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Albergues yet open on the Via de la Plata/Camino Sanabrés

Via2010

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06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
Hi,

I will start from Zamora on August 10th, but I am still worried about accomodation.

The useful Website of Antonio Retamoso claims to be in the process of being updated but it still lists albergues as closed which appear as open on Gronze (which seems to be rather up-to-date, too). Where can I get more detailed and up-to-date Information?

I would really like to go to albergues as often as possible and dislike the idea of planning an pre-booking every stage in advance.

Has anyone walked this section this year and can report his experiences?

Best wishes
Alexandra
 
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Raggy

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2021
A friend walked from Salamanca in May/June. At that time the municipal albergue in Zamora was operating. IIRC no other municipal albergues were open, but several private ones were running (e.g. Casa Tomas in Xunqueira, and Dornelas and Reina Lupa just before Santiago). Some private albergues were closed (e.g. Albergueria). My friend made a detour to Lalin to use the excellent private albergue there ... There are enough places open for you to walk.

I could make notes from the discussions that I had with my friend while he was walking, but too much time has passed for the detailed information about specific locations to be of much use. For one thing, Galicia started to open its albergues right around the time when he was finishing his camino.

The general lesson, probably will apply in August, though - To be sure of the status of an albergue or other accommodation, call ahead 24 hours in advance. Some people like to say "use Gronze" or "use Antonio's site." That might work well on the most popular caminos, but the information is not updated in a timely enough way on the VDLP and Sanabres. Back in 2019, long term some albergue closures were not reflected in Gronze. (e.g. Albergueria). I don't mean that you have to plan every stage, but you should know the ones where an unexpected surprise would leave you in a quandry, because of the length of the stage or the lack of other options nearby etc. .
 

Via2010

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06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
Thanks a lot. My main concern is the section before Galicia, where the Xunta-Albergues are now open. It seems that some stages can not be done as reccomended in the guide-books because auf lack of accomodation. And my concern is that in some cases the rare accomodation available will be "completo".
 

Raggy

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2021
Yes. One needs to spend more effort than before to ensure that there is somewhere to stay at the end of the day. If money is not an obstacle, there are private accommodations in most of the towns where there are closed albergues. Following Zamora (pubilc albergue open) I recall that my friend was able to stay with private hosts in Granja de la Moreruela, the private hotel/albergue in Tabara, private albergue in Villanueva de las Peras, nothing available in Santa Marta de Tera, so I think he wound up in Camarzana de Tera, Villar de Farfon private albergue open, Rionegro - public albergue was closed....

My friend is disabled - he struggles to walk more than 15 km per day, so he wound up sleeping outdoors around 25% of the time, but if you are able-bodied, and you are willing to adjust some stages and do some calling ahead, I think you can expect a good Camino.

This has been posted on the forum before, I think, but there is an association of private albergues for VDLP and Sanabres. Their list is helpful in addition to the information you find on Gronze and Antonio's site.

 

lt56ny

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CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Yes. One needs to spend more effort than before to ensure that there is somewhere to stay at the end of the day. If money is not an obstacle, there are private accommodations in most of the towns where there are closed albergues. Following Zamora (pubilc albergue open) I recall that my friend was able to stay with private hosts in Granja de la Moreruela, the private hotel/albergue in Tabara, private albergue in Villanueva de las Peras, nothing available in Santa Marta de Tera, so I think he wound up in Camarzana de Tera, Villar de Farfon private albergue open, Rionegro - public albergue was closed....

My friend is disabled - he struggles to walk more than 15 km per day, so he wound up sleeping outdoors around 25% of the time, but if you are able-bodied, and you are willing to adjust some stages and do some calling ahead, I think you can expect a good Camino.

This has been posted on the forum before, I think, but there is an association of private albergues for VDLP and Sanabres. Their list is helpful in addition to the information you find on Gronze and Antonio's site.

Thanks so much Raggy. I will be walking from Sevilla starting about October 14th. I have saved the list to my facebook page. I assume that any updates will be reflected in my saved list. Now all I have to do is figure out where the saved list is on my facebook page and how I can add it to my search page on google in chrome. Once I have that figured out I am a little more gold (or should I say silver). I also will have the Wise Pilgrim, Buen Camino and Kelley apps on my phone. I assume that the VDLP always needed a little advanced planning, now i am sure it will need more. The more resources I have to find places to sleep and especially up to date ones the better prepared I will be. I am sure I will need to ask ahead about bars/restaurants/tiendas/mercados also to make sure I always have an adequate food supply when I start each morning.
Is this Antonio's website:
I do have this one bookmarked.
If it is not would you send me the site address, Please. Also with the resources I have listed is it necessary to include his?
Thanks for all your help.
 
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Frances (2016), Norte (2017), Portuges (2018), Mozarabe (2019), Primitivo (2019), Via de La Plata (2
Hi,

I will start from Zamora on August 10th, but I am still worried about accomodation.

The useful Website of Antonio Retamoso claims to be in the process of being updated but it still lists albergues as closed which appear as open on Gronze (which seems to be rather up-to-date, too). Where can I get more detailed and up-to-date Information?

I would really like to go to albergues as often as possible and dislike the idea of planning an pre-booking every stage in advance.

Has anyone walked this section this year and can report his experiences?

Best wishes
Alexandra
Hi there. I live in Andalucia not far from the Via de La Plata. One of our neighbours is a serious peregrino and 3 weeks ago he did the Camino Sanabres by bike. He is a meticulous planner and he had planned an 88 km stage out of Zamora. There was no accommodation where previously it was advertised and he ended up having to do a 120 km stage to find a place to stay. be very careful.
 

Raggy

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Is this Antonio's website:
Yes. It has always been one of the best resources, but it is a labor of love by one individual, so I don't expect it to keep up with the rapidly changing situation on the ground.
 

Raggy

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Year of past OR future Camino
2021
Hi there. I live in Andalucia not far from the Via de La Plata. One of our neighbours is a serious peregrino and 3 weeks ago he did the Camino Sanabres by bike. He is a meticulous planner and he had planned an 88 km stage out of Zamora. There was no accommodation where previously it was advertised and he ended up having to do a 120 km stage to find a place to stay. be very careful.
88km from Zamora would be Santa Marta de Tera. Yes. The municipal albergue was closed last time I heard - and it was a drag for my friend too because he only found out when he arrived. Depending on your neighbor's finances, he could have found places to stay that were closer. And if he needed somewhere inexpensive, the donativo at Villar de Fonfar, 20km further along the Camino was open.
 

lt56ny

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Year of past OR future Camino
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
Yes. It has always been one of the best resources, but it is a labor of love by one individual, so I don't expect it to keep up with the rapidly changing situation on the ground.
I do appreciate the work he does. There is a ton of information on his site. I just looked briefly and he has Triana Backpackers listed as closed. I had originally booked there and they did cancel my reservation. I booked at Hostel One Cathedral. A few dollars more but looks very clean and nice. Now Triana has reopened. So I am sure it takes a ton of work to keep that site current during these covid days of ire!
 

jimmyc

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2015
88km from Zamora would be Santa Marta de Tera. Yes. The municipal albergue was closed last time I heard - and it was a drag for my friend too because he only found out when he arrived. Depending on your neighbor's finances, he could have found places to stay that were closer. And if he needed somewhere inexpensive, the donativo at Villar de Fonfar, 20km further along the Camino was open.
The wonderful Villar de Farfon only has 4 beds so I would recommend that anyone should call her and book ahead. I think it is the best albergue in all of Spain. Even better than the Casa Fernanda in Portugal.
 
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geraldkelly

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Camino Francés, Vía de la Plata / Camino Sanabrés, Camino del Baztán, Camino Aragonés, Chemin du Puy
I was in touch with the Via albergues a couple of months ago, the results of this (and of any updates they sent me subsequently) are here: http://viadelaplataguide.net/pages/updates

I have heard that the Xunta albergues are opening again. None of them have gotten back to me yet but I will contact them today and post any updated info to that page.
 

Via2010

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Year of past OR future Camino
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
Yes, it seems that I have to be more flexible in planning the next stage and phone in advance to find out where I can sleep the next night. I am glad that I am in good shape and walking the Moselcamino this June proved that I can walk 30km+ on several subsequent days. But I really hope that the associacion albergue in Fontanillas del Castro will open again.
 

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