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karen stowell

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Camino(s) past & future
walked first three days of santiago. hope to finish next year. but wanting to walk and ride.
flying from australia next april to do the vdlp. What is the best way to send my bigger bag to santiago as i will be continuing travelling. Also is there anything i should be aware of starting in early April.
 

Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
To send luggage ahead to Santiago, your best option may be Casa Ivar:

Early April will coincide with Holy Week (5/Apr - 12/Apr 2020). That may put pressure on accommodations in places since there may be a surge in pilgrim numbers. There will also be more tourists in major cities for the Holy Week celebrations.

Are you starting in Seville? You might need to book accommodation well in advance for Seville or Caceres during Holy Week, because there are no dedicated pilgrim hostels and there will be a flood of tourists for Holy Week. (The hostels in Seville and Caceres are backpacker / youth hostels). In Merida and Zamora there are albergues exclusively for pilgrims.

On public holidays like Good Friday and regional / local fiestas, you may also find that the stores are closed. If in doubt, ask locals what to expect.

Climate-wise, I think it's one of the best times to walk - the landscapes are green and you won't face the searing heat of the summer. But of course, the weather is unpredictable. In 2019 there was a week of heavy rain in the south of Spain - an exceptional weather event. Even if you don't expect that, you should be prepared.
 
Camino(s) past & future
(2015) Frances
(2018) Portuguese
(2019) VdP Seville to Salamanca
(2020) VdP Salamanca to Santiago
I just walked from Seville this year in late April. It was wonderful (although sparsely populated as is the VDLP). If you have the time, get into Seville during Holy Week and spend a few days (three perhaps). There is a lot to see and the processions by the confraternities are worth the extra cost of a room during that week. I did find it crowded but never had a problem getting a table at dinner without a reservation. I was expecting more business closures but again didn't have any problems. You might want to make sure, however, that your hotel is not on one of the main procession routes. They go on most of the night and the drums and bugles are bit noisy :) :)
 

karen stowell

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
walked first three days of santiago. hope to finish next year. but wanting to walk and ride.
To send luggage ahead to Santiago, your best option may be Casa Ivar:

Early April will coincide with Holy Week (5/Apr - 12/Apr 2020). That may put pressure on accommodations in places since there may be a surge in pilgrim numbers. There will also be more tourists in major cities for the Holy Week celebrations.

Are you starting in Seville? You might need to book accommodation well in advance for Seville or Caceres during Holy Week, because there are no dedicated pilgrim hostels and there will be a flood of tourists for Holy Week. (The hostels in Seville and Caceres are backpacker / youth hostels). In Merida and Zamora there are albergues exclusively for pilgrims.

On public holidays like Good Friday and regional / local fiestas, you may also find that the stores are closed. If in doubt, ask locals what to expect.

Climate-wise, I think it's one of the best times to walk - the landscapes are green and you won't face the searing heat of the summer. But of course, the weather is unpredictable. In 2019 there was a week of heavy rain in the south of Spain - an exceptional weather event. Even if you don't expect that, you should be prepared.
Thank you so much for all of this info. It has given me a lot to think about.
Karen
 

Marcus-UK

Old Git
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Ingles (2016) Camino Portuguese (2017) Considering Invierno 2019
flying from australia next april to do the vdlp. What is the best way to send my bigger bag to santiago as i will be continuing travelling. Also is there anything i should be aware of starting in early April.
Depending upon your need to access your luggage during your camino. You could use the Correos service to forward and store luggage at a convenient post office along the route. Once you have accessed your luggage you can send it on to the next location. Alternatively using the same service you could send your luggage direct to SdC to the post office round the corner from the Cathedral. I used this system on the Camino Portuguese.

Look at what they have got to offer:

 

karen stowell

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
walked first three days of santiago. hope to finish next year. but wanting to walk and ride.
Depending upon your need to access your luggage during your camino. You could use the Correos service to forward and store luggage at a convenient post office along the route. Once you have accessed your luggage you can send it on to the next location. Alternatively using the same service you could send your luggage direct to SdC to the post office round the corner from the Cathedral. I used this system on the Camino Portuguese.

Look at what they have got to offer:

thanks. we will be sending it straight to santiago
 

linkster

Nunca dejes de creer!
Camino(s) past & future
CF (17) Sarria - Portomarín
CF (17) SJPdP - SdC
CF (18) SJPdP - Fisterra
CP (19) Porto - Muxia
You could use the Correos service to forward and store luggage at a convenient post office along the route. Once you have accessed your luggage you can send it on to the next location.
I have used a bounce box several times on the Camino Francés. I put the items I would want to resupply with in a box, and send it down the Camino to a town where I might take a zero or nero day. When I get to my destination, I bring anything I want to bounce forward to the Correos. I retrieve my box, make my deposits and withdrawals, and then bounce it to the next location. It was about 25€ to bounce and store (Burgos, León, SdC).

So what was in my box ... first and foremost an extra pair of trail runners along with other incidentals. I tried buying shoes once for my wide feet without success (blisters) ... never again. I usually only get about 350 ~ 400 miles out of my trail runners before they start to wear out. Not necessarily the tread, but the infrastructure (cushioning etc). It is an added cost, but your feet will thank you.

Thinking about the VldP next year, and will definitely be bouncing a box.
¡Buena suerte! 👣 :D:cool:
 
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Chris Aston

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Camino(s) past & future
CF May 2016, Portuguese Camino May 2017, VdlP April/May (2019)
flying from australia next april to do the vdlp. What is the best way to send my bigger bag to santiago as i will be continuing travelling. Also is there anything i should be aware of starting in early April.
Hi Karen, I walked the VdlP this year starting from Seville on the 11th April. To add to previous advice, check where you will be during Holy Week and especially from Good Friday to the Monday. The only issue I found was on Good Friday and arriving in Merida. There is only one municipal albergue with 16 or 18 beds. I arrived there at 10am, having left Torremejia about 6am and bagged the 5th bed. Most were gone by 11am. Later arrivals walked on to the next village because there was very little or no private beds to be found at affordable prices. They had been booked up in advance. On a brighter note, it was the only example of a bed rush I came across and one could say it was down to unusual circumstances.

On a personal note I would say that a stop in Merida is a must. I'm a Roman ruins junky and this place is on steroids. Unfortunately the evening processions were cancelled due to thunder and lightening. The local police deemed it to dangerous. A shame but such is life.
It is a fantastic walk. Enjoy.
 

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