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List of Red Albergues and others with websites

sillydoll

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I have compiled a list of the albergues that belong to the chain of Red Albergues, together with other albergues that have websites and/or email addresses, where you can book beds ahead if you want to. This should prove useful to those walking in 2010 when the albergues will be very busy.
You can download the list from the CSJ of SA website.
http://www.csjofsa.za.org/

Or from here:
 

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colinPeter

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trueheart

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Hi Silly doll

Im new to doing a camino; Ive been looking at where to stay during july & august as Ive been told that it will be really crowded and it was suggested that i bring a sleeping roll & be prepared to sleep outdoors. I have read your list of albergues which is very helpful I was wondering whether this list is places you have tried and liked or recommend? I also noticed the link to 'red albergues' do I need to take both lists with me so I can book ahead, or would you suggest taking your compiled list only as it all seems a bit overwhelming to take so much info. I thought I would mostly be able to walk up to an albergue and get in but this may not be the case, what do you think? I know I need to prebook something the day I arrive, Im travelling from Australia to Paris, then catching fast train to SJPP (or at least most of the way I hear), I was going to stay there a couple of nights to recover from jetlag then start walking.

Cheers Therese
 

sillydoll

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Hello peregrina-Trueheart!
If I were you I would definitely book something in St Jean. Esprit du Chemin is a good albergue to stay the first night but you will have to find somewhere else if you want to spend two nights. Its on my list but here is the email and website - it has lots of other interesting information on it as well as other places to stay. http://www.espritduchemin.org info@espritduchemin.org

When you arrive in St Jean, visit the Pilgrims' office - you can get your credential there at Accueil des pelerins de St-Jacques, 39 rue de la Citadelle. The office is open from 7h30 to 12h30 and then from 13h30 to 22h.
They will give you a profile map of the Camino Frances as well as a list of albergues. I'm not sure if the list includes email addresses so, perhaps that can be your homework on the first night - or the next day, to cross check the albergues and contact details.

Favourite albergues? That is such a personal thing. At a recent workshop I asked pilgrims to make a list of their top 10 best albergues and a list of their least favourite albergues. Many of my favourites appeared on both lists!
I prefer the small, basic, traditional, spiritual albergues to the newer, modern, clean, up-market type albergues. I am going to attach the list of "Things to Know & Etiquette" which I posted a few weeks ago - just in case you didn't see it. A list of top 12 albergues is on that list.

My advice would be not to follow the stages in the guide book as they will be the busiest places. Try to head for the little places in between. If the guide book says, "Basic albergue, mattresses on the floor, perhaps no electricity, or no running water" chances are the majority of pilgrims will by-pass them. These are often the best places to stay - eg: Granon and Tosantos have no beds but do have water and electricity. Hospital San Nicolas - no running water, no electricity but the best communal meal you could have eaten by lamplight and a blessing where the monks wash your feet.

July and August will be busy but I'm sure you will be accommodated, even if it is in a Sports Hall or tent town!
Just enjoy it all, Therese!
Pilgrim hug,
Sil
 

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Mish

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We had the most entertaining night :) at the Albergue in Tostantos!! Just us (2 aussie girls) and Gon a Korean boy. Our hosts were Spanish and German. They made us all cook dinner together, set the table, ate in the kitchen just like one big happy family Gon and the Spanish host were singing hymns in LATIN ..just amazing!!and then we went up to this tiny prayer room after where we all prayed together..and we slept on gym mats..did not bother us at all!!! Most people past here or stopped before..but it is well worth not "going by the book"
Michele (Gold Coast AUS :) )
 

Coquelicot

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Frances from SJPDP (May-June 2010)
Hello :)

I just want to make sure that I am not being careless...I did not book any bed at all (except for Orisson) and I am leaving in three weeks. I thought that I would stay at those little places that are not the principal destinations presented in guide books. I did not even think of private albergues because I was under the illusion that they were expensive...but now I see that most charge only 10 euros. Do you think it would be reasonable to start my camino without having booked anything in advance, even during the Holy year? And if not is it possible to book only a few days in advance ?

Thank you, Marianna
 

KiwiNomad06

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I agree with Kelly. Until you start walking, you can't really know what kind of distance you can manage daily etc. Plus, you will find some days you feel very energetic, and other days every step seems like a huge effort. It's good to be able to adjust the distance you walk on a whim when you strike that. If you find things are getting really busy, you might want to try booking some of the private places a day or two ahead when that happens. If you are leaving in three weeks, hopefully the worst of the May 1st rush will have passed through, and you might strike a bit of a lull.
Margaret
 

trueheart

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Thankyou silly doll, I dont know who you are but I wish you were my mother! I also love small places with no beds/water etc, the sound of what you wrote bought tears to my eyes, I feel so happy to be doing this, and so lucky, I will take your advice, and thank you for what you suggested in SJPP; can you only stay 1 night in a albergues is that why you suggested that I move to another one the next night?

Cheers, and I hope you get to go on a camino again soon Therese
 

sillydoll

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You are welcome TrueHeart - most albergues only allow you to spend one night - unless you are injured or ill. Perhaps you should consider booking in at Esprit du Chemin and also at Orisson which is about 10km up the hill? (Instead of two days at St Jean).
Many people break the first day by staying there and although it is a little pricey (you have to pay for dinner, bed and breakfast, it is in a beautiful spot and will make the next day over the pass to Roncesvalles easier for you. Send an email to book ahead. refuge.orisson@wanadoo.fr

Have a look at it on the map below. I'm also attaching a map of St Jean - Esprit du Chemin is close to the pilgrims' office. The third map is just for fun - to show you an exaggerated profile of the Camino Frances.
 

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trueheart

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Thankyou sil, I think that may be a good idea, Ill look at what time ill arrive at SJPP from Paris ( I arrive in paris at 6am, I havent booked train yet) and see if its a good idea to walk the next day.

The maps are awesome, and looks like Im in for a few hills its very helpful to see a map like that, I might print that & take it with me, as I can get myself prepared for the days when I know there is a lot of climbing.
 

Felipe

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Im travelling from Australia to Paris, then catching fast train to SJPP (or at least most of the way I hear), I was going to stay there a couple of nights to recover from jetlag then start walking.
Cheers Therese

Well, a bit off topic, but I cant'help commenting that there is not much to do in SJPP -a lovely little city, but it is only a picturesque street that you walk in five minutes. True, there is the fortress, the old church, the nice surroundings....but really, Paris is the perfect city to recover from a jetlag :). Or maybe one day in Paris, another in Bayonne/Biarritz (both B-B cities are pretty close, you can take a bus).
Buen camino!
 
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Well, a bit off topic, but I cant'help commenting that there is not much to do in SJPP -a lovely little city, but it is only a picturesque street that you walk in five minutes. True, there is the fortress, the old church, the nice surroundings....but really, Paris is the perfect city to recover from a jetlag :). Or maybe one day in Paris, another in Bayonne/Biarritz (both B-B cities are pretty close, you can take a bus).
Buen camino!

That post was from 2010?
I'm trying to find out if someone has an updated Red Albergue list?
 

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