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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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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


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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.
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Norte, Primitivo, Plata, Salvador Torres
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....


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Camino Frances (15 April 2013)
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Camino Mozárabe from Málaga (8 April 2015)
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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).


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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!
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Francé 2005; 2016
Inglés June 2017
del Salvador Sep 2018
Primitivo Oct 2018
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!


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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.
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!

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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.
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Ruta de la Plata (2004)
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Camino del Salvador (projected: 2017)
Try March - snows melting, spring flowers emerging AND fewer pilgrims!

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