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Camino Frances in December / January

HongBarian

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Hello everyone!

I am a senior at university, and I will graduate in 14th December 2019, yay!

I wanna walk the whole Camino Frances right after graduation, but I am afraid because I heard that most of albergues will be closed from December 25th - Jan 14th.

Should I start my Camino journey after Jan 14th or do you guys think I can still find places to stay even if I start before Christmas.
 
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wcsjms

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(2016) ; 1st Camino Frances September 2016-November 2016 ; Camino Frances August 2017-October 2017
We will be starting our Camino Frances sometime in January. About the same time you will. There are four of us (family) doing a winter Camino. We've done the Frances multiple times. We're flying into the UK on Dec.25, to "play" for a few weeks first. You should be able to get accommodations before, during and after.
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Darby67

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2018 CF Jan-Feb
2019 CF Jan-Mar
@HongBarian, Keep an eye on the Aprinca list of open albergues for winter. It will list all of the albergues that respond as open and is updated regularly through winter. Beyond that there are other hostels or hotels that can be used and the costs although more expensive than the albergues can be rather reasonable. The Gronze site is also a good resource to keep handy as is the Godesalco utility to make some planning a little easier.

I am currently considering walking from the last third of December through January but haven't determined which route(s) this year. From what I have seen walking between Christmas and the Epiphany is possible but will require some preplanning.
 

henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
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Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
Hello everyone!

I am a senior at university, and I will graduate in 14th December 2019, yay!

I wanna walk the whole Camino Frances right after graduation, but I am afraid because I heard that most of albergues will be closed from December 25th - Jan 14th.

Should I start my Camino journey after Jan 14th or do you guys think I can still find places to stay even if I start before Christmas.


Honestly, you’re giving yourself an unnecessary problem. There’s pretty much nowhere in Europe where there isn't a mass shutdown of facilities around Christmas.

Someone will come up with a plan for you - this forum will not take ‘no’ for an answer - and if you’re convinced, then go for it.

Following graduation, you’ve got your whole life in front if you. Chill out for a couple of weeks and set off 2nd week of January. Accommodation will still be thin on the ground, but 100% better than two weeks previously.
 
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lt56ny

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Past OR future Camino
2021
Henry given some good advice. If you must go I would say to find as many resources as you can for accommodations. Definitely check the Aprinca list. Then you have the free webpage Gronze.com that you can translate to English on Google Chrome. There is the free app Buen Camino and the Wise Pilgrim app (may also be free) and of course Brierley. No one source has every place to stay, But you can access all on your telephone for just a few dollars. You can get Brierley on your kindle that just has maps and places to sleep. Finally you should definitely get a SIM card and cheap plan from Orange or Vodaphone if you are not European and call ahead to make sure places are open.
 
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wildrover

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2015 april c/f. vdlp feb 2016. Norte / primitivo Sep 2016. C/f 12/16. Vdlp 12/17. 12/18. Lana 02/19.
Hi, you will, categorically have a place to buy food and somewhere to sleep. when I left the st Jean pilgrims office on the 22/12 a couple of years ago, they gave me a list of all the albergues open, I was assured, I wouldn't be left out in the cold! And....I wasn't. The day I left st Jean, the pilgrim numbers were at least double figures. Go for it, you'll love the atmosphere! Congrats on graduating. Wild
 

Gumba

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
2022
Hi HongBarian, what did you decide? We are heading off mid December (4 of us).

Anyone else leaving at this time?
 

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