergue. 4) The map is the best feature on this app! Please make it accessible offline. You're off to a great start, please keep up the good work!
  • Some additional features would make this more useful

    3
    By hanabatake.com
    I'm on the road right now trying to use this app - without a data plan. I am relying on wifi at albergues and bars for my iphone and ipad. First of all, this app has a lot of info. That's great! But it's hard to use because there is just so much and at times it's confusing. I would like to suggest the following: Quick links - ability to bookmark albergues/stages Cacheable maps/Distance - so you can take a look a town or a stage easily. Ability to leave notes about a town/stage to give the heads up to pilgrims. Ability to download latests notes for a stage you are looking at so you can make the right choice for albergues (if you have a choice!!) Maps to point out route changes more clearly.

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