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Barry Corbett

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Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Finisterre
We are planning on walking the Caminos Vadiniense and Salvador this fall. Are the trails well marked or should we bring along a GPS as a back up? If so, we have an old Garmin GPS map 76CSx but it only has North American maps loaded. What map set would you recommend for Spain (Europe). Thank you for any suggestions.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
Have you used a GPS app on your smartphone? You could install apps, maps and tracks on it beforehand to serve as backup in case the yellow arrows fail you. Probably most maps downloaded would be by province. Some apps are wikiloc, osmand and maps.me. Google may help too but I haven't seen many trails shown on their maps.

There is a sub-forum here that could be of help to you:
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
For the Salvador I used the Wisely Salvador app


 

MileHighPair

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Camino(s) past & future
2012, '14: Frances
2015: Chimayo, USA.
2016, '17: VdlP
2018: Madrid, Ourense, Salvador, Primitivo
For the Salvador, I used maps.me and downloaded the GPS file for all Caminos in Spain from this forum. But I will say that there were a few places on the Salvador where the track led me astray. There were a couple of spots where the route had definitely been changed since the track was made, and there was once where the person making the track simply took another option from where I wanted to go, and this caused me quite a bit of extra walking. I simply missed the sign to the village where I hoped to spend the night, and continued straight, which is where the GPS track went. The track gave me false confidence in being on the correct route!

Most of the Salvador is well marked, but there are several spots that created some confusion. I did meet other pilgrims that were quite frustrated by the time they arrived at the albergue, after spending a lot of time trying to figure out where the "correct" path was. The locals are always helpful, but in some of the little towns it was not easy to find anyone!

I'm not familiar with the Vadiniense. Buen Camino!
 

KinkyOne

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Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
For the Salvador, I used maps.me and downloaded the GPS file for all Caminos in Spain from this forum. But I will say that there were a few places on the Salvador where the track led me astray. There were a couple of spots where the route had definitely been changed since the track was made, and there was once where the person making the track simply took another option from where I wanted to go, and this caused me quite a bit of extra walking. I simply missed the sign to the village where I hoped to spend the night, and continued straight, which is where the GPS track went. The track gave me false confidence in being on the correct route!

Most of the Salvador is well marked, but there are several spots that created some confusion. I did meet other pilgrims that were quite frustrated by the time they arrived at the albergue, after spending a lot of time trying to figure out where the "correct" path was. The locals are always helpful, but in some of the little towns it was not easy to find anyone!

I'm not familiar with the Vadiniense. Buen Camino!
I found the Wisely app to be accurate
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
The Lebaniego part of the camino (from San Vicente up to Monastery of Santo Toribio) is well marked with red arrows, we walked the this April. We did not need a gps and only once in 4 days I had to check google maps to confirm some distances.

Cant advise on the rest of Vadiniense or salvador, though.
 

Lirsy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Primitivo, Norte, Francés, Volunteer Hospitalero.
The Camino is well marked ... but always is a good idea to count with a track ... just in case! ;)

I just use google maps. Previously I load into my mobile the track from rayyrosa (www.rayyroosa.com) and the area in google maps in order to be able to use the map without conection (in the primitivo you have several zones without internet).
 

dougfitz

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011 (2019)
Open Street Maps (OSM) is a good source for mapping for Garmin devices. However, in most cases, smartphones with the OSM app or other navigation app will be just as good if all you want to have is a supplementary navigation aid.

I carry a Garmin GPS to record my walking tracks, so I know the temptation to cross check and double cross check even if you are on a well marked path. And then there is the issue that even with a GPS, you will miss a flecha, and need to either retrace your steps or plot a new course. Don't ever think they are going to eliminate all navigational challenges!
 
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Mera

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino France, Camino del Norte, Camino de Madrid
Camino Porto, Camino Primitivo
We are planning on walking the Caminos Vadiniense and Salvador this fall. Are the trails well marked or should we bring along a GPS as a back up? If so, we have an old Garmin GPS map 76CSx but it only has North American maps loaded. What map set would you recommend for Spain (Europe). Thank you for any suggestions.
I downloaded Google map (entire Spain) for offline use. I used it along with the Camino app to double check. It was also useful in finding lodgings as I didn't stay in alburges. I first checked out prices and facilities in Booking .com and then found numbers in the Google map to call them directly. I usually got 10% off of Booking.com price.
 

Thomas1962

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2010: Porto - SdC - Finisterra 2011: E4 on Crete 2012: Le Puy - SJPdP 2013: Camino Madrid -> Del Salvador -> Primitivo 2014: European Peace Walk. 2015: Amsterdam - SdC & Barcelona -Burgos. 2016:Norte & hospitalero
Here you can find a manual how to put tracks into your smartphone.


There were a couple of spots where the route had definitely been changed since the track was made, and there was once where the person making the track simply took another option from where I wanted to go, and this caused me quite a bit of extra walking. I simply missed the sign to the village where I hoped to spend the night, and continued straight, which is where the GPS track went. The track gave me false confidence in being on the correct route!

Hi @MileHighPair, do you know what part of the track was not right any more? The person making these tracks would be happy to make it correct again.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2017)
I highly recommend Windy Maps App for IPhone and Android. It has all the Caminos in Spain plotted in (as far as I can see). It is very accurate and detailed (beautiful maps in good old paper look style), it works off line in map mode, it doesn't have to be "on" alle the time so it is a "low energy & battery friendly solution". Still it is very fast when suddenly switched on in acquiring your exact position even in remote mountain areas with no Internet.
In the streets in towns, villages and bigger cities it is still very accurate, faster and more reliable than ie. Google Maps especially in route direction mode.
In on line mode it has a search function for nearest supermarkets, hostels etc. Very handy when you are tired.
I used it a lot during my recent walk on the Camino Aragones. And I spared carrying a GPS and the extra weight of that.
 

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