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Lida Valk

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Hi friends of the Camino, August 30th I'm flying to Barcelona every other day to start my Camino to SdC. I have already walked several routes and gained the necessary experiences. Makes a lot of sense again. I first walk to Monserrat and will walk via Lleida, Zaragoza to Logrono to continue via the CF. in Igualada I now read that the pilgrim's hostel is closed. Does anyone have an alternative to this? It is also possible that the albergue is closed in August and reopens on 1 September. All information is welcome. Greetings Lida.
 
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So, for anyone (like maybe Eze if he is continuing with his Catalán plans for the fall) looking for places to stay in Igualada or nearby, here is what I found in addition to the albergue:

Canaletas http://restaurantcanaletes.com/ (has a pensión in addition to the restaurant, but looks to be on the outskirts)
Casa Ramón -- not too much info: http://www.infohostal.com/guia/barcelona/igualada/alojamiento/13992/pension-casa-ramon.html
Casa Gonzalez -- 15 Carrer de Sebastiá Artés (though its google streetview does not look at all inviting)
(This may be outdated, but it's a start.)
 
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No idea about the albergue, but you might want to contact the Amics de San Juan (http://amicsdelspelegrins.org/) or the albergue itself at 938 04 55 15. I find that texting or using whatsapp helps overcome language barriers. (The Amics supply credenciales In Barcelona at the Parish of Sant Jaume, Carrer Ferran nº 28, from 10 am to 1 pm and from 5 pm to 7 pm every day of the week.)

Otherwise, there is the hotel America on the north side of Igualada where a single can be had for 48 euro. I have stayed there and, while dated, the room was comfortable and the staff very pleasant. I have also found a more centrally located pension, Casa Gonzalez at Carrer de Sebastià Artés, 15, +34938031153 but it does not look open to me.

As the stage between Montserrat and Igualada is arduous for a first day (33km by google maps) and unless you leave Montserrat fairly early, you might want to look at staying at El Celler de la Guardia, Sant Pau de la Guàrdia (https://elcellerdelaguardia.cat/ +34937710323), where they have an albergue in an out building. I contacted them through their FB page. I saw the albergue rooms, which looked comfortable. The innkeeper was very hospitable (and sympathetic, as I had been pickpocketed in the train up to Montserrat from Barcelona). This would break it up to a Sant Pau to Igualada stage of 15km and one of 18-19km from Montserrat to Igualada.

For the rest of the route, there is a rather too long for my taste stretch alongside carreteras (esp after Bujaraloz) so watch your water, but it gets to be much more fun after Zaragoza. Both Lerida and Zaragoza have impressive cathedrals (although the security staff at the old cathedral in Zaragoza seem to be Franco leftovers), and it is a very interesting part of Spain. Pilgrims are infrequent but not unknown, and I found the locals to be friendly and hospitable.
 
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On the camino 9 kilometers before Igualada is the town of Castellolí. It has a new albergue with 10 beds although it only has 5 available right now due to covid precautions. It appears to be open. The details you want to know can be found using this short thread:


With a shorter walk you could spend more sightseeing time in Monserrat.

Buen camino.
 

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On the camino 9 kilometers before Igualada is the town of Castellolí. It has a new albergue with 10 beds although it only has 5 available right now due to covid precautions. It appears to be open. The details you want to know can be found using this short thread:


With a shorter walk you could spend more sightseeing time in Monserrat.

Buen camino.
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I recalled that there was only one albergue in town so I used streetview to check out Pilgerherberge. I recognized the winepress outside the door. This was the municipal albergue that was replaced by the one in the rectory. The pictures of the inside match too.
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Edit: Maybe it is a cider press. I saw many more orchards on the Camino Catalan than vineyards.
 
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Brent Macdonald

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2021
Hi friends of the Camino, August 30th I'm flying to Barcelona every other day to start my Camino to SdC. I have already walked several routes and gained the necessary experiences. Makes a lot of sense again. I first walk to Monserrat and will walk via Lleida, Zaragoza to Logrono to continue via the CF. in Igualada I now read that the pilgrim's hostel is closed. Does anyone have an alternative to this? It is also possible that the albergue is closed in August and reopens on 1 September. All information is welcome. Greetings Lida.
Hello - I have no information other than that I have emailed the hostel in Igualada 3 times now with no response. We will be landing in Barcelona on sept 9 starting to walk to Muxia on the 10th - we will be going the northern route through Huesca joining the CF in Puente la Reina. First very excited for your journey - buen camino! Second I would appreciate any information on your walk as we will be right behind you :) and I can share any information I have found if you would like. I ended up booking Airbnbs in Terrassa and Tarrega as I could not find anything in those towns as well and they both responded right away and seem like great places!

My father and I are both fully vaccinated Canadians and are getting excited about the opportunities soon to be presented - buen camino!
 

Lida Valk

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2021
On the camino 9 kilometers before Igualada is the town of Castellolí. It has a new albergue with 10 beds although it only has 5 available right now due to covid precautions. It appears to be open. The details you want to know can be found using this short thread:


With a shorter walk you could spend more sightseeing time in Monserrat.

Buen camino.
Thank you all muchly for the info
 
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Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
We will be landing in Barcelona on sept 9 starting to walk to Muxia on the 10th - we will be going the northern route through Huesca joining the CF in Puente la Reina. First very excited for your journey - buen camino! Second I would appreciate any information on your walk as we will be right behind you :) and I can share any information I have found if you would like.
Just this morning, on another thread, I posted some advice about the last couple of stages on the Catalan via Huesca.
 
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