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My favorite albergues on the Camino del Norte

Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Norte/Primitivo (2015)
San Salvador (2016)
Le Puy-Cahors (2017)
#1
This forum was such an amazing resource for me as I planned for both of my Caminos (Frances and del Norte/Primitivo). In particular, I got such great advice on albergue recommendations for the Norte and Primitivo, and I thought I would try to give some of that back! I kept a blog while on my Camino, and continue to write here and there; my latest post was on favorite del Norte albergues, and I thought it might give some useful tips for those of you in the planning stages!

Here's the blog link: https://singlestepcamino.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/my-favorite-albergues-on-the-camino-del-norte/

And in case you don't want to sort through the entire blog post, here are my top 5:

1. Albergue St Martin (just before Orio): the most AMAZING views!
2. Albergue Eskerika (10km past Gernika): so calm and peaceful
3. Guemes (La Cabana del Abuelo Peuto... much has been written about this one!)
4. Albergue La Santa Cruz (just outside of Santander): amazing hospitality, superb communal meal.
5. Albergue Aves de Paso (in Pendueles): another place with amazing hospitality and communal meals, hospitalero does your laundry!!

Buen Camino, fellow pilgrims!
 

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jpflavin1

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), Primitivo(13), Norte(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18)
#2
This forum was such an amazing resource for me as I planned for both of my Caminos (Frances and del Norte/Primitivo). In particular, I got such great advice on albergue recommendations for the Norte and Primitivo, and I thought I would try to give some of that back! I kept a blog while on my Camino, and continue to write here and there; my latest post was on favorite del Norte albergues, and I thought it might give some useful tips for those of you in the planning stages!

Here's the blog link: https://singlestepcamino.wordpress.com/2016/01/24/my-favorite-albergues-on-the-camino-del-norte/

And in case you don't want to sort through the entire blog post, here are my top 5:

1. Albergue St Martin (just before Orio): the most AMAZING views!
2. Albergue Eskerika (10km past Gernika): so calm and peaceful
3. Guemes (La Cabana del Abuelo Peuto... much has been written about this one!)
4. Albergue La Santa Cruz (just outside of Santander): amazing hospitality, superb communal meal.
5. Albergue Aves de Paso (in Pendueles): another place with amazing hospitality and communal meals, hospitalero does your laundry!!

Buen Camino, fellow pilgrims!
Nadine:

I stayed in 4 of 5 you mentioned here and they were all very nice.

1. St. Martin was great for me. I also opted for the home cooked dinner (10 euro's).

2. Did not stay here.

3. Guemes is also a special place. That said, it is off the Camino a little bit and some folks do not like the history lesson.

4. Santa Cruz de Bezana is another great stop and Nieves cooks a great meal. Spent an enjoyable night and there is a bar across the street. Nieves also usually shares a short cut and warns about the train bridge crossing. We walked across the bridge.

5. Pendueles another communal stop with a home cooked meal and breakfast.

Casa Belen is another great stop in Cuerres. Manfred and his wife are very welcoming.

Hotel Carlos I is also a good stop in Villaviciosa prior to the split where you decide to continue on the Norte or jump to the Primitivo.

This thread brings back some good memories. Maybe I will go back in 2017.

Ultreya,
Joe
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2014)
Norte/Primitivo (2015)
San Salvador (2016)
Le Puy-Cahors (2017)
#3
Nadine:

I stayed in 4 of 5 you mentioned here and they were all very nice.

1. St. Martin was great for me. I also opted for the home cooked dinner (10 euro's).

2. Did not stay here.

3. Guemes is also a special place. That said, it is off the Camino a little bit and some folks do not like the history lesson.

4. Santa Cruz de Bezana is another great stop and Nieves cooks a great meal. Spent an enjoyable night and there is a bar across the street. Nieves also usually shares a short cut and warns about the train bridge crossing. We walked across the bridge.

5. Pendueles another communal stop with a home cooked meal and breakfast.

Casa Belen is another great stop in Cuerres. Manfred and his wife are very welcoming.

Hotel Carlos I is also a good stop in Villaviciosa prior to the split where you decide to continue on the Norte or jump to the Primitivo.

This thread brings back some good memories. Maybe I will go back in 2017.

Ultreya,
Joe
Joe, you may have been someone on this forum who gave me some of these recommendations in the first place!! I wanted to stop at Casa Belen, but when I passed by it was just too early in the day and I wanted to keep walking. But I stopped in for a few minutes and the place looked really beautiful and special. If I walk the Norte again, it will be a definite stop!
 

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