Search 58,412 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement
Peaceable Projects Inc.
Peaceable Projects Inc. is a U.S.-based non-profit group that brings the vast resources of the wide world together with the ongoing needs of the people who live, work, and travel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail network in Spain.
2022 Camino Guides
The 2022 Camino guides will be coming out little by little, most of them by the end of 2021. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.

Avoiding Easter crowds 2022

BarbaraW

Member
Past OR future Camino
2019
We are hoping to complete our Camino, from Burgos to SDC, in April/May 2022. Having got deeper into our seventies since our our pre-pandemic first stage, it'll be a slow walk - 6-8 weeks. We hope to walk all the way, carrying our own light as possible packs. Which means that we are likely to be in Spain over Easter. When we walked in autumn 2019, we loved staying in albergues and the flexibility of not booking ahead.

My friend and I have both experienced Semana Santa in Spain, and this time we would like to avoid the crowds and expensive accommodation needing pre-booking..

We'd welcome advice from experienced pilgrims on how best to do this. We are thinking that we should try to avoid big towns and to stay in the "between stage" places during Semana Santa. Or is it likely to be very busy absolutely everywhere?
 
Camino Maps
A collection of Camino Maps from the Camino Forum Store
Camino Way Markers
Original Camino Way markers made in bronze. Two models, one from Castilla & Leon and the other from Galicia.

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Past OR future Camino
Most years since 2012. Hoping now for 2022.
Just being "in-between" might not be enough. While a walking pilgrim may think they are a safe distance from a city, many visitors will have cars and can stay 30 km from the popular cities. So you will want to be truly away from the most popular places, particularly for the two weekends at each end of Semana Santa.

Having said that, you might still have good luck with a fairly large non-reservable albergue in a popular city, since it will be first-come first-served.

I would avoid anywhere in the last 100 km during that 10-day period, unless I had reservations.
 
Past OR future Camino
Many and many more.
Over Semana Santa you’re caught between the larger towns and cities which attract visitors for the procesiones and the considerable number of Spaniards and other peregrinos who have a week’s holiday and choose to Camino.

Book your accomodation and don’t expect to be on your own, IMHO. Semana Santa gets progressively busier up to and including Easter Monday.

Planning to arrive in Santiago, or even to travel the last 100Km on the Camino Frances, would be to invite significant crowds.
 
Last edited:
Past OR future Camino
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Book now.
I'll be in Manresa for Semana Santa and we've booked already.
I've been in Spain several times before during Semana Santa; once in Madrid (WOW!) and once in Sevilla (WOW!); and another time in Granada/Cordoba (WOW!). I'm getting excited just thinking about it!

What we found was that even the small villages were full b/c everybody went home for the holiday!
 
Past OR future Camino
Many and many more.
Book now.
I'll be in Manresa for Semana Santa and we've booked already.
I've been in Spain several times before during Semana Santa; once in Madrid (WOW!) and once in Sevilla (WOW!); and another time in Granada/Cordoba (WOW!). I'm getting excited just thinking about it!

What we found was that even the small villages were full b/c everybody went home for the holiday!
Annie - go to Malaga for Semana Santa at least once. I’ll take your WOW and raise you one! The crowds are much less oppressive, but the atmosphere and proximity to the procesiones- which are more ‘intense’ than either Sevilla or Madrid in my experience - is quite amazing. There’s not the corporate pre-booked-seats aspect which prevails elsewhere; it’s all in the (narrow) streets where the tronos fit with inches to spare. In Sevilla the tronos tend to be carried from underneath and have something of a ‘hovercraft’ appearance. In Malaga it’s a huge community effort. Quite extraordinary; especially in the early hours of the morning.
 
Last edited:
Camino Cups
Browse our selection of Camino Cups on the forum store
Camino Magnets
A collection of Camino Fridge Magnets
Past OR future Camino
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
As reported above Easter is a very special time for virtually all Spaniards. This Easter (April 14 (holy Thursday) through to the Monday after Easter Day (Sunday April 17) many business places will be closed and accommodation will be tight. Your might need to plan well ahead and book accommodation - even consider staying two nights in one of the larger towns. The festivities might well be worth your time to enjoy.
 

good_old_shoes

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Francés ('15, '19)
Via Coloniensis ('16)
Trier-Nancy + Le Puy-Fisterra ('17)
Aragonés ('18)
Since most of the advice that was given was to "book now", I'll try to balance that out a bit ;-).


I've walked during semana santa without booking ahead. It was quite busy with lots of Spaniards walking, but I still always got a bed at the first albergue I walked into. Never payed more than the usual albergue price. Same for the last 100km that year. That was some years ago, but even back then there was a lot of talk and anxiety about "not getting a bed because of the crowds". For me at least it wasn't a problem at all.

If you walk short days, arrive early at the albergues, and use simple "first come, first serve" albergues that can not be booked in advance, you probably have got the best chance of getting away without making reservations. Look for older albergues with little to no luxury. There should still be at least a few with "no reservations, only walking pilgrims, carry your own backpack" rules. Those at least won't be booked out months ahead by the booking.com crowds.

Of course, it's Covid times now and everything is different. But there are enough reports of people who managed to walk without or with only some days of reservation even during these special times. If you want to be sure, make reservations for your first and last night, for the bigger cities and the last 100kms at least a few days before you get there. Many people will walk next year, it will be busy, so some planning is certainly wise. But booking ahead months before seems a bit excessive to me, especially when you want to sleep in albergues and not private rooms.


Just another opinion of course. I haven't walked in Spain during pandemic times, so maybe I'm just naive. But I do plan to walk next year, and certainly won't book before I get there.
 
Past OR future Camino
To Santiago and back (roads & paths; Tours; Francés; sea; roads & paths)
We are hoping to complete our Camino, from Burgos to SDC, in April/May 2022.
Whereabouts are you planning to be during Semana Santa in 2022, especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday? Next year's Semana Santa will be in a Jacobean Holy Year, and few of us have walked during such a combination of factors. In particular, I would be very wary of any predictions about accommodation in non-bookable albergues in Galicia, given these circumstances ... whether it's "no problems" or "huge problems".
 
Past OR future Camino
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
Annie - go to Malaga for Semana Santa at least once. I’ll take your WOW and raise you one! The crowds are much less oppressive, but the atmosphere and proximity to the procesiones- which are more ‘intense’ than either Sevilla or Madrid in my experience - is quite amazing. There’s not the corporate pre-booked-seats aspect which prevails elsewhere; it’s all in the (narrow) streets where the tronos fit with inches to spare. In Sevilla the tronos tend to be carried from underneath and have something of a ‘hovercraft’ appearance. In Malaga it’s a huge community effort. Quite extraordinary; especially in the early hours of the morning.
Maybe next season! I'd like to walk that Malaga route again. I gave up early when the olive trees overtook my sanity, but maybe with a walking partner, it would be better. The first part of it was quite beautiful and Malaga itself was an amazing place!
 

Thomas1962

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2010/2011/2012/2013: Madrid -Salvador -Primitivo 2014: EPW 2015: Amsterdam - SdC
On samana santa most of the albergues are open again. It is a feast for Spanish people. Most of them celebrate with big parties in towns, a few will do a camino. My experience is that there is no need to book albergues, as long as you stay in the pilgrimsalbergues. Avoid the bigger places where albergues might take people on their holidays.
 
Camino Way Markers
Original Camino Way markers made in bronze. Two models, one from Castilla & Leon and the other from Galicia.
2022 Camino Guides
The 2022 Camino guides will be coming out little by little, most of them by the end of 2021. Here is a collection of the ones that are out so far.

trevorcc

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
SJPD to Santiago 2013,2014, Camino de Levante Sept. 2016, Frances March 2018, planning 2020
We are hoping to complete our Camino, from Burgos to SDC, in April/May 2022. Having got deeper into our seventies since our our pre-pandemic first stage, it'll be a slow walk - 6-8 weeks. We hope to walk all the way, carrying our own light as possible packs. Which means that we are likely to be in Spain over Easter. When we walked in autumn 2019, we loved staying in albergues and the flexibility of not booking ahead.

My friend and I have both experienced Semana Santa in Spain, and this time we would like to avoid the crowds and expensive accommodation needing pre-booking..

We'd welcome advice from experienced pilgrims on how best to do this. We are thinking that we should try to avoid big towns and to stay in the "between stage" places during Semana Santa. Or is it likely to be very busy absolutely everywhere?
I walked over Easter in 2018, I stopped in between recommended stages, and had no problems as there were few walkers and the locals who I enjoyed walking with and talking to were mostly only on the road for a week. Thinking of doing it again in 2022 and I am in my 70's , the small towns and villages had wonderful Easter masses.
 

Jodean

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
22 Sept. to 21 Oct. 2015, Pamplona to Santiago
6-23.04 Porto to Santiago 2018
17.09-30.09 CF 2018
Decided to see the Pamplona processions on Good Friday, so booked a bed. Lucked out there as most places were booked!
Looking at reserving in Puenta La Reina for Easter Sat. but not sure about Easter Sun. and Mon. if reserving is a must in the following towns.
Any experience there?
 

good_old_shoes

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
Francés ('15, '19)
Via Coloniensis ('16)
Trier-Nancy + Le Puy-Fisterra ('17)
Aragonés ('18)
Looking at reserving in Puenta La Reina for Easter Sat. but not sure about Easter Sun. and Mon. if reserving is a must in the following towns.
Any experience there?

I just had a look at my old credential to be sure. I was in Cizur menor on good friday, Puente la Reina on easter saturday, in Estella on sunday and Los Arcos on monday.

Got a bed in albergue Roncal in Cizur Menor, the padres reparadores in Puente la Reina, the parroquial in Estella and the Isaac Santiago albergue in Los Arcos, all without reservation. But that was in 2015, and not in a holy year after a pandemic. Also I didn't mind in which town or albergue I ended up for the night, other than that I preferred municipals and parroquials if possible.

If you want to be sure to have a bed in a certain town booking is probably a good idea. Especially if you want a private room in a pension or hotel or want to stay in a certain albergue! Some of the places I stayed in back then seem to be closed for pandemic reasons still. Who knows what it will be like next year.

Happy planning and buen camino :)
 

Did not find what you were looking for? Search here

Popular Resources

“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf ivar
  • Featured
“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf
4.95 star(s) 101 ratings
Downloads
15,269
Updated
A selection of favorite albergues on the Camino Francés Ton van Tilburg
Favorite Albergues along the Camino Frances
4.83 star(s) 35 ratings
Downloads
7,934
Updated
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances ivar
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
4.88 star(s) 24 ratings
Downloads
7,731
Updated

Similar threads

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

Top