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Kitchen Facilities on Camino Ingles

Discussion in 'Camino Ingles albergues, pensions and hostals' started by lindam, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. lindam

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    My husband and I are now in the early stages of making plans to walk the Camino Ingles (after walking the Portuguese Camino) starting in October 2017. We like to stay in albergues with kitchen facilities allowing us to prepare our own meals, whenever possible. I am wondering if anyone can comment on the availability of albergues with equipped kitchens along this route? Any insights would be appreciated.
     
  2. JohnnieWalker

    JohnnieWalker Nunca se camina solo Donating Member

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    I stand to be corrected but none of the albergues on the Camino Ingles have equipped kitchens to my knowledge. There used to be a baby belling in Bruma but ...
     
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    Seems to be policy in virtually all the Xunta albergues in Galicia that there are no cooking pans, plates, cups or other utensils. So you may find cookers and sinks but nothing at all to cook in or to eat or drink from.
     
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    Tia Valeria Veteran Member Donating Member

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    That was our experience too. Also for early in the year walkers - no blankets either in some places.
     
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    Same observation. Albergue in Betanzos had a microwave and a kettle but that's it.
     
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    - Albergue de Neda: fully equipped kitchen, don't remember about the fridge though,
    - Pontedeume: no kitchen at all,
    - Mino: there is a kitchen but no pots, pans etc.,
    - Betanzos: kitchen with microwave and kettle as already mentioned,
    - Presedo: very poorly equipped kitchen but possible to cook,
    - Bruma: same as in Presedo,
    - Sigueiro: private albergue-like apartment on Avenida da Grabanxa (hospitalero in Bruma has the exact address and tlf.number) had completely equipped kitchen with huge fridge.
     
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    Thanks so much, KinkyOne, for this information. It would seem that generally speaking I should be prepared not to cook or to cook in a limited way while walking this route.
     
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    Exactly. It's common situation in Xunta albergues in Galicia. But if carrying a lightweight tin pot and a plate you'll be able to cook some pasta or soup for a light dinner. Spork and (swiss army) knife with cork screw are also handy ;)
     
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    Thanks for useful news. We are starting tomorrow. What about shops for bread, butter etc along the route? And opening hours in weekends?
     
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    You can find all infrastructure (shop, bar/restaurant) in all villages/towns with albergues except in Presedo and Bruma where are only restaurants. From Bruma you can walk 2kms off the Camino to Meson do Vento which has a shop.

    There are also intermediate bars and/or shops on every stage.
     
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    If you want to be prepared for any eventuality then buy your next day's provisions the afternoon before.

    If buying on the day:-
    Buy your provisions in the first shop you see open, especially on a Sunday.

    Some shops will close for the weekend on Saturday lunchtime. Cafe-bars have differing closed days so it is usually easy to find one open. Again - never pass a good bar on a Sunday. This is particularly true between Neda-Pontedeume and Sigueiro-Santiago on a Sunday. There is a great confiteria at the crossroads in (I think) Fene.

    We carried a tin of sardines in tomato and some bread as emergency rations. Renewed the bread daily along with other supplies, but the tin of sardines finally got eaten here at home.
     
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    Many thanks, Tia Valeria, for your ideas. Much appreciated!
     
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    I cooked at Mino June 5th 2017 - pots and pans there, cutlery etc no probs. Clean and plesent.
    nb when it is closed call the number on the gate. Lovely place.
     
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    Thanks for the updated information, Ralph!
     
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    Sigueiro: private albergue - Albergue Real Small kitchen, fridge, microwave. Excellent faciltities.
     
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    Thank you, Handzondeck2, for the information!
     

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