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Growth (or lack of) on the Invierno

#1
The Xunta says that the number of peregrinos on the Invierno has increased by a whopping ;) 12% since 2011. That is astonishing to me, I just don’t get it. But for anyone who wants a beautiful, spiritual, solitary camino, go to the Invierno now! It is very well marked, and the people along the way are waiting for pilgrims! I think that what is holding back the crowds is the lack of albergues, so if you can afford private accommodations (cheap but not albergues), it is a phenomenal alternative to the Francés from Ponferrada.

https://www.lanuevacronica.com/la-a...-el-camino-de-invierno-crece-un-12-desde-2011
 

KinkyOne

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#2
The Xunta says that the number of peregrinos on the Invierno has increased by a whopping ;) 12% since 2011. That is astonishing to me, I just don’t get it. But for anyone who wants a beautiful, spiritual, solitary camino, go to the Invierno now! It is very well marked, and the people along the way are waiting for pilgrims! I think that what is holding back the crowds is the lack of albergues, so if you can afford private accommodations (cheap but not albergues), it is a phenomenal alternative to the Francés from Ponferrada.

https://www.lanuevacronica.com/la-a...-el-camino-de-invierno-crece-un-12-desde-2011
I think the rise is even bigger. You well know that 2nd, 3rd, 4th timers usually don't claim Compostela so the numbers from Xunta (I'm almost sure) are the same as those from the PO in SdC.

But the classical Camino albergues are scarce, that's true. In very short distance of 14km between O Barco (Xagoaza) and A Rua there are 4 but before (Villavieja) and after (Chantada, Lalin, A Laxe) almost non-existent. No space for private albergue business I guess but communities surely have some derelict properties that could be restored.
 

MikeJS

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Camino(s) past & future
Francis (2011), Norte (2012), VdlP (Apr 2016). Sureste/Invierno (Apr/May 2017).
#3
Mmmm. Not sure about the figures as I like many add the Invierno onto the end of another camino, as I walked the Sureste then the Invierno. The pilgrim’s office recorded it as a Sureste camino!

I found accommodation at a reasonable price easy to find. However, for me it was the difficulty in finding a decent meal at a reasonable time (before 2130) that would stop me repeating the experience.
 
#5
Could someone comment on how difficult it would be getting a good heavy lunch on this camino.
More info please! :) Do you mean en route, or do you mean once you have arrived at your destination? How many kms are you likely to walk each day? I try to stop walking by 2:30 or 3:00 and that usually gives me plenty of time for a shower before the restaurant kitchens close for lunch. Then light snack at dinner. If you mean stopping for lunch along the way in the middle of your walk, it is true that there are many fewer villages with services than on other Caminos. The forum guide in Resources should give you what you need to know about location of restaurants and bars, both along the way and at the “normal” stopping points. I never went hungry, I can tell you that! But I never eat a big meal while walking, just always make sure to have yoghurt, fruit and some nuts in my pack for a snack in case I don’t find a café.

I personally wouldn’t let this issue be a deterrent, because it is such a gorgeous and may I say spiritual route!
 
#7
I think the rise is even bigger. You well know that 2nd, 3rd, 4th timers usually don't claim Compostela so the numbers from Xunta (I'm almost sure) are the same as those from the PO in SdC.

But the classical Camino albergues are scarce, that's true. In very short distance of 14km between O Barco (Xagoaza) and A Rua there are 4 but before (Villavieja) and after (Chantada, Lalin, A Laxe) almost non-existent. No space for private albergue business I guess but communities surely have some derelict properties that could be restored.
Kinky, I saw a recent post by someone wanting to walk the Invierno in winter and asking about albergues.

Going through the guide, and remembering about Villavieja and its new albergue, here are the albergues I see:

Villavieja — recently opened albergue in tiny hamlet before castle of Cornatel
Xagoaza — pilgrim-specific, a couple of kms past Barco
A Rúa — Asún
Vilamartín — albergue juvenil, open all year
Quiroga — albergue juvenil — is this open all year?

Is this the complete list of albergues on the Invierno to date?

And p.s., I am going to start the Invierno revisions soon, so I hope you and @Charrito are feeling helpful these days.
 

Athena Atterdag

time&space traveller
Camino(s) past & future
Via Francigena (2017, 2018)
Via Turonensis (2018)
Camino de Invierno (2018)
#8
Kinky, I saw a recent post by someone wanting to walk the Invierno in winter and asking about albergues.
That was me!:)

And thank you for the list above - Villamartín is one of the towns where I intend to stop for the night, so it's good news for me!
 
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