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What's the best map for an overview of the Le Puy Route?

Jorma Huttunen

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
camino frances
Hi all. I start my Camino at the end of April and I'm looking for the best map and best apps (android) of the Via Podiensis
 

Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Seven Compostelas in Three years and counting......
What I take on the Podiensis is:

Miam Miam Dodo - Saint Jaques de Compostelle - GR65, its got maps but not great. However it is 'the' guide for up to date accommodations. And covers all variants of the route. Quite large but available as an App/Kindle. In French but very easy to understand.

Michelin Guide 161 - Chemins de Compostelle. Small, easy to carry, good maps and height profiles. Note that the accommodation listed is often out of date and very selective. Does not cover variations of the route though.

With both you can't go wrong

Edit: Also I have downloaded maps.me and gpx files of the route onto my phone too.

Bon Chemin!
Davey
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I am going to use the Michelin Guide #161 Chemin de Compostelle (Le Puy en Valey to St. Jean Pied de Port.) It is a pocket size guide with maps of each stage but doesn't include any of the variants. There are a few notes about Gites but it is not very comprehensive in that regard. The good thing about the Michelin guides is they show side roads and nearby town if you happen to get off course.
 

Peosta

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2010, 2015, 2017)
LePuy - St. Jean (9/18-10/18)
These are the 4 books we carried, in order of our use of them:
We used the Michelin Chemins de Compostelle. Great overview of distances, services available, places to stay...plus map. Minimal weight. Most used.
Also had Miam Miam Dodo LaCarte GR65. Fold out maps with distances, services, maps of bigger towns. Lightweight.
Also had Lightfoot Guide to the Via Podiensus. Maps, detailed descriptions of route, good list of accommodations . Heavier book, but worth it.
Also had The Cicerone Guide. Only referring to it for information about area and confirmation of route. Least valuable to us.
 

Glenshiro

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy - Burgos, Camino Frances (2012 - 2018)
You can access the French IGN site on your phone - it gives excellent maps from country-wide to street numbers. I found it invaluable for finding the night's lodging.
 

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
As far as maps go, the nicest physical ones are in the Topo Guides, but it takes 3 of them to cover the entire route and they cost about £16 each, so a lot of £ and lbs!

My daughter and I walked from Le Puy to Conques last year. We didn't really 'need' maps as the way was generally well signed, but we loved having real maps to hand. Rather than carry the entire book, I had previously scanned the maps, and then put them together so that all we needed for one day was on one sheet of A4. I also added the profile from the Michelin guide. I had also torn out the relevant pages of MMDD for accommodation.

I start again in mid May, at Conques. This morning I booked my first nights accommodation at the Abbey for 14th May. Maybe we'll meet along the way.
 

billmclaughlin

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP/Burgos 2012; Le Puy/SJPP 2013; Aumont Aubrac/Aire sur l'Adour 2014; Burgos/Santiago 2016.
Get the Miam Miam app for your phone. You won’t need the book or any additional maps. If you’re carrying your phone anyway, it’s the lightest solution.
 

BlackRocker57

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy route 2014; Le Puy route continuation 2016; Le Puy route 2017; Le Puy route May–July 2018
Get the Miam Miam app for your phone. You won’t need the book or any additional maps. If you’re carrying your phone anyway, it’s the lightest solution.
the Miam Miam Dodo app [for iOs and android] 2019 edition has just been released, a week or so ago ... within the app there is english language option available now [since August last year] so that makes everything very easy to follow. The maps are excellent and the app works as a gps in-situ so you will always know exactly where you are at any moment ... unless you have a particular preference or desire to care a guidebook I twould save the weight and the space and just get MMD app ... it is excellent and, for smartphone users, the lightest option ... bon chemin et bonne continuation 👣👣👣
 

lt56ny

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
I am going to use the Michelin Guide #161 Chemin de Compostelle (Le Puy en Valey to St. Jean Pied de Port.) It is a pocket size guide with maps of each stage but doesn't include any of the variants. There are a few notes about Gites but it is not very comprehensive in that regard. The good thing about the Michelin guides is they show side roads and nearby town if you happen to get off course.
Hi I used the guide in 2014 ( think). It does give you a decent map of the stages. You are also correct that it is REALLY very weak with Gite information. Another problem I found was that on some stages it shows 4 or 5 towns in a stage but when you get to them they are nothing more than a few farm houses and private homes with no services at all. There were a few days that I had no food for the whole day. In some towns the gite owners would drive me to a nearby town to buy food for the next day's stage as I sometimes arrived too late in the village and the shop with groceries would be closed or they did not have one. My other huge problem was that I speak no French at all. When I walked in September there were very few pilgrims. But having said that it is a beautiful camino and I really enjoyed it very much. I had some absolutely fabulous meals. Even though many nights I was the only person who spoke English I felt welcomed and enjoyed my evenings very much. If I ever do that Camino again I would definitely buy the Dodo app as BlackRocker suggested because it is now available in English. If it doesn't have all the accommodations like the book does I would get the book just for that reason. Buen Camino.
 

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