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george.g

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#1
I'm trying to e-mail both these establishments without any luck, both are supposed to be open year round, has anyone any idea if they are open, closed or shut down, or just shut for the off season?
Regards.
George
 

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Momonne

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Frances, Norte, Primtivo, Portuguese, VDLP
#2
The one in Zafra is no more, according to Eroski. Contract ended and was not renewed. Other comments say it closes in winter. With the small number of pilgrims it would make sense to only keep the Van Gogh open.

In Fuente de Cantos, the albergue doesn’t take reservations, so they may not check email very often.
 
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nathanael

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Via de la Plata
#3
The one in Zafra is no more, according to Eroski. Contract ended and was not renewed. Other comments say it closes in winter. With the small number of pilgrims it would make sense to only keep the Van Gogh open.

In Fuente de Cantos, the albergue doesn’t take reservations, so they may not check email very often.
The one in Zafra is no more, according to Eroski. Contract ended and was not renewed. Other comments say it closes in winter. With the small number of pilgrims it would make sense to only keep the Van Gogh open.

In Fuente de Cantos, the albergue doesn’t take reservations, so they may not check email very often.
In Zafra there was the old Franciscan monastery is that also closed? If so what other accommodation in Zafra?
 

Momonne

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Frances, Norte, Primtivo, Portuguese, VDLP
#4
In Zafra there was the old Franciscan monastery is that also closed? If so what other accommodation in Zafra?
I don’t know about the monastery but the Association’s albergue, called Van Gogh, is great. The restaurant across the street exceptional.
 

camino07

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Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18
#5
I'm trying to e-mail both these establishments without any luck, both are supposed to be open year round, has anyone any idea if they are open, closed or shut down, or just shut for the off season?
Regards.
George
Hi George, the Convent Abergue in Fuente is beautiful and rustic. It was open last April. also similar type in Zafra, Albergue San Francisco was amazing. We just turned up.
 

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Momonne

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Frances, Norte, Primtivo, Portuguese, VDLP
#6
Hi George, the Convent Abergue in Fuente is beautiful and rustic. It was open last April. also similar type in Zafra, Albergue San Francisco was amazing. We just turned up.
Gronze also says San francisco is currently « privisionalmente cerrado ».;
 

george.g

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#7
Hi Heather, Momonne,
Yes I’ve spent a night at both and if I was on my own I wouldn’t even think of booking, but I’m walking with family members who haven’t had too much Camino experience so I’m being super cautious and booking where I can, as it is we’re only going as far as Zafra.
I plan to return in September to walk VdlP to Salamanca, then Torres, to Santiago, I’m sure Maggie plans to walk the Torres and as she writes such good bloggs, I’ll be able to follow in her footsteps.
Regards
George
 

nathanael

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#8
I don’t know about the monastery but the Association’s albergue, called Van Gogh, is great. The restaurant across the street exceptional.
It was a former Franciscan Friary/monastery in years ago..was a nice clean and peaceful place for pilgrims.
 

hel&scott

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2004 St Jean - Santiago, 2008 Seville - Finestere, 2010 Ferrol - Lisbon, 2012 from Cartehenga.
#9
I remember Fuente well, it was air conditioned! After a long day doing a double stage we stumbled in fried, the blast of cold air was well and truely welcome. Big place, clean but kitchen and most of the facilities were closed. A number of these tourisco places appear to have struggled over the years and it's not unusual to find them closed.
 

nathanael

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Via de la Plata
#10
The one in Zafra is no more, according to Eroski. Contract ended and was not renewed. Other comments say it closes in winter. With the small number of pilgrims it would make sense to only keep the Van Gogh open.

In Fuente de Cantos, the albergue doesn’t take reservations, so they may not check email very often.
In my nine Caminos and tenth due this year 2018, I have never booked other than at Orisson; and I have always had a bed for the nite. Since I do not carry a cell phone I find it convenient to travel the Camino this way.
 

Magwood

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#11
Hi Heather, Momonne,
Yes I’ve spent a night at both and if I was on my own I wouldn’t even think of booking, but I’m walking with family members who haven’t had too much Camino experience so I’m being super cautious and booking where I can, as it is we’re only going as far as Zafra.
I plan to return in September to walk VdlP to Salamanca, then Torres, to Santiago, I’m sure Maggie plans to walk the Torres and as she writes such good bloggs, I’ll be able to follow in her footsteps.
Regards
George
Yes, George, still planning to walk the Torres. And also a diversion from the Mozarabe through Trujillo, so will be blogging with what will hopefully be useful info.
I hope you are fit and well now and enjoying your planning.
Buen camino, Maggie :)
 

george.g

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#12
Hi Maggie.
Yes according to the doctors I'm good to go, but family commitments mean I have to be in the UK in may so that's put paid to my usual spring camino, so four of us are going to walk from Seville to Zafra, given that the return flights are less than £50 its been an easy decision, plus because of flight times we get to have time to enjoy Seville spring fair before the walk and sightseeing on our return.
I plan to return to Spain in September and will walk the Torres from Salamanca (following your blogg which I have no doubt will be excellent as usual) not sure what route I’ll follow to get there, but it will be nice to walk in September as opposed to Spring.
Best regards
George
 
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nathanael

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Via de la Plata
#13
In Zafra there was the old Franciscan monastery is that also closed? If so what other accommodation in Zafra?
chatter, chatter well I will believe it when I get there...all this chatter, well if it's closed as the chatters say well I will go to a pensione...Zafra is too beautiful to bypass.
 

peregrina2000

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#15
My experience with these albergues turísticos is that the closures and changes in management may coincide with changes in political party power in the region. Fuente de Cantos has been closed off and on over the years with no explanation. I think the same in true in Zafra (also Torremegia), so maybe you will be lucky and they will be open

There was also the one in Almanzara (?), about 14 km out of Zafra, I think. It was another albergue turístico that was just fabulous, an old olive oil "factory" turned into albergue. I was through there twice, once the albergue was closed but a restaurant was open in another part, and the second time the albergue was open but the restaurant closed.

It may be that because these alberguers are in historic buildings, the expenses and maintenance make it too hard for the person with the contract to make ends meet. But they are some of the gems of the Vdlp.
 

Pierre Julian

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#16
I stayed at the van Gough in Zafra a few nights ago plenty of room no need to book, just be really on your very best behaviour if the same hospitalera is there! In Fuente I stayed at the private: El Zaguan. It was wonderful, kind father and son run it, sheets on beds heating ... Etc
 

george.g

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#17
Thanks Pierre.
I'll take your advice and look on booking.com.
Regards
George
 

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