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Favourite Albergues?

Eibhlís

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2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
 

Brian E

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May 2019
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Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
This is a decent resource to use and start with. Clearly it can be subjective but I used this list of albergues loosely on the Frances and did stay at some and was never disappointed. I guess there is typically a valid and good reason they made it on the list.

 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
You might be surprised to find out that by walking in June/July you will be avoiding the crowds that start from St Jean Pied de Port in May and September. The Camino should be a bit quieter, at least until you reach Sarria, and the 100Km pilgrims join in.
My favorite albergue would be La Finca, in Población de Campos. Each "bunk" is like a tiny room, and the upper beds are accessed via mini staircases.
It's only 10 euros, and they let you use the washing machine for free.
The restaurant also serves a good pilgrim dinner.



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Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
I liked the Municpal in Burgos near the cathedral , good bar opposite the front door also San Javier in Astorga but it is pot luck . Your impressions get shaped in places by the people you meet and what’s good to one is terrible to another . If I was you I would not over plan . Just take things as they come and you will have a great Camino .
 

Eibhlís

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Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
I liked the Municpal in Burgos near the cathedral , good bar opposite the front door also San Javier in Astorga but it is pot luck . Your impressions get shaped in places by the people you meet and what’s good to one is terrible to another . If I was you I would not over plan . Just take things as they come and you will have a great Camino .
I'm going to try to go with the for which is difficult for me. But I would still like to have a list of recommended albergues should I be lucky enough to have a choice on any given night.
 

Eibhlís

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
I'm going to try to go with the for which is difficult for me. But I would still like to have a list of recommended albergues should I be lucky enough to have a choice on any given night.
Go with the flow*
 

trecile

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Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
I'm going to try to go with the for which is difficult for me. But I would still like to have a list of recommended albergues should I be lucky enough to have a choice on any given night.
I like to have such a list too. It doesn't always work out, but I think that it's a good idea to have an idea of what your options are.
Put your list in "Camino order" - the order in which you will walk through the towns. Then when you arrive somewhere, or the night before you can check your list to see if one of the "favorites" is nearby.
 

Eibhlís

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Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
I like to have such a list too. It doesn't always work out, but I think that it's a good idea to have an idea of what your options are.
Put your list in "Camino order" - the order in which you will walk through the towns. Then when you arrive somewhere, or the night before you can check your list to see if one of the "favorites" is nearby.
That's exactly my thought :)
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
There is a thread with the alberques that some of the fellow pilgrims prefer:

Try those first.
Mine are the Albergue in Grañon and S. Miguel in Hôspital de l'Orbigo.
There are very nice Albergues around. Some of my camino-family stayed in San Nicolàs de Puente Fitéro and were amazed. The same for the Albergue verde in Hôspital de l'Orbigo.

You can look at my google-maps, I marked the best rated Albergues (rating-mix of this and a german forum and some other POIs):

Have fun!
 

steve 217

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Camino frances planning via del la plata
English confraternity albergue at Granon will always have special memories for me if for no other reason then the warmest welcome by the Hospitalleros the cup of english tea , the communal meal, the prayers at the wonderful church , the worst hangover ive ever had after sitting long around the dinner table drinking wine and discussing life with pilgrims from all over the world.
A very special place.
 

steve 217

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I forgot to add a recent discovery. Trinidad de Arre just outside Pamplona wonderful place often overlooked in the haste to get into Pamplona and this years favourite
 

PengoQuest

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances - July/August 2016
After 4 visits to the Camino Frances since 2016, my three stand-outs are 'Casa Susi' in Trabadelo (especially for Australian pilgrims), 'La Finca' as mentioned above, and 'Pequena Potala' in Ruitelan. With a special mention to the amazing shower facilities at 'Albergue@ Muxia' in Muxia.
 

mike mcbroom

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Francis June 17, 2015 ,Portagusee from Porto to Santiago August 2016, Francis may 2018 this year wil
Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
Albergue Verde in Hospital De Orbega. Plus the best ever on the Primativo wa Albergue Bodeneo.
The fave in Santiago is Roots and Boots.
 

mike mcbroom

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francis June 17, 2015 ,Portagusee from Porto to Santiago August 2016, Francis may 2018 this year wil
Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
 

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English confraternity albergue at Granon will always have special memories for me if for no other reason then the warmest welcome by the Hospitalleros the cup of english tea , the communal meal, the prayers at the wonderful church , the worst hangover ive ever had after sitting long around the dinner table drinking wine and discussing life with pilgrims from all over the world.
A very special place.
Grañón does not have an English confraternity albergue, if you mean the one in/at the church that one belongs to the parish.
Or do you mean the one in Rabanal del Camino? That one is the only one maintained by the English confraternity on the Camino Francés.

BC SY
 

Eibhlís

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Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
You might be surprised to find out that by walking in June/July you will be avoiding the crowds that start from St Jean Pied de Port in May and September. The Camino should be a bit quieter, at least until you reach Sarria, and the 100Km pilgrims join in.
My favorite albergue would be La Finca, in Población de Campos. Each "bunk" is like a tiny room, and the upper beds are accessed via mini staircases.
It's only 10 euros, and they let you use the washing machine for free.
The restaurant also serves a good pilgrim dinner.



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Gosh! That looks great!
 

Eibhlís

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2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.

JennyH94

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CF - sections and whole (2012-2019) and part VF (2017)
Like trecile and domigee, I’m a June-July pilgrim. The weather then is usually good - sure, it does get hot but you’ll avoid the worst heat of the day if you finish your day’s walking by 2pm.

If you like to go for a swim, my tip is to bring a cozzie with you to the Camino. There are quite a few albergues on The Way that have swimming pools and to have an afternoon swim is fantastic. A swimming pool is a Big Plus for me in choosing an albergue. It’s so refreshing and your feet and legs particularly will thank you.

On the Forum you might be able to find a thread listing all the albergues on the Frances that have pools - here are some where I enjoyed a swim earlier this year.

Albergue Ultreia at Castrojeriz - small pool similar to a spa pool (see photo)
En El Camino at Boadilla
Albergue Los Peregrinos at El Acebo - olympic-sized pool - it’s like a resort here!
Casa Susi at Trabadelo - completely wonderful - take a swim in the river at the bottom of the albergue garden

All these albergues are on my favourites list.

Also on the list is San Anton Abad at Villafranca Montes de Oca and Refugio Gaucelmo at Rabanal.

Here’s the spa pool at Albergue Ultreia, Castrojeriz -

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Buen Camino Eibhlis - take joy in every step -

Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
 

steve 217

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Camino frances planning via del la plata
Grañón does not have an English confraternity albergue, if you mean the one in/at the church that one belongs to the parish.
Or do you mean the one in Rabanal del Camino? That one is the only one maintained by the English confraternity on the Camino Francés.

BC SY
Your right i did say i got very drunk ! it was Rabanal apologies
 

domigee

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Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Like trecile and domigee, I’m a June-July pilgrim. The weather then is usually good - sure, it does get hot but you’ll avoid the worst heat of the day if you finish your day’s walking by 2pm.

If you like to go for a swim, my tip is to bring a cozzie with you to the Camino. There are quite a few albergues on The Way that have swimming pools and to have an afternoon swim is fantastic. A swimming pool is a Big Plus for me in choosing an albergue. It’s so refreshing and your feet and legs particularly will thank you.

On the Forum you might be able to find a thread listing all the albergues on the Frances that have pools - here are some where I enjoyed a swim earlier this year.

Albergue Ultreia at Castrojeriz - small pool similar to a spa pool (see photo)
En El Camino at Boadilla
Albergue Los Peregrinos at El Acebo - olympic-sized pool - it’s like a resort here!
Casa Susi at Trabadelo - completely wonderful - take a swim in the river at the bottom of the albergue garden

All these albergues are on my favourites list.

Also on the list is San Anton Abad at Villafranca Montes de Oca and Refugio Gaucelmo at Rabanal.

Here’s the spa pool at Albergue Ultreia, Castrojeriz -

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Buen Camino Eibhlis - take joy in every step -

Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
Also municipal pools at Cizur Menor and Redecillas - free entry if you stay at albergue - and Hontanas, at end of village.
Also swimming pool in albergue in Puente la Reina (after the bridge).
 
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thejoker

Member
Camino(s) past & future
many
This never stays the same. The first time I stayed at Larrasoana about 15 or 16 years ago, I loved it. A few years later I stopped there again and even though it was the same albergue, everything was absolutely awful.

However, my absolute favourite in the height of summer, if the weather is clear, is the albergue of the last of the Knights Templars, Manjarin. That communal dinner by candle is amazing and I love getting up for an hour at around 1 am to go outside and lie on the road, in a place unaffected by light pollution, wait for the dogs to calm down again, and gaze up at that absolutely amazing sky.
 

Eibhlís

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
Also municipal pools at Cizur Menor and Redecillas - free entry if you stay at albergue - and Hontanas, at end of village.
Also swimming pool in albergue in Puente la Reina (after the bridge).
I hadn't even though about packing a swimsuit!
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
If you like to go for a swim, my tip is to bring a cozzie with you to the Camino.
I was pretty sure I knew what it was, but I had to look up "cozzie". 😊

I always bring a black bikini bottom I can wear to swim in with one of my black bras that I bring.
 

Eibhlís

Member
Camino(s) past & future
2000 I walked 300km of the Camino Frances.
2020 I plan to walk the whole 800km.
Like trecile and domigee, I’m a June-July pilgrim. The weather then is usually good - sure, it does get hot but you’ll avoid the worst heat of the day if you finish your day’s walking by 2pm.

If you like to go for a swim, my tip is to bring a cozzie with you to the Camino. There are quite a few albergues on The Way that have swimming pools and to have an afternoon swim is fantastic. A swimming pool is a Big Plus for me in choosing an albergue. It’s so refreshing and your feet and legs particularly will thank you.

On the Forum you might be able to find a thread listing all the albergues on the Frances that have pools - here are some where I enjoyed a swim earlier this year.

Albergue Ultreia at Castrojeriz - small pool similar to a spa pool (see photo)
En El Camino at Boadilla
Albergue Los Peregrinos at El Acebo - olympic-sized pool - it’s like a resort here!
Casa Susi at Trabadelo - completely wonderful - take a swim in the river at the bottom of the albergue garden

All these albergues are on my favourites list.

Also on the list is San Anton Abad at Villafranca Montes de Oca and Refugio Gaucelmo at Rabanal.

Here’s the spa pool at Albergue Ultreia, Castrojeriz -

View attachment 67156


Buen Camino Eibhlis - take joy in every step -

Cheers from Oz -
Jenny
I hadn't thought about packing a swimsuit! Thank you for that.
 

taigirl

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2019
Hi everyone,
I'm going to do the Camino Frances in June/July (busy season I know but unfortunately I don't have a choice for various reasons). I'd love to hear from people what their favourite albergues were along the route.
The albergue in Los Arcos where I stayed in September said no pilgrims at all in July and August. Best albergue in Hospital de Orbigos was Alb Verde.
 

peregrina2000

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I haven’t been on the Francés in many years for more than a few days making connections from one camino to another, but I know that two long-time forum members now have albergues on the Francés, and both of them are not on the guide book end stages. So that’s where I would head! Springtime openings for both.

In Cirauqui, @juanma’s place — https://www.alberguecirauqui.com/ (between Puente la Reina and Estella)

In Villares de Órbigo, @LTfit’s place — http://alberguevillaresdeorbigo.es/en/ (between León and Astorga)
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
The albergue in Los Arcos where I stayed in September said no pilgrims at all in July and August. Best albergue in Hospital de Orbigos was Alb Verde.
I stayed in La Casa Austria source in July. The Albergue was well booked. Which Albergue in Los Arcos do you mean? On the evening on the main place in Los Arcos there were many more pilgrims.
 

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