Author Archives: Eugene Mallay

New Guide: Ruta Dragonte on the Camino Francés

We’ve written a mini-guide to the beautiful Ruta Dragonte, one of the three options from Villafranca del Bierzo on the Camino Francés. There isn’t much info available on that option so we’ve prepared this guide to help those interested in exploring the route. It’s a challenging, strenuous route that isn’t for everyone, but it is also a peaceful, very scenic one that offers a wonderful glimpse of rural Spain not always visible on the rest of the Francés.

The guide includes an overview, elevation profile chart, multiple annotated maps (overview plus sections), walking directions, and a few lame jokes (sorry!).

PDF and ePub versions are available:

PDF ePub

Of course, you’ll find most of the same content in our free TrailSmart app (along with all of the helpful geo-location functionality that TrailSmart can provide, making the content more ‘intelligent’).

Toggling Metric / Imperial in TrailSmart

Do you prefer seeing distances in metric? Or is imperial more your speed?

By default, TrailSmart uses the measurement system that your phone is currently using. Thus, most users from the UK will see imperial in TrailSmart by default. Most users from Spain would see metric. However, when you travel you might want to use the local measurement system so that you can see distances in TrailSmart in the same way you are seeing them locally. Toggling the system used by TrailSmart is easy.

Toggle Metric in TrailSmart

Just go to the Dashboard, tap on ‘App’, and then tap on the ‘Metric / Imperial’ label. The setting will toggle and (almost) everything in TrailSmart will immediately adjust.

Got a suggestion on how we can make TrailSmart better for your needs? Let us know!

Great Lycian Way Video

Magnus Hedström wrote in to tell us about the video he’s just created of his 2015 Lycian Way walk. We took at look at it and it beautifully captures the essence of the Lycian Way. He’s posted it to YouTube.

He also told us: “Amazingly beautiful area, friendly people, good food and stunning weather.” We couldn’t agree more. He also noted, though, that the trail could be rough at times and he had trouble finding his way on occasion (a common complaint and the primary reason we created TrekRight).

Check it out — time well spent! 🙂

For more of Magnus’ adventures, take a look at his website:

It’s in Swedish, but very readable with Google Translate. He’s been to some interesting places and he’s got some great photos on his site.

Camino Francés – Large Content Update


Estrella, Sept 2005 – Photo by José Antonio Gil Martínez

Today we released a very large content update for the Camino Francés involving more than 60 newly added or updated albergues, and many other tweaks and improvements.

Our thanks to the many people who sent us feedback on albergues and other Camino-related items. Your help is much appreciated! Our extra thanks go out to Jason Richardson, Sally Grimmett, and Sergei P. who all went above-and-beyond in providing amazing feedback.

Buen Camino!

TrekRight – Android Versions Now Available in Google Play!

We’re happy to announce that TrekRight is now available for Android phones and tablets through the Google Play store. Apps are available for the Camino Francés, Lycian Way, and Cotswold Way long-distance trails.

Here are some screenshots:

This is the Home screen for the Camino Francés:
Camino Francés Home Screen

And for the Cotswold Way:
Cotswold Way Home Screen

This is a zoomed-out map showing part of the Lycian Way – it gives a nice sense of the general terrain:
Lycian Way Zoomed-out Map

And here’s a much more zoomed-in map of a part of the Cotswold Way:
Cotswold Way Zoomed-in Map

The Routes module lists all of the available routes for the trail. We pre-define the most common routes for you though you can also create custom routes yourself. Here are the pre-defined routes for the Camino Francés:
Camino Francés Routes Module

And here are the Lycian Way’s pre-defined routes:
Lycian Way Routes Screen

The ‘Trekopedia’ is our trail encyclopedia. The top level looks like this:
Cotswold Way Trekopedia Categories

Here’s a screenshot of the details available for an accommodation item:
Lycian Way Accommodation Item Top of Screen

More details for the same item:
Lycian Way Accommodation Item Bottom of Screen

Here’s an elevation profile chart for the Camino Francés:
Camino Francés Elevation Profile

There’s much more, of course — TrekRight is a very comprehensive app designed to help you focus on simply enjoying your walk.

All feedback on TrekRight is highly appreciated! Tell us what you like about TrekRight. Tell us what we should improve. Your feedback helps us make TrekRight better.

Hiking From Myra to Finike – Trail Feedback

We got some great feedback today from Lycian Way hiker Manoel Morgado who just finished the amazingly beautiful 3-day section from Myra to Finike. This 38.6 km portion of the Lycian Way involves climbing and descending more than 2,280m, some of it very steep and/or rugged. It’s an exhilarating portion of the trail. At this time of the year, it is particularly challenging as there can still be significant snow at the higher elevations.

Descending from Belören towards Demre

Descending from Belören towards Demre, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Manoel had some great comments about both the trail and our TrekRight app:

We are back from the 3 days in the mountains (Myra to Finike) and once more we have to thank you because if it was not for TrekRight we would still be there in the woods looking for the way. From above 1600 meters there was quite a lot of snow and it was almost impossible to find our way. Then we used the app’s directional compass telling us where to go and eventually we found, over and over, one of the marks. Camping at Alakilise was wonderful. It is not everyday that one camps at a 1700 year old Roman church… It took 5 hours from Myra to Alakilise, very hard 8 hours from there to Belos ruins and 3 from there to Finike.

I wouldn’t recommend anybody to do this 3 day trip without your app since there is still quite a lot of snow covering most of the marks. But even before that on the way up it is very easy to get lost and getting lost there can be quite dangerous… We put a few dozen cairns on the way but even then it is not easy.

The weirdest part until now happened on the descent from Belos. You are following the road down and in the app says that the road turns to the left and you should follow to the left. But we were coming on the road and saw signs very clear on the road in front. We went straight and there were more signs so we walked for around 400 meters until we found a house and no more signs. So I looked at the compass and it indicated that we had to go back to the intersection. We were confused since the marks were very clear and very frequent. So, we went back to the road, which was the correct way after all, and then the compass was happy…

Regarding the new ‘official’ section going into Finike: This way is not just very well marked (the best so far with new signs at each 3 meters or so) but very beautiful and different. For quite a while it follows a canyon on a dry river bed that is spectacular!

Manoel is a veteran trekker and mountain climber, leading tours and expeditions around the world. He’s been generously providing us with helpful feedback on his hike of the Lycian Way.

Note: there is nothing technically difficult about the Myra – Finike section other than a lot of ascending and descending. However, if you aren’t experienced with mountain hiking you should definitely wait until closer to summer when the snow has largely cleared before doing this portion of the Lycian Way. It is easy to bypass this portion and continue on from Finike (or from Myra if you are walking westbound).

Here are a few more photos taken in 2013 to give you a nice sense of the trail through the mountains:

Approaching Belören from Zeytin

Approaching Belören from Zeytin, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Great view between Alakilise and the highpoint on the Myra-Finike section

Great view between Alakilise and the highpoint on the Myra-Finike section, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Walking towards the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section, coming from the Belos ruins

Walking towards the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section, coming from the Belos ruins, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

Walking on the forest trail between the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section and the Belos ruins

Walking on the forest trail between the highpoint of the Myra-Finike section and the Belos ruins, April 2013 – Photo by Altug Senel.

TrekRight v1.8 Submitted to App Store!

TrekRight version 1.8 has been finished for both the Camino de Santiago and the Lycian Way apps. New versions of both have been submitted to the App Store and are simply waiting on review / approval by Apple. It normally takes 5-7 days, so the apps should show up in the App Store sometime around this weekend assuming there are no issues.

This major release adds significant functionality to TrekRight, fixes a few bugs, and includes updates on much of the content.

We recommend everyone update to this new version.

Note: When you update TrekRight, all of the ‘reference’ information will be replaced with our updated content. However, your own data is not affected. Thus, any notes you’ve added or any routes you’ve defined or modified will still be there. The same applies to any ‘Ratings’, Flags, or other values that you can change (user information is stored separately and thus is not affected by updates to the app).

IMPROVED: Routes Module

If you want to customize one of the pre-built routes (such as the popular Brierley or Eroski routes on the Camino), it is now much easier and more flexible. Choose where you want to start and finish and select which sections you want to use (not everyone wants to walk the same exact route). Easily adjust the stage breaks to suit your own speed and preferences. And more. [This is only ‘new’ in the Camino version; it was already in the most recent Lycian Way version]

ADDED: Santiago ‘City Walk’

For the Camino version, we’ve created an in-depth ‘city walk’ of Santiago de Compostela, including a route that appears on the Map, details about just about every notable attraction in the city, and so on. There’s also an ebook version of the guide available (free) here on the website. To do the ‘city walk’ within TrekRight, just select it in the Routes listing.

CONTENT: Lots of Updates

We are continuing to actively update the content of TrekRight, for both the Camino and Lycian Way. For this release, there are more updates to the Camino version (about 800!), though there are also about 200 updates to the Lycian Way version.

FIXED / OTHER: Minor Bugs / Tweaks

A handful of minor bugs have been fixed and there have been small tweaks throughout TrekRight.

Let us know if you encounter any problems or want to recommend new features. TrekRight is being actively worked on, so your feedback and ideas are always greatly appreciated.

Of course, all of our content remains available here, online. Contact us any time to suggest content changes, submit photos or other content of your own, or just to chat.

Thanks to everyone who sent us feedback and helped with testing for this latest version of TrekRight.

Updated Route Around Pedrouzo

I’ve updated the Camino Francés route around Pedrouzo today. The previous route passed directly through the town, which (while common) isn’t actually the official route. Now, the route correctly passes north of town. However, I’ve added an optional detour section that you can take through Pedrouzo if you are overnighting there or if you need supplies.

These changes affect Santa Irene to Pedrouzo and Pedrouzo to Lavacolla. The new detour section is here.

Thanks to Ron Langman for pointing out the incorrect path we previously had. (Personally, I prefer to walk through Pedrouzo, but the official route does go north of it.)

New guidebook: ‘City Walk’ of Santiago de Compostela

Santiago de Compostela

Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela
Photo by Alexander Schimmeck

Visiting Santiago de Compostela (or heading there as part of your Camino)? I’ve created a detailed ‘walking tour’ guide of all the highlights of Santiago, including the major attractions and viewpoints. The full tour is a little over 5.2 km in length and would be suitable as a half or a full-day tour, depending on how long you opt to spend at each attraction. The guide includes walking directions and lots of details on each of the attractions.

You can read the guide online, as an ebook, or using our handy smartphone app:

  • Read it online, here on Trekopedia (it’s part of our Camino de Santiago section; this link takes you directly to the guide).
  • eBook – ePub format: As an ebook you can download and read offline using most ebook readers. Includes great photos and a KML file you can optionally use with a GPS device. [16 mb]
  • eBook – PDF format: As an ebook you can download and read offline using Adobe Reader (or compatible PDF readers). Also includes photos and the KML file. [8 mb]

The ‘City Walk’ tour is also included within our TrekRight: Camino de Santiago app.

For reading before you go, either the website version or the ePub is recommended. The website is ideal for ‘looking things up’ while the ebook formats are perfect for offline use or if you simply want to ‘read’ the guide (like you would a proper book). The ePub format is best is you want to read the guide on a mobile device (like your phone or a tablet). The PDF version is best if you want to print the guide for reading as a hard-copy. The website has one big advantage, though: it gets updated the most frequently. Thus, if you are looking for reference details such as the hours an attraction is open then the website is likely to be more up-to-date.

While you are actually in Santiago, nothing beats our app since it uses the geo-location feature of your smartphone to give you location-aware functionality, includes an ‘intelligent’ compass that shows you which way to go next based on your current location, and so on. Highly recommended!

We hope you enjoy our Santiago ‘City Walk’ guide – let us know if you found it useful. Feedback on how we can make it better is always highly appreciated.

Trekopedia is Up-and-Running!

Finally! Trekopedia is now up-and-running. We’ve integrated our existing ‘Caminopedia’ and Lycian Way sites into this new site. Trekopedia will be the home for all of our long-distance hikes and bicycle tours, as we gradually add them. It took us about a week longer than planned due to an aggressive flu bug, but the structure and core content is now all moved to the new site.

We still need to upload / organize most of the photos. That will probably take us several weeks – please bear with us on that.

Have suggestions on new treks we should add to Trekopedia? Or have feedback on the new site? Let us know!