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


Betanzos Albergue

2020 Camino Guides

Urban trekker1

Urban Trekker1
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (May 2013)

Caminho Portuguese (May 2014)
Camino Frances (May 2015)
Someone complained about the lack of kitchen facilities and other issues at the new albergue in Betanzos. I live in the US. We don't have the long history that you have in Europe. Over here we tear down the old to make way for the new. There, you preserve and cherish the old by keeping it and incorporating the new into it. With the exception of giant log lodges (Yellowstone Lodge and others) built for the uber rich by the rail roads in the late 1800s, we have nothing like that over here and mores the pity. You might not see it the way I do because you live there and probably take if for granted. I thought that the albergues in Betonzos and Bruma were incredible structures and enjoyed them for what they were. The albergue is new and not finished. Give the operators time to finish it and appreciate the truly great buildings you have over there. Buen Camino Tony


Rome wasn´t built in a day. And it seems neither was the Albergue at Betanzos.

Things take their time. And as the Camino itself.........peregrinos should too............... enjoy the Camino as you stroll along. And if your
Camino takes you thru Betanzos, enjoy it as well.

Buen Camino!


Camino(s) past & future
Tony -
Firstly I think that if you perceive something in a post as being a complaint that you don't agree with, it's much better if you can respond on that thread, so that others have a chance to judge whether it was written as a complaint and whether your comments are fair ones in the context of the post..
Secondly, I hold a different view to you. I think it's really sad that a very impressive new albergue doesn't have proper cooking facilities. I think
1. that not everyone, especially the younger folk, can afford to buy a restaurant meal. Being able to cook in an albergue is a real help for these people
2. my most treasured moments on the camino have involved the cooking and sharing of a meal with fellow pilgrims - and these moments are becoming much scarcer.
I know there are a number of counter arguments, primarily around supporting the local restaurant economy, but it still saddens me to see what I believe is one of the very best aspects of the camino being built out of it rather than built in to it.
By the way - here's what the finished 'kitchen' looks like
cheers, tom

Tia Valeria

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Pt Norte/Pmtvo 2010
C. Inglés 2011
C. Primitivo '12
Norte-C. de la Reina '13
C. do Mar-C. Inglés '15
Thanks for the photo. It looks as though the kitchen has 2 microwaves, am I right? There was something some time back about fire regs making it more difficult to have ovens/gas rings because people would dry their clothes too near them. (An example of how people flouting rules can affect all who follow later??)
It would be helpful to know if the Galician albergues generally now have microwaves. What about suitable containers for 'cooking' in them?
Perhaps some-one with the knowledge could start a specific thread on this.


Thanks for the photo. As Urban Trekker 1 said it´s not finished yet. Hopefully it will be by next summer when I plan to walk the Camino Ingles. If not we´ll just have to make due.

Buen Camino!

Get on our Mailing list for new products on the Camino Store and news from the Camino Forum



Latest posts

Most downloaded Resources

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store

Casa Ivar Newsletter

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.3%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.8%
  • March

    Votes: 54 4.2%
  • April

    Votes: 193 15.2%
  • May

    Votes: 318 25.0%
  • June

    Votes: 91 7.2%
  • July

    Votes: 23 1.8%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.1%
  • September

    Votes: 362 28.5%
  • October

    Votes: 154 12.1%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 6 0.5%
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock