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Reserving at Casa da Fernanda

Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Oporto (2018 - planned)
#1
I've read many people speaking glowingly of Casa da Fernanda but also pointing out the need to reserve ahead. A few questions on reserving:

How should one contact them to reserve? By phone or by email? If by phone, am I likely to get someone who speaks a language other than Portuguese? My English is very good; my Spanish is intermediate; I could probably make do in French in a pinch, but my Portuguese is almost non-existent. By email, I can at least use a translator app.

How long in advance do I need to reserve? In the morming? The day before? Several days in advance? Longer? The less lead time I need, the more flexible I can be with my walking. But I'd hate to miss the experience because it was full when I tried to make my reservation.

I'll be walking in early October, if that makes a difference.

Thanks!
 

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#2
English is spoken. You can reach them by phone or email (if you don't have their contact details let me know and I can post them – I'm just not at my computer at the moment).

As for how far in advance to book, by early October the Portugués won't be quite as busy. However, I strongly suggest you simply write to them now and inquire. Get their recommendation.

Good luck with your planning.
 

JohnMcM

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Some, and with luck, some more.
#4
I've read many people speaking glowingly of Casa da Fernanda but also pointing out the need to reserve ahead. A few questions on reserving:

How should one contact them to reserve? By phone or by email? If by phone, am I likely to get someone who speaks a language other than Portuguese? My English is very good; my Spanish is intermediate; I could probably make do in French in a pinch, but my Portuguese is almost non-existent. By email, I can at least use a translator app.

How long in advance do I need to reserve? In the morming? The day before? Several days in advance? Longer? The less lead time I need, the more flexible I can be with my walking. But I'd hate to miss the experience because it was full when I tried to make my reservation.

I'll be walking in early October, if that makes a difference.

Thanks!
David,
This is a brilliant place to stay.

As regards your questions you are likely to get many, many suggestions, notes of guidance and helpful suggestions.

My, perhaps not very helpful suggestion is, phone them now and ask the same questions. I truly hope you get the chance to stay there, it wasvery special for me.

(Bom (experiencing Casa Fernanda) Camhino
 

jimmyc

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2015
#5
I stayed there in mid June 2016. I did not have a reservation but arrived there early afternoon and it very soon filled up. from memory there are only about 20 beds.
It was a unique experience and I would say it is the best albergue in Portugal.
 

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Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#6
We stayed there April last year. I called 3 months in advance to book, and she kept a bed for us even though the place was crowded - she allowed people who arrived really late and tired to take a shower and sleep on those pool-type long chairs in the garden (there is no pool, but there were long chairs).

The dinner was among the best meals I had in my life, with all the people singing the Titanic song with all their lungs. Btw, Fernanda loves Celine Dion.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (1989 and 2016), Portugues - central from Oporto (2018 - planned)
#7
with all the people singing the Titanic song with all their lungs. Btw, Fernanda loves Celine Dion.
When you said everyone was singing the Titanic song, my mind immediately went to the campfire song that begins "Oh, they built the ship Titanic to sail the ocean blue..." I guess it is a generational difference. :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
April (2015) SJPdP to SdC; Porto to SdC April (2016)
#8
David, I hope you don't mind my using your thread to highlight a sensitive matter that is related to Casa Fernanda as I am sure that many other pilgrims are following this. In earlier threads about this albergue @Albertinho, who has stayed there many times and knows Fernanda and her husband well, wrote that some pilgrims were assuming that because this is a donativo albergue, donations were optional or minimal despite Fernanda providing beds, showers, evening meal (and all drinks) and breakfast. As with all donativos - which I am embarrassed to say I didn't understand when I walked the CF in 2015 - those pilgrims who can afford to do so give more to ensure that those walking the Camino with straitened finances can give what they can afford.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#9
some pilgrims were assuming that because this is a donativo albergue, donations were optional or minimal despite Fernanda providing beds, showers, evening meal (and all drinks) and breakfast.
For everything she provides, not leaving a good donation when you can afford it would be a shame!
I actually gave her way more than I paid to some private inns.
Ah, and for people staying there: just put the money directly into the donation box. If you give it to her, she will politely refuse. Avoid that and give this wonderful woman what she really deserves :)

When you said everyone was singing the Titanic song, my mind immediately went to the campfire song that begins "Oh, they built the ship Titanic to sail the ocean blue..." I guess it is a generational difference.
I have a non-English speaking background, so maybe that's why I don't know the campifire one ;)
At least I know about the real ship... I get shocked with all the people younger than me that ask "omg, is this movie really based in a true story?"

By any chance, does anyone in this forum know Celine Dion personally? Because Fernanda talked so passionately about her that every now and then I think about trying to make the two of them meet :)
 
Camino(s) past & future
August 2013
#10
David, my advice is book now. There are only 14 beds. And everything you have heard is true. And there is no WiFi. So if you need to answer lots of “important” emails don’t go there! and though Fernanda takes reservations this extraordinary woman finds an occasional pilgrim passing who needs her love and care.
It was my privilege to be joined at Fernanda’s dinner table by one such young polish girl who sang for us. Such a divine voice. She was heaven sent, probably had very little money, but she brought a gift to our Camino meal that was more priceless than gold.
And it is Fernanda’s gift that she can recognise these pilgrims as they pass by.
And then the memory of Fernanda and her husband and their daughter making music for us.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (SJPdP - Santiago) Spring (2016)
Portuguese (Porto - Santiago - Finisterre) Spring (2018)
#11
We stayed with Fernanda in early May this year. One of my best experiences from two Caminos...in all ways. Booked about 3 days in advance (by phone), and yes, Fernanda speaks excellent English. She also is the embodiment of generosity and Camino hospitality. Just one caution...if you aren't a fan of boisterous music (Abba in our case....the choice of the Swedish contingent) and gleeful after dinner dancing, then you may want to make a different lodging choice. ;-)
 

arajput

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese (August 2nd 2018)
#12
I've been trying to call Fernanda to make reservations, however, my UK number doesn't allow to make the call. Is there another way of getting ahold?
The number I have for Casa de Fernanda is +351 914 589 521
 

arajput

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portuguese (August 2nd 2018)
#13
English is spoken. You can reach them by phone or email (if you don't have their contact details let me know and I can post them – I'm just not at my computer at the moment).

As for how far in advance to book, by early October the Portugués won't be quite as busy. However, I strongly suggest you simply write to them now and inquire. Get their recommendation.

Good luck with your planning.
Is it possible to get their email address? For some reason I can't call the number off my UK cell phone.
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#16
David, my advice is book now. There are only 14 beds. And everything you have heard is true. And there is no WiFi. So if you need to answer lots of “important” emails don’t go there! and though Fernanda takes reservations this extraordinary woman finds an occasional pilgrim passing who needs her love and care.
It was my privilege to be joined at Fernanda’s dinner table by one such young polish girl who sang for us. Such a divine voice. She was heaven sent, probably had very little money, but she brought a gift to our Camino meal that was more priceless than gold.
And it is Fernanda’s gift that she can recognise these pilgrims as they pass by.
And then the memory of Fernanda and her husband and their daughter making music for us.
They will not book now. I contacted them a week or so ago and she told me to call only when two days out.
 

KJFSophie

My Way, With Joy !
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014 & 2015 ) ,Via San Francesco, Italy (2017 )
Camino Portugese (2018 )
#17
Well, I made my reservation. As it turns out, I should be arriving on the day of my 55th birthday.
How? As when I emailed two weeks ago, she replied to contact her only when two days out? Please PM me?
 

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