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Rooms in Bilbao June 2021

Paul Wilson

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Portuguese April 2019
Frances May 2021
I have just noticed a possible accommodation issue for anyone walking through Bilbao in June 2021
There are 3 major sports events involving the Spanish national football team taking place on the 14th, 19th and 23rd June at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao the stadium hold over 50,000 so anyone planning their Camino May wish to plan ahead to avoid Bilbao on these dates as I would imagine accommodation will be scarce on those dates
 
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Ah Bilbao. Have always headed to the Plaza Barria / Nuevo, handy for both the Abando & Concordia railway stations, though a bit of a schlep to Termibus / Bilbao Intermodal. A slow and very pleasant bar crawl has saved me the cost of an hotel room more than once. Plenty of benches under cover and the guys in the high-viz with the power-hoses will always wake you with a shake rather than a soaking.

I think any link between a possible football match and a possible pilgrimage in June 2021 is tenuous at best.
 

ranthr

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Camino(s) past & future
C Frances 2005, 2007
Le Puy en Velay -SdC 2009
Via de la Plata 2011
gr 653 from Oloron to Puente la Reina 2012
Gr65 from le Puy to Figeac 2013
Irun to Santander 2013
Porto to SdC 2014
Astorga to SdC 2015
Had a flight from Bilbao in middle of June this year on the day after some big music festival. Hotels were 1000 euros +, so I booked a room in Santander and a busticket to Bilbao in the morning in time for my flight. The corona put an and to it all anyway , but expect prices to be high when special events occur in Bilbao.
Some other year I ended up in Punte la Reina after a walk through a part of GR654 and wanted to stay a night in San Sebastian before taking a train to Toulouse for my flight home. No rooms at all. Learned later that Brice Springsteen had a consert the same night. So special event might make problems.
 

nathanael

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Norte, Plata,
I have just noticed a possible accommodation issue for anyone walking through Bilbao in June 2021
There are 3 major sports events involving the Spanish national football team taking place on the 14th, 19th and 23rd June at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao the stadium hold over 50,000 so anyone planning their Camino May wish to plan ahead to avoid Bilbao on these dates as I would imagine accommodation will be scarce on those dates
I guess you suppose people will be willing to walk the Camino? Hopefully, I would if there is a vaccine and Spain allows people from North America/Canada tootravel?
 

trecile

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Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
When faced with a large event in a city on the Camino the easiest thing is to plan your stages to stay elsewhere.
I passed through Pamplona during San Fermín, but stayed in Cizur Menor, where I had a reservation at Albergue Maribel Roncal.
 

Paul Wilson

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese April 2019
Frances May 2021
Good morning all, a few good observations came in overnight so let’s see
@peregrina2000 i think those involved will be looking to get as many as possible allowed to the events plus I think people will also go in the hope of getting in to the event
@nathanael yes I I think people will be walking, by June I think numbers of the virus will be on the “summer decline” plus with various vaccines in production people will feel more confident
@trecile good advice, the purpose of the post is to give pilgrims a “heads up” this could create a perfect storm for beds especially the 4th event which is yet to be announced but will fall the following week and will have an impact on those planning to arrive at SdC for the 25th July celebrations. Plus if there is anyone like me on the forum (and I’m pretty sure there is) I’m well into planning for May next year and will be looking at booking some key stops in the next few weeks so it’s good to know what you are walking in to. Buen camino mi amigos
 

lt56ny

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CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
When faced with a large event in a city on the Camino the easiest thing is to plan your stages to stay elsewhere.
I passed through Pamplona during San Fermín, but stayed in Cizur Menor, where I had a reservation at Albergue Maribel Roncal.
Great albergue and even though it was almost 10 years ago I remember Marcel who tended to everyone’s feet. I had no blisters and being a rookie didn’t have much foot care knowledge. After she took care of the many walking wounded she spent a few minutes with me and gave me great foot care tips. Had a nice meal across the street with some other pilgrims. Fortunately I didn’t catch a flu that someone came down with in my room that night. That is not the albergue’s fault. Loved the garden and had such a good evening there. Haven’t been able to stay there my other two times on the CF.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Norte, Jul 2021
I have just noticed a possible accommodation issue for anyone walking through Bilbao in June 2021
There are 3 major sports events involving the Spanish national football team taking place on the 14th, 19th and 23rd June at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao the stadium hold over 50,000 so anyone planning their Camino May wish to plan ahead to avoid Bilbao on these dates as I would imagine accommodation will be scarce on those dates
Thank you!
 

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