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Via de la Plata in January


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I have been invited to join a group that is walking the Via de la Plata from Caceres to Salamanca in the first two weeks of January. Previously I have walked the CF in Autumn, and the CP in Spring, and the weather was beautiful and albergues always available. But this is Winter. Can anyone advise me on the difficulty of obtaining accommodation in albergues in this period, these being our preferred style of accommodation. As far as clothing goes, I think we have enough experience in cold conditions to gear up properly.
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on the Plata most albergues are open the whole year, but it is advisible to phone in advance, as some will only be opened upon request (e. g. Embalse de Alcantara). You will have to take a warm sleeping-bag as the albergues are only heated poorly if at all.
For accomodation you may check both Gronze and the list published by Antonio Retamoso. His Website is updated every 6-8 weeks.



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Via2010, thank you for your reply and such a good reference.
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Yes. Plan those first days and contact the albergues to confirm that they will be operating.

Out of season, Im more confident about the bare bones, unheated, “shed” type places being open than the places that are actually attended - The donativo at Grimaldo is going to be open as long as you can pick up the key at the bar. You’ll find a roof, four walls, kitchen, hot shower (or a cold one of someone is greedy with the hot water). It’s not the Four Seasons but that’s not bad is it?

Father Blas’s albergue in Fuenterroble will certainly be up and running. I would recommend getting in touch with him ahead of time to let him know you’re on the road. He or his volunteers should be able to share some up to date info. on any weather conditions or obstacles. The high altitude point of the Camino is just after Fuenterroble so they will know if you can go that way or if you need to take the lower variant.

What an adventure. Enjoy it!

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