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Possible Ruta de la Lana start 14th October

tecap

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I had booked a flight from Bournemouth to Alicante back in the depths of the winter of 2019 after just returning from the Camino Ingles and the Primitivo and oh so ready for the next one. I was prepared, confident and excited about walking the Lana and should have started on 14th March 2020. With a start date coinciding with the Spanish lock-down it was clearly never going to happen back then, a postponement was needed. In May of this year, shortly after gratefully receiving my second Covid jab, travel stirrings happened and I again booked a flight to Alicante, arriving 13th October: in only two weeks time. I am now considerably older, less confident, even more prone to worry about ridiculously inconsequential things and I think I'm less decisive but I'm not sure. In short, I so want to go walking but I am worrying about all the things that may be out of my control, including mainly accommodation and the weather. I have been unable to discover the availability of the usual range of accommodation as I'm unable to find any reports of pilgrims walking the Lana recently.
I am half-heartedly preparing. I have up-dated my original plan. I have been hunting the house for all of the things that should still be in in my rucksack; clearly some sort of diffusion of objects has taken place. I'm re-reading all the blogs and travel reports from 2018 and 2019 and trying to build up some confidence to get out there and to get walking again but I am still not sure! Should I waste another air flight ticket and wait until next spring 2022 or should I just fill my rucksack, put on my boots and get on with it? I'm still in conversation with myself on the matter and where exactly are the euros that I changed in preparation for 2019? Do euros decompose and turn to dust if left in the dark and not used?
Any advice or words of wisdom on walking the Ruta de Lana in October/ November would be gratefully received.
 
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My understanding from my Camino friend Luis who normally runs the municipal albergue in Cuenca (and is an avid walker of many Camino routes) is that most of the municipal accommodations are closed. I personally walked from Alicante to Cuenca March 2019. There may be private pensiones or hotels but I personally have no info about that. If you would like I can ask him what he thinks.
 

tecap

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My understanding from my Camino friend Luis who normally runs the municipal albergue in Cuenca (and is an avid walker of many Camino routes) is that most of the municipal accommodations are closed. I personally walked from Alicante to Cuenca March 2019. There may be private pensiones or hotels but I personally have no info about that. If you would like I can ask him what he thinks.
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. I would appreciate your asking further questions on my behalf. I do fear starting walking and being unable to find a bed for the night; it would ruin the walk if I am preoccupied with the thought of there being no accommodation.
 

LTfit

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Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. I would appreciate your asking further questions on my behalf. I do fear starting walking and being unable to find a bed for the night; it would ruin the walk if I am preoccupied with the thought of there being no accommodation.
Well I stand to be corrected. On the Facebook page for the Lana (info in Spanish) I just read this post which makes the current situation look fairly positive. Sorry for reacting before having the most current information! It's in Spanish so just plug into Google translate or any other site.
Let us know what you decide. I still need to complete Cuenca to Burgos.

LOCALIDADES DEL CAMINO DE LA LANA QUE CUENTAN CON ALBERGUE DE PEREGRINOS.
Veintidos localidades de dicho Camino de Santiago cuentan actualmente (30 de septiembre de 2021) con Albergue de peregrinos.
De las 31 localidades que son final de etapa del Camino de la Lana (incluyendo Burgos, como final de la última etapa), 20 tienen albergue de peregrinos (Orito, Novelda, Caudete, Almansa, Alpera, Alatoz, Casas Ibáñez, Fuentes, Cuenca, Villar de Domingo García, Villaconejos de Trabaque, Salmerón, Trillo, Cifuentes, Mandayona, Retortillo de Soria, Quintanarraya, Santo Domingo de Silos, Mecerreyes y Burgos) y 11 cuentan con algún lugar de acogida o establecimiento hotelero para alojar al peregrino al final de su jornada (Villena, Villarta, Graja de Iniesta, Campillo de Altobuey, Paracuellos de la Vega, Monteagudo de las Salinas, Sigüenza, Atienza, Tarancueña, San Esteban de Gormaz y Huerta del Rey. Otras dos localidades que no son final de etapa cuentan también con Albergue de Peregrinos (Torralba y Viana de Mondéjar).
De los 22 Albergues de Peregrinos, hay 14 que son de Acogida tradicional: Novelda, Alatoz, Casas Ibáñez, Fuentes, Cuenca, Villar de Domingo García, Torralba, Villaconejos de Trabaque, Viana de Mondéjar, Trillo, Cifuentes, Mandayona, Quintanarraya y Santo Domingo de Silos. Tres son privados: Almansa (Convento de las Esclavas de María), Retortillo de Soria (La Muralla) y Santo Domingo de Silos (Monasterio del mismo nombre). El de Novelda está regentado por la Asociación de Amigos del Camino del Sureste de Caudete; el de Alatoz, por la Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Albacete; el de Cuenca, por la Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Cuenca.
 

tecap

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Thank you for your time in doing this research. This is an excellent list of facilities that are available and nearly all have been included in my own walking plan but have I missed something? Where does it state that they are, in the main, currently open to pilgrims/ travellers. I have sent an e-mail to the friends association in Alicante asking about the availability of accommodation but am yet to receive a reply.
 
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My understanding from my Camino friend Luis who normally runs the municipal albergue in Cuenca (and is an avid walker of many Camino routes) is that most of the municipal accommodations are closed. I personally walked from Alicante to Cuenca March 2019. There may be private pensiones or hotels but I personally have no info about that. If you would like I can ask him what he thinks.
A lot of us are thinking about walking the Lane, if not this year, then next. There is a lot of excellent information but no up to date news on albergues and whether they are open or expect to open. If you could post some information on this, we would be very, very grateful.
 

LTfit

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Well I stand to be corrected. On the Facebook page for the Lana (info in Spanish) I just read this post which makes the current situation look fairly positive. Sorry for reacting before having the most current information! It's in Spanish so just plug into Google translate or any other site.
Let us know what you decide. I still need to complete Cuenca to Burgos.

LOCALIDADES DEL CAMINO DE LA LANA QUE CUENTAN CON ALBERGUE DE PEREGRINOS.
Veintidos localidades de dicho Camino de Santiago cuentan actualmente (30 de septiembre de 2021) con Albergue de peregrinos.
De las 31 localidades que son final de etapa del Camino de la Lana (incluyendo Burgos, como final de la última etapa), 20 tienen albergue de peregrinos (Orito, Novelda, Caudete, Almansa, Alpera, Alatoz, Casas Ibáñez, Fuentes, Cuenca, Villar de Domingo García, Villaconejos de Trabaque, Salmerón, Trillo, Cifuentes, Mandayona, Retortillo de Soria, Quintanarraya, Santo Domingo de Silos, Mecerreyes y Burgos) y 11 cuentan con algún lugar de acogida o establecimiento hotelero para alojar al peregrino al final de su jornada (Villena, Villarta, Graja de Iniesta, Campillo de Altobuey, Paracuellos de la Vega, Monteagudo de las Salinas, Sigüenza, Atienza, Tarancueña, San Esteban de Gormaz y Huerta del Rey. Otras dos localidades que no son final de etapa cuentan también con Albergue de Peregrinos (Torralba y Viana de Mondéjar).
De los 22 Albergues de Peregrinos, hay 14 que son de Acogida tradicional: Novelda, Alatoz, Casas Ibáñez, Fuentes, Cuenca, Villar de Domingo García, Torralba, Villaconejos de Trabaque, Viana de Mondéjar, Trillo, Cifuentes, Mandayona, Quintanarraya y Santo Domingo de Silos. Tres son privados: Almansa (Convento de las Esclavas de María), Retortillo de Soria (La Muralla) y Santo Domingo de Silos (Monasterio del mismo nombre). El de Novelda está regentado por la Asociación de Amigos del Camino del Sureste de Caudete; el de Alatoz, por la Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Albacete; el de Cuenca, por la Asociación de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Cuenca.
You're right. It doesn't state if open. I'll now contact Luis. Will get back as soon as he has answered.
 

tecap

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I can't thank you enough for this information. I am of an age (65) that I don't mind admitting that I am wrong and I bow my head to people who have more experience than me but I still find it difficult to ask for help from others. When a request is answered, it gives me considerable joy; thank you again. I shall resume my planning, attempt to persuade my family all will be well and as you suggested I shall attempt to contact the independent accommodation.
 

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Ok I just got the confirmation that the above mentioned albergues and other accommodations are open.

Saying this, I still suggest that you contact them beforehand to confirm.

Ultreia!
Thank you so much for this. You cannot imagine how much joy and hope this gives us. I have emailed the camino association in Alicante. They haven't replied yet but I trust they will. The other good news is that our government (in Australia) is going to start opening the borders, so things are looking better than they have for a long time. Ultreia indeed!
 
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I can't thank you enough for this information. I am of an age (65) that I don't mind admitting that I am wrong and I bow my head to people who have more experience than me but I still find it difficult to ask for help from others. When a request is answered, it gives me considerable joy; thank you again. I shall resume my planning, attempt to persuade my family all will be well and as you suggested I shall attempt to contact the independent accommodation.
Getting older... way to go, @tecap! Add on 9 and see how many more you will have walked by then! That is the margin I have on your age.
I do understand, though. Time might erode confidence, but look hard for the euro notes. They may not be as durable as the (new to me) sterling notes, but they should withstand a couple of years of waiting in the wings...Would be a pity if the mice had got to them before you! Looks like you are going to find a lot of places open. I will keep an eye out for your reports. Buen camino.
 

LTfit

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I can't thank you enough for this information. I am of an age (65) that I don't mind admitting that I am wrong and I bow my head to people who have more experience than me but I still find it difficult to ask for help from others. When a request is answered, it gives me considerable joy; thank you again. I shall resume my planning, attempt to persuade my family all will be well and as you suggested I shall attempt to contact the independent accommodation.
I am also 65 years young😉🙂
 

tecap

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Thank you so much for this. You cannot imagine how much joy and hope this gives us. I have emailed the camino association in Alicante. They haven't replied yet but I trust they will. The other good news is that our government (in Australia) is going to start opening the borders, so things are looking better than they have for a long time. Ultreia indeed!
Congratulations on your impending release into the wider world; I did think of my Australian pilgrim friends when I heard the news of the lifting of travel restrictions. Have you had any reply from the Alicante amigos? I have tried to get responses on a number of occasions, going back to my original planning for March of 2020, and have not received any replies. I have used the e-mail address and the contact form on their web page but until now with no luck.
 

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Congratulations on your impending release into the wider world; I did think of my Australian pilgrim friends when I heard the news of the lifting of travel restrictions. Have you had any reply from the Alicante amigos? I have tried to get responses on a number of occasions, going back to my original planning for March of 2020, and have not received any replies. I have used the e-mail address and the contact form on their web page but until now with no luck.
Nothing so far, I'm afraid, even though I wrote in Spanish thinking that might help. If and when I do hear, I'll post straight away on this thread and the Lana sub-forum. By the way, the O'Brien guide is downloadable from there and is excellent as is the virtual Lana. The amigos also have a guide (pdf downloadable from the forum) which is very detailed about the route but less informative about accommodation (and the stages are a bit weird), and is in Spanish. Anyway, all we have to do now is get to Alicante. Buen camino
 

tecap

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Many thanks. I am re-reading all the excellent travel reports from: Alan Sykes, Undermanager, Bad Pilgrim, MagWood and re-watching the Sara Dhooma videos to name a few of the resources. I had downloaded the comprehensive Amigos guide (and translated it) and the O'brien guide and have the route downloaded on the Mapsme app. I have also started to read the virtual Lana. But I am still feeling very apprehensive after a break of two years since I finished my last Camino.
 
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LTfit

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Many thanks. I am re-reading all the excellent travel reports from: Alan Sykes, Undermanager, Bad Pilgrim, MagWood and re-watching the Sara Dhooma videos to name a few of the resources. I had downloaded the comprehensive Amigos guide (and translated it) and the O'brien guide and have the route downloaded on the Mapsme app. I have also started to read the virtual Lana. But I am still feeling very apprehensive after a break of two years since I finished my last Camino.
You certainly are virtually prepared! I believe I only had the Amigos guide before I left which, if I remember correctly, was several weeks before Magwood.

One piece of advice: if you can't find a yellow arrow (happened on several occasions) do not ask locals for directions! Between Alicante and Cuenca I only heard one local shout out Buen Camino because he was familiar with the Lana and knew the way out of town. Everyone else wanted to send me via "the shortest route" which was inevitably via a carretera!
 
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We had a grand time on the virtual Lana, but how much better to be able to walk it for real.
Buen camino, @tecap - Just go - close your eyes and jump!

You'll see after a few days if your anxiety is justified. If so, you can always find your way to a more populated route. If not, you can just keep walking. Whichever, all good!
 

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Buen camino, @tecap,

As you can see from this thread, there is a good bunch of us who would love to be walking with you. My 2020 camino was to have started in Alicante, and I am hoping to walk at least a part of that route in 2022. So I for one will be very eager to hear how things go for you.

And never fear — you haven’t forgotten how to do this. It’s just like riding a bike, and once you take your first steps you will be right back in that zone that keeps us all coming back for more.

It’s just a little more than a week now, so close your eyes, hold your nose and jump. Buen camino, Laurie
 

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“Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we're afraid!" they answered.
"Come to the edge," he said.
"We can't, we will fall!" they answered.
"Come to the edge," he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew."

(slightly abridged)
Christopher Logue but frequently attributed to Guillaume Apollinaire
 

tecap

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Thank you for all your words of encouragement. Things currently don't look very promising; accommodation appears patchy now that I have started contacting persons and organisations directly. Using my very limited grasp of the Spanish language I have learned that the albergues at Novelda and Caudete are currently closed and the hotel at Sax appears reluctant to engage with me. The albergue at Orito appears to be open.
 
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dick bird

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Thank you for all your words of encouragement. Things currently don't look very promising; accommodation appears patchy now that I have started contacting persons and organisations directly. Using my very limited grasp of the Spanish language I have learned that the albergues at Novelda and Caudete are currently closed and the hotel at Sax appears reluctant to engage with me. The albergue at Orito appears to be open.
Thanks are due to you - we are all desperate for information and you are blazing a trail for us. If you have trouble communicating with accommodation for next night, the people in the place you are staying will probably help out. Good luck and Buen camino.
 

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Thank you for all your words of encouragement. Things currently don't look very promising; accommodation appears patchy now that I have started contacting persons and organisations directly. Using my very limited grasp of the Spanish language I have learned that the albergues at Novelda and Caudete are currently closed and the hotel at Sax appears reluctant to engage with me. The albergue at Orito appears to be open.
You may have these addresses of hotels in Sax:
Casa Saxrural C. Hermanos Pinzón, 15 633934987 25 €
Hostal Los Almendros Pje. Las Suertes, 99 965475032

And in Caudete:
(Albergue de peregrinos Santa Ana Pza. Santa Ana, 2 655406144 657200242 5 €)
Hostal Caudete Av. Valencia, 1 965827600 667863791 22 €
Hostal Marisa C. Las Eras, 117 965827062 647004886 619772403 - www.hostalmarisa.es info@hostalmarisa.e
 

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I have learned that the albergues at Novelda and Caudete are currently closed
The hospitalero at Novelda says the albergues in Orito and Petrer are open and that Caudete will open on October 18.

And I speak good Spanish, so I am happy to call places on your behalf, just PM me.

Don’t lose hope yet!!!
 
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dick bird

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The hospitalero at Novelda says the albergues in Orito and Petrer are open and that Caudete will open on October 18.

Don’t lose hope yet!!!
That fits in with something I was going to write. It looks like tecap is following the Amigos stages. O'Brien suggests stopping in Orito and Petrer and they seem more sensible stages.

This is the albergue in Petrer (Petrel):
Albergue municipal rural Ferrusa Pda. Ferrusa, s/n 966989400 (Ayuntam.)

Orito
Casa del Peregrino Pza. Nuestra 965621004 - info@acogidacristianaenelcamino.

I have been obsessively planning and reading for the Lana for next year (including the virtual Lana) using the Amigos guide and O'Brien guide. The Spanish one has the most minute detail on the route, but is a bit vague about accommodation whereas O'Brien's English guide is much more informative about important stuff like getting keys, and the stages make more sense, I think.

I emailed the Amigos in Alicante but haven't heard back. It may be that the email address is not active. I'll try another channel.
 

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Thank you for all your words of encouragement. Things currently don't look very promising; accommodation appears patchy now that I have started contacting persons and organisations directly. Using my very limited grasp of the Spanish language I have learned that the albergues at Novelda and Caudete are currently closed and the hotel at Sax appears reluctant to engage with me. The albergue at Orito appears to be open.

Novelda + Caudete are five-stars albergues: I hope they open soon and that you will find shelter there.

Orito is much more humble (albergue + the hamlet itstelf) but has the advantage of being "only" 24 kms from Alicante.

I don't know what is up with Sax: the hotel has been known to take in pilgrims before. But the last few years I have had reports that hospitality/knowledge about the Camino is declining and that it is difficult to get hold of them.

Please let us know how you percieve this route in October!

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tecap

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The hospitalero at Novelda says the albergues in Orito and Petrer are open and that Caudete will open on October 18.

And I speak good Spanish, so I am happy to call places on your behalf, just PM me.

Don’t lose hope yet!!!
Unfortunately and with a large amount of regret I have finally decided to postponed the walk along the Lana until next spring. I have called it a day on all this extra planning, hours and hours of Googling, staring at my maps, re-reading all the previous accounts and murdering the Spanish language by means of (por) the telephone. I fear that the remainder of the walk may be as difficult to arrange as these first few days and I don't really want to spoil my enjoyment of a walk that I have been so looking forward to. The final straw was the option of spending £33 for a night in a caravan with a shared toilet at Sax, when I had exhausted other available options and combinations of distances and accommodation. As the cost of my flight is less than the previously mentioned £33 and with the possible prospects of spending almost a half of my time in hostels and hotels when I really enjoy the welcome, surprises, variety, challenges and delights of albergue living, I have decided to again become a 'no show' on Ryanair's passenger flight list for Alicante. I would like to thank all who have supplied suggestions, offers of support and encouragement and perhaps our paths may cross some time next year on the Lana.
 

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Unfortunately and with a large amount of regret I have finally decided to postponed the walk along the Lana until next spring. I have called it a day on all this extra planning, hours and hours of Googling, staring at my maps, re-reading all the previous accounts and murdering the Spanish language by means of (por) the telephone. I fear that the remainder of the walk may be as difficult to arrange as these first few days and I don't really want to spoil my enjoyment of a walk that I have been so looking forward to. The final straw was the option of spending £33 for a night in a caravan with a shared toilet at Sax, when I had exhausted other available options and combinations of distances and accommodation. As the cost of my flight is less than the previously mentioned £33 and with the possible prospects of spending almost a half of my time in hostels and hotels when I really enjoy the welcome, surprises, variety, challenges and delights of albergue living, I have decided to again become a 'no show' on Ryanair's passenger flight list for Alicante. I would like to thank all who have supplied suggestions, offers of support and encouragement and perhaps our paths may cross some time next year on the Lana.
C'est la vie. We might see us on the Lana. We have at least some prospect of international travel come April.
 

LTfit

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Unfortunately and with a large amount of regret I have finally decided to postponed the walk along the Lana until next spring. I have called it a day on all this extra planning, hours and hours of Googling, staring at my maps, re-reading all the previous accounts and murdering the Spanish language by means of (por) the telephone. I fear that the remainder of the walk may be as difficult to arrange as these first few days and I don't really want to spoil my enjoyment of a walk that I have been so looking forward to. The final straw was the option of spending £33 for a night in a caravan with a shared toilet at Sax, when I had exhausted other available options and combinations of distances and accommodation. As the cost of my flight is less than the previously mentioned £33 and with the possible prospects of spending almost a half of my time in hostels and hotels when I really enjoy the welcome, surprises, variety, challenges and delights of albergue living, I have decided to again become a 'no show' on Ryanair's passenger flight list for Alicante. I would like to thank all who have supplied suggestions, offers of support and encouragement and perhaps our paths may cross some time next year on the Lana.
Too bad but understand completely! As I still have Cuenca to Burgos to walk we may sometime meet up.

Ultreia!
 

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I just got this PM from a forum member and thought it was a good thing to share more broadly:

If anyone drops in on this thread, I have not exactly great news. Several albergues on the Lana are open but several are also 'Cerrado Temporalmente' (closed temporarily). This is a link to the Spanish 'Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago' and should take you to the link for albergues on the Lana.

https://www.caminosantiago.org/cpperegrino/caminos/buscalbergue.asp

The ones closed have 'Cerrado Temporalmente' in red underneath the name. On a more encouraging note, it does say temporarily, so there is a good chance most of not all will be open by next year. The very fact that some are already open is probably a good sign. Buen camino.


I also wanted to point out that when I clicked on the link it told me it was a suspicious site because its certificate had lapsed. If you get the same message, know that I went ahead and there was no problem.
 

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Thank you for sharing this. In 2020 I had collated a list of hostels for the different places I had originally planned to stop; this was my insurance in case an albergue was full. When I tried to make contact in the last two weeks, many returned messages that they were not taking booking! I was not sure of the significance of these messages. This along with a conversation with a town hall who were uncertain if their albergue was open or not: basically the message appeared to be turn up and see, gave me concerns about the availability of reasonably priced accommodation. I'm sure (seriously hoping) this will improve by spring.
 
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Hmmm, this is a bit depressing. I was (am) hoping to get to the Lana in about a week and go south from Santo Domingo de Silos to Baides. At the moment I'm on the Ebro, where it doesn't matter if an albergue is closed (and very few are), as there's probably a pensión and if that's full a train or bus forward or back to somewhere else. On the Castellano-Aragonés it's not quite that simple, but the lifeline of the N122 will help in an emergency, and there's never anybody up there anyway, so it's not going to be much different this year.

But in some places on the Lana there is no such lifeline - if you arrive hot and tired and find the albergue is closed, the pueblo of 20-100 inhabitants will have no alternative: no hostal, no taxi and no bus, so you will have to hope it's a dry mild night and that the church has a porticada (the allegedly earliest in the world is at San Esteban de Gormaz on the Lana, so you may get lucky). Quintanarraya and Caracena look like particular problems for me if the albergues are closed, which the website says is the case with the first, and the second has a population of 8 so it might be better not to risk busking it in my usual way. Hey ho.
 

tecap

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Past OR future Camino
Frances (2018), Via de la Plata (2019, Primitivo (2019), Ingles (2019), undecided for 2020
I know it is of little use to Alan but I see the albergue at Almansa showing it to be temporarily closed but when I phoned the dear Sisters of the Convent of the Esclaves de Maria they informed me that their albergue was open and offered to reserve me a bed if I did start walking. So I am wondering if their is a time delay in updating information to this list. It may be worth a few investigative phone calls to establish the validity of the information.
 

dick bird

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Plata, Ingles, Madrid, Norte, Primitivo, Invierno, Aragones, Olvidado, Chemin D'Arles
If anyone drops in on this post, I have not exactly great news. Several albergues on the Lana are open but several are also 'Cerrado Temporalmente' (closed temporarily). This is a link to the Spanish 'Federación Española de Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago' and should take you to the link for albergues on the Lana.
The ones closed have 'Cerrado Temporalmente' in red underneath the name. On a more encouraging note, it does say temporarily, so there is a good chance most if not all will be open by next year. The very fact that some are already open is probably a good sign. Buen camino.
 
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