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What is the one Albergue that you would say not to miss

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Sailor

Donante Vitalicio
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Infinito
Here are my favorite albergues.
-- St Jean Pied de Port - Albergue Beilari, great, thanks Joe for your hospitality, thank you cook [from San Francisco, CA] for those great meals!
-- Rabe de las Calzadas: Albergue Liberanos Domine, awesome hospitalera and she is a great cook too, also remember to visit el convento de las Hijas de la Caridad about one block away for your bendicion de peregrino!
-- Poblacion de Campos: Albergue La Finca, awesome, plus Roberto is one of the best cooks in the camino, those locally grown tomatoes were great!
-- Carrion de los Condes: Casa de Espiritualidad Nuestra Senora de Belen [Filipenses], great place, clean, the Sisters are great, thank you Sister Maria for all you did for us and for the gifts, you kicked me out of the kitchen when we tried to clean our dishes, the next time please allow us to lavar los platos!
-- Arzua: Albergue O Santo, this place is clean, quiet, the hospitalera is great, and Team Sailor [my wife and me] were the only two souls in the place!
Already then, thanks for reading, y que la luz de Dios alumbre su camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, May-June (2017)
Ingles, June (2019
Leon-Sarria, June (2019)
Le Puy-Santiago (2023)
I didn’t stay at any other Albergue on you list except Casa de E. In Carrion. Big shout out to Sister(s) Carmen and Edith. I will never forget them. I too was shooed out when I asked to wash dishes. Albergue Orion in Castrojeriz was another favorite. I would not recommend Casa Alberti in Los Arcos.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
Several albergues I wouldn't miss are:

In Castrojeriz: Albergue Ultreia. There is a wonderful stone tub in the garden for soaking your feet. The hospitalero y hospitalera are wonderful and cook a nice community dinner. The best part of the whole thing is the tour of the medieval wine cellar downstairs. Jose's tour and storytelling are not to be missed.

In Boadilla del Camino: Albergue En El Camino. Wonderful large patio/garden full of statues, art and flowers. Good food available all day with a nice outdoor community atmosphere. The hospitalero Eduardo is a sweetheart and so is his cat.

In Oncina de la Valdoncina: Albergue El Pajar. After Leon, you come to La Virgen del Camino, where you have a choice of routes. One goes along the road and the other is the "scenic" route. On the scenic route, you come to an interesting small village, Oncina. El Pajar wasn't listed in my guidebook or on WisePilgrim (but probably will be next year). It's a 200+ year old farmhouse with such charm and great hospitalera and hospitalero. Real family ambiente and the cat and dog are best friends. The hospitalero is a musician and often has his friends over in the evening to play.

Will add more when I find my damn Credencial to remember the names.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Albergue La Finca in Población de Campos, not far past Fromista.
Each bed is like a mini-room, especially the uppers, which are accessed by mini staircases. The lower "bunks" have curtains for privacy. It's free to use the washing machine, and the pilgrim's dinner is awesome.
 

JillGat

la tierra encantada
Camino(s) past & future
C. Frances SJPP - Finisterre - Muxia (May 2016)
C. Frances (Sept 2017)
Camino Portugues (June 2019)
Albergue La Finca in Población de Campos, not far past Fromista.
Each bed is like a mini-room, especially the uppers, which are accessed by mini staircases. The lower "bunks" have curtains for privacy. It's free to use the washing machine, and the pilgrim's dinner is awesome.
Yes, based on a recommendation in this forum, I stayed at La Finca even though it wasn't as far as I intended to walk that day. What a Great place! The little cafe there is very nice, too.
 

Dancing Rain

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Salvado (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
This is my favorite albergue. It had been a long, hot walk. It didn't look like much outside, but this is what I saw as I walked through the gate. They would not stamp the credentials or take money before they showed you ur bed and you rested and had a drink.

A needed break for the mind, body and spirit!!
Where was this? Photo on original post.

Answered my own question - Albergue En el Camino in Boadilla del Camino
 
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JeanB

Explorer Jean
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances
I am looking for those special Albergues that you past travelers would say could not be missed. Was there a memorable meal, experience, host, that you would say, "Go out of your way to make this happen." ?

Thanks! We, my daughter and I, leave the end of May for our first trip and are so looking forward to it all.
Linda and Emily
If you stop on León stay at hostal León. It's just lovely
You could book a room for 2. Don't think the price is much different from getting a bunk bed in a shared room. But book on time. Great hostal. €15 pp
 

Reidun Fyno

I'm a beliver :-)
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2014)
Camino de Assisi (2015)
Camino Frances from Villafranca del Bierzo (2017)
I am looking for those special Albergues that you past travelers would say could not be missed. Was there a memorable meal, experience, host, that you would say, "Go out of your way to make this happen." ?

Thanks! We, my daughter and I, leave the end of May for our first trip and are so looking forward to it all.
Linda and Emily
Alberguet i Zabaldica (near/after Pamplona) with the sisters of 'the Sacred Heart'
Bellorado in the Swisch albergue made in an old theater
The Albergue in the small town Rabé - where there is a small monastery for 'Sisters of Mercy, center for miracles' really worth visiting if you walk for the spirituality
Next time I will surely spend a night in the San Anton Albergue not far from Hontanas
In Sahagun I love to stay at the 'Manastery de Santa Cruix'
In Leon at the big San Franciscan Albergue
In Portomarin 'Ulteria' with its very family atmosphere as also the Albergue near the small church in San Xulian
In Santiago - If you want to spend the night there - 'The Last Stamp' is a great place
In Finis Terre I love to stay at the 'Oceanus' where Diego is a wonderful host
In Muxía I like to visit the 'Bella Muxía' Albergue

I could mention many, but these stand out

Buen Camino
Reidun
 

Carmel kushnir

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino frances from sjpdp to sarria
San Nicolas

= small albergue after Castrojeriz (just before Itero del Castillo) - very beautiful place, you sleep and eat in an old chapel. The Italian hospitaleros welcome you heartily, take care of you, cook lovely pasta, after prayers and touching ceremony "candlelight" dinner all together...

Buen camino,
you will have a wonderful time!
I remember visiting this enchanting place and wishing i'd known about it. Next time I am sure I'm going to stay there.
 

mjf2301

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Future
Hola fellow Peregrinos.
I am currently staying at the Albergue El Encato in Villares de Orbigo on the Camino Frances. Perfect location. A charming and clean place with a lovely and very helpful hostess. This place should definitely be added to the list of favourite Albergues.

Buen Camino!
 
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Davey Boyd

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Again, soon as possible!
Old thread I know but...

For me San Anton just before Castrojeriz

Ruins of an old monastery, no wifi, (oh no you have to talk to each other) no electricity, water scarce and often cold (last time NO water, had to fetch it yourself from down the road). Does have beds, communal dinner. Hospitalero's some of the nicest I have ever met.

Utterly beautiful with a long long history of serving pilgrims and a truly beautiful setting.

Magnificent
Davey
 

Catahoula19

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances - 2014
Portuguese - 2016
Chemin St Jacques - TBD
Via Francigena - TBD
I am looking for those special Albergues that you past travelers would say could not be missed. Was there a memorable meal, experience, host, that you would say, "Go out of your way to make this happen." ?

Thanks! We, my daughter and I, leave the end of May for our first trip and are so looking forward to it all.
Linda and Emily
Casa Fernanda on the Camino Portuguese
 

another_mous

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances from SJPDP April 17 2017
Casa Fernanda on the Camino Portuguese
Meh
Not when it's raining. Nowhere to dry your stuff.
Also, personally, I very much dislike it when donativos tell you how much they want you to donate. That makes is a price list, not a donation. And a pretty steep one, too. The price was mentioned to us at least three times. They should stop pretending to be a donativo. And for the money they are collecting get a washer and dryer, I do not see how that would hurt anyone.
Sorry, Casa Fernanda turned out to be the biggest disappointment for us this time around.
 
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trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
They should stop pretending to be a donativo
They have. When I called for a reservation for my stay in September I was told up front that the price was 20€ for bed, dinner and breakfast. There was also a pre-dinner appetizer and wine in the garden. Apparently too many pilgrims had enjoyed Fernanda's hospitality and not donated a cent.
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
Albergue San Miguel in Hospital del Órbigo.
After the stay in Grañon (San Juan Bautista) best experience on the CF for me.
 
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KentuckyJay

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Hiked Leon to Santiago in May, 2014.
Hiked Porto to Santiago in May, 2016.
They have. When I called for a reservation for my stay in September I was told up front that the price was 20€ for bed, dinner and breakfast. There was also a pre-dinner appetizer and wine in the garden. Apparently too many pilgrims had enjoyed Fernanda's hospitality and not donated a cent.
It is more than worth it.
 

Roland49

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2019 July
How much did the stay cost @Roland49?
As far as I remember that was 12 or 15€ for the night and breakfast. Good value for money, lovely host, very funny.
They try to make you feel home as much as it is possible. Even in hot summer, the dorm was not to hot to sleep. Try to take the lower bunk.
 

JabbaPapa

"True Pilgrim"
Camino(s) past & future
100 characters or fewer : see signature details
There can never be only one ...

The Santiago pilgrims albergue in Lourdes, with Jean-Louis. (best albergue)

Ave Fenix in Villafranca del Bierzo, with Jesus Jato. (best Hospitalero)
 

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