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Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
That depends on the distances you hope to cover. If it is Poladura de la Tercia, there are about 16 beds... Never mind the beds: isn't it lovely? whatever about difficult - that is up to each one, but the beauty is there for all to appreciate.
 
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Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
That's crazy. While accidentally walking some of it last year (long story) the municipal albergue at Cabanillas wasn't even open and apparently no-one had come by in a few days.

Really want to do a Frances-San Salvador-Primitivo camino next year, so selfishly hope it doesn't get too popular.
 
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Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
The lovely lady at Cabanillas came and opened up for us to use the toilet (she vehemently opposed our donativo but I was stronger!!!).
Ender popped in this evening and was so surprised at the numbers! There have been none to one the past few days/weeks!!! So good to have met him and talked about Laurie! @peregrina2000
 

Shades of Narnia

Sandi, Shades of Narnia
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Camino Francis, 2014
Camino Portuguese 2015
Camino Francis, 2016 & Hospitalera in Viana Spain
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By only 3pm we were already 13 people at La Robla today! Methinks there will be a bed race tomorrow!
Room for 18 at the Albergue, no?
 

Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
Room for 18 at the Albergue, no?
Yes! I was remembering what was here four years ago - it’s been done up - got rid of the old beds in tiny rooms and made one big dorm (though there’s still not a lot of hot water!!)
It’s great now! With a library and table soccer and food vending machines.
 

pelerine

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Camino(s) past & future
Norte 10, Primitivo 13, Plata 14+15, Salvador 16, Torres 17, Portugues 18, Mozarabe 19
Cabanillas had only four beds two years ago and I was the only one. But I had the impression that it is too close to Leon for "normal" to stop there. Being and oldster I sent easy stages.
In La Robla we were five....
 

Magwood

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18 beds! That’s a big change from spring 2017 when there were four pull down beds. We received a warm welcome here - a lovely relaxing space. I guess it’s still necessary to take food though as there are no shops or bars in the village (unless that has also changed).
 

Kiwi-family

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
CABANILLAS is still only 4 - Poladura is 18. Although the lady in CABANILLAS did say if we wanted to stay (we were 5) we could pull the two wooden benches together to make another bed, or put our sleeping bags on the floor so they are not strict about numbers. There’s certainly room for more!
 

Redhead Keith

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Camino(s) past & future
Francé: 2005: 2016
Inglés: 2017
Salvador: 2018: 2019
Primitivo: 2018: 2019
By only 3pm we were already 13 people at La Robla today! Methinks there will be a bed race tomorrow!
It was the same when I arrived at La Robla three week back - almost full, but it quickly thinned-out and I rarely saw other pilgrims en-route, and the albergues were not full either, sometimes even just two or three of us. There was never any 'racing' or overcrowding. Buen Camino!
 

grayland

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Camino(s) past & future
Yes
I was once on the VdlP in mid August. There were no other pilgrims between Sevillia and Salamanca because of the overwhelming heat. But....one night there were about 9 people in one albergue. I thought they were pilgrims at first but it became apparent that they were not. I had thought that I had caught up with a pilgrim bubble or something.... I never saw anyone again in any albergue or walking until Salamanca. I still have no idea who those folks were.
 

jaws101

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We've just been on the Primitivo and Borres was full last Tuesday with about 20 people at Campiello. Bodenaya was also full so we went to La Espina.

It seems a very popular time at the moment!
 

Pierre Julian

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Frances, Ingles, VdP, San Salvador, Aragonese, sections of Northern, Portuguese, Mozarabic.
Last year, the San Salvador in late August early September was very busy and in some places not enough beds, when I did it again in late October, there was no one else at all. I think people are finding out about it.
 

Paul J W

Paul J
Camino(s) past & future
Miscellaneous camino routes since 2000.
Try March - snows melting, spring flowers emerging AND fewer pilgrims!
 

Kym G.

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF ('13, '15)
SJPP to Logroño ('18)
Logroño to Castrojeriz ('19)
Salvador, Primitivo ('19)
It certainly sounds like the Salvador is becoming more popular. We plan to start out from Leon around July 4. Anyone have an idea of the pilgrim traffic we might see at that time?

Also, has anyone seen annual statistics for travel on the Salvador? I know the percentage of overall pilgrims is small, but I'd be interested to know. Thanks!
 

peregrina2000

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People do report full albergues in "high summer", but I think it is more in August and September than July. Lots of the towns have private pensiones and hotels, all are listed in Ender's guide, I think. But off the top of my head I remember pensiones and hotels in La Robla, Pola de Gordon, Poladura, Campomanes, Mieres, and probably more.

One way to make sure you don't have a problem in Poladura is to reserve a room in the adjacent Casa Rural, La Posada del Embrujo. Very comfortable, good dinner (and even if you stay in the albergue, you can reserve a meal there, since there are no shops, no nothing in Poladura).

Good question about numbers, I will have to ask Ender.
 

Kym G.

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Camino(s) past & future
CF ('13, '15)
SJPP to Logroño ('18)
Logroño to Castrojeriz ('19)
Salvador, Primitivo ('19)
Thanks!

We have laid out an initial itinerary based on the assumption that the albergues we've chosen will have room. We have also planned to call ahead at Poladura and Parajes for dinner reservations and have been in contact with Sandra at Benduenos about the best time to call her on our way there.

At this point we will keep other accommodations in mind, but we also enjoy being open to the unexpected once we are on the trail.

Ender's guide and other notes/updates we've found on the forum and elsewhere have been incredibly helpful. We're so thankful for the work that these folk have done on behalf of other peregrinos!
 

peregrina2000

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Thanks!

We have laid out an initial itinerary based on the assumption that the albergues we've chosen will have room. We have also planned to call ahead at Poladura and Parajes for dinner reservations and have been in contact with Sandra at Benduenos about the best time to call her on our way there.

At this point we will keep other accommodations in mind, but we also enjoy being open to the unexpected once we are on the trail.

Ender's guide and other notes/updates we've found on the forum and elsewhere have been incredibly helpful. We're so thankful for the work that these folk have done on behalf of other peregrinos!
You are in for a treat. Poladura to Pajares is a short distance, less than 15, and it is the most glorious part of the Salvador. Pajares to Bendueños is a short day too, also less than 15 km, and it is beautiful in a different way -- green tunnels, small hamlets, some great views over the green countryside. I have walked it that way and felt lucky to have the time. But anyway you walk it, whether the 4, 5, or 6 day version, it is fantastic!!!
Buen camino, Laurie
 

Kym G.

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF ('13, '15)
SJPP to Logroño ('18)
Logroño to Castrojeriz ('19)
Salvador, Primitivo ('19)
Can't wait! Your description just gave me goosebumps!
 

IngridF

Intrepid Peregrina
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2015 ,2017, 2019
It certainly sounds like the Salvador is becoming more popular. We plan to start out from Leon around July 4. Anyone have an idea of the pilgrim traffic we might see at that time?

Also, has anyone seen annual statistics for travel on the Salvador? I know the percentage of overall pilgrims is small, but I'd be interested to know. Thanks!
Might see you on route!
 

IngridF

Intrepid Peregrina
Camino(s) past & future
2012, 2015 ,2017, 2019
Hi, Ingrid,
Sounds like you are walking the Salvador this year. Lucky you, and July should be a great time to walk. I think you would really love Benduenos, what stages are you thinking about?
Have made no decision on that. Most likely the most days version. I will know more once I am in Spain post Ireland.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2006) Portugues(2013)
San Salvador (2017) Ingles (2019)
Have made no decision on that. Most likely the most days version. I will know more once I am in Spain post Ireland.
Don’t miss Sandra in Benduenos. Sorry can’t get the special ‘n’ on my keyboard right now.
 

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