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Xunta albergues - increase in price to 8 euro

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KinkyOne

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Yes, fair enough. Agree with @Davey Boyd if they would let hospitaleros put some cutlery, pots and pans in their kitchens even more so.
 

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Fair enough. I was wondering when that might happen.

Maybe they might now buy some pots and pans etc! (only joking. A bit). ;)

Davey
I have always heard that the Xunta's do not provide pots, pans and utensils to force pilgrims to purchase meals from the bars and restaurants in the area in order to generate more income to the region...not sure if true though.
 

NorthernLight

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I have always heard that the Xunta's do not provide pots, pans and utensils to force pilgrims to purchase meals from the bars and restaurants in the area in order to generate more income to the region...not sure if true though.
That AND people steal stuff and leave a mess for staff to clean up.
 

Raggy

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Pots and pans may burn my hands but bars will never fail me.

Sorry ... I guess the price hike is overdue. It's still a bargain. But I wonder if this move will encourage private albergues to charge more too.
 

Roland49

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Sorry ... I guess the price hike is overdue. It's still a bargain. But I wonder if this move will encourage private albergues to charge more too.
The price-range in July was 8-14€ per night in private albergues I have used. If you include the Unamuno in Leon to the private albergues. If it is 10-15€ the most pilgrims won't argue about the price.
 

t2andreo

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I have always heard that the Xunta's do not provide pots, pans and utensils to force pilgrims to purchase meals from the bars and restaurants in the area in order to generate more income to the region...not sure if true though.
I believe you are correct, and that is the reason. The architect designed the albergues with full kitchen. But to render them less useable, management opted to avoid equipping them.

Everyone wins, almost. The pilgrim gets a clean, safe room for a reasonable price. The local community benefits from the spillover expenditures.

Diehard pilgrims on a budget COULD bring a backpacking-sized cooking pot and backpacking utensils and make a one-pot meal.

Just sayin...
 

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I believe you are correct, and that is the reason. The architect designed the albergues with full kitchen. But to render them less useable, management opted to avoid equipping them.

Everyone wins, almost. The pilgrim gets a clean, safe room for a reasonable price. The local community benefits from the spillover expenditures.

Diehard pilgrims on a budget COULD bring a backpacking-sized cooking pot and backpacking utensils and make a one-pot meal.

Just sayin...
Those Xunta kitchens are primo. Its kinda like "all dressed up, but no where to go".😅

@Robo brings a rice cooker for his wife...maybe he'd share. I'm gonna walk right behind him! 😉
 

Redhead Keith

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I've been wondering about this lack of utensils in beautifully built kitchens. In some of the Albergues that do provide cooking utensils, I could see that there were fewer pots and pans and in poor condition: When you consider the volume of pilgrim-traffic through the average Albergue, any utensils provided take a daily hammering! They don't last long, are sometimes left unwashed, and it costs to replace poor/broken/lost utensils, hot water and electricity to provide the facility, as well as work to keep a kitchen - used seven days a week, in order. I don't think its only due to local cafes, restuarants etc wanting the trade. I've seen a lack of blankets this year too, where they may normally have been provided, and the overnighting cost of M.Albergues is increasing to 8€. Kitchens and equiping/maintaining them are expensive. Working kitchens could increase the fee still further.
Buen Camino. Keith
PS More often than not there will be a microwave in the Albergue - check-out a microwave cook book before you set off. I cook potatos in them, taking two at a time with me. Its worth it.
 

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Keith, I understand what you are saying and can agree. I just don't know why they bother to invest the money in those expensive kitchens if they are never to be used.
 

t2andreo

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Some people, not all mind you, but some people will help themselves to anything not nailed or bolted down... I believe, IMHO this explanation for the lack of cookware might be most accurate.

As an aside several years ago, we even had this problem in the voluntario flats in Santiago, among some volunteers. Of course, once identified, these folks are never invited back.

I am willing to venture a guess that, when the xunta first opened these albergues with kitchens, stuff went walkabout fast. There was also likely a complaint form the local community about lost business.

My assessment is that, to cut costs for replacing cookware, they removed all the items left, and used the local economy rationale to justify it. I would if I were in charge...

I defer to someone with more historical knowledge of this development.

But, in the end, it does not matter. If you stay at a xunta albergue, you can expect a clean, safe albergue, albeit without cookware or tableware. Plan ahead, or dine on the local economy.

Hope this helps.
 

NorthernLight

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Diehard pilgrims preferring to cook simply shift to private albergues in Galicia. Yes, it's a few more €, but that's the price for a kitchen there.

Installing the kitchen will increase the value if the property is ever sold.
 

Davey Boyd

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I'm sorry I mentioned pot and pans in my first post!

I have been in at least four village bars/restaurants where I was told by the staff that the hospitalera of the Xunta albergue in the same village was the wife/daughter/niece of the bar owner. Non of them had an equipped kitchen. This sounds normal.

And I don't think it is because pilgrims steal pots and pans!

I don't really mind, I just find it interesting.

Davey
 

trecile

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I don't think it's because pilgrims steal pots and pans. I think it'd because they are hard on them and they don't last.
 

Roland49

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I don't think it's because pilgrims steal pots and pans. I think it'd because they are hard on them and they don't last.
I'm sure both will be the fact. If you will place good kitchen utensils that lasts, they will "develop legs" and are gone. If you place standard utensils I'm sure that they don't last more than a season.
 

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Yes, but the fact that none of the Xunta's I've stayed in ever had any cooking supplies makes me assume they probably never provided them in the first place.
 

Davey Boyd

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Yes, but the fact that none of the Xunta's I've stayed in ever had any cooking supplies makes me assume they probably never provided them in the first place.
But some Xuntas do provide cooking stuff. Off the top of my head you can cook in Gonzar, Ribadiso de Baixo, Santa Irene, Negreira, Olveiroa, Dumbria. So no cooking utensils is not a policy but a choice.

I do think it is so pilgrims have to eat in 'daddies' restaurant down the road. Though I agree cleaning up after pilgrims may be a factor too.

I don't think theft is the main issue. Who is going to steal a frying pan and carry it with them? I can't even see regular cutlery walking often. Smaller sharp knifes and the wine corkscrew excepted!

Davey
 

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Well, Davey, you have more experience than me with Xuntas!...I believe what you say! 😊
 

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Last time I was thru the dystopian Monte do Gozo, the kitchen was well equipped and previous pilgrims had cleaned their mess. I dined on my long carried emergency ramen.
Every time I go through Monte do Gozo in May it looks like it's been deserted and closed up for years. Old leaves tumbling around collecting in corners and not a soul to be seen...kinda strange actually, not inviting at all.
 

Davey Boyd

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Every time I go through Monte do Gozo in May it looks like it's been deserted and closed up for years. Old leaves tumbling around collecting in corners and not a soul to be seen...kinda strange actually, not inviting at all.
They usually only open one block, and that is at the top end, nearer to the monument. The rest is deserted. I have always enjoyed staying there. You can cook there, there is also a very good restaurant not far away. Don't go into the bar just down the hill though. It is the worst I have ever been in in Spain.
 

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They usually only open one block, and that is at the top end, nearer to the monument. The rest is deserted. I have always enjoyed staying there. You can cook there, there is also a very good restaurant not far away. Don't go into the bar just down the hill though. It is the worst I have ever been in in Spain.
I'll remember that this coming May...and "may" give it a try! I trust your judgement, Davey, and will make sure I avoid the bad bar just down the hill...I may gave stopped in there last year.🤔
 

Bradypus

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Too many and too often!
They usually only open one block, and that is at the top end, nearer to the monument. The rest is deserted.
I think that may be out-of-date. A private company has been awarded the management contract and is redeveloping the site. One of their first moves has been a new shiny website. Would be interesting to know if the reality on the ground matches it. https://www.benvidomontedogozo.com/
 

Davey Boyd

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I think that may be out-of-date. A private company has been awarded the management contract and is redeveloping the site. One of their first moves has been a new shiny website. Would be interesting to know if the reality on the ground matches it. https://www.benvidomontedogozo.com/
Oh my. Looks like I won't be stopping there again. I wonder what 'the spectacular playground' is or will be!
 

Tincatinker

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It's still a great deal, imo!
I’m devastated. €2, that’s a couple of canas, or even a glass of half-tolerable Rioja. I guess I’m done with Camino. If the Junta don’t want the traditional impoverished pilgrim like me in their luxury accommodations I guess I’ll just have to settle for Vegas.
 

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I’m devastated. €2, that’s a couple of canas, or even a glass of half-tolerable Rioja. I guess I’m done with Camino. If the Junta don’t want the traditional impoverished pilgrim like me in their luxury accommodations I guess I’ll just have to settle for Vegas.
Tinky, I'm pretty sure you are just bein' facitious!
I agree...what's 2 euro in the scheme of things for all the joy we get...it's nuthin' really!
 

Davey Boyd

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I’m devastated. €2, that’s a couple of canas, or even a glass of half-tolerable Rioja. I guess I’m done with Camino. If the Junta don’t want the traditional impoverished pilgrim like me in their luxury accommodations I guess I’ll just have to settle for Vegas.
Thats 2 litres of 1 Euro supermacado boxed wine less every day! And with Brexit that could equal 3 litres! If this carries on I will be reduced to drinking water when walking o_O
 

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Thats 2 litres of 1 Euro supermacado boxed wine less every day! And with Brexit that could equal 3 litres! If this carries on I will be reduced to drinking water when walking o_O
I have no idea what you and Tinky are saying...I'm gonna assume you are only joking!
 

Tincatinker

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bein' facitious!
Faci- wotsit? Me? Since my drinking arm fell off I haven't even got an humerus.

I also just realised that 5 days in Galicia at €2 a day is €10 wot is enough for a Menu so obviously from now on I am going to starve as well as die of thirst.

And with a slightly less faci-wotsit tone I would like to think that the income from the increased levy will be used to further improve facilities and amenities but I think it'll more likely just off-set some cost. Whether that's the costs of the new-ish facilitator or the interst on the EC loans that were used to create the network in the first place is beyond my ken.
 

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Faci- wotsit? Me? Since my drinking arm fell off I haven't even got an humerus.

I also just realised that 5 days in Galicia at €2 a day is €10 wot is enough for a Menu so obviously from now on I am going to starve as well as die of thirst.

And with a slightly less faci-wotsit tone I would like to think that the income from the increased levy will be used to further improve facilities and amenities but I think it'll more likely just off-set some cost. Whether that's the costs of the new-ish facilitator or the interst on the EC loans that were used to create the network in the first place is beyond my ken.
You is definately speaking in riddles for this girl! 😲
 

KinkyOne

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But some Xuntas do provide cooking stuff. Off the top of my head you can cook in Gonzar, Ribadiso de Baixo, Santa Irene, Negreira, Olveiroa, Dumbria. So no cooking utensils is not a policy but a choice.

I do think it is so pilgrims have to eat in 'daddies' restaurant down the road. Though I agree cleaning up after pilgrims may be a factor too.

I don't think theft is the main issue. Who is going to steal a frying pan and carry it with them? I can't even see regular cutlery walking often. Smaller sharp knifes and the wine corkscrew excepted!

Davey
Hi, Davey,

Could you send me a PM, please? Thanks ;)
 

NorthernLight

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The price per night goes up in Galicia, and those in Castile & Leon, etc will surely follow.

Tink will be forced to skip a few menus de peregringo to compensate for the extra €60 - €80.
 

David Tallan

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That AND people steal stuff and leave a mess for staff to clean up.
I can believe pilgrims leaving a mess for staff to clean up. Pilgrims stealing pots and pans and carrying them km after km, day after day, is something that strikes me as somewhat unlikely.

On the one hand, theft of cooking equipment from albergue kitchens doesn't seem to be such a problem in the rest of the Camino(s) to prevent stocked kitchens. On the other hand, people are cutting their toothbrushes in half and snipping off their clothing labels to save weight. I really don't think they are going to be lugging stolen pots on the Camino to save a few euros.
 

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I really don't think they are going to be lugging stolen pots on the Camino to save a few euros.
Well, @Robo has carried a rice cooker for his wife, but I'm sure he's the only one doing such a thing!
I've said it before...she's a lucky lady! 😉
 

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I have been informed that it is to force pilgrims out to eat in the local restaurants but that doesn’t make sense as it takes trade away from local supermarkets. It is only happening in Galicia. Young pilgrims, who are students on tight budgets will stop coming
 

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