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Donativos on the Norte/Primitivo

Dave

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Norte/Primitivo 2019
When I was preparing updates for the guidebooks yesterday, it struck me that there is currently an abundance of donation-based albergues on the Norte (and, to a lesser extent, on the Primitivo). I've tried to compile a complete list--check it out:

Camino del Norte:
  • Irun – Albergue de Peregrinos Jakobi (breakfast)
  • Pasajes de San Juan – Albergue de Peregrinos Santa Ana
  • Zarautz – Albergue de Peregrinos
  • Zumaia - Albergue de Peregrinos Convento de San Jose
  • Markina-Xemein – Albergue de Peregrinos Convento
  • Monasterio de Zenarruza (communal dinner)
  • Larrabetzu – Albergue de Peregrinos
  • Lezama - Albergue de Peregrinos
  • Bilbao – Albergue de Peregrinos (communal meals)
  • Bilbao - Albergue Parroquia Barrio de la Cruz / Santa Cruz de Begoña
  • Barakaldo – Albergue del Polideportivo
  • Portugalete – Albergue de Peregrinos
  • Pobeña – Albergue de Peregrinos
  • Ontón – Albergue Tu Camino (ok, not donativo, but communal meals and in the spirit)
  • El Pontarrón de Guriezo – Albergue de Peregrinos (currently closed)
  • Güemes – Albergue La Cabaña del Abuelo Peuto (communal meals)
  • Santa Cruz de Bezana – Albergue La Santa Cruz (communal meals)
  • Bustio (between Unquera and Colombres) - Albergue de Bustio
  • Pendueles – Albergue Aves de Paso (communal meals)
  • Cuerres – Albergue Casa Belén and Albergue Reposo del Andayón (communal meals at both)
  • La Vega – Albergue Tu Casa (communal meals)
  • Tornón – Albergue La Llamarga (communal meals)
  • Villaviciosa – Albergue de Peregrinos la Payariega (communal meals)
  • Amandi – Albergue La Ferreria (communal meals)
  • San Martín de Laspra – Albergue San Martín
  • La Ronda (after Luarca) – Albergue Casa Lua (communal meals)
  • Maariz – O Bisonte de Maariz (often communal meals)
  • Miraz – Albergue de Peregrinos (CSJ (breakfast)

Camino Primitivo:
  • Villaviciosa – Albergue de Peregrinos la Payariega (communal meals)
  • Amandi – Albergue La Ferreria (communal meals)
  • Grado – Albergue Villa de Grado (breakfast)
  • San Marcelo (7km after Grado) - Casita Mandala (communal meals)
  • Porciles – Albergue Fontenonaya (communal meals)
  • Bodenaya – Albergue de Peregrinos (communal meals)
  • La Espina – Albergue El Cruce
Check out all those communal meals between Güemes and Luarca! I know people complain about the asphalt in Cantabria, and understandably, but you can't beat that hospitality.

And for anyone looking to launch a new donativo-based albergue, the second half of the Primitivo seems like it could use you!

Dave
 
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Myra Ramsay

MyraNT
Camino(s) past & future
SDJP to SDC 2016
Porto to SDC, Finisterre, Muxia, Camino Ingles 2017
Camino del Norte 2019?
Zumaia - Albergue de Peregrinos Convento de San Jose is donativo. Stayed there in April. Run by volunteers.
 

hielienie

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April 2020: Del Norte: Irun -> Santiago
April 2017: SJPDP -> Santiago -> Muxia -> Finisterre
Thank you so much for this - I will definitely use your list in April
 

Dave

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Norte/Primitivo 2019
Updated to include a new donativo with communal meals in San Marcelo, 7km after Grado on the Primitivo -- Casita Mandala.
 

Maria Kasia

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Norte to Primitivo from Bilbao to Santiago
December 9, 2019 to January 7, 2020
Albergue in Bustio (few km before Colombres, just after the bridge where you enter Cantabria from Unquerra) is also donativo. it is run by two very nice ladies - mother and daughter. Double rooms with bathrooms, wooden furniture and embroidered bed linen. Breakfast. You can also give your clothes to the ladies in the evening and you'll get them washed.
 

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Dave

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 2002; most recent: Norte/Primitivo 2019
Albergue in Bustio (few km before Colombres, just after the bridge where you enter Cantabria from Unquerra) is also donativo. it is run by two very nice ladies - mother and daughter. Double rooms with bathrooms, wooden furniture and embroidered bed linen. Breakfast. You can also give your clothes to the ladies in the evening and you'll get them washed.
Good catch -- thank you!
 

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