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Compiling a list of refugios that accept tents

David

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2005
Hi all - as it looks like tenting or sleep matting - in a legal way - is a possible future for some pilgrims I thought we could compile a list of refugios that accept or even welcome tents.

I can think of a few - perhaps when we have as many as we can we could make a sequential list?

so - here just a few to kick this off .....

1. The refugio at Roncesvalles allows tents (even welcomes them when they are busy).
2. Puente la Reina, Santiago Apostal, welcomes tents in their gardens (they also have a campsite and swimming pool).
3. Castrojeriz, Camping Camino de Santiago - refugio and campsite, welcomes tents.
4. Rabanal del Camino, Gaulcelmo (the English one) welcomes tents in their garden.

Also, Cizur Menor, Sanjuanista, has gardens and may possibly begin to allow tents.

there must be so many more that I have forgotten ....

There are also quite a few campsites - St Jean pied de Port has a municipal campsite for a start.
 
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Isca-camigo

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Various ones.
Is Gualcelmo open this year? Miraz is closed on the Norte, it makes sense considering most volunteers are retirees or around that age, it's probably too big a risk + the travelling for a lot of volunteers could be an obstacle.
 

JennyH94

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Is Gualcelmo open this year? Miraz is closed on the Norte, it makes sense considering most volunteers are retirees or around that age, it's probably too big a risk + the travelling for a lot of volunteers could be an obstacle.
No I-c, sadly not. The CSJ took the decision not to open Gaucelmo this year.
Best, best wishes from Oz -
Jenny
 

JennyH94

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Hi David -
Here’s one to add to the list ... It’s not a refugio but a campsite which provides a range of plots for tents, motorhomes and caravans, plus it also has cabins. It’s Camping Iratxe, 3km past Estella and a shortish walk on from the Irache fountain. The Camino passes outside their front door.
According to their website the campground has abundant trees, two showers and toilets, washing machines and dryers, clotheslines and sinks. They have a large cafeteria, restaurant and a supermarket, plus a sports leisure pool, jacuzzi and waterfall, plus more. It sounds like a great place to have a rest day!
Their website is campingiratxe.com .
Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
 
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pookiebear2002

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This great David and every one for adding campsites especially the one jennyh94 from oz added it sounds Devine.
I’m going to leave it til next year to see if it all calms down I’m too worried about becoming seriously ill not knowing where I’ll end up?
 

Felipe

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Booking.com has a filter for "campings", but at first view, most of them are not explicit about the availability of this option. They are albergues or hostals.
This webpage, campings.net looks more promising. The info is sketchy and may or may not be updated.
Icons don't represent campings, but stages suggested (so, ignore them). Zoom into the locality, look for the "tent" icon and click the "Más información" link.
 
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David

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2005
As you enter Rabanal del Camino I now remember that there is a large tenting area on the right opposite a cafe/refugio that owns it – very friendly. Marquees are already up, has water, waste, and bathroom facilities.

This campsite list is terribly out of date but is still a good indicator – each site would need to be checked to see if it still exists and what the prices are.

CAMPING ON THE CAMINO FRANCES:
Camping sites in Spain are listed as Luxury, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and special category camps.
Some give pilgrim discounts. For more info: http://www.camping-spain.net/

France
ST JEAN PIED DE PORT:
Camping de L’Arradoy: Tel: 05 59 37 11 75 1/3 to 1/10:
25 Persons 2** Basic campsite. Dogs allowed.

Camping Municipal: Tel: 05 59 37 11 19) 53 persons - 1* Municipal campsite 200m from the town gate. Dogs allowed.

Spain - Navarra

AURIZBERRI-ESPINAL 2nd: 1/4 to 31/10
Urrobi Tel/fax: 948 760 200 http://www.campingurrobi.com/
400 Persons: Dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & telephone.

PAMPLONA: 1/6 to 25/9
Ezcaba – 8.5km from Pamplona: Tel: 948330315
http://www.campingezcaba.com:
Swimming pool, restaurant. All facilities

Navarra
ESTELLA-LIZARRA 1st: All year
Lizarra: Tel: 948 551 733 Fax: 948 554 755
www.navarra.net.lizarra lizarrakampinga@navarra.net

1,000 persons: Dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

La Rioja
LOGROÑO: 2nd: 9/4 to 30/9
La Playa: Tel/Fax: 941 252 253
www.campinglaplaya.com campinglogrono@terra.es

248 persons: Dogs allowed: Cafeteria: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

NAVARRETE: 1st : 8/1 to 9/12
Navarette: Tel: 941 440 169 Fax: 941 440 639
www.fer.es/campings campingnavarrete@fer.es

580 persons: No dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

NAJERA: 3rd : 1/4 to 10/9
El Ruedo: Tel: 941 360 102

154 persons: Dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA: Open all year
Camping Bánares
: Tel: 941 342 804 5km before Santo Domingo: Full facilities.

Burgos

BURGOS: 1st: 1/4 to 30/9
Fuentes Blanca: Tel/Fax: 947 486 016

1,100 persons: Dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

CASTROJERÍZ: 2nd : 1/5 - 31/5 y 1/9 – 30/9 (1/6 – 30/8)
Camino de Santiago: Tel: 947 377 255 Fax: 983 359 549

campingcastro@eresmas.com
150 persons: No dogs allowed: Cafeteria: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

Palencia

CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES: 2nd: All year
Edén: Tel:979 881 152

289 persons: Dogs allowed. Hot showers: Cafeteria: Shop: Telephone:

Léon

SAHAGÚN: 2nd : All year
Municipal ‘Pedro Ponce’: Tel: 987 780 415 Fax: 987 781 112

www,campinglacota.com ponce@campinglacota.com
1,100 persons: Dogs allowed: Post and telephone: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

MANSILLA DE LAS MULAS: 2nd : 29/6 to 1/9
Esla: Tel: 987 310 089 Fax: 987 311 810

www.ayto-mansilla.org info@ayto-mansilla,org
168 persons: No dogs allowed: Hot showers: Restaurant: Cafeteria.

LEÓN: 2nd : 1/6 to 25/9
Golpejar de la Sobarriba: Ciudad de León: Tel: 987 269 086 Fax: 987 214 798

www.vivaleon.com/campingleon.htm camping-leon@yahoo.es
4km from León: 141 persons: No dogs allowed: Hot showers: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Post and telephone.

VILLADANGOS DEL PARAMO: 2ND : 14/4 to 28/9
Camino de Santiago: Tel: 987 680 253

494 persons: Dogs allowed: Post and telephone: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

HOSPITAL DE ORBIGO: 2nd: 1/6 to Sept:
Don Suero De Quiñones: Tel: 987361018

All facilities: June to September.

SANTA CATALINA DE SOMOZA: 2ND: 15/3 to 15/10
At Santa Colomba de Somoza – bear left on Le142 before reaching Santa Catalina
www.tronus.net/campingcarb narciso@ganaderosteleno.org
240 persons: Dogs allowed. Post and telephone: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

Galicia

SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA:
Monte do Gozo: 1st : 20/6 to 25/9
Tel: 981 558 942

1,227 persons: No dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers. Post & Telephone.

As Cancelas: 2nd : All year
408 persons: Dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.

Las Sirenas: 2nd: All year
Tel: 981 898 722 Fax: 981 580 844

300 persons: Dogs allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Supermarket: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone.
 
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flickchic98

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As you enter Rabanal del Camino I now remember that there is a large tenting area on the right opposite a cafe/refugio that owns it – very friendly. Marquees are already up, has water, waste, and bathroom facilities.
Fantastic list!!!! Thank for compiling.
 

Tone-Lise

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Is there a similar list or any suggestions for people doing pilgrimage in France? Am planning to do via Gebennensis and then do as far as I get on via Podiensis. Rather than staying in official campgrounds it would be nice to connect with the pilgrims staying in the local "gîte." Am sure I'll need a few breaks from sleeping in a tent, so either way, I will mix it up a bit.
 

Xali1970

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2016
Very very interested in this.
I'm planning a cycle from Ireland and back next year and I would rather tent it at the refugio/albergues, cuz a rolling tank makes less noise than my snoring...
 

ahemobile

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I just bought a tent to take on my next camino as an option, as I know many albergues have gardens. Plus I love the idea of being away from the snoring hordes!
 
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I just bought a tent to take on my next camino as an option, as I know many albergues have gardens. Plus I love the idea of being away from the snoring hordes!

How about being away from the toilet for the entire night?
Because pilgrims always lock up the albergue door for the night from inside for safety, even if you asked each and every one of them not to do it.
Happened to me in Castro Urdiales.

You may need to include this item on your packing list... :rolleyes:

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How about being away from the toilet for the entire night?
Because pilgrims always lock up the albergue door for the night from inside for safety, even if you asked each and every one of them not to do it.
Happened to me in Castro Urdiales.

You may need to include this item on your packing list... :rolleyes:

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In which case I would use the bush just like I do in the middle of any stage where there’s no toilet
 

Bradbeyer

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Hi all - as it looks like tenting or sleep matting - in a legal way - is a possible future for some pilgrims I thought we could compile a list of refugios that accept or even welcome tents.

I can think of a few - perhaps when we have as many as we can we could make a sequential list?

so - here just a few to kick this off .....

1. The refugio at Roncesvalles allows tents (even welcomes them when they are busy).
2. Puente la Reina, Santiago Apostal, welcomes tents in their gardens (they also have a campsite and swimming pool).
3. Castrojeriz, Camping Camino de Santiago - refugio and campsite, welcomes tents.
4. Rabanal del Camino, Gaulcelmo (the English one) welcomes tents in their garden.

Also, Cizur Menor, Sanjuanista, has gardens and may possibly begin to allow tents.

there must be so many more that I have forgotten ....

There are also quite a few campsites - St Jean pied de Port has a municipal campsite for a start.
David, thank you for this information! I am walking the Camino Frances starting at St. Jean Pied de Port on July 12. I am used to wilderness trekking, would probably feel naked if I didn't have my little tent along. I'm not concerned about saving money and want to support the albergues. Just glad to hear that tenting may be an option if everything is booked up.
 

MiaBu

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2021
Thanks for all the information. I want to walk in august but for now (as other people stated in a accommodation thread) I also don’t feel comfortable sharing a dorm. Since there seems to be quite a run on private rooms and I don’t think I want to plan each night in advance I am going to take a tent as well.
here is my questions though: as a woman I am always more concerned about safety when biwaking wild so I would prefer legal places close to an albergue. The list of albergues that lets you camp seems quite short. Is anyone on the Frances right now that can confirm more places? Or even reconfirm the list from last June?
 
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she has. she has also updated the list with new albergues, doggy albergues and closed albergues, according to gronze. it's here.
'She' has done an AWESOME job! Muchos Gracias 🙏

PS just checking I am navigating to the most recent version... your link takes me to a page where I then press the orange download button on the right side. The doc that opens still says 'March 2020' on the upper right, but actually it is the updated version..?
Cheers, tom
 

caminka

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'She' has done an AWESOME job! Muchos Gracias 🙏

PS just checking I am navigating to the most recent version... your link takes me to a page where I then press the orange download button on the right side. The doc that opens still says 'March 2020' on the upper right, but actually it is the updated version..?
Cheers, tom
thank you! :)
upsi, yes, it is the updated version. it has the dogs in the lines. I forgot to change the date. sorry! fixed.
 

Davey Boyd

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Here is what I have where you can camp at an albergue. Some may be listed above.

1. The Parroquia at Zalbadika before Pamplona (the one with the nuns). They let me camp around the back. Seemed quite happy about it.

2. Sanjaunista at Cizur Menor (the Nights of Malta one). Always camped there.

3. Santiago Apostle up the hill at Puenta la Reina. It has a camping spot.

4. Camp site at Irache just after Estella.

5. San Jaun Bautista at Granon. Has a camping field up the road from the albergue.

6. There is a campsite just before Burgos on the river route. Camping Fuentes Biancas.

7. I have seen people camping at San Bol on the Meseta just after Hornillos

8. La Finca at Poblacion de Campos are happy for you to camp.

9. I have camped outside the Parroqia donativo albergue at Bercianos

10. The municipal at La Virgen del Camino just after Leon is great for camping.

11. If he is still there David just before Astorga lets you camp.

12. Albergue Las Aguedas at Murias de Rechivaldo just after Astorga lets you camp. Lovely place!

13 As you enter Rabanal del Camino there is a place with tents on the right as you enter. It's not an albergue, more of a shop. It is donativo in a nice garden.

14. I think Monte Irago albergue in Foncebadon lets you camp.

15. So does Manjarin just afterwards.

16. The municipal at Molinaseca (just after town) definitely lets you camp.

17. The albergue at La Faba before O'Cebreiro lets you camp.

18. The Xunta at Ribadiso de Baixo after Melide lets you camp (but most put their tents up down the road by the river).

There are many more where I slept outside without a tent.

As for good freecamping spots, thats another story!

Davey
 
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JLV

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Hi All,
If it was me I would get a cheap single person tent. Then spray it down with scotch guard. I have done this in the past and it works great.
 

Davey Boyd

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Wow! Nice lists… now who knows of an inexpensive (100-150 US ) 2.5 lb single person tent?

I use a Wild Country Zephyros 1 tent because of its light weight. 1.5 kilo. Anything lighter gets expensive real quick. Cheap tents may fail due to how much use it is going to receive. I had my Zephyros 1 on all my caminos and it stood up well, only having to replace the pegs. Though small the door awning is big enough to cover your pack. I even used it on a winter camino.

Davey
 

good_old_shoes

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Decathlon has a lightweight 1 person trekking tent that might be interesting (1,3kg for 130Euros). Haven't tested it, but I do have the older 2 person version (2kg, new version 1,75) which is very nice quality for the price and have even used it in winter. Definitely waterproof. For longer distances I prefer my tiny snugpak ionosphere though (1,5kg). Tents are like shoes, you need to find one that fits your needs!
 
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