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Last 100km places with pools?

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Hi, my sister and I will start June 18 in Sarría. First timers, so please excuse my ignorance😁 I have written a company that gave me a quote three times asking for accommodation with swimming pools along this route, with no answer. We are willing to pay, We both just like to swim at the end of the day. Natural swimming is also fine, but on that section it looks like the only natural source is by Arzúa. I don’t care if it is a hostel, hotel, Castle, albergue, private home or apartment building, just wondering if anyone can give actual names of places to stay with swimming pools on this section, within preferably walking distance of the route or a short taxi ride. Thank you!
 
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Probably too close to Sarria for you, but Casa Barbadelo is a fantastic place with a very nice pool.

 
Having walked that section 3 times, I can't recall ever seeing pools.
Though I'm sure some of the larger Hotels must have them.
Booking.com would be a good resource I think.
you can filter results by ticking the facilities you require. including pools.
There does seem to be a few, not many, but a few.
 
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Having walked that section 3 times, I can't recall ever seeing pools.
Though I'm sure some of the larger Hotels must have them.
Booking.com would be a good resource I think.
you can filter results by ticking the facilities you require. including pools.
There does seem to be a few, not many, but a few.
Thank you, I just started looking but I didn’t see any. I was hoping the agent organizing my baggage transfer and accommodation would find me one so I didn’t have to take the time! I do speak Spanish but this seems to have been lost in translation.🤷‍♀️
 
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Here are a few more. You can book these yourself, and easily arrange your own bag transport.

Gonzar - Hostería de Gonzar in Gonzar
Melide - Pensión San Antón & A Lúa do Camiño
Arzúa - Hotel A Curuxa & Teiraboa Base Camp
Pedrouzo - Pensión Che

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Just do a booking .com search and select pool as your amenity filter. Fast and easy

You do need to make sure that they are close to the Camino path. You can search through the reviews with the word "Camino" to see what other pilgrims may have to say about the property.
 
I’d recommend looking in detail at any proposed hotel or pension claiming to have a pool. It’s not unusual for them to be:
1. ‘plunge pools’ as opposed to swimming pools
2, closed.

I’m not known for roughing it these days; but I’ve never come across a real open swimming pool in the last 100k
 
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Casa Barbadelo, , A Lua do Camino, Hotel Rural O Acivro (abt 1.5 km before 0Pedrouzo) Hosteria de Gonzar, are right on the Camino Path. No detours are needed. Hotel Alfonso IX in Sarria ( also on-path) has pool as well. Pension San Anton in Melide is only abt two blocks North of the Camino path in the Center-of Melide. I have stayed at all of these places and if you want frank feedback PM me.
 
I’d recommend looking in detail at any proposed hotel or pension claiming to have a pool. It’s not unusual for them to be:
1. ‘plunge pools’ as opposed to swimming pools
2, closed.

I’m not known for roughing it these days; but I’ve never come across a real open swimming pool in the last 100k
Yes a plunge pool is fine. You’re right, often they are closed!
 
Casa Barbadelo, , A Lua do Camino, Hotel Rural O Acivro (abt 1.5 km before 0Pedrouzo) Hosteria de Gonzar, are right on the Camino Path. No detours are needed. Hotel Alfonso IX in Sarria ( also on-path) has pool as well. Pension San Anton in Melide is only abt two blocks North of the Camino path in the Center-of Melide. I have stayed at all of these places and if you want frank feedback PM me.
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Hi, my sister and I will start June 18 in Sarría. First timers, so please excuse my ignorance😁 I have written a company that gave me a quote three times asking for accommodation with swimming pools along this route, with no answer. We are willing to pay, We both just like to swim at the end of the day. Natural swimming is also fine, but on that section it looks like the only natural source is by Arzúa. I don’t care if it is a hostel, hotel, Castle, albergue, private home or apartment building, just wondering if anyone can give actual names of places to stay with swimming pools on this section, within preferably walking distance of the route or a short taxi ride. Thank you!
Hi - while we weren't specifically looking for pools - we stayed in 2 places with lovely pools (not just plunge pools); both were on - or just off - the Camino path. In Melide: A Lua do Camino; In Arzua: 1930 Boutique Hotel. The one in Melide was the better lap pool, though at both there was a guest swimming laps.
 
Hi, my sister and I will start June 18 in Sarría. First timers, so please excuse my ignorance😁 I have written a company that gave me a quote three times asking for accommodation with swimming pools along this route, with no answer. We are willing to pay, We both just like to swim at the end of the day. Natural swimming is also fine, but on that section it looks like the only natural source is by Arzúa. I don’t care if it is a hostel, hotel, Castle, albergue, private home or apartment building, just wondering if anyone can give actual names of places to stay with swimming pools on this section, within preferably walking distance of the route or a short taxi ride. Thank you!
I stayed at Pension Una Estrella Dorada in O'Pedrouzo, it was raining when I was there so I didn't get to use it but there was a small pool and it was on the Camino.
 
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You do need to make sure that they are close to the Camino path. You can search through the reviews with the word "Camino" to see what other pilgrims may have to say about the property.
Yes! Thanks for saying that - and to do that, I also compare to see if the accommodations on booking .com is also listed on gronze since gronze lists places closer to the path for the most part. In the smaller towns along the way - location usually not an issue - but closer to and in the bigger cities it is definitely a problem! On the Norte I learned to never book an accomodation on booking .com unless I compared to the gronze webpage. Of course - I wasn't looking at amenities - instead I was looking at gronze first and then going to booking .com from there if I wanted to or needed to reserve on that website. Likewise - you can just look at a map to see the location, but I found sometimes I miss-judged distances from the trail if I wasn't extra careful.
 
Hi - while we weren't specifically looking for pools - we stayed in 2 places with lovely pools (not just plunge pools); both were on - or just off - the Camino path. In Melide: A Lua do Camino; In Arzua: 1930 Boutique Hotel. The one in Melide was the better lap pool, though at both there was a guest swimming laps.
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Yes! Thanks for saying that - and to do that, I also compare to see if the accommodations on booking .com is also listed on gronze since gronze lists places closer to the path for the most part. In the smaller towns along the way - location usually not an issue - but closer to and in the bigger cities it is definitely a problem! On the Norte I learned to never book an accomodation on booking .com unless I compared to the gronze webpage. Of course - I wasn't looking at amenities - instead I was looking at gronze first and then going to booking .com from there if I wanted to or needed to reserve on that website. Likewise - you can just look at a map to see the location, but I found sometimes I miss-judged distances from the trail if I wasn't extra careful.
Thank you, this actually opens up my next question! How do you actually see where the path is? If I am booking accommodation, I can see Google map, city map, overhead map, street map, but of course there is nothing for pathways. So how do I actually see where the Camino path is?
 
Thank you, this actually opens up my next question! How do you actually see where the path is? If I am booking accommodation, I can see Google map, city map, overhead map, street map, but of course there is nothing for pathways. So how do I actually see where the Camino path is?
As @jeanineonthecamino said, use the Gronze website to see if a place you have chosen is near the Camino. When you click on the name of a town you will see a map like this showing where the different accommodations are.

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And in the descriptions of the properties it tells you things like "on the Camino," "100m from Camino," etc.

Gronze is only in Spanish, but if you open it in the Chrome browser it will automatically translate to English or the language of your choice.

 
A lot of the App's also have maps. WisePilgrim, Buen Camino, etc. and some may also be linked to Booking.com. They can be useful when you are actually on the ground walking if you don't have things booked in advance. We don't like to reserve ahead except for maybe the first and last nights into the country and use Gronze.com, Apps, and our guidebooks to help us with questions about amenities, hours, number of bed, availability of ATM, stores, dining nearby. Also remember that just because something isn't available on booking does not mean that it is completely full. Booking.com usually only gets a portion of beds and there may be beds still available if you call ahead directly.
 
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A lot of the App's also have maps. WisePilgrim, Buen Camino, etc. and some may also be linked to Booking.com. They can be useful when you are actually on the ground walking if you don't have things booked in advance. We don't like to reserve ahead except for maybe the first and last nights into the country and use Gronze.com, Apps, and our guidebooks to help us with questions about amenities, hours, number of bed, availability of ATM, stores, dining nearby. Also remember that just because something isn't available on booking does not mean that it is completely full. Booking.com usually only gets a portion of beds and there may be beds still available if you call ahead directly.

I understand there is a trade off in reserving ahead. However, please note, the OP wishes places with Swimming Pools., it is high season, June!, and they are asking for places between Sarria and SdC which will be very busy! The chances of finding such places without making reservations are slim to-none!
 
As @jeanineonthecamino said, use the Gronze website to see if a place you have chosen is near the Camino. When you click on the name of a town you will see a map like this showing where the different accommodations are.

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And in the descriptions of the properties it tells you things like "on the Camino," "100m from Camino," etc.

Gronze is only in Spanish, but if you open it in the Chrome browser it will automatically translate to English or the language of your choice.

Wow, thank you for the site! I bought two books but I haven’t cracked them yet. I can read Spanish, thank you. I assume the path is pretty well marked, but do people get lost in the last 100 K? Also, symbol that looks like a square pot, does that mean there is kitchen facility for you to cook yourself? And a triangle pot means a meal is available or included? I didn’t see a key anywhere. There is a square with a couple of dots in it, I couldn’t figure out what that one would mean!
 
“ it is high season, June!”
It may be high season/ peak season for pilgrims but not many locals will consider it swimming weather. Many municipal, and Parador, pools will not open until July. When The Beloved sought a swim at the Parador in Antequera on a balmy June evening the receptionist looked at her as if she was loco. “En Verano, si…”
 
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A lot of the App's also have maps. WisePilgrim, Buen Camino, etc. and some may also be linked to Booking.com. They can be useful when you are actually on the ground walking if you don't have things booked in advance. We don't like to reserve ahead except for maybe the first and last nights into the country and use Gronze.com, Apps, and our guidebooks to help us with questions about amenities, hours, number of bed, availability of ATM, stores, dining nearby. Also remember that just because something isn't available on booking does not mean that it is completely full. Booking.com usually only gets a portion of beds and there may be beds still available if you call ahead directly.
Thank you! I would probably book ahead because I am an organized type of person, but also so I don’t have to carry cash too much. it’s also a concern to me there might be places without Wi-Fi or Internet. My cell plan is pretty good, but there are technical glitches and dead zones I’m sure?
 
“ it is high season, June!”
It may be high season/ peak season for pilgrims but not many locals will consider it swimming weather. Many municipal, and Parador, pools will not open until July. When The Beloved sought a swim at the Parador in Antequera on a balmy June evening the receptionist looked at her as if she was loco. “En Verano, si…”
Good point! Being from Canada, we swim almost all around. I’m sure it would be warm enough after 18 June for us, But yes I guess they could be closed. I will have to ask that in advance.
 
I understand there is a trade off in reserving ahead. However, please note, the OP wishes places with Swimming Pools., it is high season, June!, and they are asking for places between Sarria and SdC which will be very busy! The chances of finding such places without making reservations are slim to-none!
Just pointing out there are Apps with maps. May help you find the location you have booked. Also pointing out that booking.com does not have all rooms. I know many people are anxious about beds and that is made worse if you see "no availability" on the booking site.
 
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Thank you, this actually opens up my next question! How do you actually see where the path is? If I am booking accommodation, I can see Google map, city map, overhead map, street map, but of course there is nothing for pathways. So how do I actually see where the Camino path is?
As others said - gronze and Camino apps with maps are your best resources. Using street maps is confusing at times. If the town is small - you really don't have to worry. But the bigger the town/city the harder it can be. Otherwise - your best bet is to select accommodations within half a mile of the city center... the closer to the city center, the more likely you are to be close to the trail. Most of the time the trail goes past a church/cathedral in the center of town. Not always - but usually.
 
Also, symbol that looks like a square pot, does that mean there is kitchen facility for you to cook yourself? And a triangle pot means a meal is available or included?
Yes, the large pot symbol means that there is a kitchen, and the covered dish symbol means that there is a communal dinner available.
If you are on a computer you can hover over the symbols on Gronze and it will tell you what they mean.

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Just pointing out there are Apps with maps. May help you find the location you have booked. Also pointing out that booking.com does not have all rooms. I know many people are anxious about beds and that is made worse if you see "no availability" on the booking site.
Thanks! One more question: my sister wants to spend a few days in Barcelona before the Camino. Is it better/easier to take the AVE to Madrid & then onward train to Sarría on the same say, or should we go to Madrid the day before?
 
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Thank you! I would probably book ahead because I am an organized type of person, but also so I don’t have to carry cash too much. it’s also a concern to me there might be places without Wi-Fi or Internet. My cell plan is pretty good, but there are technical glitches and dead zones I’m sure?
Along the Camino Frances the only places without wee-fee are police cells and morgues 😉
 
The AVE is awesome. However the train from Barcelona comes to Atocha Station and the train to Santiago leaves from Chamartin. You can transfer between the two stations on the Cercanías commuter train, but leave yourself enough time. There is also AVE service going to Santiago from Chamartin.
 
The AVE is awesome. However the train from Barcelona comes to Atocha Station and the train to Santiago leaves from Chamartin. You can transfer between the two stations on the Cercanias commuter train, but leave yourself enough time. There is also AVE service going to Santiago from Chamartin.
Sarria or Santiago?
 
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No AVE service to Sarria, but you can get to Sarria from Chamartin station on the Alvia trains which are a bit slower. Some require a transfer in Ourense, but it appears there are a few direct trains.
 
As an example: Looks like for a Thursday in March you could leave Barcelona at 9 a.m. on the AVE, arrive in Madrid and have 90 minutes to change stations an catch a train for Sarria and be there at about 6 p.m. Tickets are probably not on sale yet for June. It would be a long day on the train.
 
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Hi, my sister and I will start June 18 in Sarría. First timers, so please excuse my ignorance😁 I have written a company that gave me a quote three times asking for accommodation with swimming pools along this route, with no answer. We are willing to pay, We both just like to swim at the end of the day. Natural swimming is also fine, but on that section it looks like the only natural source is by Arzúa. I don’t care if it is a hostel, hotel, Castle, albergue, private home or apartment building, just wondering if anyone can give actual names of places to stay with swimming pools on this section, within preferably walking distance of the route or a short taxi ride. Thank you!
Next town beyond Sarria, I believe it’s called Villel
 
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“ it is high season, June!”
It may be high season/ peak season for pilgrims but not many locals will consider it swimming weather. Many municipal, and Parador, pools will not open until July. When The Beloved sought a swim at the Parador in Antequera on a balmy June evening the receptionist looked at her as if she was loco. “En Verano, si…”
By mid May of 2022 I personally saw that Casa Barbadelo and A La do Camino outdoor pools ( private facilities) were open to swim and people were in them! And, yes, many municipal pools may not be open yet.
 
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Already mentioned Casa Barbadello in Barbadello and Mirador de Pedrouso in OPedrouzo

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Thanks! One more question: my sister wants to spend a few days in Barcelona before the Camino. Is it better/easier to take the AVE to Madrid & then onward train to Sarría on the same say, or should we go to Madrid the day before?
That said there are some places that do not have good reception in rooms. You mayhavetogotorecption area or bar to get Wi-Fi. But likely circa 95 percent of the time at establishments you’ll get decent reception.
 
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Thanks! One more question: my sister wants to spend a few days in Barcelona before the Camino. Is it better/easier to take the AVE to Madrid & then onward train to Sarría on the same say, or should we go to Madrid the day before?
You might also consider flying to SdC.
you would pay extra for checking luggage and check carryon dimensions
However there is a direct flight to SdC
 

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I had an absolutely wonderful stay at Pension Ribadiso, off-stage in Ribadiso da Baixo - roughly 3 mi after Boente & 1.5 mi before Arzua.

It is directly on the Camino and had a lovely backyard with a pool (even open in Oct). It was an unexpected oasis. They also had ample laundry lines & reasonably priced wash/dry machines. WiFi was good. Super kind host. Clean comfortable rooms/bath. There was a great restaurant/bar directly across for early bfast, lunch & dinner.

15810 Ribadiso, A Coruña, Spain, tel: 981-51-431 / I reserved ahead on Booking.com.
 

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I had an absolutely wonderful stay at Pension Ribadiso, off-stage in Ribadiso da Baixo - roughly 3 mi after Boente & 1.5 mi before Arzua.

It is directly on the Camino and had a lovely backyard with a pool (even open in Oct). It was an unexpected oasis. They also had ample laundry lines & reasonably priced wash/dry machines. WiFi was good. Super kind host. Clean comfortable rooms/bath. There was a great restaurant/bar directly across for early bfast, lunch & dinner.

15810 Ribadiso, A Coruña, Spain, tel: 981-51-431 / I reserved ahead on Booking.com.
Yes , not sure when the pool opens up, I don’t recall it being. Open yet, but you could email them and ask as by June it may be. This place is also right on the route, right before the last uphill into to Arzua…
 
I stayed at the previously mentioned Mirador de Pedrouzo last (late) June and highly recommend it. Full sized (open) pool that you can do laps in or lounge next to. Great sleeping arrangements, showers, etc. And right on the main Camino and restaurant strip.
 
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Are any of these pools heated. I stayed at three places on the Camino France, Torres de Rio, Belorado and Boadillo, and the pools were absolutely frigid
 

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Yes, the large pot symbol means that there is a kitchen, and the covered dish symbol means that there is a communal dinner available.
If you are on a computer you can hover over the symbols on Gronze and it will tell you what they mean.

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Hi, thanks! Have you heard of SantiagoWays for booking & transport? I tried Camino Ways but they would not give me the names of the accommodations yet for June.
 
Hi, thanks! Have you heard of SantiagoWays for booking & transport? I tried Camino Ways but they would not give me the names of the accommodations yet for June.
SantiagoWays and CaminoWays are companies that generally book you into hotels, pensiones, etc. as a complete package.

You can book your own accommodation using Gronze.com to find places and booking direct or through booking.com.
 
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SantiagoWays and CaminoWays are companies that generally book you into hotels, pensiones, etc. as a complete package.

You can book your own accommodation using Gronze.com to find places and booking direct or through booking.com.
Thanks, I was aware of that, I am trying to have someone put together a package because I don’t have time Took all the individual places and do the research myself. My sister has very set dates, and we want luggage transport, etc.
 

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