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First week of March lodging

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tsher09

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Beginning of March (2019)
Hi all! Having a tough time finding open lodging for the last part of the route beginning Sarria March 1. In addition,it looks like many restaurants are also closed. Is this generally a bad time to walk? I will be doing so solo and would love not to be totally alone the whole time... I may be able to push to the first of April, if so. Opinions helpful!
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
Don't worry, no advance reservations needed unless you're expecting four-star digs. Plenty enough places are open then, and you won't have to compete for beds. Sarria is Caminolandia year-round.
 

tsher09

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Beginning of March (2019)
Don't worry, no advance reservations needed unless you're expecting four-star digs. Plenty enough places are open then, and you won't have to compete for beds. Sarria is Caminolandia year-round.
It’s so weird bc many of the places I’ve gotten in contact with are closed until mid March... I just don’t want to be wandering about trying to find lodging and food especially in case of bad weather :)
 

C clearly

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), VDLP (2017), Mozarabe (2018), Vasco/Bayona (2019)
many of the places I’ve gotten in contact with are closed until mid March
Only a fraction of the places will be open then, because only a fraction of the number of pilgrims will be out then. However, there will be plenty of accommodation available for you. You only need one bed each night.:)
 

J F Gregory

Portugal Central - October 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (March-April,2016) finished, (October 2019) Portuguese Central Route.
We walked in the winter and never ha an issue of finding an open bed. And if there wasn't one available where we planned we just walked to the next village and found one. I travel a lot internationally and my favorite word is Flexibility.
 

tsher09

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Beginning of March (2019)
Is it best to call ahead or to look around once I arrive to the town I wish to stay in? I’m more concerned about the whole safety in numbers thing- don’t want to be the only woman staying somewhere each night.
 

Jan_D

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Aragones (2011)
Frances (2012)
Norte (2013, 2014)
Hospitalera (2014)
Portugues (2017)
This website is in Spanish, but you can easily see how many "albergues" (i.e. pilgrim hostels) there are per stage from Sarria onwards (just use the arrow at the top saying "siguente" to go to the next stage). If you click on the name of the albergue and look for "disponibilidad", you'll see the months it's open. "Todo el ano" means open all year - I've randomly clicked on a few, and it seems a good number are open all year.

Just follow the arrows into town, and you'll be led straight past the albergues. If the municipal one is full, the hospitaleros will direct you to the next one along the way.

I just looked at the stats from last year, and in the month of March 6,400 people finished the Frances, with 4,500 of those starting in Sarria. That's around 200 people per stage, per day. So don't worry, you'll have plenty of company!
 

tsher09

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Beginning of March (2019)
This website is in Spanish, but you can easily see how many "albergues" (i.e. pilgrim hostels) there are per stage from Sarria onwards (just use the arrow at the top saying "siguente" to go to the next stage). If you click on the name of the albergue and look for "disponibilidad", you'll see the months it's open. "Todo el ano" means open all year - I've randomly clicked on a few, and it seems a good number are open all year.

Just follow the arrows into town, and you'll be led straight past the albergues. If the municipal one is full, the hospitaleros will direct you to the next one along the way.

I just looked at the stats from last year, and in the month of March 6,400 people finished the Frances, with 4,500 of those starting in Sarria. That's around 200 people per stage, per day. So don't worry, you'll have plenty of company!
Thanks so very much, that’s the info I was hoping for!
 

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