- Past OR future Camino
- 2011 (Sarria to Santiago) 2013 (St. Jean to Burgos); 2014 (Burgos to Santiago); Portuguese (2018)
Wow, at what time of year was it? So sorry to hear about the problems. I am worried it
will be the same for me, especially with Covid restrictions in the picture
I made a mistake with my timing -- I was on the Camino Invierno in April of 2019, not 2018. I walked for five or six days and never saw another pilgrim during the hiking day (and only two others total). I don't mind walking alone and loved the route itself, so the solitude was fine; but the lack of traffic was the reason for closed albergues (I believe). I don't know if these same albergues opened up later in the season, but I found it confusing because I thought the Camino Invierno would be walkable early in the season. Also, I could not find space in any of the hotels, etc., because they were full due to Semana Santa. The two other peregrinos I saw one night at dinner were Spaniards and they had made reservations months in advance at private hostels, hotels, etc. -- probably what one has to do during that time of year. I look forward to hearing whether there are more options now and in the future.When I was in Las Medulas in 2018, there was a hotel (full) so I went to the tourist center and they directed me to a private house very close-by and had a lovely stay with a family there. I loved staying in Las Medulas. Got there early enough to take a long hike through the park. I highly recommend it. But I did find that getting accommodations on the Invierno was quite difficult in 2018 and I eventually moved to other Caminos (after my third consecutive night of problems -- one night I had to take the train back to Ponferrada to stay at the albergue there because I could not find anything anywhere). I passed several albergues that were closed due to lack of pilgrims. I hope now that Brierley has published a guide to the Camino Invierno that traffic will increase over the next couple of years. The landscape was spectacular and I hope to return in 2022 or 2023.