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Albergue in DIOMONDI will open next week!!!

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We need first hand reports! 34 beds, bathrooms, living room, kitchen. No one has said whether the kitchen will be equipped, though, or whether it will be a typical Xunta albergue that has a kitchen with no equipment. Maybe Torre Vilariño will take orders and deliver a meal. ;)

For those who haven’t followed our long wait for this albergue, you should know that it is located in the Bishop’s palace (15th C???) that is built onto the side of the 12th C Romanesque church in Diomondi, out in the middle of nowhere.

I have been to the church on three different occasions and never found it open. I wonder if the hospitalero/a will have the key. That would make it just about as perfect a stop as could be imagined.
 
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Oh geez, all of these new albergues are making me want to attempt the Invierno again this summer. I mean, I just walked it last summer but then again, I didn't get to do the full thing. All of this great albergue news is tempting me!!
 
We need first hand reports! 34 beds, bathrooms, living room, kitchen. No one has said whether the kitchen will be equipped, though, or whether it will be a typical Xunta albergue that has a kitchen with no equipment. Maybe Torre Vilariño will take orders and deliver a meal. ;)

For those who haven’t followed our long wait for this albergue, you should know that it is located in the Bishop’s palace (15th C???) that is built onto the side of the 12th C Romanesque church in Diomondi, out in the middle of nowhere.

I have been to the church on three different occasions and never found it open. I wonder if the hospitalero/a will have the key. That would make it just about as perfect a stop as could be imagined.
Such welcome news! When I was there this past November, many workmen at the Albergue. The church, seemingly always closed, we couldn’t “pretty please them” for a peek inside, no key. Some pics from 11-10-21
 

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Another good news.
Next week the Diomondi hostel opens its doors.

Thanks for another article in the Spanish press, @FreeCat. I’ll bet the church hasn’t seen a crowd like the one in the picture for years!!!

Both of these articles have said that this albergue will be the first public albergue on the Invierno. I guess they mean public and exclusively for pilgrims, because there are several public albergues that are for youth and others — Quiroga and Villamartín, for example.

But more particularly, isn’t the albergue in Xagoaza a public albergue for pilgrims only? That one’s been here for years!

Anyway, those are just quibbles with the reporting, but nothing should detract from the happy news!!!
 
Lest you were hoping this would be a politics-free event, today’s description of the inauguration of the Diomondi albergue describes how the PP (Partido Popular) deputies are angry at the head of the Lugo Council, José Tomé Roca (member of the classic PSOE, socialist party) for his refusal to attend the ceremony. Tomé is also the mayor of Monforte de Lemos, according to my research.

I’m not sure what the dispute is about, because the article doesn’t really explain it, but I guess we can assume that if the PP supports it, the PSOE will oppose it. It’s more nuanced than that, I’m sure, but it is interesting to watch local politics spill over into Camino development.


I am sure that peregrinos, whatever their political stripes, will greatly appreciate what looks to be an absolutely wonderful albergue.
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
Does anyone know how to contact the new albergue to get the keys etc? Walking the Invierno now and trying to plan a couple days ahead. Thanks!
 
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Does anyone know how to contact the new albergue to get the keys etc? Walking the Invierno now and trying to plan a couple days ahead. Thanks!
That’s a great question. Gronze doesn’t even show the albergue yet. I bet the albergues in Monforte de Lemos can help with that, but I will also send a few inquiries to see if I can find out something.

Enjoy, @amy374. How are you enjoying the Invierno?
 
That’s a great question. Gronze doesn’t even show the albergue yet. I bet the albergues in Monforte de Lemos can help with that, but I will also send a few inquiries to see if I can find out something.

Enjoy, @amy374. How are you enjoying the Invierno?
The tourist office in Monforte says they don’t have a number for the albuergue in Diomondi but it is open and can just show up- so that is what I will try when I walk through day after tomorrow. I think it is now on Gronze as well?

This walk is extremely beautiful, well marked, and empty (just two other Spanish pilgrims here tonite) though I have skipped a couple stages by train to make up some time and kto have a couple days in Santiago. 20-25km seems to be the perfect length day for me. Took the train from Sobradelo to Quiroga by train this morning early and walked the 19km to Salcedo to sleep. Lots of completely logged and burned hillsides- is this fire protection or….?

Two things for others taking this route- the Renfe app works great for getting accurate train schedules in these small towns. And here are the contacts for open albergues I got from the tourist office in Ponferrada (they didn’t know about Diomondi). I shall report back once I reach it!
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Lots of completely logged and burned hillsides- is this fire protection or….?
It's 'or,' I think.
There was a fire that went through there recently (last year?) A pity, because it was beautiful before, in its own way.
Buen camino, Amy!!!
 
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Does anyone know how to contact the new albergue to get the keys etc? Walking the Invierno now and trying to plan a couple days ahead. Thanks!
I‘ve had a WhatsApp with the owners of the new albergue in Monforte de Lemos. They have tried to get some information but all they have found out is that the authorities are waiting on a phone number. Not sure what that means. Gronze just shows “open at 1 pm”. I can’t imagine that the Xunta will staff this albergue with a hospitalero but I could be wrong! You will have to let us know, take lots of pictures!
 
I‘ve had a WhatsApp with the owners of the new albergue in Monforte de Lemos. They have tried to get some information but all they have found out is that the authorities are waiting on a phone number. Not sure what that means. Gronze just shows “open at 1 pm”. I can’t imagine that the Xunta will staff this albergue with a hospitalero but I could be wrong! You will have to let us know, take lots of pictures!
Some albergues don't have phones or it rings to the municipal building and not the albergue.
 
Wow, WOW! The albergue in Diomondi is so new, so big, and so empty! I was the only pilgrim there last night and the hospitalero told me I was the first peregrina to stay and maybe only the 12th person?

There are many many rooms and beds, also bathrooms (though showers only on first floor), and a beautiful sitting area/loft upstairs. The hospitalero Iría was not there when I arrived but the number was on the door, I used WhatsApp to text her and she came about 40 min later- very apologetic that she hadn’t been there (though it’s a lovely site to wander around and wait)!

There are two kitchens, upstairs and down. Small and I saw no utensils, plates etc. Funny to have created a huge albergue with such tiny cocina. Earlier, I found a nearby “Cantina Mean” on Google maps, and Juan the owner is on WhatsApp. He confirmed that he would be open when I came through that afternoon and had a pilgrim menu. It was sort of like a “farmhouse bar”, soup, eggs, chorizo, potatoes, salad, wine and coffee for 10e. I don’t get the sense there is a lot of variety on offer there (or that it is as nice as Torre Vilarano, where it was too early to stop as I walked through). I would absolutely suggest confirming they are open before counting on it for lunch or dinner. But it is perfectly located near Diomondi, friendly, and a nice place to stop for a home cooked meal before settling in at the albergue. No wifi there (or at albergue).

Iría explained they are still working out some kinks- for example the lights don’t go off in the dormitory room once turned on. It’s nice to have the electric on though because every bed has an outlet next to it. A big area outside for washing clothes but no where really to hang them- I made do with a tree.

After walking to Chantada this morning, with the descent and then climb (how are there cherries already ripe!!!?), I can say how glad I am to have been able to do that stretch in the morning and not at the end of a long day from Monforte de Lemos.

I hope many other pilgrims will make use of the albergue and also Cantina Mean 😀.

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Xunta albergues are usually run by someone paid in the community and often have a nice kitchen with no utensils or serving ware. This will be a nice addition to this route to offer options to the hoardes of pilgrims they are expecting:rolleyes:... We all hope there won't be hoardes, but I am sure the community along this Camino does. Thanks Amy for the report.
 
Earlier, I found a nearby “Cantina Mean” on Google maps, and Juan the owner is on WhatsApp.

Great information and pictures, @amy374! Also, it’s good to know about a nearby place to eat. How close to the albergue is it?

Are you in the Pousa do Asma in Chantada? @El Cascayal gave it very good reviews on her recent Invierno, I think.

the hospitalero told me I was the first peregrina to stay and maybe only the 12th person?
I guess this means the Xunta will let non-peregrinos stay there? I don’t think that’s normal practice (and Gronze says it’s only for peregrinos). but there’s surely not a crunch!
 
Great information and pictures, @amy374! Also, it’s good to know about a nearby place to eat. How close to the albergue is it?

Are you in the Pousa do Asma in Chantada? @El Cascayal gave it very good reviews on her recent Invierno, I think.


I guess this means the Xunta will let non-peregrinos stay there? I don’t think that’s normal practice (and Gronze says it’s only for peregrinos). but there’s surely not a crunch!
Maybe she meant the first peregrina instead of peregrino?
 
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It looks and sounds sooooo wonderful.
Thank you, Amy, for the spendid photos, and for the food info, which is a critical piece of information.
 
Great information and pictures, @amy374! Also, it’s good to know about a nearby place to eat. How close to the albergue is it?
Are you in the Pousa do Asma in Chantada?
Cantina Mean is no more than 3km from Diomondi, on LU-P- 5806. I turned right off the camino route onto a farm road a few km before Diomondi that brought me right to its door. Juan is on WhatsApp +34 678 50 52 19.

I am staying tonite at Hotel Vilaseco- again, many more beds for pilgrims than people walking this route. Talking to the owner he is hopeful that numbers will grow over the next few years.
Maybe she meant the first peregrina instead of peregrino?
Yes, I understood her to mean I was the first female pilgrim to stay.
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
Wow, WOW! The albergue in Diomondi is so new, so big, and so empty! I was the only pilgrim there last night and the hospitalero told me I was the first peregrina to stay and maybe only the 12th person?

There are many many rooms and beds, also bathrooms (though showers only on first floor), and a beautiful sitting area/loft upstairs. The hospitalero Iría was not there when I arrived but the number was on the door, I used WhatsApp to text her and she came about 40 min later- very apologetic that she hadn’t been there (though it’s a lovely site to wander around and wait)!

There are two kitchens, upstairs and down. Small and I saw no utensils, plates etc. Funny to have created a huge albergue with such tiny cocina. Earlier, I found a nearby “Cantina Mean” on Google maps, and Juan the owner is on WhatsApp. He confirmed that he would be open when I came through that afternoon and had a pilgrim menu. It was sort of like a “farmhouse bar”, soup, eggs, chorizo, potatoes, salad, wine and coffee for 10e. I don’t get the sense there is a lot of variety on offer there (or that it is as nice as Torre Vilarano, where it was too early to stop as I walked through). I would absolutely suggest confirming they are open before counting on it for lunch or dinner. But it is perfectly located near Diomondi, friendly, and a nice place to stop for a home cooked meal before settling in at the albergue. No wifi there (or at albergue).

Iría explained they are still working out some kinks- for example the lights don’t go off in the dormitory room once turned on. It’s nice to have the electric on though because every bed has an outlet next to it. A big area outside for washing clothes but no where really to hang them- I made do with a tree.

After walking to Chantada this morning, with the descent and then climb (how are there cherries already ripe!!!?), I can say how glad I am to have been able to do that stretch in the morning and not at the end of a long day from Monforte de Lemos.

I hope many other pilgrims will make use of the albergue and also Cantina Mean 😀.

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Looks so beautifully done! Thanks for posting. Makes me want to get on the next flight.
 
Are you in the Pousa do Asma in Chantada? @El Cascayal gave it very good reviews on her recent Invierno, I think.
Yes, Laurie! Private albergue. The owner/hospitalera was very kind and helpful, everything brand new, gorgeous individual bathrooms, individual light and outlet, strong WiFI, self service washer and drier included in the price. All one floor. Nice bar next door for early breakfast, and right on the Camino.
 
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I am looking forward to staying in the new albergues on the Invierno when I pass through on my way to Santiago in November. I hope that they will be listed on Gronze, as so much seems to have changed since I walked the Invierno in 2019. I shall be content so long as I can find a bed to sleep in every night, and somewhere to get food.
 
In post 21 above, @amy374 has a picture of a phone number posted on the door of the Diomondi albergue. She mentions Iria as the hospitalera.

I just got a WhatsApp from the Lemavo Albergue in Monforte with new information. The contact person is now Rosa.

Phone number 34 637 72 36 97

Looks like things are still a bit fluid, and I’m sure the proper number will be listed on the door, but people who want to reserve or confirm ahead, should also have this number. At least for now!

Edit — I’ve had a quick WhatsApp with Rosa, and she confirms that she is the hospitalera. She says there is no need to call in advance. Hours available are from 1 pm to 10 pm.
 
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The focus is on reducing the risk of failure through being well prepared. 2nd ed.
In post 21 above, @amy374 has a picture of a phone number posted on the door of the Diomondi albergue. She mentions Iria as the hospitalera.

I just got a WhatsApp from the Lemavo Albergue in Monforte with new information. The contact person is now Rosa.

Phone number 34 637 72 36 97

Looks like things are still a bit fluid, and I’m sure the proper number will be listed on the door, but people who want to reserve or confirm ahead, should also have this number. At least for now!

Edit — I’ve had a quick WhatsApp with Rosa, and she confirms that she is the hospitalera. She says there is no need to call in advance. Hours available are from 1 pm to 10 pm.
Fingers crossed, this will be the case at the end of the summer since I do not have a phone (yes I am a bit of a Luddite).
 

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