A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


COVID Santo Domingo de la Calzada Suffering


Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
It is heartbreaking, what happens in our beloved Spain. The only uplifting point in this article, is that it seems they want us pilgrims back... I hope so.


Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés 31/08/2018 - 20/10/2018
We are hoping to do a short section of the Camino Francés as soon as it's safe and sensible to do so. On the intinerary is Santo Domingo de la Calzada. We live in Madrid, so it's not too much effort to get up to the Camino Francés around Logroño, or possibly a bit before, and head west for 7 to 10 days. Try and spread the love we have for the Camino and spend whatever we can afford supporting the Camino infrastructure en-route.
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015, 2017, 2019) and plans for 2021 (Sept, Oct)
One of our favorite towns on the camino. We have stayed in the paradors all three times, visited the cathedral and have favorite places to visit in the city. Very sad. We'll continue to pray for the deceased and the survivors. Bob


New Member
Camino(s) past & future
September 2017 SJPDP to Pamplona
Sad to read this , We stayed at the convent in this town last year . Didn't get much of a chance to explore it as was a tiring day walking on a warm day as I recall . The town was quite even then .Please God it will recover and as someone has already suggested the article seems to suggest that they look forward to the day when they can welcome pilgrims again.
Their patron saint would be glad for that.


Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF(2012) Le Puy/CF (2015) Portugues (2017) Norte (2018) CF (2019) VDLP?
The pain so many are feeling is just unbearable. It is overwhelming just to read about it. I am so lucky that, so far, I have been spared the horror of living it. I can only hope this town like all towns that have given so much to so many people have their prayers and hopes answered soon.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2016, del Norte 2019
So sad. One of my favorite towns on the Frances. I had to spend two nights there and went to the doctor for tendonitis. He was just wonderful, and the hoteliers at El Molino de Floren took such good care of me. I was able to walk again after good advice from the doctor but will never forget the care and hospitality I received in this town. I will visit again, God willing.


Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
A few times
One of my favorite stops on the Frances. Have stayed there three times. One time when I was there and staying at the albergue the town put on a traditional dinner for everyone in the albergue. Was delicious and they served it to us wearing traditional clothing. so warm and hospitable.
I pray and hope a solution to the virus comes soon.


Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Fall 2012, again Fall 2014.
Also one of my favorite towns, whether on Camino of just vacationing in Spain. Sad to see. I hope to visit again soon.


Camino(s) past & future
26th May 2013
Praying for all in Santo Domingo and indeed all of Spain. This pandemic is just so unbelievable - did we all forget about the man above in our busy lives? We stayed in the Convent in Santo Domingo two years ago, the nuns couldnt do enough for us - beautiful memories!


Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPD to Santiago 2013,2014, Camino de Levante Sept. 2016, Frances March 2018, planning 2020
This report breaks my heart and I feel sitting on my hill in Australia so useless not being able help, but as a pilgrim I will be back as soon as I can to light a candles and stay a few days to help in whatever way I can. God Bless,
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes, Aragonese May-June 2018 incomplete
I worked as a hospitalero there when the big albergue was a donativo albergue.

When I went to buy dinner at the local bar every evening, it was interesting for me, to see so many elderly people there with the young family and possibly a carer. There many were old people and many taken out for evening drinks - a cared-for group. In so many cultures that sense of family is not there.

So ... not sure what to say.
Last edited:


Really new member
Camino(s) past & future
Various (‘12, ‘13, ‘15, ‘16, ‘18 & ‘19)
I have the fondest memories of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. While walking back to the albergue, I found three ladies that reminded me of my mother and aunts enjoying an evening stroll. I will pray for all affected and I am anxious to return and join in the rebuilding of Spain.



Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés
SJPP to Santiago (2010)
SJPP to Fisterra (2011)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2012)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2015)
SJPP to Fisterra/Muxia (2016)
Could someone please translate for me? I understand most of the article, but does it indicate how many children have died? That's the detail Google Translate is letting me down on! Thank you!


Peregrina without a skateboard
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2016 & 2018, planning for Le Puy 2019/2020ish and for some shorter Caminos stacked
Ahh so sad. Loved that place the two times I have stayed there. Such lovely memories.

C & W

Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP to Santiago (2015)
Lourdes to Jaca (2016)
Pamplona to Santiago (2018)
I don't believe hijos in this instance really means children but rather sons of the village or something like that. I believe that this is the total number of people in the city who have died. I'm by no means an expert on Castillian language however
Thread starter OLDER threads on this topic Forum Replies Date
K Covid and the Camino 58
OLDER threads on this topic
COVID Santo Domingo de La Calzada

Get on our Mailing list for new products on the Camino Store and news from the Camino Forum



Camino Conversations

Camino Conversations

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Forum Donation

Forum Donation
For those with no forum account, it is possible to donate here as well. Thank you for your support! Ivar

Follow Casa Ivar on Instagram

Most downloaded Resources

When is the best time to walk?

  • January

    Votes: 16 1.2%
  • February

    Votes: 10 0.8%
  • March

    Votes: 55 4.2%
  • April

    Votes: 197 15.0%
  • May

    Votes: 326 24.9%
  • June

    Votes: 95 7.2%
  • July

    Votes: 24 1.8%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.1%
  • September

    Votes: 379 28.9%
  • October

    Votes: 158 12.1%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 7 0.5%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
AdBlock Detected

We get it, advertisements are annoying!

Sure, ad-blocking software does a great job at blocking ads, but it also blocks useful features of our website. For the best site experience please disable your AdBlocker.

I've Disabled AdBlock