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Anyone got any advice about places to stay on the Spiritual

Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese coastal (2021)
Hi all!
I have added extra days on the coastal route;which has meant changing my stopovers! That bits been fine but
I want to try the spiritual way!( i think the boat is calling)
I am now booked up to Pontevedra.
I am having real trouble finding somewhere to stay on the spiritual.(think i am ok for Vilanova de Arousa)
I have avoided booking albergues/hostals ;not because i am anti social, but after having cancer and a kidney removed;i need the loo three or four times a night! (not the best thing in a bunk house;wouldn't come out alive ha!ha!)
I also know i need my own space because of my sight loss.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
I have spent today searching and yeah i can find some places but they are a few kilometres of the camino route and places i would choose near the camino are all full for the dates i need already
So your input is very welcome!
All the best.
Woody66
 

arthur1218

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Have to ask Santa
The Cistersian Monastery of Armenteira, on the top of the big hill, which is the usual end of the stage from Pontevedra has a "hospederia", which is like a hotel part of the monastery and they have individual rooms for 45 euro with breakfast, the only question is, whether they are open at this strange time.

Also: between 13:30 and 16:30 you can't check-in. And payment must be made in cash.

This is their webpage: https://www.monasteriodearmenteira.es/peregrinos/

Most pilgrims stay in Armenteira in the public albergue (so did I) and from the recent comments it seems like it may be open. But it is quite basic.

The Monastery in Armenteira is magical. So is the next stage, following the Path of Rocks and Water (Ruta de la piedra y el agua)

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Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese coastal (2021)
Hi arthur1218!
Thanks for your reply; i had looked at the Hospederia but i thought you had to stay a minimum of two nights was a bit confused cos i saw the 45 euros with breakfast as well. ( also wasn't sure about the bit that if your a pilgim and them letting you stay instead of the municipal albergue )But i did kinda like the idea of a new experience. I don't suppose you know if your allowed to leave to explore during your stay? I suppose so its not a prison.
I think i will message them and ask a few questions.
Ihope someone put a message here who has experianced a stay there.
Woody
 

arthur1218

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Have to ask Santa
Well, in another famous monastery, on the Camino del Norte, called Sobrado dos Monxes, during the afternoon break, the gate is closed, so if you check in early, you must decide whether you prefer to be during the siesta on the grounds of the Monastery or outside. But other than that, certainly you are free to leave to explore.

I also stayed in a hospederia in the Monastery of Zenarruza in Basque Country. As far as I remember they charged me less than the regular guests, I think I paid 25 euro. Maybe in Armenteira you also get a pilgrims discount.
 
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jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
The monastery and albergue at Armenteira are both open (or were when I was there less than two weeks ago). We stayed at the albergue but other pilgrims we met stayed at the monastery and didn't have to stay for two nights. I regret not staying there because they loved it.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese coastal (2021)
HI . Arthur1218
Well i have taken the plunge and asked them if they would let me have a room for one night next October; explained I was sight and hearing impaired and that the Albergue didn’t give me the facilities I need.

I just better be on track on the camino; got to be there before 1.30 cos like you said no one will let me in again till 4.30 I just hope it gets light early enough for me to make it on time as can see nothing in poor light or the dark. (push comes to shove taxi).

Thanks for the info all the best

Woody
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese coastal (2021)
Hi Lynn!
I checked out Combarro and either no vacancies for the date i needed or they didn't take booking, i presume as yet in October 21! But i have 2 nights in Pontevedra booked;so if next year/or later on this year they open up their dates further ahead i will cancel one night in Pontevedra and book somewhere in Combarro. From there i defo need to stay at the Hospederia in Armenteira don't think there are any other options i can see.
All the best Woody
 

Pelegrin

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Ingles July2016
Although my trip was cancelled with Covid I was able to book for one night at the monastery. Also for Combarro, The Hotel Xieto was listed on booking.com but not until 8 months before. The Stella Maris hotel in Combarro was another option, they have their own website.
I am sorry for the joke but "Xieto non ten xeito ". So the name is hotel Xeito.
"Xieto non ten xeito" means : Xieto is not correct.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese Coastal (2018)
Portuguese Coastal, with Spiritual Variant (2019)
During our 2019 trip on the Spiritual Variant, we stayed at the Hotel Xeito in Combarro, the Armenteira Monastery (highlight of the trip!), the Os Castaños inn and the Albergue A Salazon in Vilanova de Arousa. All were fine but I have no clue as to the situation this year. For the monastery, if you speak a little Spanish, you might want to call them directly and reserve a room. That's what we did. And we were able to reserve for one night, by the way. My understanding is that the multi-night rule only applies during the peak summer months, when they have a lot of Christian groups staying there.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
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Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
In May 2019 we stayed at Casa Da Chousa in Combarro and it was great! You can find it on booking.com.
 

KariC

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Caminho portugûes (2016)
Le Puy 2021 or 2022 ??
Although my trip was cancelled with Covid I was able to book for one night at the monastery. Also for Combarro, The Hotel Xieto was listed on booking.com but not until 8 months before. The Stella Maris hotel in Combarro was another option, they have their own website.
I tried doing the Variante Espiritual on an "off stage" basis, staying at the Stella Maris the first night, and thinking I could walk past the monastery and stay at Ribadumia. Pondevedra tourist office and Google both told me there were places to stay there. Wrong. As of 2016, when I did it, there was nowhere to stay there. Things could have changed, of course, but it was pretty much the standard stages- Armenteira, Vilanova, then Padrón or O Faramello.
 

andonius

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Frances, Ingles, Portugues, Norte, Primitivo, Aragones, Baztan, Sanabres, Finisterre
I walked the Spiritual on August this year.
Those ore the hotels I stayed at:
COMBARRO: Hotel Xeito. Nice and conveniently placed right by the side of the Camino exit to Armenteira.
VILANOVA DE AROUSA : Hotel Bradomin. A good one just in the middle of the town, not far from the port in case you want to take the boat to make the TRANSLATIO to Pontecesures.
PADRON: Hotel Chef Rivera. In the center of the town and with an excellent restaurant. A liitlle old , though. Another option is Hotel Rosalia, but it is located almost in the far end of town, right by the train station, a little apart from everithing.
SANTIAGO : This time i stayed at the Hostal de los Reyes Catolicos because my favoutite hotel, Hotel Rua Vilar was COVID closed. I always try to go to Rua Vilar. Familiar and perfectly located 100 meters far from the Cathedral.

Two years ago I made it another time but this time i stayed in Cambados, instead of in Vilanova de Aruosa. I gave a treat to myself and stayed at the magnificent Parador de Cambados.
 

sulu

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Camino(s) past & future
a few since 2010
I want to try the spiritual way!( i think the boat is calling)
You don't say when you are planning to walk! I did the spiritual variant in July this year and the boat was not an option. there has to be a minimum number of people, I can't remember whether that was 10 or 20, but this year that number may be difficult to find. Hopefully next year the situation will improve!
 

jungleboy

Spirit of the Camino (Nick)
Camino(s) past & future
Francés 2017
Primitivo 2018
Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
Português 2020
You don't say when you are planning to walk! I did the spiritual variant in July this year and the boat was not an option. there has to be a minimum number of people, I can't remember whether that was 10 or 20, but this year that number may be difficult to find. Hopefully next year the situation will improve!

The minimum was 5 when we took the boat at the start of this month.
 

sulu

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
a few since 2010
I have booked flight mid September;so the boat if i keep on track somewhere between 2nd to the 6th October.
Woody.
Please God, by September next year everything will be back to normal :)
The minimum was 5 when we took the boat at the start of this month.
In that case they have reduced the number to reflect the lack of pilgrims, that's nice of them because it was a very long walk and badly signed.
 

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