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Albergues at 100% capacity ?

mark stevens

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I’m setting off on my Camino Frances in just over 3 weeks and wondered if all the albergues/hostels are operating at 100% possible capacity? Or are they still at covid levels etc ?

I’m not planning to book ahead but just wondered. I’ve only booked Orisson ahead as that place is fab

Mark
 
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Now at 20th day and close to Ponferrada in Camino Franche.

I have seen 2 albergas Completo / full. Some are opening up as covid starts to be "over" and people are returning.

I have not booked any place in advance. I have power to hike to next village if needed. Everything has worked fine!
 
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The camino returned to full capacity as of 1 April. Kitchen use is still up to individual management; some albergue kitchens are still limited or closed.
There is a big wave of Easter Camino pilgrims washing across the Meseta just now, filling up smaller places, but I haven't heard of any real crises this year.
 
Now at 20th day and close to Ponferrada in Camino Franche.

I have seen 2 albergas Completo / full. Some are opening up as covid starts to be "over" and people are returning.

I have not booked any place in advance. I have power to hike to next village if needed. Everything has worked fine!
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I’m setting off on my Camino Frances in just over 3 weeks and wondered if all the albergues/hostels are operating at 100% possible capacity? Or are they still at covid levels etc ?

I’m not planning to book ahead but just wondered. I’ve only booked Orisson ahead as that place is fab

Mark- Follow the Yellow Shell
We are at Najera & booking 2 days in advance but still proving difficult to get reasonable prices. We have decided to avoid the guide book stopping points and book ahead at the smaller villages. Buen Camino.
 
I had a difficult time booking at Orisson or Borda and this was for September.
I hope you got a bed. I am not surprised to hear this as September is one of the busiest months and the albergues in and around Orisson albergue don't have that many beds for the number of pilgrims starting in SJPP.
 
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The camino returned to full capacity as of 1 April. Kitchen use is still up to individual management; some albergue kitchens are still limited or closed.
There is a big wave of Easter Camino pilgrims washing across the Meseta just now, filling up smaller places, but I haven't heard of any real crises this year.
Good News, so I guess by April 2023, this will all be back to a "new" normal! :)
 
I hope you got a bed. I am not surprised to hear this as September is one of the busiest months and the albergues in and around Orisson albergue don't have that many beds for the number of pilgrims starting in SJPP.
Yes, September is the busiest month for pilgrims stating from SJPDP in recent years
Pilgrims departing from sjpdp by month 2019 - Copy.JPG
 
Albergue Roncesvalles is on full capacity again and has been full several times during the last two weeks. May is also a very busy period. I'd make a reservatiion!
While Roncesvalles is a nice stop, Burguete isn't much further down the road and in the morning you avoid the huge rush of Pilgrims first thing out the door.
If you're interested in Ernest Hemingway you can even check out the hotel he used to visit.
 
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I guess I'm part of some sort of Easter wave and it's been mixed. All the beds in Reliegos were taken last night and people had to go on to Mansilla for spaces but I'm in Albergue San Francisco (the Capuchin albergue) in Leon tonight and it's really quiet.
 
I’m setting off on my Camino Frances in just over 3 weeks and wondered if all the albergues/hostels are operating at 100% possible capacity? Or are they still at covid levels etc ?

I’m not planning to book ahead but just wondered. I’ve only booked Orisson ahead as that place is fab

Mark- Follow the Yellow Shell
I am on day 21 at Ponferrada and tomorrow in Villafranca de Bierzo all is OK Spain is more relaxed than ever .
Buen Camino
 
We are at Najera & booking 2 days in advance but still proving difficult to get reasonable prices. We have decided to avoid the guide book stopping points and book ahead at the smaller villages. Buen Camino.
That’s gonna be my strategy without the booking. Starting from SJPP so should be ok
 
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While Roncesvalles is a nice stop, Burguete isn't much further down the road and in the morning you avoid the huge rush of Pilgrims first thing out the door.
If you're interested in Ernest Hemingway you can even check out the hotel he used to visit.
Loving that idea and that’s where we’re planning on walking too with an early start as you say. Cheers Terri
 
Now at 20th day and close to Ponferrada in Camino Franche.

I have seen 2 albergas Completo / full. Some are opening up as covid starts to be "over" and people are returning.

I have not booked any place in advance. I have power to hike to next village if needed. Everything has worked fine!
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We are at Najera & booking 2 days in advance but still proving difficult to get reasonable prices. We have decided to avoid the guide book stopping points and book ahead at the smaller villages. Buen Camino.
I am also at Najera and would advise to book ahead
 
While Roncesvalles is a nice stop, Burguete isn't much further down the road and in the morning you avoid the huge rush of Pilgrims first thing out the door.
If you're interested in Ernest Hemingway you can even check out the hotel he used to visit.
I've booked this hotel in May. Excited to try something different this year!
 
Thanks for all your messages and info guys. 22 days before I leave and as you can imagine I’m not really thinking a k anything else at the moment. I’ve only got 10 days and aiming for Burgos with relaxation and updating info for my blog.
 
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I’m setting off on my Camino Frances in just over 3 weeks and wondered if all the albergues/hostels are operating at 100% possible capacity? Or are they still at covid levels etc ?

I’m not planning to book ahead but just wondered. I’ve only booked Orisson ahead as that place is fab

Mark
I'm just past Pamplona, last 3 albergues I stayed in were full, couldn't find anywhere in Pamplona so got taxi to next village where there was 1 bed.
 
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I’m setting off on my Camino Frances in just over 3 weeks and wondered if all the albergues/hostels are operating at 100% possible capacity? Or are they still at covid levels etc ?

I’m not planning to book ahead but just wondered. I’ve only booked Orisson ahead as that place is fab

Mark- Follow the Yellow Shell
Love the plan. I am starting from SJPDP on May 18 and that is all I have booked. The Camino (or Euros) will provide!
 
I’m setting off on my Camino Frances in just over 3 weeks and wondered if all the albergues/hostels are operating at 100% possible capacity? Or are they still at covid levels etc ?

I’m not planning to book ahead but just wondered. I’ve only booked Orisson ahead as that place is fab

Mark- Follow the Yellow Shell
We left SJPdP on 7 April. It was busy to Burgos, mainly with Spaniards walking in their Easter break. Since the week after Easter no problems. Plenty of accommodation & currently no need to book ahead.
 
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