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Tartrazine

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2021
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
 
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2012: most of some, all of a few, a bit of others
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
So Zenarruza is open? It was my favorite on the Norte (for ambiance not luxury but I hear it’s been improved). I know everyone says Guermes but I hated that one, even more than the hostel in Guernica.

sounds like you’ve figured out housing! Not an easy feat on the Norte at high season during a pandemic.

Buen Camino!
 

mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Tartrazine,

Thanks for your update.
Glad to learn that you are in a good spot; hope that the plate of food tonight is tasty.
Looking forward to reading more comments
as you progress.
Carpe diem and Buen camino.
 

mark connolly

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Thanks for the info. I'm thinking of doing the Norte after I complete the Le Puy Route in September, So any info about the Norte no matter how small or trivial, will be greatly appreciated.

Good Luck.

Buen Camino

Mark
 
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nathanael

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My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
that is a good deal enjoy fellow Pilgrim take me with you in thought, next year for me being my 12 th.
 

lt56ny

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Past OR future Camino
2021
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
Looks like Room in the City in San Sebastian has kept their prices pretty steady. I stayed there for about 23 Euros in 2018 and it was October. So given it is 3 years later and high season that price sounds about right to me. It was a very nice hostel.
 

Irina Canada

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Camio Francais from St Jean to Fromista
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
Did they ask you to show a Green pass or antigen test etc.? Thanks
 

mario juan

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My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
Great info that , thanks for sharing it.. I’m hoping to start in September..
 

CMMCKEON

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Camino del Norte, Camino Portuguese
Hi, I stayed in Albergue Pozueta, pre-covid. Lovely place, great host, great location, very quiet and comfortable, also really nice food and plenty of it!
I seem to remember feeling I would never reach it, but there were some encouraging signs and notices on the way to the albergue, which really kept me going. Enjoy your Camino.
 
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Tartrazine

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So Zenarruza is open? It was my favorite on the Norte (for ambiance not luxury but I hear it’s been improved). I know everyone says Guermes but I hated that one, even more than the hostel in Guernica.

sounds like you’ve figured out housing! Not an easy feat on the Norte at high season during a pandemic.

Buen Camino!

Did they ask you to show a Green pass or antigen test etc.? Thanks

Obviously I needed proof of vaccination to get into Spain, but now I'm here nowhere has asked to see anything.
 

Sherpa47

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2008 and 2017
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
When I walked the Camino in 2017 I thought 30 euros a day for a bed, a meal and some breakfast was good value for money. So over four years later and with the effects of COVID, to still find costs are similar is amazing! Stay safe!
 

Squeak

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Camino Ruta de la Norte 2014
Camino Via de la Plata 2016
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
In Bilbao, a must see is the Guggenheim Museum
 

Tony Bobcat

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May 2017
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
Thanks for the update. Buen Camino
 
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Chef66

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Now
Finished Norte last week. Not aware of an one having any accommodation issues or needing to show any COVID papers anywhere.
 
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I am walking Norte starting Aug 13....any info is great. How are the resources along the way? Cafes? restaurants, etd
Besides various threads here on the board, you can look at Gronze.com, and you can get guidebooks...we got 2 and worked with Gronze too before we left.

BC
 

Mandygoingplaces

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Past OR future Camino
2021
I'm walking a week of the Norte from Comillas starting the 10th, and I'm really struggling to find anything I can book ahead. Now I know Booking.com is not the be all and end all of accommodation, but I've also phoned a few that aren't listed on there and everywhere seems booked up.
I would be happy to wild camp a few nights but haven't done it before and not very confident on where I would pitch. Any help very welcome!
 
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The Kolbist

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past: Frances, inland Portuguese, Fatima
future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
So we're walking in September and checked out accomodation in zarautz - nothing affordable anymore for pilgrims. But since we're having a side trip to Santuario de Loiola, we got an accommodation in a pilgrim-like prices a few kms away from the Santuario...
 
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I plan to walk this year 2020 in September
My first Camino.

On night 5 and have the next three nights booked already so giving some feedback.

Obviously with municipal albergues closed there is less choice, and whilst the 'see where I end up' approach might work I'm not inclined to chance it. 15 - 18 miles a day does me so I'm simply looking ahead to where that mileage takes me and seeing what's available to book.

Other than popular tourist towns where I paid through the nose for hotels, Irun and Zauratz I'm looking at you, I'm not having any great problems finding albergues or hostels at reasonable (in the circumstances) prices.

San Sebastian, room in the city hostel 32 euros

izarbide aterpetxea 32 euros with dinner and breakfast

Zenarruza monastery ( where I am writing from) donation. You also get a plate of food for dinner and something for breakfast.

Albergue Pozueta, booked for tomorrow, 14 euros for a bed, 10 euros for dinner and 4 for breakfast if you want them.

I'm generally booking in the evening for the next night, but as I'm not far from Bilbao and was concerned about city hotel costs I looked into what was available and booked two nights bed and breakfast at the All Iron Hostel, 16 euros a night. Going to have a day off there.

I guess the point is that, certainly for the first week, I'm generally managing to find Albergues and hostels available.
Hi thanks for your post. I’m planning to start the Camino early September from St Jean. My thought has been to book accommodation for the whole walk due to perhaps limited availability but looking at your post this looks like it may not be necessary? I have a fairly fixed view of my itinerary so would you suggest I push ahead and book everything or can I take a chance on availability whilst I’m walking? Any tips welcome.
 
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Obviously I needed proof of vaccination to get into Spain, but now I'm here nowhere has asked to see anything.
Are you sure about this? I though my a PCR sufficed
I’m confused, and I know things are constantly changing, but are people here talking about getting INTO Spain?

I thought that the requirements were changed in late June to allow entry to anyone, with or without proof of vaccination or test results. Or is this only for US citizens?

 

Donny Camino

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2016
Most start in France and walk into Spain, thus you need to follow French rules also. If you fly to Spain direct, then ignore all about France. Spain has no health pass and we are welcome.
 

Chef66

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Now
I’m confused, and I know things are constantly changing, but are people here talking about getting INTO Spain?

I thought that the requirements were changed in late June to allow entry to anyone, with or without proof of vaccination or test results. Or is this only for US citizens?

UK travellers can certainly enter without proof of vaccine. A PCR will suffice.
 

Kathar1na

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To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
I thought that the requirements were changed in late June to allow entry to anyone, with or without proof of vaccination or test results. Or is this only for US citizens?
It is only for US citizens and citizens from 22 other non-EU countries who travel from the USA and from one of these 22 countries directly to Spain. They currently do not need to be vaccinated and they do not need to be tested. The UK is currently not among these 22 countries but was once among them.

The rules for British citizens who travel directly from the UK to Spain have changed a few times, and even significantly, during the last few months.

The rules for EU citizens who live in the EU and travel from an EU country to Spain can change slightly from week to week, depending from which region in the EU they travel to Spain.

The last major category are those who travel from none of the above directly to Spain but must be vaccinated.

It's all on the SpTH website.
 
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Tartrazine

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Past OR future Camino
2021
On a side note, travelling from Stansted to Madrid at the end of july, I saw a couple told the wouldn't be able to fly to Ireland as they hadn't filled a form in online. At the gate for the Madrid flight an entire family with children were told their PCR tests were several hours too old and they couldn't board.
 

bleudog

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Past OR future Camino
2021
Walking the Del Norte now as a couple and we are certainly having more trouble finding places between San Sebastián and Markina than you seemed to OP. Many places we’ve contacted are booked out a week. It must be the difference between early and mid August. Crossing our fingers to find something that won’t break the bank
 

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