- Camino(s) past & future
- CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019)
During my morning walk today as I was thinking about my next camino on the Via de la Plata a question came to me. I have no idea of the answer and was hoping some of my fellow pilgrims may know the answer. I know the VDLP has limited services and few pilgrims and I wondered where I should stay when we can walk again. I would assume that there will be albergue casualties on all caminos especially private and donativos. Has the Spanish government offered financial assistance to private albergues or donativos? I would assume, BUT I DO NOT KNOW, that private and donativos would potentially have higher overhead due to mortgages and albergues higher still due to the fact that some offer more amenities than donativos or municipal albergues. My assumption also is that municipal albergues and Xuntas may have lower overhead because the town or state owns the land on the albergue and can offer more assistance to public albergues to weather the storm. It would make good business sense if they did to facilitate more pilgrims staying and spending money in their towns. I usually stay in municipals and donativos as much as possible as I like them and I am on a budget. But if I have to spend a little more to help a private albergue or donativo in need I would certainly do that. Are my assumptions correct? Any insight would be appreciated.