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pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
Hey all

How hard is it to navigate in the cities of Pamplona, Bugos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela please and thank you.

What is name of the town's just before and after these cities please and thank you

Also what towns have the best historical places to visit please and thank you

Thanks all

Buen Camino
 

Laliibeans

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014)
I hope this is okay to post. I know you've mentioned previously that you're not going to be going for a year or so, but I'd recommend visiting this site and getting the full guide as a bit of a start to help you plan. It's very cheap to get the full guide and it has maps, lists towns in order, and has interesting historical information, too. You can also keep the link and download the updated version just before you leave for your camino in case the albergue information has changed.
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
Pamplona, Burgos and Compostela are quite straightforward; you just follow the yellow arrows.
Leon is a signposting mess, but you can ask for the cathedral (when coming) or the basilica of San Isidoro (when leaving).
As for your second question, go to google maps or open street maps; for the third, consult any of the guides available online. Do your planning homework...:)
Buen camino!
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
Pamplona, Burgos and Compostela are quite straightforward; you just follow the yellow arrows.
Leon is a signposting mess, but you can ask for the cathedral (when coming) or the basilica of San Isidoro (when leaving).
As for your second question, go to google maps or open street maps; for the third, consult any of the guides available online. Do your planning homework...:)
Buen camino!
Thanks mate and yes i am checking Google maps now 😀 what are the roads like for driving a car on? As i have my wife in a car but i be on a bicycle. She can't ride or walk.
Thanks again Buen Camino
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
I hope this is okay to post. I know you've mentioned previously that you're not going to be going for a year or so, but I'd recommend visiting this site and getting the full guide as a bit of a start to help you plan. It's very cheap to get the full guide and it has maps, lists towns in order, and has interesting historical information, too. You can also keep the link and download the updated version just before you leave for your camino in case the albergue information has changed.
Buen Camino and many thanks for your help and site.
Have you been on the way of st James?
Thanks mate
 

Felipe

Veteran Member
Thanks mate and yes i am checking Google maps now 😀 what are the roads like for driving a car on? As i have my wife in a car but i be on a bicycle. She can't ride or walk.
Thanks again Buen Camino
Paved roads in Spain are first class. Some of them are highways (the "autopista Camino de Santiago"), some local roads. Generally speaking, they go parallel to the Camino, with the exception of the route Napolleon between Saint Jean PP and Roncesvalles -but there is also the Valcarlos option.
Bus is also possible, but requires planning in some quite isolated, rural stages.
There are many threads about doing the Camino on bycicle, especially related to the interaction with walkers. I suggest you consult them -use the "search" function.
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
No worries! I went pretty much exactly five years ago. I found that guide the most useful for me, and threw it out page by page as I went to lessen the weight!
I did the same. But now I just use an app they are even lighter!
 

RRat

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
Hey all

How hard is it to navigate in the cities of Pamplona, Bugos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela please and thank you.

What is name of the town's just before and after these cities please and thank you

Also what towns have the best historical places to visit please and thank you

Thanks all

Buen Camino
I just followed three pretty college girls out of Pamplona.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
Hey all

How hard is it to navigate in the cities of Pamplona, Bugos, Leon and Santiago de Compostela please and thank you.

What is name of the town's just before and after these cities please and thank you

Also what towns have the best historical places to visit please and thank you

Thanks all

Buen Camino
As I'm sure you'll have realised by now, most of the people here are walking the Camino and there's no way you can exactly match the walkers route to a road vehicle route: walkers can go the wrong way up a one-way road; they can go up and down flights of stairs (Sarria/Villafranca); they can go through parkland and countryside (er - just about everywhere!).
All cities are a pain to navigate through - Tarragona (not on the Camino - obs!) has a mass of one-way streets, one street goes one way, the next, parallel, one goes the other. Add to this the signs are in a different language; the highway authority assumes you already know where you want to go - try driving through/around London or Paris and looking for signs; it will be hot, noisy and you're driving a LHD vehicle (unless you're overlanding it from OZ?)
Are you taking a vehicle sat-nav system with you (TomTom/Garmin)? If so make sure you get the latest version of their Spanish map. We can give you a point of entry and point of exit for the four cities - plug those in to the unit and let it work out a road route for your wife to follow.
Sometimes it's simple: take Burgos - you enter in the east and go on and on and on and on and just when you were about to give up hope you exit on the west.
As for places to visit, Spain has several hundred years of history to trawl through - what are you interested in? Castles? Cathedrals? Churches? Art galleries? Museums? Vineyards? Yep, got all those.
All major Spanish cities have tourist information websites. Visit them (best on Google Chrome - it auto-translates) to see what's on offer.
Hope this helps rather than hinders!
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" Camino
but 2019?
I just followed three pretty college girls out of Pamplona.
A friend and I witnessed an early Sunday morning walk of shame out of the centre of Burgos into the suburbs: she in high heels, mini-shorts and a cardigan wrapped tightly like body-armour, he in a brilliant white tracksuit and trainers. He was all cajoling, she tried, and at one stage succeeded, to push him out into the roadway.
We followed them for 45 minutes - it was the best exit from Burgos I've had!
 

RRat

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planning 2017
It was always fun leaving town very early in the morning, just as the bars were closing. Especially the walk of shame.
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
Paved roads in Spain are first class. Some of them are highways (the "autopista Camino de Santiago"), some local roads. Generally speaking, they go parallel to the Camino, with the exception of the route Napolleon between Saint Jean PP and Roncesvalles -but there is also the Valcarlos option.
Bus is also possible, but requires planning in some quite isolated, rural stages.
There are many threads about doing the Camino on bycicle, especially related to the interaction with walkers. I suggest you consult them -use the "search" function.
thanks Felipe and yes i have done this but i thought i ask about these cities now :) thanks for your help :)
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
I did the same. But now I just use an app they are even lighter!
thanks i was thinking of using a GPS also via a phone and now u mentioned it use the app :) which app do you recommend for an android?
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
I just followed three pretty college girls out of Pamplona.
thats good :) glad you got out of pamlona ok :) did you get their phone numbers or facebook or instagram details :) and photos :) kidding mate but glad all went well :)
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
As I'm sure you'll have realised by now, most of the people here are walking the Camino and there's no way you can exactly match the walkers route to a road vehicle route: walkers can go the wrong way up a one-way road; they can go up and down flights of stairs (Sarria/Villafranca); they can go through parkland and countryside (er - just about everywhere!).
All cities are a pain to navigate through - Tarragona (not on the Camino - obs!) has a mass of one-way streets, one street goes one way, the next, parallel, one goes the other. Add to this the signs are in a different language; the highway authority assumes you already know where you want to go - try driving through/around London or Paris and looking for signs; it will be hot, noisy and you're driving a LHD vehicle (unless you're overlanding it from OZ?)
Are you taking a vehicle sat-nav system with you (TomTom/Garmin)? If so make sure you get the latest version of their Spanish map. We can give you a point of entry and point of exit for the four cities - plug those in to the unit and let it work out a road route for your wife to follow.
Sometimes it's simple: take Burgos - you enter in the east and go on and on and on and on and just when you were about to give up hope you exit on the west.
As for places to visit, Spain has several hundred years of history to trawl through - what are you interested in? Castles? Cathedrals? Churches? Art galleries? Museums? Vineyards? Yep, got all those.
All major Spanish cities have tourist information websites. Visit them (best on Google Chrome - it auto-translates) to see what's on offer.
Hope this helps rather than hinders!
Jeff mate you have never made a hindering statement to me yet :) i really appreciate the advice :)

Yes the vehicle we picking up is an automatic transmission and has a GPS Sat Nav built into the car :) my wife is used to driving on right side of the road so she should be fine since shes been in Australia 6/1/2 years she has never driven :)

I love castles, cathedrals, churches, some museums, some art galleries and vineyards are great :) used to work in one picking grapes :)

Yes i been looking at the websites for these cities and you tube and my wife goes oh do i have to drive there !! :) well yes dear especially burgos and leon :) she can miss pamlona she said :)

Cheers mate
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
thanks i was thinking of using a GPS also via a phone and now u mentioned it use the app :) which app do you recommend for an android?
I would recommend the Wise Pilgrim or the Buen Camino app. I believe they both have downloadable GPS that is really easy to follow. I always buy a Spanish SIM card from Orange for 20 Euros for 30 days. I like their plan because it gives me 80 minutes of calls in Spain only (Don't call anywhere else). I hardly use the calling feature. Only if I know it may be crowded one day to make a reservation in an albergue. More importantly you get 10 Gigs of internet. So I can use it to check the maps if I get lost and to call my wife and kids on Wattsapp if I have bad wifi. I have used it the last 2 Caminos and never even came close to running out of internet.
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
I would recommend the Wise Pilgrim or the Buen Camino app. I believe they both have downloadable GPS that is really easy to follow. I always buy a Spanish SIM card from Orange for 20 Euros for 30 days. I like their plan because it gives me 80 minutes of calls in Spain only (Don't call anywhere else). I hardly use the calling feature. Only if I know it may be crowded one day to make a reservation in an albergue. More importantly you get 10 Gigs of internet. So I can use it to check the maps if I get lost and to call my wife and kids on Wattsapp if I have bad wifi. I have used it the last 2 Caminos and never even came close to running out of internet.
Thanks so much mate. Can you private message me this please thank you Buen Camino
 

Xali1970

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016
I use the AlpineQuest. It has a hiking map and a topographical rastered layer superimposed onto googlemaps with a GPS locater. All caminos are referenced on it down to 1/2500.
I couldn't get lost for very long if I tried
 

pilgrimglenn7

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
st james way and portugese
I use the AlpineQuest. It has a hiking map and a topographical rastered layer superimposed onto googlemaps with a GPS locater. All caminos are referenced on it down to 1/2500.
I couldn't get lost for very long if I tried
Thanks mate so much. Very much appreciated Buen Camino
 

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