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Primitivo - Any updates on the albergue situation?

tomas2019

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I plan to tackle the Camino Primitivo in September. I was wondering if anyone knows the albergue/refugio situation along this route. In the best of times the albergue availability was sparse. I was just wondering if Covid brought on more closures along this Way, thereby making the trek a bit more challenging.

As always, any information is welcome.

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Álvaro Lazaga, a Spanish peregrino from Benidorm, is currently walking the Primitivo “backwards” on his way home. You can get a sense of the conditions and nunbers. I have not seen them all, but I just watched Ferreira to Pociña de Muñiz.

Pergrino Alvaro you are so lucky to be doing the Camino again.Saludos.
 

JoroAtanasof

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Yesterday in Oviedo there was more beds than pilgrims , same today in grado .
 

JoroAtanasof

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From what I understand from Paul Garland hospitalero at the municipal in Grado is that since opening on July 1st the albergue has been Covid full every day.
I met Paul yesterday and he was kind enough to direct me to la Quintana. I think that all donativos and municipal are already booked but still there are other albergues that are opened :)
 
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Peligro

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From what I understand from Paul Garland hospitalero at the municipal in Grado is that since opening on July 1st the albergue has been Covid full every day.
When you say “Covid full” do you mean that they are allowing fewer pilgrims and reaching the maximum each day?
 

Peligro

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I met Paul yesterday and he was kind enough to direct me to la Quintana. I think that all donativos and municipal are already booked but still there are other albergues that are opened :)
As in booked in advance or are they still first come, first served?
 

Beth and Rodney

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I was planning to start the Primitivo in early September 2021. With the upswing of covid-19, I'm concerned. Does anyone have information about the situation from Oviedo to Santiago?
 
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Booked in advance.
Would you recommend trying to make reservations now for September, or would a day or two in advance once I'm actually walking be enough? I have secured my first night's reservation in Amandi (just outside of Villaviciosa) and Sergio there has been very helpful so I'm sure he could help me line up the next few nights from his albergue.
 

LTfit

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Would you recommend trying to make reservations now for September, or would a day or two in advance once I'm actually walking be enough? I have secured my first night's reservation in Amandi (just outside of Villaviciosa) and Sergio there has been very helpful so I'm sure he could help me line up the next few nights from his albergue.
I can't imagine that you need to book now for September but a couple of days before may be needed.
 

Jyrki Wahlstedt

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I can't imagine that you need to book now for September but a couple of days before may be needed.
I did my Primitivo in August-September (2018), then the only albergue I should have felt more comfortable having reserved was at Castro, as I got the last bed. Otherwise no problems, but of course no pandemic at the time…
 
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I plan to tackle the Camino Primitivo in September. I was wondering if anyone knows the albergue/refugio situation along this route. In the best of times the albergue availability was sparse. I was just wondering if Covid brought on more closures along this Way, thereby making the trek a bit more challenging.

As always, any information is welcome.

Buen Camino......
I also plan to do the Primitivo in September after the San Salvador.
 

stinmd

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Camino Frances - May 2015; Camino del Norte/Primitivo - July/August 2016; Camino Portugues - Sept 2017
Álvaro Lazaga, a Spanish peregrino from Benidorm, is currently walking the Primitivo “backwards” on his way home. You can get a sense of the conditions and nunbers. I have not seen them all, but I just watched Ferreira to Pociña de Muñiz.

I have always wondered how one might find the way going backwards since most of the arrows are facing just one direction, i.e., forwards. I guess one would have to keep looking back as one walks.
 

trecile

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I have always wondered how one might find the way going backwards since most of the arrows are facing just one direction, i.e., forwards. I guess one would have to keep looking back as one walks.
Apps with gps maps of the route can really help with staying on course.
 

Stephen Nicholls

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I have always wondered how one might find the way going backwards since most of the arrows are facing just one direction, i.e., forwards. I guess one would have to keep looking back as one walks.
I've always wondered exactly the same, stinmd. Sometimes it's hard enough finding arrows when walking the right way, but to walk a camino in reverse.... wow!
 
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JoroAtanasof

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Yes. Depending on the region 30-50% of normal capacity hence reason for booking.
Yesterday I stayed in municipal albergue in Lugo they said that since 7th of July they are not taking any reservations , today I am staying in as seixas municipal one and it is the same story . I think it is quite positive change .
 

trecile

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Yesterday I stayed in municipal albergue in Lugo they said that since 7th of July they are not taking any reservations , today I am staying in as seixas municipal one and it is the same story . I think it is quite positive change .
The reason for the change is that their line system wasn't working properly.
 

Peligro

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St. Jean to SdC the slow way (Aug'15, Aug'17, Jan'18, Aug'18, Jan'19, Jul'19) Primitivo (May'20)
Yesterday I stayed in municipal albergue in Lugo they said that since 7th of July they are not taking any reservations , today I am staying in as seixas municipal one and it is the same story . I think it is quite positive change .
Are the albergues at max capacity? How many pilgrims? Are any of the albergues doing communal dinners? Things will change between now and September when I go, but I'm trying to get a sense of the current situation. Any info would be a huge help, thanks!!!
 

NadineK

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I'm officially at the "I'm overthinking this" stage of planning, but I leave for Spain next week and all I can think about is the Camino! I plan to book ahead, and wanted to get the first two or three nights sorted out before I left the States. I'm going to try out the new albergue near the cathedral in Oviedo (I'll report back and we'll see if it's worth the 20 euros. Pricey, and more than I typically spend, but I'm telling myself this is just going to be a different sort of year).

My question, in case anyone happens to know the answer, is about the first stage out of Oviedo. I'm aiming to stop in either Grado or make it a looong first day to land at the monastery in Cornellana. Both places I'm looking at- the donativo in Grado and the albergue in Cornellana- are open (at least for now) but Gronze doesn't specify whether they take reservations or not. And, this is where the overthinking comes in, I'm just not sure if I should stop in Grado or go with my gut and continue to Cornellana (I walk a ton and this isn't my first Camino, or first time on the Primitivo, so I know that I can do it, even if the walk wears me out!). In the past I would have played it by ear, but given that I'll be reserving the rest of the way, I'm hesitant to leave this first stage up to chance.

I also know that there may not be an answer, but if someone happens to know if those albergues ARE taking reservations, I'd welcome the input! From this thread and others I do know that albergues on the Primitivo- especially given the reduced capacity- are filling up most (every?) day lately.

Okay, enough rambling (can you tell I'm excited??)
 

peregrina2000

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My question, in case anyone happens to know the answer, is about the first stage out of Oviedo. I'm aiming to stop in either Grado or make it a looong first day to land at the monastery in Cornellana. Both places I'm looking at- the donativo in Grado and the albergue in Cornellana- are open (at least for now) but Gronze doesn't specify whether they take reservations or not.

Nadine, you can whatsapp the albergue. I just did, and they responded immediately to tell me they were open and that they will take a reservation if you are certain of your day of arrival.

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NadineK

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Nadine, you can whatsapp the albergue. I just did, and they responded immediately to tell me they were open and that they will take a reservation if you are certain of your day of arrival.

tel. 34 635 48 59 32
Thank you @peregrina2000 !!! Using WhatsApp didn't even occur to me, and that's a much easier solution than attempting to figure out how to call from the states and muddle through the Spanish that I don't really know how to speak 😅 And thank you for going ahead and reaching out to them to find out about reservations, it is such a help!
 

peregrina2000

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Thank you @peregrina2000 !!! Using WhatsApp didn't even occur to me, and that's a much easier solution than attempting to figure out how to call from the states and muddle through the Spanish that I don't really know how to speak 😅 And thank you for going ahead and reaching out to them to find out about reservations, it is such a help!
Well, I thought I would make it simple by just saying that I was walking next week and was wondering if they were open and what the reservation situation was. They responded immediately and told me to make a reservation. I said, thanks, and they wrote right back and insisted I reserved. So I came clean and told them that it wasn’t really me who was walking now, but an internet amiga. I thought I was making it simple, but I was making it more difficult. If there is a language problem, let me know as I can write back and make the reservation on your behalf.
 

NadineK

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Well, I thought I would make it simple by just saying that I was walking next week and was wondering if they were open and what the reservation situation was. They responded immediately and told me to make a reservation. I said, thanks, and they wrote right back and insisted I reserved. So I came clean and told them that it wasn’t really me who was walking now, but an internet amiga. I thought I was making it simple, but I was making it more difficult. If there is a language problem, let me know as I can write back and make the reservation on your behalf.
Ha! I'm so sorry that you got caught up in this but I just had to laugh! A few minutes ago I did send a message and, true to form, they responded right away and my reservation is confirmed. Thank you again, sometimes the relatively simple solution is sitting right there but can be so hard to see!
 

peregrina2000

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Ha! I'm so sorry that you got caught up in this but I just had to laugh! A few minutes ago I did send a message and, true to form, they responded right away and my reservation is confirmed. Thank you again, sometimes the relatively simple solution is sitting right there but can be so hard to see!
I slept in Cornellana on my first Primitivo and really enjoyed it a lot. That was where two Portuguese pilgrims learned that putting socks in the microwave does not dry them.

You will have to tell me whether you think the wild animal on the carving over the entrance is saving the child or eating the child.

A live update would be great, because I am hoping to be on the Primitivo again in September. Fingers crossed. Are you comfortable staying in albergues, @NadineK.
 

NadineK

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I slept in Cornellana on my first Primitivo and really enjoyed it a lot. That was where two Portuguese pilgrims learned that putting socks in the microwave does not dry them.

You will have to tell me whether you think the wild animal on the carving over the entrance is saving the child or eating the child.

A live update would be great, because I am hoping to be on the Primitivo again in September. Fingers crossed. Are you comfortable staying in albergues, @NadineK.
Very excited to try to decipher the carving; it's almost like a treasure hunt and gives me something to be on the lookout for!

Pre-COVID I loved staying in albergues. I'm not sure what that answer is now, though I'm going to try a few out on this Camino and see how it all feels. I'm probably going to stay in mostly private albergues, with the hopes that these tend to be a bit smaller anyway (or, that the beds tend to be divided into several rooms), as well as stay a bit more "off stage". We'll see! I've pulled together some really great notes from this forum, and especially from @LTfit 's recent walk. I'll try to check in here with a live update!

Mostly, I'm hoping for clear weather on Hospitales. Back when I walked it in 2015, you couldn't see a thing! (still an amazing experience, but I've always thought- "Now that's a reason to come back")
 
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NadineK

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I slept in Cornellana on my first Primitivo and really enjoyed it a lot. That was where two Portuguese pilgrims learned that putting socks in the microwave does not dry them.

You will have to tell me whether you think the wild animal on the carving over the entrance is saving the child or eating the child.

A live update would be great, because I am hoping to be on the Primitivo again in September. Fingers crossed. Are you comfortable staying in albergues, @NadineK.
Well I’m CAF23503-938C-42D4-AA99-082F2DF289DD.jpeg here in Cornellana, having breakfast and thinking that soon I need to get packed up and on my way. I’m going to try to do a live report later, but for now, I’m here to say that I found the carving of the wild animal and child! I was with another pilgrim and we examined it and unfortunately I do not think it’s looking good for the kid (the beast has quite the wild, maniacal look on its eye!)

Thanks for giving me the heads up about it, and staying here at the monastery has been incredible. Four pilgrims in three rooms, an open kitchen where we could cook, masks worn at all times, etc.
 

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