• For 2024 Pilgrims: €50,- donation = 1 year with no ads on the forum + 90% off any 2024 Guide. More here.
    (Discount code sent to you by Private Message after your donation)

Search 69,459 Camino Questions

Mobile Reception and Internet Cafes?

Hi,

New here. I'm setting off from Granada in 10 days time.

I'm an artist and photographer who intends to blog daily (if possible) as I go. I'll be trying to pay my way by selling sketches in each town and city I pass through. Whilst I appreciate that modern technology may intrude a little, it is essential for me.

I'm expecting the route from Granada to Merida to be a bit remote in stages. Can anyone tell me where I'll find internet cafes outside of major towns? And, where I'm likely to find mobile reception at it's weakest, or non-existent?

I'll be spending this evening reading this forum and hopefully gathering some useful information.

Anyone interested can track my progress at http://www.thelostphotographer.blogspot.com

I'm going to be taking the route very slowly. I need at least Three hours each day to sketch and sell as well as walk. From Santiago I'll be continuing along the main route in the wrong direction before heading to Barcelona and then along the coast and back home to Granada. 18 months I reckon with big, long visits to friends as I go!

Thanks in advance for any help.

TLP
 
The 2024 Camino guides will be coming out little by little. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.
I don`t know this region, but have walked the Camino out of Montserrat through some fairly obscure Catalan and Aragonese centres. On that basis, I would suggest that you keep your eyes open for "locutorios," which are the telephone parlours used by migrant agricultural workers to keep in touch with their folks back home. Many of them featured internet points. As well, computer terminals can be found in some bars. Your hospitalero, pension/hostal receptionist or bartender can guide you. Occasionally, local teenagers will know where gaming parlours are-- these are not casinos, but joints where banks of computer terminals resound with explosions and car-crashes, while excited adolescents shriek in horror as Martians explode on the screen.
 
oursonpolaire said:
I don`t know this region, but have walked the Camino out of Montserrat through some fairly obscure Catalan and Aragonese centres...

Hi, thanks for this.

I've been using the web coverage guides for Movistar and Vodafone etc, but don't trust them. I'm not going to rush this journey and may well even camp in the middle of nowhere for a few days between hikes if the fancy takes me. I'm lucky that I have no time constraints, but I will need to make money for food. Not bothered about beds. I can make a safe bed anywhere. Admit I'll be seeking refuge during January and February!

Pretty sure I could find public internet access in any town with a population above 2,000. More interested in knowing if I could use Treo, or similar in remote wilderness.

I've lived in Spain for Three years plus now. Fairly familiar with major cities everywhere and Andalucia, but really want this journey to reveal the culture of the rest of Spain. Not expecting it to be easy - just looking for a tranquil adventure with a few moments of excitement.

I guess, in short; does anyone know if there are any stretches from Granada to Santiago where I'll lose mobile reception altogether?
 
Very light, comfortable and compressible poncho. Specially designed for protection against water for any activity.

Our Atmospheric H30 poncho offers lightness and waterproofness. Easily compressible and made with our Waterproof fabric, its heat-sealed interior seams guarantee its waterproofness. Includes carrying bag.

€60,-
TheLostPhotographer said:
Pretty sure I could find public internet access in any town with a population above 2,000. More interested in knowing if I could use Treo, or similar in remote wilderness.

I've lived in Spain for Three years plus now. Fairly familiar with major cities everywhere and Andalucia, but really want this journey to reveal the culture of the rest of Spain. Not expecting it to be easy - just looking for a tranquil adventure with a few moments of excitement.

I guess, in short; does anyone know if there are any stretches from Granada to Santiago where I'll lose mobile reception altogether?

Dear Lostphotographer,
I walked from Sevilla to Salamanca in 2006, the Salamanca to SdeC in 2007. From memory, the route from Granada joins the Via de la Plata at Merida. Is that right?

I found no trouble in getting mobile reception between Merida and Salamanca. The most "remote" section -around Bejar - was a bit patchy, but nothing to fret over.
Between Salamanca and SdeC, there were no problems for the vast majority of the route. The section over the mountain passes between Castille-Leon and Galicia again had slightly patchy coverage. For some reason I had some trouble getting a signal in Lubian.

I don't think you will suffer any major inconvenience.
Buen Camino
Gyro
 
Out on the perimeter phoning home can become quite mystical.

A lot depends on your carrier. Mobile coverage is very patchy all over the backwaters of Spain. Out where I live, we have fine cobertura from Orange and Movistar, but our Vodafone mobiles have to be used out in the patio or the street in order to get a signal. We had similar experiences in southern Salamanca, between Bejar and Salamanca city, and in the mountains near Guadalupe.. no coverage, unless you walked around a bit and stood facing the wind during the waxing moon! Don´t expect any locutorios between Caceres and Salamanca, nor anywhere between Zamora and Ourense...they are mostly large-city phenomena.

Stop in and visit when you come by Moratinos.
Reb.
 
Rebekah Scott said:
...

Stop in and visit when you come by Moratinos.
Reb.

Very nice. Thanks both for the feedback. Looks like I'll be signing up with Movistar (much to my regret). All reports suggest they're the most reliable as well as being the most expensive. Keep an eye on my blog for when I'm in the Moratinos area and I'll call by with a fine bottle of Rioja special reserve.

I managed to trip over carrying boxes into storage yesterday. Nothing more than cuts and bruises thankfully, but not the best of starts. No doubt I can expect a bit worse during the coming 18 months :D

TLP.
 
New Original Camino Gear Designed Especially with The Modern Peregrino In Mind!
I think operators like http://www.yoigo.es uses the Movistar network (=same coverage as Movistar) but they are MUCH more economical. I have used them for over one year and they are reliable.

Just a thought.

Saludos,
Ivar

Thanks again. I've seen ad's for Yoigo. Any money saving ideas are more than worth the 10 minute contract reading. I'll check it out this evening.

This is proving to be a very useful forum. Hopefully I'll be able to give some good information back along my route.

TLP
 
Very light, comfortable and compressible poncho. Specially designed for protection against water for any activity.

Our Atmospheric H30 poncho offers lightness and waterproofness. Easily compressible and made with our Waterproof fabric, its heat-sealed interior seams guarantee its waterproofness. Includes carrying bag.

€60,-
Hi TLP,

I second Dawn on using the library. I walked the via de la Plata this May and had blog almost every day along the way mainly by using free internet at the municipal libraries.

All I carried was the Nokia e61i. Most of the libraries has free wlan. For those without it the alternative is to have a USB reader for the phone memory card so I can still post pictures up the blog.

http://camino.wificat.com
 
Absolutely no problem with mobile reception encountered yet. I'm spending a fortune on texts and love emergencies!

I've just reached Plasencia and it's chucking it down, so I'm taking a couple of rest days and doing museums and galleries and stuff before taking an 80KM excursion to a small town that people keep telling me I should visit to sketch and paint.

Libraries are useful, but not available everyday unless I cheat and take a bus. I have done that a couple of times already.

Really enjoying myself. Some great experiences and great people. But, I'm afraid my pilgrimage is doing nothing to eleviate my scepticism about religion. Quite the opposite in fact, although I am enjoying visiting cathedrals and churches etc.
 
Things to do in Plascencia when you're bored.

I found myself in Plascencia a few years ago. A small but interesting town.
If you have the 15euros to burn, go for a coffee or chocolate at the new Parador. Quite the most relaxing and pleasant of experiences.....

and kind regards
Gyro
 
Technical backpack for day trips with backpack cover and internal compartment for the hydration bladder. Ideal daypack for excursions where we need a medium capacity backpack. The back with Air Flow System creates large air channels that will keep our back as cool as possible.

€83,-
Hmmm,

Beginning to regret not taking a detour to Plascencia on my Camino via de la Plata.
 
evanlow said:
Hmmm,

Beginning to regret not taking a detour to Plascencia on my Camino via de la Plata.

Really enjoyed Plasencia. Very liveable place and very interesting. Very good and friendly people. Not over polished. And, I got treated to a night at the Parador. Fond memories. I'm back in the hills heading towards Salamanca now. Taking it very slowly.
 
TheLostPhotographer said:
evanlow said:
Hmmm,

Beginning to regret not taking a detour to Plascencia on my Camino via de la Plata.

Really enjoyed Plasencia. Very liveable place and very interesting. Very good and friendly people. Not over polished. And, I got treated to a night at the Parador. Fond memories. I'm back in the hills heading towards Salamanca now. Taking it very slowly.

Slow's good on that section of the Camino: Salamanca will seem a long way away. Come to it at your own pace, there is no rush.....
Gyro
 
Very light, comfortable and compressible poncho. Specially designed for protection against water for any activity.

Our Atmospheric H30 poncho offers lightness and waterproofness. Easily compressible and made with our Waterproof fabric, its heat-sealed interior seams guarantee its waterproofness. Includes carrying bag.

€60,-
gyro said:
Slow's good on that section...there is no rush.....
Gyro


There was a rush. I was running out of cash, but managed to make it. Staying in Salamanca for a few days to recover physically and financially. It's a bit wet and cold here currently.

Anyone needing a Spanish SIM for use on their walk may do well to pop into Carrefour. Very good national rates for a prepay/no contract. And, only 40 Cents/minute to call anywhere in Europe (UK included).
 
TheLostPhotographer said:
gyro said:
Slow's good on that section...there is no rush.....
Gyro
There was a rush. I was running out of cash, but managed to make it. Staying in Salamanca for a few days to recover physically and financially. It's a bit wet and cold here currently.

Dear LP,
Enjoy your rest. If you get a chance, the Museum of Modern Art (is that right?) has a fabulous Art Deco collection- a refreshing change from all the dark, brooding, 17th century Spanish Art.

And build up your strength. I remember the stages between Salamanca and Zamora as being pretty demanding. The maximum security prison is one of the more interesting sights.

God speed
Gyro
 
3rd Edition. More content, training & pack guides avoid common mistakes, bed bugs etc
gyro said:
Dear LP,
Enjoy your rest. If you get a chance, the Museum of Modern Art (is that right?) ...
Gyro

That will be The Museum of Art Nouveau. Still very cold, wet and windy here. Plenty of indoor stuff to do and free internet in the library (keeping thread on track).
 
Does anyone know of a prepaid Spanish SIM card that comes with a data allowance? And where it can be purchased in Seville? I'd like to buy one at the start of my VdlP. I'll use public libraries or internet cafés when available, but that won't be every day, I'm sure.
 
Aldernath said:
Does anyone know of a prepaid Spanish SIM card that comes with a data allowance? And where it can be purchased in Seville? I'd like to buy one at the start of my VdlP. I'll use public libraries or internet cafés when available, but that won't be every day, I'm sure.

Most prepaid SIM cards in Spain comes with some euros available for calls, I suppose for data too. Ask in Seville when you arrive.

I suppose that if you want to call to Australia calls may be cheaper if you buy Vodafone, because the roaming agreements with Vodafone in Australia.

Buen Camino,

Javier Martin
Madrid, Spain.
 
3rd Edition. More content, training & pack guides avoid common mistakes, bed bugs etc

Most read last week in this forum

I have just boarded an Iberia flight to Madrid, and so far have seen two people come on with collapsed poles attached to their backpacks. The topic that never dies……
I typically wash my clothes by hand with a bar of Lagarto soap. It’s non-chemical and is the soap I was introduced to back in Spain in the 70s. When you wash clothes by hand, you typically rub...
So, whatcha all buying? The sale and coupons are burning a hole in my pocket but I can’t decide what I want/need.
Does anyone have experience with the Patagonia Cool Daily long sleeve hoody on the Camino? Last summer on the Norte I wore the REI Sahara long sleeve t-shirt and while I liked it I found it a bit...
I’ll begin my Camino in July (Portuguese route), so it’s time to get shoes and break them in. I have seen posts about walking shoes and which ones people prefer, and I’ve read various articles...
Hi, I'm off to CDN tomorrow but this is in my mind. I got the baggage transfer from from Correos and I will going to walk from Irun to Llanes this time, so my plan is to carry a 22lts day pack and...

❓How to ask a question

How to post a new question on the Camino Forum.

Similar threads

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

This site is run by Ivar at

in Santiago de Compostela.
This site participates in the Amazon Affiliate program, designed to provide a means for Ivar to earn fees by linking to Amazon
Official Camino Passport (Credential) | 2024 Camino Guides
Back
Top