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Camping at albergues/ camp sites on the Francés (or Invierno) ...and a thank you!😉

Wild Irish

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Mixed Camino/ Francés with variants (June/July 2021)
Hello all!

I've been a lurker on this forum for about 6-7 years, so it feels a little surreal to have become a member! I wanted to wait until walking a camino was realistically within my grasp before doing so, and now it finally is..

I also want to say thanks a million to everybody for all the advice and especially the personal stories. This forum has really kept me going through some dark times, offering inspiration and motivation when I had none
...so much gratitude to everybody in this community, you may not realise how much your contributions can make someone's day/ even change someone's life...as reading them in this forum has done for me! Heartfelt thanks to all ♥

A few months ago I moved to Spain solo to work, a huge change that took a looooong time to execute! The camino was part of my long held desire to move to Spain. Tough at the start, but well worth the risks. (For anybody thinking of anything similar, I highly recommend it, once you go in with your eyes open.)

Now I'm finally in a position where I can do a camino this summer over 5-6 weeks, (mid July-end of Aug), I plan to start on the Francés from St Jean ( or before St Jean if time allows) and switch to the Invierno, but open to change once I'm on route.

My questions are related to camping legally at albergues/ campsites along the Francés/ Invierno . I just read this helpful thread:

'***Camping legally on the Francés – albergues that allow to pitch a tent?' ***
and I'd love more information.

I plan to bring an ultra lite tent and I want to camp as a personal preference (I lived in a hostel for 7 months to save on rent before moving to Spain so I'm well used to dorm life and would prefer outdoors!), I don't mind if costs are the same and I know it won't be possible all the time but I'll seize the opportunity where possible. It might be useful too during these busy months.

Anywho, I'd love to hear from people who have recent experience camping at albergues (or at campsites near these caminos) during July/ August along the Francés/ Invierno routes

1. Do you have recommendations/ a list of albergues/ campsites you have camped at along the Francés/ Invierno?
2. Was your camping experience positive?
3. Was there any competition for outside space to pitch tents at albergues during busy periods? ( I imagine with good weather and lots of students walking during the summer many others might have similar ideas)
4. Have you camped at albergues/ sites along the less travelled caminos during the summer and what has been your experience?
5. Are mosquitos a problem in general at this time of year when camping outdoors?

Thank you and sorry for the ramble, hadn't intended on such a long post! 🤗

(And for the lurkers out there, your time will come!)
 

Mima1965

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Frances (2021)
Hello all!

I've been a lurker on this forum for about 6-7 years, so it feels a little surreal to have become a member! I wanted to wait until walking a camino was realistically within my grasp before doing so, and now it finally is..

I also want to say thanks a million to everybody for all the advice and especially the personal stories. This forum has really kept me going through some dark times, offering inspiration and motivation when I had none
...so much gratitude to everybody in this community, you may not realise how much your contributions can make someone's day/ even change someone's life...as reading them in this forum has done for me! Heartfelt thanks to all ♥

A few months ago I moved to Spain solo to work, a huge change that took a looooong time to execute! The camino was part of my long held desire to move to Spain. Tough at the start, but well worth the risks. (For anybody thinking of anything similar, I highly recommend it, once you go in with your eyes open.)

Now I'm finally in a position where I can do a camino this summer over 5-6 weeks, (mid July-end of Aug), I plan to start on the Francés from St Jean ( or before St Jean if time allows) and switch to the Invierno, but open to change once I'm on route.

My questions are related to camping legally at albergues/ campsites along the Francés/ Invierno . I just read this helpful thread:

'***Camping legally on the Francés – albergues that allow to pitch a tent?' ***
and I'd love more information.

I plan to bring an ultra lite tent and I want to camp as a personal preference (I lived in a hostel for 7 months to save on rent before moving to Spain so I'm well used to dorm life and would prefer outdoors!), I don't mind if costs are the same and I know it won't be possible all the time but I'll seize the opportunity where possible. It might be useful too during these busy months.

Anywho, I'd love to hear from people who have recent experience camping at albergues (or at campsites near these caminos) during July/ August along the Francés/ Invierno routes

1. Do you have recommendations/ a list of albergues/ campsites you have camped at along the Francés/ Invierno?
2. Was your camping experience positive?
3. Was there any competition for outside space to pitch tents at albergues during busy periods? ( I imagine with good weather and lots of students walking during the summer many others might have similar ideas)
4. Have you camped at albergues/ sites along the less travelled caminos during the summer and what has been your experience?
5. Are mosquitos a problem in general at this time of year when camping outdoors?

Thank you and sorry for the ramble, hadn't intended on such a long post! 🤗

(And for the lurkers out there, your time will come!)
Hello all!

I've been a lurker on this forum for about 6-7 years, so it feels a little surreal to have become a member! I wanted to wait until walking a camino was realistically within my grasp before doing so, and now it finally is..

I also want to say thanks a million to everybody for all the advice and especially the personal stories. This forum has really kept me going through some dark times, offering inspiration and motivation when I had none
...so much gratitude to everybody in this community, you may not realise how much your contributions can make someone's day/ even change someone's life...as reading them in this forum has done for me! Heartfelt thanks to all ♥

A few months ago I moved to Spain solo to work, a huge change that took a looooong time to execute! The camino was part of my long held desire to move to Spain. Tough at the start, but well worth the risks. (For anybody thinking of anything similar, I highly recommend it, once you go in with your eyes open.)

Now I'm finally in a position where I can do a camino this summer over 5-6 weeks, (mid July-end of Aug), I plan to start on the Francés from St Jean ( or before St Jean if time allows) and switch to the Invierno, but open to change once I'm on route.

My questions are related to camping legally at albergues/ campsites along the Francés/ Invierno . I just read this helpful thread:

'***Camping legally on the Francés – albergues that allow to pitch a tent?' ***
and I'd love more information.

I plan to bring an ultra lite tent and I want to camp as a personal preference (I lived in a hostel for 7 months to save on rent before moving to Spain so I'm well used to dorm life and would prefer outdoors!), I don't mind if costs are the same and I know it won't be possible all the time but I'll seize the opportunity where possible. It might be useful too during these busy months.

Anywho, I'd love to hear from people who have recent experience camping at albergues (or at campsites near these caminos) during July/ August along the Francés/ Invierno routes

1. Do you have recommendations/ a list of albergues/ campsites you have camped at along the Francés/ Invierno?
2. Was your camping experience positive?
3. Was there any competition for outside space to pitch tents at albergues during busy periods? ( I imagine with good weather and lots of students walking during the summer many others might have similar ideas)
4. Have you camped at albergues/ sites along the less travelled caminos during the summer and what has been your experience?
5. Are mosquitos a problem in general at this time of year when camping outdoors?

Thank you and sorry for the ramble, hadn't intended on such a long post! 🤗

(And for the lurkers out there, your time will come!)
Welcome Wild Irish!
I'm a new member too and blown away by the generosity of spirit on this forum! ...and like you finding support and inspiration everyday.
Pleased things are working out for you in Spain. Seeing myself spending a lot of time there as well.
Saludos y buen camino!
 

Wild Irish

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Mixed Camino/ Francés with variants (June/July 2021)
Welcome Wild Irish!
I'm a new member too and blown away by the generosity of spirit on this forum! ...and like you finding support and inspiration everyday.
Pleased things are working out for you in Spain. Seeing myself spending a lot of time there as well.
Saludos y buen camino!

And a huge warm welcome to you too Mima1965! 🤗 It's great that you're feeling the inspiration too and thanks for the kind words, right back at ya! Very best of luck to you spending time out here too, I hope it'll happen for you soon, happy new year and buen Camino! (You're the first person I've wished a buen Camino to, y muchas gracias 😁)
 
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Hello all!

I've been a lurker on this forum for about 6-7 years, so it feels a little surreal to have become a member! I wanted to wait until walking a camino was realistically within my grasp before doing so, and now it finally is..

I also want to say thanks a million to everybody for all the advice and especially the personal stories. This forum has really kept me going through some dark times, offering inspiration and motivation when I had none
...so much gratitude to everybody in this community, you may not realise how much your contributions can make someone's day/ even change someone's life...as reading them in this forum has done for me! Heartfelt thanks to all ♥

A few months ago I moved to Spain solo to work, a huge change that took a looooong time to execute! The camino was part of my long held desire to move to Spain. Tough at the start, but well worth the risks. (For anybody thinking of anything similar, I highly recommend it, once you go in with your eyes open.)

Now I'm finally in a position where I can do a camino this summer over 5-6 weeks, (mid July-end of Aug), I plan to start on the Francés from St Jean ( or before St Jean if time allows) and switch to the Invierno, but open to change once I'm on route.

My questions are related to camping legally at albergues/ campsites along the Francés/ Invierno . I just read this helpful thread:

'***Camping legally on the Francés – albergues that allow to pitch a tent?' ***
and I'd love more information.

I plan to bring an ultra lite tent and I want to camp as a personal preference (I lived in a hostel for 7 months to save on rent before moving to Spain so I'm well used to dorm life and would prefer outdoors!), I don't mind if costs are the same and I know it won't be possible all the time but I'll seize the opportunity where possible. It might be useful too during these busy months.

Anywho, I'd love to hear from people who have recent experience camping at albergues (or at campsites near these caminos) during July/ August along the Francés/ Invierno routes

1. Do you have recommendations/ a list of albergues/ campsites you have camped at along the Francés/ Invierno?
2. Was your camping experience positive?
3. Was there any competition for outside space to pitch tents at albergues during busy periods? ( I imagine with good weather and lots of students walking during the summer many others might have similar ideas)
4. Have you camped at albergues/ sites along the less travelled caminos during the summer and what has been your experience?
5. Are mosquitos a problem in general at this time of year when camping outdoors?

Thank you and sorry for the ramble, hadn't intended on such a long post! 🤗

(And for the lurkers out there, your time will come!)
This is a thread that I had posted information about camping, although it was with regard to a question about the Primitivo. The information that I had posted still applies to the Frances.

I have asked many alburgues on my Caminos - that had open space around the building - as a point of curiosity, if they would allow a small shelter to be setup (tent, tarp, etc) and found that many alburgues are open to allowing it, IF they have the space. You already stated that paying a fee is no issue, so you are already prepared to do so. :)

There are quite a few campground type facilities along the Frances. Just look for such on Google Maps and Google as you decide your likely end-of-day stopping points. Also, do not rule out asking at a farm or home on the outskirts of a village or town if you can 'borrow' a small camping spot.

Rather then a tent, you might wish to think of tarp type shelters utilizing a sheet of polycro or thicker mils of plastic. If you would like more info on that type of shelter, send me a PM. :)
 

David Tallan

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - from Porto (2018)
I can't be of much help as I haven't really camped on my Caminos but one place I did stay at was Fuentes Blancas camping which is more or less on the way into Burgos on the river route, where we stayed on our first night in Burgos (we took a rest day there and spent the second night in a nice hotel across from the Cathedral). But if you are going to stay st Fuentes Blancas, be careful as you walk because it is easy to walk right past it and miss it.
 

Mima1965

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte/Primitivo/Frances (2021)
This is a thread that I had posted information about camping, although it was with regard to a question about the Primitivo. The information that I had posted still applies to the Frances.

I have asked many alburgues on my Caminos - that had open space around the building - as a point of curiosity, if they would allow a small shelter to be setup (tent, tarp, etc) and found that many alburgues are open to allowing it, IF they have the space. You already stated that paying a fee is no issue, so you are already prepared to do so. :)

There are quite a few campground type facilities along the Frances. Just look for such on Google Maps and Google as you decide your likely end-of-day stopping points. Also, do not rule out asking at a farm or home on the outskirts of a village or town if you can 'borrow' a small camping spot.

Rather then a tent, you might wish to think of tarp type shelters utilizing a sheet of polycro or thicker mils of plastic. If you would like more info on that type of shelter, send me a PM. :)
Gracias Davebugg,
Good advise re: asking locals.
The times I did that (though not in the camino) I had amazing success and experiences. Ending up having meals with locals, taking me places & keeping in touch with them afterwards.
One in particular I met in Cadiz, has come to visit me in New Zealand & when I am in Spain I stay in his apartment in Puerto de la Duquesa. Another friend I met like that & I love staying with is in Seville.
For some locals its like a festive event to have a person from another country staying with them. And I think once they find out you are a camino de Santiago pilgrim they will feel honoured & happy to offer you support .....and company if you need that!
Buena suerte!
 

easygoing

Camino Sharon
Camino(s) past & future
I have walked the Camino Francis 7 times, twice in 2017 and 2018. (2019)
I wonder if the locals would be as friendly about letting someone camp on the Francis. Last fall I was so embrarrased by the amount of toilet paper left along the way even on private property. And even when a trash can was near by. I stopped once along the road to read a sign and nearly stepped in a pile of human poop in the open in front of it.
 

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Puiu

Member
Hello all!

I've been a lurker on this forum for about 6-7 years, so it feels a little surreal to have become a member! I wanted to wait until walking a camino was realistically within my grasp before doing so, and now it finally is..

I also want to say thanks a million to everybody for all the advice and especially the personal stories. This forum has really kept me going through some dark times, offering inspiration and motivation when I had none
...so much gratitude to everybody in this community, you may not realise how much your contributions can make someone's day/ even change someone's life...as reading them in this forum has done for me! Heartfelt thanks to all ♥

A few months ago I moved to Spain solo to work, a huge change that took a looooong time to execute! The camino was part of my long held desire to move to Spain. Tough at the start, but well worth the risks. (For anybody thinking of anything similar, I highly recommend it, once you go in with your eyes open.)

Now I'm finally in a position where I can do a camino this summer over 5-6 weeks, (mid July-end of Aug), I plan to start on the Francés from St Jean ( or before St Jean if time allows) and switch to the Invierno, but open to change once I'm on route.

My questions are related to camping legally at albergues/ campsites along the Francés/ Invierno . I just read this helpful thread:

'***Camping legally on the Francés – albergues that allow to pitch a tent?' ***
and I'd love more information.

I plan to bring an ultra lite tent and I want to camp as a personal preference (I lived in a hostel for 7 months to save on rent before moving to Spain so I'm well used to dorm life and would prefer outdoors!), I don't mind if costs are the same and I know it won't be possible all the time but I'll seize the opportunity where possible. It might be useful too during these busy months.

Anywho, I'd love to hear from people who have recent experience camping at albergues (or at campsites near these caminos) during July/ August along the Francés/ Invierno routes

1. Do you have recommendations/ a list of albergues/ campsites you have camped at along the Francés/ Invierno?
2. Was your camping experience positive?
3. Was there any competition for outside space to pitch tents at albergues during busy periods? ( I imagine with good weather and lots of students walking during the summer many others might have similar ideas)
4. Have you camped at albergues/ sites along the less travelled caminos during the summer and what has been your experience?
5. Are mosquitos a problem in general at this time of year when camping outdoors?

Thank you and sorry for the ramble, hadn't intended on such a long post! 🤗

(And for the lurkers out there, your time will come!)
 

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Wild Irish

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Mixed Camino/ Francés with variants (June/July 2021)
This is a thread that I had posted information about camping, although it was with regard to a question about the Primitivo. The information that I had posted still applies to the Frances.

I have asked many alburgues on my Caminos - that had open space around the building - as a point of curiosity, if they would allow a small shelter to be setup (tent, tarp, etc) and found that many alburgues are open to allowing it, IF they have the space. You already stated that paying a fee is no issue, so you are already prepared to do so. :)

There are quite a few campground type facilities along the Frances. Just look for such on Google Maps and Google as you decide your likely end-of-day stopping points. Also, do not rule out asking at a farm or home on the outskirts of a village or town if you can 'borrow' a small camping spot.

Rather then a tent, you might wish to think of tarp type shelters utilizing a sheet of polycro or thicker mils of plastic. If you would like more info on that type of shelter, send me a PM. :)

Hi Davebugg! Thank you for your reply, when I was researching yesterday I had actually bookmarked your response in that thread related to the Primitivo as it was really informative! 😁 That's great to know that the albergues you inquired at where generally open to it if they had the space so when I'm on route I could always ring ahead to find out. Also great idea to ask landowners when passing through! I never thought of a tarp set up so I'll definitely look into that. And may I say, hats off to you sir, your responses on this forum in relation to equipment, foot care etc are second to none, you should consider writing a book/ practical guide to all things camino/ hiking related. Great advice, cheers! 👍🤗
 

Wild Irish

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Mixed Camino/ Francés with variants (June/July 2021)
Gracias Davebugg,
Good advise re: asking locals.
The times I did that (though not in the camino) I had amazing success and experiences. Ending up having meals with locals, taking me places & keeping in touch with them afterwards.
One in particular I met in Cadiz, has come to visit me in New Zealand & when I am in Spain I stay in his apartment in Puerto de la Duquesa. Another friend I met like that & I love staying with is in Seville.
For some locals its like a festive event to have a person from another country staying with them. And I think once they find out you are a camino de Santiago pilgrim they will feel honoured & happy to offer you support .....and company if you need that!
Buena suerte!
It's so true! Since I moved here a few months ago I've been humbled by people's kindness and friendliness! People here are very warm, I was so worried about my basic Spanish skills (I'm learning!)but people have been very understanding and once you try they appreciate it! That's great you've made life long friends from your experiences, hopefully I will too! 😁
 

Wild Irish

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Mixed Camino/ Francés with variants (June/July 2021)
I wonder if the locals would be as friendly about letting someone camp on the Francis. Last fall I was so embrarrased by the amount of toilet paper left along the way even on private property. And even when a trash can was near by. I stopped once along the road to read a sign and nearly stepped in a pile of human poop in the open in front of it.
I've read a lot about this on the forum and it seems to be a big problem which is a real shame, especially when bins are provided! ...If I were to ask permission to camp on somebody's land then of course I would follow leave no trace principals. However, my questions were about camping legally at albergues and official camp sites 🙂
 

Wild Irish

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Mixed Camino/ Francés with variants (June/July 2021)
I can't be of much help as I haven't really camped on my Caminos but one place I did stay at was Fuentes Blancas camping which is more or less on the way into Burgos on the river route, where we stayed on our first night in Burgos (we took a rest day there and spent the second night in a nice hotel across from the Cathedral). But if you are going to stay st Fuentes Blancas, be careful as you walk because it is easy to walk right past it and miss it.
Hi David, thank you for the info, very helpful! I actually came across one of your posts in another thread about camping and you had mentioned Fuentes Blancas so I added it to my list!😁 It sounds perfect for me and great idea to take a rest day there too.. I didn't think camping areas were available in cities so you've opened up more options for research, cheers and thank you for the rec! 👍
 

Wild Irish

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Mixed Camino/ Francés with variants (June/July 2021)
Hi Puiu! Thank you very much for taking the time to send this attachment, much appreciated.. I'm going to sit down and study it now, cheers! 👍😁
 


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