• PLEASE NOTE: Please think twice before you travel to Spain now. More here.

Search over 55.000 Camino Questions

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

Advertisement

Two weeks from El Port de la Selva to Monserrat

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Hi folks,

This year has been such a swine for my Camino aspirations and nothing got going really since I got back from Luxembourg just prior to Lockdown in the UK from walking Fulda to Metz.

And so now as Autumn creeps in here in England I have the opportunity of a flight to Girona on Tuesday 6th October. But ...

I am not concerned about coming back into Quarantine in the UK after two weeks (about) however I am wondering about the availability of Albergues during the Covid situation (and I am carrying a tent this time).

Would I be better setting off from Girona instead of heading to the coast. Last year I did from Alicante to Salamanca so can cover the distances and the terrain...
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
No. It is an expensive walk, but, that said, NOTHING like as expensive as accommodation walking in the UK.
There are a few private hostals in towns like Vic and Girona, the Monserrat abbey has a hostal and I think there is one in Manressa as well. And a youth hostel near Sant Esteve d'en bas but that was shut the day I wanted to stay for some unknown reason.
It's a tourist route rather than a pilgrim route, which makes all the difference.
 

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
The hotel I stayed in at Santa Maria d'Olo is no longer on booking.com. That stretch is bad enough for accommodation, so the lack of somewhere at Santa Maria is a disaster.
 

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
Hi folks,

This year has been such a swine for my Camino aspirations and nothing got going really since I got back from Luxembourg just prior to Lockdown in the UK from walking Fulda to Metz.

And so now as Autumn creeps in here in England I have the opportunity of a flight to Girona on Tuesday 6th October. But ...

I am not concerned about coming back into Quarantine in the UK after two weeks (about) however I am wondering about the availability of Albergues during the Covid situation (and I am carrying a tent this time).

Would I be better setting off from Girona instead of heading to the coast. Last year I did from Alicante to Salamanca so can cover the distances and the terrain...
We had in fact hoped to walk, beginning in Llançà, starting a few days ago. Having read reports of various closures of albergues and other supports for pilgrims along the way we made the difficult decision to cancel our plans. Here in Barcelona there exisits a local Camino friendship association: amicsdelspelegrins.org. In normal times, they provide up-to-date information regarding facilities for pilgrims along the Catalan Camino starting in Barcelona (in the direction of Montserrat). In the past, they have been prompt in replying to messages I have sent them. However, having had a quick look at their website, it would seem uncertain whether or not they are currently providing this service. It may be a place for you to start in terms of getting an idea of what the current situation would be if you were to begin in the next week. I do not know if they could direct you towards other local associations with current information for other routes beginning in Catalunya. Best wishes to you!
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
As others have mentioned, there are really very few albergue options on this route even in the best of times. It’s pretty much private accommodation all the way, which I found to be a bit more expensive than the average camino pensión prices (as opposed to 20-25, I think the average was in the 30s). There are a couple of youth hostels, like the one in Manresa and maybe one or two other places, but they are definitely the exception. The challenge will be finding out whether the private places are open.

I don’t think you will find much difference between the stages before Girona and those after, in terms of accommodation and price.

It’s a gorgeous route, not really a pilgrimage route, but one constructed by the Generalitat to take pilgrims to the touristic high points like Girona and Vic. I enjoyed every minute, because the romanesque is everywhere and the scenery absolutely gorgeous.

@lindam and @Felice’s accounts are much more up to date, since I walked in 2015, but maybe my accounts will give you some suggestions.


Good luck, let us know what you decide to do. Buen camino, Laurie
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
Last autumn I walked from Barcelona to Monserrat and I didn't find much cheap accommodation. I stayed at an Airbnb in Sant Cugat that was near a train station. On the second day I walked to Terrasa and took the train back to Sant Cugat. The third day was to train back to Terrasa and walk to Monserrat.

Thinking of it now it would have been cheaper sleeping in Monserrat each night. The albergue was nearly empty and I might have been able to break the rules.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Maybe the option of following the E10 route might be another idea? I'm not sure I want to be on a 'fake' route and would like to hug the coast line like I did with the Rota Vicentina so I can go through Barcelona?

I'll get to Girona first then figure it out from there!
 

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
Maybe the option of following the E10 route might be another idea? I'm not sure I want to be on a 'fake' route and would like to hug the coast line like I did with the Rota Vicentina so I can go through Barcelona?

I'll get to Girona first then figure it out from there!
Keep us posted with your adventure. The weather is perfect at the moment.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
I'm not sure I want to be on a 'fake' route and would like to hug the coast line like I did with the Rota Vicentina so I can go through Barcelona?

I'll get to Girona first then figure it out from there!

By “fake”, I only mean that this particular route from Port de la Selva/Llança was the result of someone combining bits and pieces of what look to be two historical routes over the Pyrenees. But it is certainly no more “fake” than the Rota Vicentina, which makes no claim of being anything other than a beautiful coastal walking route put together by the Tourist Office of Portugal. So I wouldn’t let my careless use of the “fake” label dissuade you.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
By “fake”, I only mean that this particular route from Port de la Selva/Llança was the result of someone combining bits and pieces of what look to be two historical routes over the Pyrenees. But it is certainly no more “fake” than the Rota Vicentina, which makes no claim of being anything other than a beautiful coastal walking route put together by the Tourist Office of Portugal. So I wouldn’t let my careless use of the “fake” label dissuade you.
All routes in Europe, I think, are historic. It goes with the territory. Although it does get a little boring living in a "historic" town!
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Apparently the Camino office in Girona is currently closed.:eek:
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Isn't your historic town under lockdown at the moment?
Advisory lockdown. Not total lockdown.

I've just been in Quarantine for 2 weeks having returned from Croatia Friday 18th September.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Isn't your historic town under lockdown at the moment?
I know of two people in my town who have had Covid. Stats for Leeds are higher, but Wetherby is nearer to Harrogate than Leeds and sits on the border with North Yorkshire: it's a farming area really.
 

Felice

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPP to Santiago Sept 2014
Sorry, I assumed you lived in Leeds as that is what you have under your avatar! Wetherby is NOT Leeds!
I'm in Sheffield this weekend, looking out over the wet landscape, wishing I was in Spain..... OH is walking the coast2coast this week - he'll be doing the Nine Standards about now, if he survives the bog.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Sorry, I assumed you lived in Leeds as that is what you have under your avatar! Wetherby is NOT Leeds!
I'm in Sheffield this weekend, looking out over the wet landscape, wishing I was in Spain..... OH is walking the coast2coast this week - he'll be doing the Nine Standards about now, if he survives the bog.
I spend some time in Leeds and some time in Wetherby. My flat is in Leeds and my family live in Wetherby.
 

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
Enjoy your walk! The weather is perfect at the moment and no doubt the scenery will be splendid.
 

peregrina2000

Moderator
Staff member
Tomorrow I start. Backwards to the coast from Girona to el Puerto de la Selva to return and carry on from Girona to Montserrat!View attachment 84591
Buen camino, @futurefjp. Another forum member @alansykes, was at St. Pere de Rodas yesterday, and is also walking to Montserrat. You two might meet up! It is a very beautiful camino, keep sending pictures! Buen camino, Laurie
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
I am wondering about the availability of Albergues during the Covid situation (and I am carrying a tent this time).

Would I be better setting off from Girona instead of heading to the coast. Last year I did from Alicante to Salamanca so can cover the distances and the terrain...

There is nothing in terms of pilgrim accommodation until Manresa -- and from Manresa look here : https://caminoignaciano.org/en/lodging/

I did not know about the pilgrim accomodation in Manresa in La Cova de Sant Ignasi when I was there -- it seems that it's highly recommended to book ahead. Otherwise there's a not too expensive youth hostel in Manresa, though I had literally no money at all, and was saved by a former pilgrim who gave me room on the floor and good conversation etc.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
IMG_20201008_115505.jpg

32 kilometres before lunch! Now sat happily in El Portal de Bàscara Restaurant contemplating heading into France rather than come back south ...
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
Remember that place in the photo, it's beautiful.

It's a much easier Camino Way if you have enough French on the French side and Spanish or hopefully Catalan on the other.

But you really do need to pre-plan for some occasional sleeps outside.
 
Last edited:

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
In Figueres I slept in the old pilgrim refuge, which is set up in an small old fort above town.

No electricity, water, anything, not even a mattress -- but it was good to be inside out of the terrible wind that night. Sounds like you had a less spartan stay, good for you !!
 

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
Slept like one of the dead! And crashed into the wall to get out of bed as I forgot I wasn't back in Blighty...

Was so nice to see a fellow pilgrim @alansykes going the "right way" yesterday before Bàscara.
And a plate of padrons!
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
IMG_20201009_143644.jpg

Today was a very challenging one! Who put that hill between me and the sea?

Disappointing there is no "dispensation" for being on the Way so I didn't go in... But the clouds suggested not to. And I filled my bottle from the "non-potable" font and feel wunderbar!
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Crossed the frontier! It was a tough morning with a snack of Sardines on the Catalan side of the border!
 

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
Crossed the frontier! It was a tough morning with a snack of Sardines on the Catalan side of the border!
Where are you now? Any ideas of where you are heading?
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
I always feel a little controversial using any form of public transport on El Camino, but there is a Accueil in Perpignan...
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
I always feel a little controversial using any form of public transport on El Camino, but there is a Accueil in Perpignan...

The Pilgrim Albergue in Perpignan is lovely.

Next one further into France is Béziers ; also brilliant.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
Dimanche always suggests de-march so I've been given an extra night at the Acceuil which allows me to hand-wash all my smalls (the smell was following me everywhere).

Cooler generally. Tomorrow heading to Fitou.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
The wind today was really contemptuous. And was unable to stay in Fitou so walked ¡57¡Kms before I caught the train into Narbonne...
 

lindam

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, VDLP, Invierno, Portuguese, Madrid, Ingles, Fisterra, Muxia, Catalan/Aragones/Loyola Norte
The wind today was really contemptuous. And was unable to stay in Fitou so walked ¡57¡Kms before I caught the train into Narbonne...
Wow! Two stages in one! Hopefully you found a comfortable place in Narbonne to get a good night's rest and recharge your batteries.
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
And was unable to stay in Fitou

That particular section of the Way has only about ~15 to ~20 pilgrims in a normal year.

Except for Perpignan and Béziers, there is no pilgrim support infrastructure at all, simply from lack of "customers", but also from lack of churches etc with resident priests, monks, etc.
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
That particular section of the Way has only about ~15 to ~20 pilgrims in a normal year.

Except for Perpignan and Béziers, there is no pilgrim support infrastructure at all, simply from lack of "customers", but also from lack of churches etc with resident priests, monks, etc.
It's all good! But I'm simply incapable of a continuation today! My body is sore!
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
That particular section of the Way has only about ~15 to ~20 pilgrims in a normal year.

Except for Perpignan and Béziers, there is no pilgrim support infrastructure at all, simply from lack of "customers", but also from lack of churches etc with resident priests, monks, etc.
I do wish I had brought a tent! And was more resilient!!!
 

futurefjp

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Way is swiftly becoming my reason for existence.
With knees like balloons yesterday I was forced to stay an additional night in Narbonne... Now I feel better, but unfortunately time is now against me ... I've only one more day to reach Carcassonne, which is impossible really. So tomorrow I'll walk one etape from here, then catch a train to Carcassonne. My flight option is Friday morning early so that's it for this "short" way. However I feel 5 days is better than no days on El Camino?
 

Advertisement

Booking.com

Similar threads

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: 56 4.2%
  • April

    Votes: 200 15.1%
  • May

    Votes: 329 24.9%
  • June

    Votes: 96 7.3%
  • July

    Votes: 24 1.8%
  • August

    Votes: 27 2.0%
  • September

    Votes: 381 28.8%
  • October

    Votes: 158 12.0%
  • November

    Votes: 17 1.3%
  • December

    Votes: 7 0.5%

Camino Forum Store

Camino Forum Store
Top