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LIVE from the Camino Working as hospitalero at Albergue Municipal de La Virgen del Camino

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Is that the one just left of the main road? I stayed there once and enjoyed the stay in the town because it was less crowded than Leon and there were several nice restaurant options. I think I remember the albergue had a nicely equipped kitchen as well.
 
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I am currently working as a Hospitalaro in a newly reopened Donativo Albergue in Vergen del Camino, just a short distance from Leon. It was closed for 5 years due to, initially the pandemic. It is sparkly clean and looking for wayward Pilgrims
Wayward yes. Also weary pilgrims?
 
I walked the CF in 2022. I reached La Virgen del Camino and found that the first hostal [HostalRestaurante Central] was full, but they could have told me that the albergue (which the sign said was open) was closed.
Is yours the Albergue de Peregrinos D. Antonino y Dña. Cinia?
 
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I believe I stayed here in Sept 2013. I decided not to stay in Leon so I pressed on to La Vergin del Camino. It was a bit of a walk off the main road but worth it. I wasn’t feeling well the next morning. I was graciously allowed to stay an extra night and was so grateful for it. It was my only rest day. It is a very nice albergue. 😎👣🌻 Thank you for serving. Have fun and God Bless. 🥰
 
Yes, that is the one. It's sbout 200m off the msin across from the Basilica.
If it is the same place, then it is a large building and when I was there in 2019 it seemed to have a mixture of pilgrims and locals who didn't fit into average society.
 
If it is the same place, then it is a large building and when I was there in 2019 it seemed to have a mixture of pilgrims and locals who didn't fit into average society.
My wife and I stayed there in 2016. The albergue is in a complex of buildings with other uses, but when we were there the albergue dormitories were for pilgrims, not locals. I cannot speak for other buildings in the complex.
 
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My wife and I stayed there in 2016. The albergue is in a complex of buildings with other uses, but when we were there the albergue dormitories were for pilgrims, not locals. I cannot speak for other buildings in the complex.
Quite possibly, mostly I encountered the locals on the grounds. I had, mistakenly, assumed that the locals were housed in a different room from pilgrims but they could equally have been in a different building.

This albergue did seem quite popular with cyclists for some reason.

I had a very nice and long conversation with an Australian cyclist. He was a Turkish Australian and it was about six weeks after the Christchurch massacre and so we talked about intolerance amongst other things.
 
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Hola @Martin Doyle, Congrats on taking on the role as Hospitalaro. Being a newly renovated albergue it should be a little easier to keep clean. From what I read in Brierley it has 40 beds in one room?
For pilgrims who are wishing to "avoid" Leon its, imho, a great alternative. For you having Leon a 10km bus ride you have some great "day off" options. Cheers
 
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