More views in more countries

Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 3:05 PM


It's been a very busy week for the Street View team! Not only have we made Hawaii the 50th state to get Street View imagery but we've also been hard at work mapping other stunning locations around the world. Now you can explore around huge swathes of Spain, an extra 30 towns in Netherlands and 5 cities in Mexico.

In my home country of Spain, I think we may have created what could be the the first ever virtual pilgrimage: Street View imagery is now available for the Camino de Santiago in commemoration of the year Xacobeo 2010 (the holy year of Saint James).

People can "wander" virtually along the French route from Auritz to Finisterre, through significant points as Pamplona, Estella, Logroño, Nájera, Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Astorga, Ponferrada and Santiago de Compostela. Potential visitors can also plan their entire trip thanks to a customized "mapplet" on Google Maps, created by Consumer Eroski magazine, where tourists can see hotels, hostels and restaurants located along the Camino de Santiago. Make sure you also visit other amazing Spanish sites such as:


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Alhambra of Granada


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Aqueduct of Segovia


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Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

In the Netherlands, you can now explore the many iconic windmills of Kinderdijk. We tried to guess how many windmills there must now be in the Dutch imagery but we were stumped. We want to hear your guesses but we think it could be in the hundreds. Don't believe me? Here's another example:

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Of course, the Netherlands has much more to explore than just windmills -- here's a virtual tour through some other beautiful places:


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Utrecht


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The Hague

But who'd have thought Street View would be able to get my taste buds going too! I've been reminiscing about all that gorgeous Mexican food by checking out the many taco stalls of Mexico City and wishing i could order an enchilada or find my true favourite a 'Gordita'. You can tour other amazing places around the wolrd in our new gallery of global landmarks.