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Sharon B

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk Portuguese interior Camino route in July. Start point? Do I need maps?
#1
Hi, has anyone had any experience with downloadable maps of the Camino? I start my Camino on 13 July from Barcelos and was hoping to have the maps uploaded to my phone (the book I ordered never arrived!) And if I don’t have a map, is the route marked well enough that I won’t get lost?
Cheers my fellow travelers, Sharon
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015
Camino Frances July 2017
#2
Hi @Sharon B The Maps.me app is pretty popular along the Camino, you can download maps and waypoints to guide you along the way.

Afraid I haven't done the Potuguese so can't comment on markings.

Bom caminho

Rob.
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#3
I have walked the Portugues from Porto and found the route very well marked. The maps.me app that @Dorpie mentions is very good and you can download maps for offline use with it. If you then find a gps track of the route and overlay that in the app you will have a handy back-up tool. There are also Android (and probably iPhone) apps for the Camino Portugues which will show you the route and your position on Google Maps but those tend to need mobile internet connections for full functionality.
 

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Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Norte/Liebana (Planning)
#7
Hi Sharon! The trail is very well marked from Barcelos, you cant go wrong :)
It's a nice place to start, with the legend of the rooster and a nice church!
Buen Camino!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2014
#8
I have walked the Portugues from Porto and found the route very well marked. The maps.me app that @Dorpie mentions is very good and you can download maps for offline use with it. If you then find a gps track of the route and overlay that in the app you will have a handy back-up tool. There are also Android (and probably iPhone) apps for the Camino Portugues which will show you the route and your position on Google Maps but those tend to need mobile internet connections for full functionality.
Hi there,

Can you recommend any android apps for the Portuguese coastal walk from Baiona?

Thanks!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Seville-Astorga (Mar 2017). Mozarabe (Apr-May 2018)
#9
has anyone had any experience with downloadable maps of the Camino? I start my Camino on 13 July from Barcelos and was hoping to have the maps uploaded to my phone
Can you recommend any android apps for the Portuguese coastal walk from Baiona?
I'll give a bit of explanation that might help some people who have never used these apps. I know only enough to meet my basic needs, so maybe I'm well qualified to give the beginner's version!

The same app - maps.me - can be used for any mapped area.
  1. Install the app from the Play Store.
  2. Follow instructions to download maps for the area you want. Be sure you are doing the download via wifi, but once downloaded you can use the map offline. The maps are separated into reasonably manageable sizes, so you might need several. (They are big files, so you wouldn't download the whole world to start!).
  3. You can use that map like any map, and locate yourself by looking at the blue location dot. However, for following a particular route, you need to overlay a route line on the base map. This is another step after the first act of putting the map on your phone.
  4. To follow a route, you must find "kml" files for the specific route you want. These files define GPS points and create a line on your map. Then you follow the line by watching your location dot as you walk.
  5. KML files can be found various places. Many of the Camino resource sites have them, for example @linkster gave a link above. Also Wikiloc.com has many many routes all over the world and you can search their big collection for quite obscure routes. Keep in mind that these are simply routes that an individual has recorded and uploaded, so if that person took a detour then the line will show the detour. That's why it is good to download your Camino track from a known Camino resource site.
  6. You download the KML files from the resource site. Then send yourself an email with the files attached.
  7. Open the email on your phone and agree to save the files.
  8. Look at the map on maps.me on your phone, and the line should magically appear! :cool:
 
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Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Contemplating yet another "final" camino
Porto to SdC May 2019
#10
I'll give a bit of explanation that might help some people who have never used these apps. I know only enough to meet my basic needs, so maybe I'm well qualified to give the beginner's version!

The same app - maps.me - can be used for any mapped area.
  1. Install the app from the Play Store.
  2. Follow instructions to download maps for the area you want. Be sure you are doing the download via wifi, but once downloaded you can use the map offline. The maps are separated into reasonably manageable sizes, so you might need several. (They are big files, so you wouldn't download the whole world to start!).
  3. You can use that map like any map, and locate yourself by looking at the blue location dot. However, for following a particular route, you need to overlay a route line on the base map. This is another step after the first act of putting the map on your phone.
  4. To follow a route, you must find "kml" files for the specific route you want. These files define GPS points and create a line on your map. Then you follow the line by watching your location dot as you walk.
  5. KML files can be found various places. Many of the Camino resource sites have them, for example @linkster gave a link above. Also Wikiloc.com has many many routes all over the world and you can search their big collection for quite obscure routes. Keep in mind that these are simply routes that an individual has recorded and uploaded, so if that person took a detour then the line will show the detour. That's why it is good to download your Camino track from a known Camino resource site.
  6. You download the files from the resource site. Then send yourself an email with the files attached.
  7. Open the email on your phone and agree to save the files.
  8. Look at the map on maps.me on your phone, and the line should magically appear! :cool:
9. Switch phone to Airplane Mode
10. Make sure phone is charged up at the start of the day - Maps.Me can drain batteries on a long day's walk
 

jimmyc

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
#12
Luis Freixo’s Portuguese Maps: http://www.caminador.es/

Jill
I walked from Lisbon and found it fairly well marked all the way. I had the Brierley guide but mainly used it to see when I could find accommodation each day. This may be a problem for you as sometimes it was 30 plus kms between albergues/hotels or pensions. Albergues are few and far between. not frequent like on the CF.
 

surya8

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portugues Central, Santarem-Santiago - 2017; Portugues Interior, Sanabres, Fisterra & Muxia - 2018
#13
The way from Barcelos is very well marked, I walked with a Brierley guide but hardly opened it, only to find accommodation at the end of the day. You can pick up a free Portuguese Camino map with the albergue list in the info centre near Se in Porto. The way is easy and popular, you won't get lost and there will always be people with guidebooks and maps around anyway. I walked without internet or offline maps, was fine. Bom Caminho! :)
 

TDS

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016
#14
Hi, has anyone had any experience with downloadable maps of the Camino? I start my Camino on 13 July from Barcelos and was hoping to have the maps uploaded to my phone (the book I ordered never arrived!) And if I don’t have a map, is the route marked well enough that I won’t get lost?
Cheers my fellow travelers, Sharon
TrailSmart app and it doesn't require data if you pay a nominal fee for the specific trail. The GPS track for many Caminos is available.
 

jimmyc

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
#16
Brierley has the next leg Barcelos to Ponte de Lima as 33.6kms. If this is too long there is a marvelous albergue at Lugar de Corgo at the 19.1km mark. It is called Casa da Fernanda and it is the best I have stayed in on any Camino. A great dinner and breakfast is provided all for a donation.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Senda Litoral (Sept 2018)
#17
I'll give a bit of explanation that might help some people who have never used these apps. I know only enough to meet my basic needs, so maybe I'm well qualified to give the beginner's version!

The same app - maps.me - can be used for any mapped area.
  1. Install the app from the Play Store.
  2. Follow instructions to download maps for the area you want. Be sure you are doing the download via wifi, but once downloaded you can use the map offline. The maps are separated into reasonably manageable sizes, so you might need several. (They are big files, so you wouldn't download the whole world to start!).
  3. You can use that map like any map, and locate yourself by looking at the blue location dot. However, for following a particular route, you need to overlay a route line on the base map. This is another step after the first act of putting the map on your phone.
  4. To follow a route, you must find "kml" files for the specific route you want. These files define GPS points and create a line on your map. Then you follow the line by watching your location dot as you walk.
  5. KML files can be found various places. Many of the Camino resource sites have them, for example @linkster gave a link above. Also Wikiloc.com has many many routes all over the world and you can search their big collection for quite obscure routes. Keep in mind that these are simply routes that an individual has recorded and uploaded, so if that person took a detour then the line will show the detour. That's why it is good to download your Camino track from a known Camino resource site.
  6. You download the KML files from the resource site. Then send yourself an email with the files attached.
  7. Open the email on your phone and agree to save the files.
  8. Look at the map on maps.me on your phone, and the line should magically appear! :cool:
I sent myself an email with the kml file and downloaded to my phone. However, I don't see within the maps.me app how I pull up that file. Can you assist?
 
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#18
I sent myself an email with the kml file and downloaded to my phone. However, I don't see within the maps.me app how I pull up that file. Can you assist?
You do not open it from within the app itself. When you installed maps.me it should have been registered in the phone's operating system as an app which handles kml files. If you use your phone's file manager to locate the downloaded file and select it you should then have the option to open it using maps.me.
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 05/17 brazo roto Portomarín
Francés 09/17 SJPdP - Santiago
(Portuguese: 09/18)
#19
@Hawkeye did you just try clicking on the attachment in your email? It might ask you to open with an app.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Senda Litoral (Sept 2018)
#20
You do not open it from within the app itself. When you installed maps.me it should have been registered in the phone's operating system as an app which handles kml files. If you use your phone's file manager to locate the downloaded file and select it you should then have the option to open it using maps.me.
That worked - many thanks!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Plan to walk Portuguese interior Camino route in July. Start point? Do I need maps?
#22
I sent myself an email with the kml file and downloaded to my phone. However, I don't see within the maps.me app how I pull up that file. Can you assist?
To my fellow Camino travelers: I have found that the Wisely app (for the Portuguese Camino) is very good. You can download the entire map in about five minutes, then use it offline, following the blue dot of your position. I am particularly geographically challenged, and I can say that this app has been amazing. It also has mapped out the elevation, and stops along the way.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2014
#23
To my fellow Camino travelers: I have found that the Wisely app (for the Portuguese Camino) is very good. You can download the entire map in about five minutes, then use it offline, following the blue dot of your position. I am particularly geographically challenged, and I can say that this app has been amazing. It also has mapped out the elevation, and stops along the way.
Hi Hawkeye,

Can this be used for Android? I am going from Baiona to Santiago next week
 

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