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Alpriate Albergue

Moonbeamzz

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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2019)
Hello,
Am starting my first camino from Lisbon on Wednesday 6 March 2019.. Planning to arrive in SDC 27 days later 😁. Looking for a steady start so am looking to go only as far as Alpriate. Does anybody know if the Albergue in Alpriate is open on Wednesday 6 March 2019. If not open can anyone recommend alternate accommodation in Alpriate.

Bom Camino
 

peregrina2000

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Just heard from the horse's mouth that the Alpriate albergue opens on March 18.

I know there is a person in Alpriate who rents rooms, but I'm hoping that my Via Lusitana pals will post here to clarify about that.

This albergue is really a sweet place, I am sorry it won't be open for you. But for others walking, it is cozy, run by volunteers, and located in a tiny town where the townspeople have really embraced the albergue (as seen by all of the "crochet bombing" (not sure it is the right term) on trees near the albergue. And there is a little café that serves good home-cooked and not price-gouged meals that will fill the peregrinos' bellies.

The albergue was the beneficiary of an APOC grant recently and has been able to undertake some needed repairs and upgrades. Bom caminho, Laurie
 

lt56ny

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Camino(s) past & future
2013-Frances SJP-Finisterre, 2015 Camino Le Puy-Santiago, 2017 Portugues Lisbon-Santiago 2018 Norte
I stayed there before the renovation. It is small and cozy. I had a friend that stayed in a hotel just as you are entering the town. If the Albergue isn't open that is a choice. I don't think he paid a lot for his room. The albergue is small but I doubt there will be a lot of pilgrims in March. Even saying that I would leave Lisbon early. But I always leave early. Buen Camino
 

JLuis

Member
Yes Laurie. The Albergue in Alpriate will open March 18. There's a man in town who might rent a room with a double bed. Ask at the Café.
Pilgrims have to keep walking 8 more km until Verdelha. :(
 

hughb

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Camino(s) past & future
C del Norte June 2013 plus Finisterre.
Part of Camino del Norte July 2015
Hopefully the Camino Ingles 2016
Hello,
Am starting my first camino from Lisbon on Wednesday 6 March 2019.. Planning to arrive in SDC 27 days later 😁. Looking for a steady start so am looking to go only as far as Alpriate. Does anybody know if the Albergue in Alpriate is open on Wednesday 6 March 2019. If not open can anyone recommend alternate accommodation in Alpriate.

Bom Camino
The Bombeiros in Alpriate take pilgrims on a donativo basis
 

peregrina2000

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Staff member
The Bombeiros in Alpriate take pilgrims on a donativo basis
I don't think there are any bombeiros (firefighters) in Alpriate, are there?

I know that there are many places where the bombeiros no longer take pilgrims -- Alhandra, Vila Franca, Azambuja,Tomar, Ansiao, Mealhada

But they still do take pilgrims in Alviaizare, apparently, even though there is a well liked 10€ private albergue, and also in Oliveira, Sao Joao de Madeira and Lourosa. After Porto, I don´t know.
 

robproct

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Camino(s) past & future
CP from Lisbon 2018
I stayed with the Bombers in Alhandra recently in October which I enjoyed. I didn't enjoy the walk from Lisbon to Sacavem and would suggest taking the train to there and walk from there and walk past Alpirate to Alhandra or Vila Franca de Xira.
 

peregrina2000

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I stayed with the Bombers in Alhandra recently in October which I enjoyed. I didn't enjoy the walk from Lisbon to Sacavem and would suggest taking the train to there and walk from there and walk past Alpirate to Alhandra or Vila Franca de Xira.
Very interesting, because the sources I've seen say they don't take pilgrims anymore. Thanks.
 

JLuis

Member
No Bombeiros at Alpriate.
The Bombeiros in Alhandra were not accepting pilgrims, although sometimes they do. Don't make plans to stay there. Of course you can try, but no assurance they will accept you.
 

Moonbeamzz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2019)
Hi everybody,
Thank you very much for replying with information regarding the albergue at Alpriate. Also appreciate comments on alternative accommodation.
Bom Caminho
 

cj2003

wewalk.dk
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2013 to Finisterra
Camino Portuguese (Monacal) from Lisbon 2016

Moonbeamzz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese (2019)
Yes Laurie. The Albergue in Alpriate will open March 18. There's a man in town who might rent a room with a double bed. Ask at the Café.
Pilgrims have to keep walking 8 more km until Verdelha. :(
Thank you Peregrina2000, I will ask at the cafe as I would prefer to go no further than Alpriate on my first day.
Bom Caminho :)
 

Ferenjinan

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy- Auvillar ( 2018 )
Lisbon- Santiago (2019)

St. Jean Pied a Port - Finisterre 2008
About the albergue in Alpriate- stayed there 2 nights ago.
Would not recommend it because of the behaviour of the man running it.
1) he shouted at me for filling in a form incorrectly. I couldn't read the tiny print , having bad eyesight
2) charged a euro extra for a.very thin blanket. I was.chilly at night.
3) when a fellow pilgrim was helping with my pole, he.barged in and began 'mansplaining' poles to me, in Italian, then while (unasked for) insisting on showing.me his idea of correct pole position, 'accidentally' brushed across my breast.
Now at.my age, I'm tired of these 'accidental' gropes.
Shouldn't happen in an albergue.

Next night , folks said he had lied to them, telling them the next place had a fiesta and was full. They went on anyway and found it untrue

So that is someone else 's story, not mine. But I did find him creepy and was euphoric to get away in the morning.
I'd advise women to be cautious.
 

Pilger99

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Camino(s) past & future
addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
very strange behaviour, even though I don't expect extra blankets anywhere.
>telling them the next place had a fiesta and was full.
There is no real "next place" after Alpriate. The next pilgrim albergue is in Azambuja (much too far to do it the same day), while other places have pensions, firestation, hostels etc.

So far I passed to early (March) and to late (October) for being able to stay there. I just had a glimpse inside while they still did reconstruction work. If you know, that it is closed, walking the 1st day without backback and going back to Lisbon for sleeping seems not to bad.
 

peregrina2000

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I don’t know what happened here but I will say that this review stands out in comparison to the usually very positive reviews. I am not disputing the truth of the post but think it’s important to keep the reviews in context.

 

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