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Meseta 2019

Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC (train) 1977; CF 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta again 2019
It's getting chilly here in rural Virginia, and the brown and golden leaves are starting to fall from the trees.... which means that it's time to plan my next trip to Spain!

At this point I'm contemplating a simple solitary walk across the Meseta -- Burgos to Leon or Astorga -- in either May or (more likely) September/October. And a quite leisurely walk, too, living in the moment.... (Have to start treating my old bones gently!)

Anyone know how I can find a 2019 schedule of Meseta festivals or market days? Anyone got any cheap Meseta hostels or hotels, any memorable restaurants, that they can recommend? Any other useful Meseta suggestions?

Pax
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, Soulac, Norte, Madrid, Salvador, Primitivo
In 2015 – end of Oct, beginning of Nov – I got caught up in the transhumance. We watched amazed as the sheep came through El Burgo Ranero in the dark in the evening, hundreds of them, and we walked parallel with them the next day. I will never forget it.
Jill
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2015
Mid-June Sahagun has a long celebration of its local saint which will include a few runnings of the bulls. I've previously searched for exact dates but I've never had luck. Peg and I were there on a Friday of a big weekend festival (with events before and after that scheduled too.) It was one of my favorite canimo sights.
 

rector

ONE HALF
Camino(s) past & future
SJ-Sdc MAY (2011)
SJ-Sdc MAY (2014)
Sar-Sdc Oct (2015)
Pon-Sdc Ju (2016)
SJ-Log (2018)
It's getting chilly here in rural Virginia, and the brown and golden leaves are starting to fall from the trees.... which means that it's time to plan my next trip to Spain!

At this point I'm contemplating a simple solitary walk across the Meseta -- Burgos to Leon or Astorga -- in either May or (more likely) September/October. And a quite leisurely walk, too, living in the moment.... (Have to start treating my old bones gently!)

Anyone know how I can find a 2019 schedule of Meseta festivals or market days? Anyone got any cheap Meseta hostels or hotels, any memorable restaurants, that they can recommend? Any other useful Meseta suggestions?

Pax
Hi rappahannock you and I appear to work for the same company and our minds are not too far apart, though it is said that fools seldom differ. The other half and I were talking about our holiday next year in Sorrento and by the time we had finished our conversation
we had decided to walk from Astorga to Santiago instead and the year after St Jean- Santiago for the third time. As I said "Fools seldom differ" Perhaps we could hand over a torch or baton in Astorga.
 

clearskies

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Here and there
I've walked from Burgos to Astorga in both May and September and I prefer May. The heat is less of a problem in May.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2011)
Norte (2014)
Norte (2016)
Salvador (2017)
Frances (2018)
Madrid-Salvador-Primitivo 19
I've walked from Burgos to Astorga in both May and September and I prefer May. The heat is less of a problem in May.
Meseta in May is wonderful: cool, green, flowers everywhere. Crowding quite reasonable.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC (train) 1977; CF 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta again 2019
Hi rappahannock you and I appear to work for the same company and our minds are not too far apart, though it is said that fools seldom differ. The other half and I were talking about our holiday next year in Sorrento and by the time we had finished our conversation
we had decided to walk from Astorga to Santiago instead and the year after St Jean- Santiago for the third time. As I said "Fools seldom differ" Perhaps we could hand over a torch or baton in Astorga.
I would be honored to make your acquaintance!

Pax.
 

DevereUx

Devereaux
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances Sept-Oct 2018
Here's a suggestion: Albergue Meeting Point in Hornillios de La Camino. Best paella "Pilgrims Meal" on the Camino made by the manager's sister. All you can eat as well!
Another would be Albergue Orion in Castrojeriz. It's Korean run and serves a fantastic Korean dinner.
Both are well run, clean and inviting.
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
It's getting chilly here in rural Virginia, and the brown and golden leaves are starting to fall from the trees.... which means that it's time to plan my next trip to Spain!

At this point I'm contemplating a simple solitary walk across the Meseta -- Burgos to Leon or Astorga -- in either May or (more likely) September/October. And a quite leisurely walk, too, living in the moment.... (Have to start treating my old bones gently!)

Anyone know how I can find a 2019 schedule of Meseta festivals or market days? Anyone got any cheap Meseta hostels or hotels, any memorable restaurants, that they can recommend? Any other useful Meseta suggestions?

Pax
Nothing to do with your post I am afraid. Your profile picture looks familiar. Are you the priest I met in Espinal back in April. If it was you, did you return after I left you in Pamplona to make your way home
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Nothing to do with your post I am afraid. Your profile picture looks familiar. Are you the priest I met in Espinal back in April. If it was you, did you return after I left you in Pamplona to make your way home
OOOPs, should have read more closely. You are from Virginia, my priest was from England. But the similarity is amazing ;)
 

Bala

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (SJPdP-Burgos, 2015)
Camino Frances (Burgos-Sarria, 2018)
Sarria-Santiago (Oct. 2018)
In Ledigos, 10 Euros, delicious.
Yep, I agree. When I was there in April, I had the garbanzos, but with fresh grilled trout as the main course, and strawberries in chocolate sauce for dessert. And, of course, vino Tinto. 😉 Plus, it's a lovely albergue, with a very helpful and friendly staff.
 

JennyH94

Pilgrim in progress
Camino(s) past & future
The Frances from Pamplona and part VF, first-aid helper and hospitalera
In Burgos I can recommend Hotel Norte y Londres, just down the street from the Cathedral. It's two-star rated - and priced - but really, it's worth three stars. I've stayed there twice now and loved it each time I stayed. If you contact the hotel direct and let them know you are a pilgrim you will receive a pilgrim's discount. The rooms are all spacious and joy of joys - all the rooms have baths as well as a shower - soak away the jet lag! Make sure you take the deal which includes breakfast - it's a delicious and plentiful buffet in a lovely breakfast room.

For a fantastic restaurant in Burgos I can recommend Casa Pancho, Calle San Lorenzo, 13-15, about five minutes walk from the hotel. I had a completely wonderful meal there last year - I chose the local black pudding and also scrumptious lamb cutlets - so good!

Buen Camino and cheers from Oz -

Jenny
 

countycork

Member
Camino(s) past & future
26th May 2013
Definitely - Hotel y Londres in Burgos. Castrojeriz would recommend El Meson de Castrojeriz, lovely Menu del Dia, breakfast great, staff lovely and all very reasonably priced!
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Yip we all look the same there is a factory turning us out to a standard boring design
Haha, my other priestly friend from San Diego must have had the mould broken when he was made, looks nothing like you :). Sorry about misreading your post. I thought I had found the priest who helped me after I fell in a river. Just talking to him was a big help. He had hurt his foot and reckoned it was cheaper to fly home, (he lives close to the airport), rest for a week and then return but I never found out if he returned or not and did not have any contact details for him
 

rector

ONE HALF
Camino(s) past & future
SJ-Sdc MAY (2011)
SJ-Sdc MAY (2014)
Sar-Sdc Oct (2015)
Pon-Sdc Ju (2016)
SJ-Log (2018)
Haha, my other priestly friend from San Diego must have had the mould broken when he was made, looks nothing like you :). Sorry about misreading your post. I thought I had found the priest who helped me after I fell in a river. Just talking to him was a big help. He had hurt his foot and reckoned it was cheaper to fly home, (he lives close to the airport), rest for a week and then return but I never found out if he returned or not and did not have any contact details for him
Just watch what you say, because, if what your membership says about where you live!!!!!! is correct I could come round to your house tonight
 

Rebekah Scott

Camino Busybody
Camino(s) past & future
Many, various, and continuing.
These recommendations based on assumption you are a pilgrim with a holy purpose and dedication to simplicity, as well as great hospitality:
Albergue San Francisco Asis in Tosantos. Old and basic, but a Camino classic. Saintly hospitaleros.
Albergue Monasterio San Anton, 3 km before Castrojeriz, a bare-bones albergue tucked into the ruins of a hospital-monastery. No electricity or hot water, but juju galore!
Albergue San Nicolas, similarly bare-bones, in Puente de Vilarente, a short day's walk from San Anton. Italian confraternity has a before-dinner foot-washing rite that many find quite moving.
La Finca, a restaurant/albergue a km or two outside Fromista, has excellent menu del dia lunches, and delicious hot sandwiches.
Peaceable Kingdom is my house in Moratinos. Lots of animals, a couple of them are people! Restaurant El Castillo de Moratinos has excellent local cuisine; Casa Barrunta in San Nicolas del Real Camino has some of the best paella anywhere.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC (train) 1977; CF 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta again 2019
These recommendations based on assumption you are a pilgrim with a holy purpose and dedication to simplicity, as well as great hospitality:
Albergue San Francisco Asis in Tosantos. Old and basic, but a Camino classic. Saintly hospitaleros.
Albergue Monasterio San Anton, 3 km before Castrojeriz, a bare-bones albergue tucked into the ruins of a hospital-monastery. No electricity or hot water, but juju galore!
Albergue San Nicolas, similarly bare-bones, in Puente de Vilarente, a short day's walk from San Anton. Italian confraternity has a before-dinner foot-washing rite that many find quite moving.
La Finca, a restaurant/albergue a km or two outside Fromista, has excellent menu del dia lunches, and delicious hot sandwiches.
Peaceable Kingdom is my house in Moratinos. Lots of animals, a couple of them are people! Restaurant El Castillo de Moratinos has excellent local cuisine; Casa Barrunta in San Nicolas del Real Camino has some of the best paella anywhere.
"Holy purpose"? "Simplicity?" Absolutely. Those are the pillars of the whole Camino stucture.... I have not yet slipped over the line separating the peregrino from the tourist....

I visited San Anton -- remarkable place! -- while a friend was working there as a hospitalera, but I did not stay, which was a mistake. Next time I'll stay for sure.... Ditto San Nicholas. Having someone wash my feet? That will be an experience for me -- usually it's the other way round.... It's precisely the prospect of revisiting such places that inclines me to walk the Meseta one last time.

Happy All Saints Day!
 
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Laurie Bryan Larson

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, June/July 2018
Camino Frances, Sept/Oct 2013
It's getting chilly here in rural Virginia, and the brown and golden leaves are starting to fall from the trees.... which means that it's time to plan my next trip to Spain!

At this point I'm contemplating a simple solitary walk across the Meseta -- Burgos to Leon or Astorga -- in either May or (more likely) September/October. And a quite leisurely walk, too, living in the moment.... (Have to start treating my old bones gently!)

Anyone know how I can find a 2019 schedule of Meseta festivals or market days? Anyone got any cheap Meseta hostels or hotels, any memorable restaurants, that they can recommend? Any other useful Meseta suggestions?

Pax
Walked this summer and one of the highlights was staying in Hospital de Orbigo at ALBERGUE SAN MIGUEL, Jose and Piera are lovely as is their albergue. And then taking the alternate route out of Hospital toward Astorga was another of the highlights for me of this Camino.
 

tpmchugh

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013)
Camino Frances (2015)
Just watch what you say, because, if what your membership says about where you live!!!!!! is correct I could come round to your house tonight
AAhh another Belfast pilgrim, bout ye pal :)
 

rector

ONE HALF
Camino(s) past & future
SJ-Sdc MAY (2011)
SJ-Sdc MAY (2014)
Sar-Sdc Oct (2015)
Pon-Sdc Ju (2016)
SJ-Log (2018)
Water bout ye mate! (For our American, English, Canadian and Australian readers this is an ancient Northern Irish greeting rather akin to the Hakka of New Zealand)
 

gmag

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
frances
Hello, we are a Dutch-Spanish family which has walked the Camino several times and we are so much in love with the Camino Frances, that we wanted to become part of it, living along the Camino. That is why we opened our albergue Luz de Frómista september this year, and have met many pilgrims telling us how happy they are to walk the meseta in autumn. The colours are beautiful, walking along the Canal de Castilla to Frómista is so beautiful (you can also take the little tourist boat at about 13.00 hours, if you arrive tired at Boadilla del Camino), the weather has been very nice second half of october, and there are not too many pilgrims on the Camino. Frómista is a very nice place to stay, as it has the best conserved Romanic church of Spain (San Martin de Frómista), and also some very nice restaurants. The restaurant Los Palmeros for example is one of the 10 best restaurants of the province of Palencia (it does not offer a pilgrims menu, average price is about 30-40 euro for a menu, but worth trying). If you need any information about our region or have any other questions, we are happy to answer.
For example, what kind of markets are you looking for? There are gastronomic, artistic markets etc. And of course many religious festivities along the camino. Are you looking for any specific one?
Greetings, Gabriel and Anita
 
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes/Burgos/SdeC (train) 1977; CF 12,15,17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes/Aragones 18; Meseta again 2019
1. I remember Fromista as a charming, very quiet town, and I look forward to a lazy few hours examining its churches. And perhaps indulging in a special meal at Los Palmeros?

2. I remember staying in 2015 at the establishment across from the Church of San Pedro -- next door to where you are now, unless I'm mistaken! Next time I will stay at the Luz de Fromista!.... Update your website, please.... Find some way to get mentioned in the Brierley guide.... Y buena suerte!

3. Little tourist boat? Can you provide any more information about that?.... "Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
 

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