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Camino Sanabres Oct 2021

Tezza

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Sanabres 2021
Hi everyone
I found a variety of information on this forum useful while I was planning my camino, so thought I'd put some info about my experience on here in case others find it helpful.
I walked the Camino Sanabres from Granja de Morerueula to Santiago, starting on 3rd Oct 2021 and arriving in Santiago on 22nd, with one non-walking day. I'm 57, female, and it was my first camino. I've never walked anywhere long-distance and never carried a backpack before. I was raising money for a charity at the same time, Becky's Bathhouse, an NGO in Greece, working with refugee women.
It was very, very quiet in terms of pilgrims - I think I had 3 or 4 conversations in English the whole way (I only speak holiday Spanish and I came across only a couple of Spanish people who spoke a little English). I had expected that, and it was right for me - I chose the Sanabres as I knew it would be quieter, and I wouldn't cope with masses of people (as with the Frances). (I'm guessing it will get a little busier next year as travel becomes less restricted). It was amazing to experience the incredible landscapes I went through in peace and quiet. A wonderful, unique experience. I did appreciate the lovely chats I did have with the few people I encountered though!
There were times, as a total newbie, that I struggled with the tough terrain (a lot of uphill!) but the payoff is the beauty of the place. I stayed a lot (mostly) in albergues, and that was fine, though I couldn't have done it without good ear plugs and an eye mask. A few times I booked private albergues or small hotels, mostly for wifi access and because of the advice on here to pre-book. It was nice knowing that I definitely had a place to go to sometimes, though there was never a problem with space in the municipal albergues. Only one was not good - it had no heating and was freezing! (Also - the only current accommodation at Campobecerros was dreadful (the albergue is closed), I'd definitely change my route to avoid it next time!). I was happy with the stages I'd worked out, with quite a few shorter days - as a newbie I needed them! This was my route:
Granja de Moreruela, Tabara, Santa Marta de Tera, Vilar de Farfon, Mombuey, Asturianos, Puebla de Sanabria, Requejo, Lubian, A Gudina, Campobecerros, Laza, Alburgeria, Xunqueria de Ambia, Ourense (day off), Cea, Estacion de Lalin, Bandeira, Outeiro, Santiago.
My feet hurt like hell, some days I was exhausted, but it was absolutely wonderful! I'm thinking about Seville to G de M in Spring....
Buen Camino all!
 
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jenny@zen

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2022 Via De la Plata
Fantastic @Tezza A wonderful Camino for you. An uncommon choice for a first Camino but sounds like it suited you to a tee!

We (my husband Dominique and I) will be starting from Seville on 1 April. Maybe we will see you along The Way.

In the meantime, is there a link you’d like to send to your fundraising page (if allowed - I’m not sure, moderators?). If not, you can send by a private conversation to me. I’d like to support your effort.
 

Tezza

Member
Past OR future Camino
Sanabres 2021
Fantastic @Tezza A wonderful Camino for you. An uncommon choice for a first Camino but sounds like it suited you to a tee!

We (my husband Dominique and I) will be starting from Seville on 1 April. Maybe we will see you along The Way.

In the meantime, is there a link you’d like to send to your fundraising page (if allowed - I’m not sure, moderators?). If not, you can send by a private conversation to me. I’d like to support your effort.
Thanks Jenny! Very kind of you to offer to support me/Becky's Bathhouse (I've seen charity fundraising links before on here so hopefully okay...)
Yes, perhaps we'll cross paths along the Via de la Plata in Spring.
 

CaroleH

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VdlP 2006, Portugues 2007;Madrid 2009, Finisterre 2009; Sur and VdlP 2011,2013; Manchego and Madrid 2014; VdlP (parts) 2016; Hospitalero plan 2017.
Granja de Moreruela, Tabara, Santa Marta de Tera, Vilar de Farfon, Mombuey, Asturianos, Puebla de Sanabria, Requejo, Lubian, A Gudina, Campobecerros, Laza, Alburgeria, Xunqueria de Ambia, Ourense (day off), Cea, Estacion de Lalin, Bandeira, Outeiro, Santiago.
Well done @Tezza and thank you for your post. Seeing those place names made me surprisingly emotional, with happy and sad tears. My story is very similar to yours....first camino from Salamanca to Santiago back in 2006, similar age and experience, similar stages and struggles. Since then walked many caminos, including the full VdlP in 2011 and sections of it other years. Now the VdlP feels like 'home'. Happy tears.
However, we are in Australia and not sure if and when we will return. Sad tears.

I hope you do the southern half from Seville. It's a fabulous route, and you will make wonderful friends, a camino family for life, as we have. You will journey through different landscapes and make memories to savour.
Buen camino Peregrina.
 

Tezza

Member
Past OR future Camino
Sanabres 2021
Well done @Tezza and thank you for your post. Seeing those place names made me surprisingly emotional, with happy and sad tears. My story is very similar to yours....first camino from Salamanca to Santiago back in 2006, similar age and experience, similar stages and struggles. Since then walked many caminos, including the full VdlP in 2011 and sections of it other years. Now the VdlP feels like 'home'. Happy tears.
However, we are in Australia and not sure if and when we will return. Sad tears.

I hope you do the southern half from Seville. It's a fabulous route, and you will make wonderful friends, a camino family for life, as we have. You will journey through different landscapes and make memories to savour.
Buen camino Peregrina.
Thank you Carole! I was considering walking the section from Seville next year. I really hope you get the opportunity to return soon. X
 
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Patrick O Connor

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Hi everyone
I found a variety of information on this forum useful while I was planning my camino, so thought I'd put some info about my experience on here in case others find it helpful.
I walked the Camino Sanabres from Granja de Morerueula to Santiago, starting on 3rd Oct 2021 and arriving in Santiago on 22nd, with one non-walking day. I'm 57, female, and it was my first camino. I've never walked anywhere long-distance and never carried a backpack before. I was raising money for a charity at the same time, Becky's Bathhouse, an NGO in Greece, working with refugee women.
It was very, very quiet in terms of pilgrims - I think I had 3 or 4 conversations in English the whole way (I only speak holiday Spanish and I came across only a couple of Spanish people who spoke a little English). I had expected that, and it was right for me - I chose the Sanabres as I knew it would be quieter, and I wouldn't cope with masses of people (as with the Frances). (I'm guessing it will get a little busier next year as travel becomes less restricted). It was amazing to experience the incredible landscapes I went through in peace and quiet. A wonderful, unique experience. I did appreciate the lovely chats I did have with the few people I encountered though!
There were times, as a total newbie, that I struggled with the tough terrain (a lot of uphill!) but the payoff is the beauty of the place. I stayed a lot (mostly) in albergues, and that was fine, though I couldn't have done it without good ear plugs and an eye mask. A few times I booked private albergues or small hotels, mostly for wifi access and because of the advice on here to pre-book. It was nice knowing that I definitely had a place to go to sometimes, though there was never a problem with space in the municipal albergues. Only one was not good - it had no heating and was freezing! (Also - the only current accommodation at Campobecerros was dreadful (the albergue is closed), I'd definitely change my route to avoid it next time!). I was happy with the stages I'd worked out, with quite a few shorter days - as a newbie I needed them! This was my route:
Granja de Moreruela, Tabara, Santa Marta de Tera, Vilar de Farfon, Mombuey, Asturianos, Puebla de Sanabria, Requejo, Lubian, A Gudina, Campobecerros, Laza, Alburgeria, Xunqueria de Ambia, Ourense (day off), Cea, Estacion de Lalin, Bandeira, Outeiro, Santiago.
My feet hurt like hell, some days I was exhausted, but it was absolutely wonderful! I'm thinking about Seville to G de M in Spring....
Buen Camino all!
Great walk, well done. Just back after getting as far as Zamora, will finish sometime soon. Thank you for the helpful advice. Pat
 

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