While you’re just waiting anyway, updating your pack list and downloading the latest app, you might as well dig a little deeper into this old original about the Caminos de Santiago and Santiago de de Compostela.
New offline Elevation Chart in the Camino Ninja App works faster and works without being online. If you have your GPS turned on it will show your closest location on the Elevation Chart. That is the green dot.
Scroll sideways to view the full selected route.
Enjoy and Buen Camino!
In January, just after the App was released, I walked Camino Francés. As usual in January there is about 70% koreans walking the camino. And they where all exited about the new Camino Ninja App. One Korean, Sunyoung Cecil Noh, even suggested to translate the App. So it happened.
I’m really thankfull for the translation, and hope all Koreans will find it usefull. All you have to do is set your phone to Korean, if not already.
When I finished this this January’s winter camino and arrived in Santiago de Compostela (in February), I checked in to this new albergue called Albergue SIXTOs no Caminho. I saw it last year when they were building it and it looked promising. So, I checked in, and already from the name (no caminho) I guessed it was either Portuguese or Brazilian owned. And I, and everybody else, got the warmest welcome from the Owner Orlando Sixto. Him and his brother Ramiro spend a lot of time making a really nice albergue and rethinking everything a little bit better. Orlando is also skilled with technology, and when he saw the Camino Ninja App, he was excited. And he promptly suggested to do a translation for all the Brazilian and Portuguese pilgrims. So here it is!
So if you see Orlando Sixto when you come to Santiago de Compostela, please say hi and thanks!
Enjoy, and Buen Camino!
Over The Air (OTA) Updates is minor updates being pushed out to your phone when you open apps. For the Camino Ninja App that is usually minor updates to routes, albergues, photos and functionality. Instead of updating automatically every time you open the App, it now automatically updates whenever you are on Wi-Fi and ask if you want to download and install updates when you are on mobile data. This is another data-saving feature. And it also makes sure you always have the latest updates, if you choose to.
You also have the option to check manually for updates.
Enjoy, and Buen Camino!
If you like to save battery when you have a lot of screen time, secretly making plans for the next day while everybody is sleeping in the dormitory or just look more Ninja with the new Dark Mode / Dark Theme features enabled in The Camino Ninja App. You are all set.
How to enable Dark Mode on iPhone
(Dark Mode requires iOS 13 or later)
1. Go to Settings > Display & Brightness.
2. Select Dark to turn on Dark Mode.
How to enable Dark Theme on Android
(Dark Theme requires Android 10 or later)
Go to Settings > Display, then tap the Advanced drop-down menu at the bottom of the page.
From there, tap Device theme, then simply tap Dark from the pop-up dialog box.
From there, simply pull down your quick settings area and you’ll see the new white text and dark gray aesthetic.
Enjoy, and Buen Camino!
New Year, new App and new routes. If you are planning your summer camino and are curious about the Portuguese ways, here are the most popular routes.
Caminho Português Central
Caminho Português da Costa (Official)
Caminho Português da Costa (Senda Litoral)
Caminho Português da Costa (Official) and Caminho Português da Costa (Senda Litoral) have just been added to the Camino Ninja App.
Caminho Português Central is also shown on the maps and starts in Lisboa (Lisbon). It is also in the App.
It has been quite a hassle getting the two coastal routes in the App. The official route is poorly documented, and so is the unofficial coastal route Senda Litoral. On top of that there is a lot of people and organizations having a influence on the routes, but very little or poorly documented official material. It makes it both more interesting, and for documenting more difficult. A big thanks to Oscar Miguel Andrade from Albergue Peregrinos do Porto and Associação dos Amigos do Caminho de Santiago de Viana do Castelo for helping with gathering information and picking the right information.
Go check it out, and Buen Camino!
Camino Ninja App is out for iPhone and iPad on Apple App Store.
In winter it is a good idea to either check if albergues and other accommodation is really open even if they are supposed to. There is a list being updated almost every day, by a woman from Fromista, from November to February. The list is only for Camino Francés. Either check that list or call the place to see if the place is open. The list does not contain all open albergues, but a lot. I added a link to the list from the dashboard of the App.
Being able to navigate in spots without or with limited cellular coverage can be essential as a traveler. ‘
A Camino App with offline and data-saving features greatly helps with that. All the information about routes, locations, accommodations, distances and calculations are stored in the App and are available offline.
I do not want to encourage anyone to travel anywhere without a phone and a subscription that works for both calls and data. That goes for both cities and nature. That being said, the caminos in Spain are some of the safest places to travel in the world and walking solo is feasible with the App. But when you are in a foreign country and might not speak the language, you want to be as prepared as possible. For walking the camino it is practical to be able to make phone calls for reservations or sometimes just to verify the place you are going to is open, as well as calling a taxi or emergency services if needed. Data also makes it possible to complete instant bookings when the albergue you just passed is full, for example, or to research, navigate, and stay in touch with family and friends. Wi-Fi can be slow or unavailable in many places along the route, including albergues and hostels.
In the App, you can reduce image size or only show images on Wi-Fi
I really love nice and crisp images that are optimized for that particular phone you are using, like on Instagram. So that is already in the App. But if you are researching a lot of accommodation options and using lots of data on a limited subscription, it might not be what you want.
So, I made a new option for showing images in a lower resolution. Actually, the image size is only about 10% of the original, optimized crispy image …and the best part …you can hardly tell the difference. The higher resolution images are still shown when you are on Wi-Fi.
The second option for images allows you to turn off images completely, unless you are on Wi-Fi. Another way of not having images shown and not use unwanted amounts of data is to put your phone in airplane mode when you are walking and just enabling Wi-Fi when you are making a break at a café or at night at your chosen accommodation.
Maps and Offline Maps
The Routes and Locations in the App are probably the most precise of all the Apps and websites out there.
Most of the time maps are not necessary to use, but they are helpful in bigger cities where finding the route can be more difficult, when you are tired and have to find your accommodation, or if you by mistake lose your way on the route (it still happens to me sometimes).
Having an offline map like MAPS.ME can come in handy, especially if there is no cellular coverage wherever you are.
I did not make offline maps in the App, but I made the App support them. Re-doing the whole MAPS.ME functionality would require downloading big amounts of data to your phone, so to save you more GBs to take Camino pictures I came up with the solution to link to MAPS.ME instead. And for me it really works.
Offline maps are not really necessary for most people, but if you want that extra security and have space on your phone to download the maps, it can come in handy.
Maps are getting their map tiles (backgrounds) online. To save you data while walking the route, I made an option for hiding the Maps shown normally when viewing details about cities and accommodations while on cellular data.
I also made another option to show a link to MAPS.ME so you can use it instead of the build-in Map for finding your accommodation while being offline. Please note that the build-in Map is most likely more precise for everything else and therefore, the recommended one to use.
Currently the Elevation Chart only works online.
Distance works offline and in airplane mode. Your GPS has to be enabled but it should be by default.
You can find the new settings in the App under More -> Offline & Data-Saving Settings.