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Walden

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Does anybody know if the albergue at O' Cebreiro is open, or if it is under renovation? I'm planning a stop but am considering shortening the day and staying at Ruitelan, if it is open.

I would like to get to O' Cebreiro but think a more comfortable evening is preferred to a Spartan night on a hill top.

Any advice welcome.
 
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I have stopped twice at Ruitelan and stayed at Pequeno Potala, it's a wonderful small albergue with a very special atmosphere. Finishing there means you're fresh next morning for the climb up to O'Cebreiro and beyond..

Personally, I found O'Cebreiro to be a bit touristy and I was happy not to hang around there for longer than a beer..
 
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Personally, I found O'Cebreiro to be a bit touristy and I was happy not to hang around there for longer than a beer..
And yet, and yet.... there you are, wandering around the little church in a touristy disinterested sort of a way, when the priest collars you and asks you (in a manner, gentle, but that brooks no refusal) to read the lesson at the impending pilgrim's mass...
then suddenly you feel part of it all and humbled - and not a little anxious as you try and recall all they taught you at school about pacing and emphasis. and pausing to look up at your audience (in this case a clutch of old villagers, but mostly a motley crew of tired but curious international pilgrims)
 
I have stopped twice at Ruitelan and stayed at Pequeno Potala, it's a wonderful small albergue with a very special atmosphere. Finishing there means you're fresh next morning for the climb up to O'Cebreiro and beyond..

Personally, I found O'Cebreiro to be a bit touristy and I was happy not to hang around there for longer than a beer..
Couldn’t agree more. A stay at the Pequeno Potala is always special and Carlos is a brilliant host. The bar across the street with the Abuela sitting in front of the fire is a one off. And you don’t have to stay overnight in O’Cebreiro to appreciate its charms.
 

Flog

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And yet, and yet.... there you are, wandering around the little church in a touristy disinterested sort of a way, when the priest collars you and asks you (in a manner, gentle, but that brooks no refusal) to read the lesson at the impending pilgrim's mass...
then suddenly you feel part of it all and humbled - and not a little anxious as you try and recall all they taught you at school about pacing and emphasis. and pausing to look up at your audience (in this case a clutch of old villagers, but mostly a motley crew of tired but curious international pilgrims)
Well, that does sound a little more memorable and worthwhile than sitting with a beer! Actually, I did spend 10 minutes sitting in the surprisingly peaceful and quiet interior of the chapel with its cool whitewashed walls after lighting a few candles...
 
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Does anybody know if the albergue at O' Cebreiro is open, or if it is under renovation? I'm planning a stop but am considering shortening the day and staying at Ruitelan, if it is open.

I would like to get to O' Cebreiro but think a more comfortable evening is preferred to a Spartan night on a hill top.

Any advice welcome.
Hi
I do not have any information about the alberque at O Cebreiro but I have previously stayed at a lovely German ecumenical alberque at La Faba which is on the way up to O Cebreiro, I think about 5k before you reach the summit. It is well worth consideration.
.http://lafaba.weebly.com/english.html
Buen Camino
Vince
 

Albertagirl

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I stayed at Pequeno Potala once and would never stay there again. I had a fall in the shower room caused by the door being opened just as I stepped out of the tiny shower stall to give myself space to dry off. A male voice announced, "This is the women's shower room." Leaping back into the shower stall may not have been wise, but was a natural reflex. I ended up on the floor, tangled in a knot, trying to figure out how badly I had been injured. It took me a while to untangle myself and get up, fortunately, no worse physically for the experience. But I did not wish to repeat it and have not returned.
 

Flog

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I stayed at Pequeno Potala once and would never stay there again. I had a fall in the shower room caused by the door being opened just as I stepped out of the tiny shower stall to give myself space to dry off. A male voice announced, "This is the women's shower room." Leaping back into the shower stall may not have been wise, but was a natural reflex. I ended up on the floor, tangled in a knot, trying to figure out how badly I had been injured. It took me a while to untangle myself and get up, fortunately, no worse physically for the experience. But I did not wish to repeat it and have not returned.
So you slipped in the shower and this should dissuade others from experiencing the warm hospitality and special atmosphere that Luis and Carlos provide? Some of us feel that this place is very much in the true essence and spirit of the Camino and these places are getting harder to find. 17 positive gronze reviews would support this..
 

Harland2019

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Whilst I stayed at "Venta Celta O Cebreiro" on 23 May 2019 rather than the albergue I felt that O Cebreiro was actually quite special and one of my favourite locations with wonderful views and not at all touristy.
 

domigee

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And yet, and yet.... there you are, wandering around the little church in a touristy disinterested sort of a way, when the priest collars you and asks you (in a manner, gentle, but that brooks no refusal) to read the lesson at the impending pilgrim's mass...
then suddenly you feel part of it all and humbled - and not a little anxious as you try and recall all they taught you at school about pacing and emphasis. and pausing to look up at your audience (in this case a clutch of old villagers, but mostly a motley crew of tired but curious international pilgrims)
Stayed for Mass there - again- and you get a pilgrim’s blessing AND a little stone with a yellow arrow. I cherish the memory and the stone! 🙂
 
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as I stepped out of the tiny shower stall to give myself space to dry off
I know the feeling. Some shower stalls are just SO tiny that you never want to repeat them. I got back to the albergue at Calzadilla after spending the evening at the restaurant down the road. Grabbed my tooth brush and went into the one-and-only mixed ablutions, only to startle a late-arrival male pilgrim, who had just stepped out of the tiny shower stall to dry off. Oops, sorry!
 

trevorcc

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So you slipped in the shower and this should dissuade others from experiencing the warm hospitality and special atmosphere that Luis and Carlos provide? Some of us feel that this place is very much in the true essence and spirit of the Camino and these places are getting harder to find. 17 positive gronze reviews would support this..
I have stayed at both places and both have special memories, O'Cebeiro holds a wonderful place for me as the mass at the church is were I go to remember those friends past and also remember how ill I was in 2013 and would not have made it to Santiago if not for Tomas. Ruitelan brings back memories of a wonderful night and beautiful hosts, all places bring back memories to all pilgrims who experience the "true experience" as you put it. But for me the Camino experience is in each day, each albergue the locals along the way to Santiago so I do not rely on others reviews but my own experiences good or bad all make up the journey. Oh the albergue at O'Cebeiro still follows the traditional way of letting pilgrims in by order how they travel the Camino very few do this now a days.
 

Flog

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You are right, all reviews are subjective. Perhaps I should have worded my question differently and asked: is it fair to blame the establishment if you get a fright, panic, "leap back into the shower stall" and slip?
 

David Tallan

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1989
So you slipped in the shower and this should dissuade others from experiencing the warm hospitality and special atmosphere that Luis and Carlos provide? Some of us feel that this place is very much in the true essence and spirit of the Camino and these places are getting harder to find. 17 positive gronze reviews would support this..
To be fair, I think the concern was less about the slip in the shower and more about what caused it: the male host opening the door to the women's shower room while the room was occupied.
 

henrythedog

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And yet, and yet.... there you are, wandering around the little church in a touristy disinterested sort of a way, when the priest collars you and asks you (in a manner, gentle, but that brooks no refusal) to read the lesson at the impending pilgrim's mass...
then suddenly you feel part of it all and humbled - and not a little anxious as you try and recall all they taught you at school about pacing and emphasis. and pausing to look up at your audience (in this case a clutch of old villagers, but mostly a motley crew of tired but curious international pilgrims)
That happened to me also! I was the only attendee at mass and although I protested that I was English and not a Catholic, it wasn’t seen as an issue. One of my fondest memories of my first Camino.
 
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I stayed at LaFaba in 2017 before moving on to O'Cebeiro the next night. Yes, it is definitely touristy and a bit of a shock, but it is such a quaint, unique village; I enjoyed it in spite of the bus load of tourists that were there. I did not particlarly care for the albergue with many beds crammed in together, although the price was right, and the view was beautiful!
 
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David Tallan

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I stayed at LaFaba before moving on to O'Cebeiro the next night. Yes, it is definitely touristy and a bit of a shock, but it is such a quaint, unique village; I enjoyed it in spite of the bus load of tourists that were there. I did not particlarly care for the albergue with many beds crammed in together, although the price was right, and the view was beautiful!
When I first visited O Cebreiro it was very quaint but not at all touristy. Nothing remotely resembling a souvenir shop. No albergue with many beds, either. Most pilgrims slept in the thatch-roofed pallozas. The price was even more right then.
 

Faye Walker

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When I was last there (2018), I had enough command of Spanish to overhear the souvenir shop keeper complaining to his buddy about the tourists. I could not tell if he counted the pilgrims as among them. I *sort of* doubt it because his main complaint was that the tourists were cheap... always looking for the biggest thing at the lowest price (which really does not sound like the weight-conscious long-distance walker).
It did put a bit of a bad taste in my mouth -- a bit of a "what harm tourism can do to a village" and a bit of a "sounds like it's time for Señor to get out of the business" combination response.
I have no idea if I would ever stay there... maybe if I were walking in the winter (but that seems unlikely at this stage of the game).
 
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Ah, O Cebreiro: Extract from Wickedpedia.
"Good road access, excellent car and coach park. Visitor facilities include Toilets and wallet emptying. Nice views if it isn't foggy, or raining, or snowing. Access to the iconic church occasionally obstructed by grumpy pilgrims with (traditional) overstuffed rucksacks. Easier in the afternoon when they will be queuing for showers or scuttling for Albergues with a better review on Tripeadvertiser"
 

Flog

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To be fair, I think the concern was less about the slip in the shower and more about what caused it: the male host opening the door to the women's shower room while the room was occupied.
Which is something that
could happen anytime in any albergue in any part of the world.🙄
 
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David Tallan

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Which is something that
could happen anytime in any albergue in any part of the world.🙄
It could. And I have no bias towards or against this albergue, never having stayed there.

I think at most albergues, I would expect a male host taking someone on a tour of the albergue, faced with a closed door to a women's shower room to knock before opening the door. Your expectations may be different.
 

Flog

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It could. And I have no bias towards or against this albergue, never having stayed there.

I think at most albergues, I would expect a male host taking someone on a tour of the albergue, faced with a closed door to a women's shower room to knock before opening the door. Your expectations may be different.
I wouldn't regard that as a big deal, certainly not reason enough to slate the place. And who knows, perhaps he did knock, or thought it was unoccupied etc....

Back to the O.P.
looks like you have plenty of options, Whatever you decide,
Buen Camino!
 
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henrythedog

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Interesting narrative. I hope to stay at Pequeno Potala week after next. I will check things out with Carlos and Luis. Knowing their orientation their only reason for going into the ladies shower facility would be to assist. I will take extra care in the men’s shower.
Happily we’re not required to wear some kind of badge to advertise our sexual orientation, so it’s not unreasonable for the poster to simply describe her host as male and react as she saw fit. If you feel a need to take extra care under such circumstances, that’s your concern - but I think your hosts might be offended by your insinuation.
 
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And yet, and yet.... there you are, wandering around the little church in a touristy disinterested sort of a way, when the priest collars you and asks you (in a manner, gentle, but that brooks no refusal) to read the lesson at the impending pilgrim's mass...
then suddenly you feel part of it all and humbled - and not a little anxious as you try and recall all they taught you at school about pacing and emphasis. and pausing to look up at your audience (in this case a clutch of old villagers, but mostly a motley crew of tired but curious international pilgrims)
I hope you have written a book because I want to read it!!
 
Happily we’re not required to wear some kind of badge to advertise our sexual orientation, so it’s not unreasonable for the poster to simply describe her host as male and react as she saw fit. If you feel a need to take extra care under such circumstances, that’s your concern - but I think your hosts might be offended by your insinuation.
No worries at all. As a pensioner I was simply worried about falling as I came out of the shower. I doubt that Carlos and Luis would find offence with my caution as myself and my wife have stayed there on numerous occasions and are delighted with the welcome we receive.
 
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