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April

Mic

New Member
#1
Being really keen on walking from Leon and I am looking at my times of leaving - having to look at the amount of time I can take off work in relation to public holidays.
I am considering getting into leon for the 19th April, with a plan to leave Santiago on 4 May - would I be Ok with the Albergues on the last 100 km's or would I still need to be in by noon?
Sorry first timer
Mic
 

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Ulysse

Active Member
#2
At that time of year there should not be any problems to get a bed at a sensible time. Watch for increased trafic on week-ends. Also watch for Easter week-end, if it falls during the time you are walking.

Expect also cool nights in the mounts of Leon and in Galicia. Buen camino Mic.
 

Dale

Active Member
#3
Easter in 2008 is March 23rd. I'm planning to walk in April and May so I was relieved to find this out, we will be outside of the Holy Week madness. :mrgreen:
 
#4
Count May 1st as well! This is the international Labor Day. Whenever this holiday falls during midweek, people take days off vacation to cover the gap for a "puente" or looong weekend and people who are doing the camino in short stages resume theirs! As a result, there's more traffic on trains and buses to main start points, more pilgrims on the camino = more demand for beds.
 

Dale

Active Member
#5
Thanks Lillian that is worth keeping in mind. I was in Paris this past May 1st. and it seemed like everybody in the city wanted to sell me a bouquet of "Muguet des Bois" Lilly of the Valley. It is traditional throughout France to buy a small bouquet of these every May Day.
 

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#6
Hi Dale,

Going back to your first message I see you will be in Santiago by May 4th, which means that around the holiday weekend you will likely be in the last 100 km stretch of the camino, the most popular for those walking a short distance. But do not worry about getting a bed, there are private albergues along the way, many having 100+ beds, that charge around 8 euro. These private albergues take reservations and will hold a bed for you provided you arrive by their specified time. Just phone ahead a day ahead and reserve!

You can find a listing at : http://www.redalberguessantiago.com. Click on the tab "Red de Albergues" and you will find all available by town. Under the "Folletos" tab you will be able to download a pdf version of a small booklet you can also find along the way in the private albergues and at tourist offices in larger cities.

If you need any help with your Spanish, just let me know or pm me!

Buen camino :arrow:
 

Dale

Active Member
#7
Thanks Lillian . I just enjoyed a slide show of your beautiful photos. I can hardly wait to see it all for myself.
 

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