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Your favorite refuge

What is your favorite refuge?

  • Roncesvalles

    Votes: 41 97.6%
  • Granon

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Gaucelmo

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rabanal

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Ave Fenix

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Casanova

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • The drafty lodgings in Belorado

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • San Bol

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • German refuge in Pamplona

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Boadilla

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • None of the above

    Votes: 1 2.4%

  • Total voters
    42

ivar

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#1
Using a "top 10" list of populare refuges posted by Sil earlier, I was curious to find out what you all think:

What is your favorite refuge?
 

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Whalleyranger

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Jul-Aug 05, Frances, Jul-Aug 06, Portugues, Oct 2010
#2
It's not on the list but I loved the one at Ruitelan - delicious communal meal, and awoken by beautiful music instead of noisy italians with rustly plastic bags.
 

ivar

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#3
Great! If your favorite is not on the list... reply to this post and let us know.
 

Javier

Active Member
#4
The best albergues

For me.-
Cuatro Cantones-BELORADO
En el Camino. BOADILLA DEL CAMINO
Cacabelos
Santo Domingo de la Calzada
Navarrete, etc.......
 

Trudy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2006) Roncesvalles to Leon (2007) Leon to Compostela
#5
I loved 'San Saturnino' at VENTOSA.

It's a lovely little old building, beautifully decorated. A very welcoming hospitalero, who woke us at 6am with classical music. And noone was allowed up before 6am, so no rustling plastic bags!
 

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#6
the one in boadilla was such a pleasant surprise, you go from all that agricultural land to this virtual oasis, it was awsome

Which was the one that doubled as a hostel? That was nice too.
 
#7
I´m just back home from the camino. I have done the pilgrimage a few times and will be again ´on tour ´after the first of march this year (Salamanca - Santiago -Cape Finisterre). The best albergue (private) is the very new one 3 km before Sarria in San Mamede. They take 10 Euros per person in a double room with private facilities. You can have breakfast for 3 Euros and evening meal for 8 Euros. It is very friendly and very comfortable there. I never have seen a better place.
MacGregor
 

Minkey

Active Member
#8
It has to be the private albergue in Foncebadon. I originally wanted to stay at the CSJ one but I'd had a fairly easy day of it so opted to walk a further 5k.

Ok, it was €7 a night, but the food was good, the staff there were lovely and it was wonderful to look down onto the meseta from there.

Truly relaxing it was! :)
 

sillydoll

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Camino(s) past & future
2002 CF: 2004 from Paris: 2006 VF: 2007 CF: 2009 Aragones, Ingles, Finisterre: 2011 X 2 on CF: 2013 'Caracoles': 2014 CF and Ingles 'Caracoles":2015 Logrono-Burgos (Hospitalero San Anton): 2016 La Douay to Aosta/San Gimignano to Rome:
#9
Favourite refuge

Hi there,
Are you sure it was in Foncebadon - the abndoned village just before Manjarin?
 
#10
Favourite Refuges

Rabanal and Gaucelmo - is one and the same refuge intended here, namely the C.S.J. house. I assume so. If not, which of the other two refuges in Rabanal is on the list?
 
#11
Favourite Refuges

For me, I can not forget my stay at the refuge at Tosantos last September. I can't attempt to describe the experience, I am sure those of you who have stayed there will understand what I am saying. For those of you planning your Camino, make it part of your plans.
 

Ulysse

Active Member
#12
Minkey said:
It has to be the private albergue in Foncebadon. I originally wanted to stay at the CSJ one but I'd had a fairly easy day of it so opted to walk a further 5k.

Ok, it was €7 a night, but the food was good, the staff there were lovely and it was wonderful to look down onto the meseta from there.

Truly relaxing it was! :)
I don't believe it; you must be mistaken as that refuge in the church is "the pits", the other one the same and the albergue is surely more than 7 Euros, as I recall. I slept in the church in ruins in September amongst a flock of Germans that slept on the ground. Quite an experience !

Here is a picture of the church with the entrance to the refuge on the right
 

lynnejohn

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2005), VDLP(2007), Madrid(2009), Ingles(2009), Sur (2011), VDLP(2011)-partial, VDLP(2014)
#13
San Saturnino - Ventosa. We got lost that day because of construction on the highway and had to walk 30+ km. It was a lovely oasis of calm - very peaceful and quiet with a lovely hospitalero. Breakfast of tostado, jam and great coffee and juice in the morning.
Wonderful and memorable.
 
#14
yes, San Saturnino/Ventosa. I got lost that day as well, it started raining, I had a terrible pain in the knee... and then I got to this place and all was part of the bigger picture; and the next day I was like another person!
 
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Anonymous

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#15
Favorite albergue

What an excellent question.

It made me think hard!

I came to the conclusion that it all had to do with the total experience at a given albergue, the company I was with, and the hospitaleros.

My choice: the albergue at Pereje, on the track between Villafranca del Bierzo - O'Cebreiro.

Buen Camino,

XM
 

Whalleyranger

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances, Jul-Aug 05, Frances, Jul-Aug 06, Portugues, Oct 2010
#17
I agree with XM above - the greatest part of the refugio experience comes from the company and the hospitaleros. I loved the Gaucelmo the first time I stayed there, yet the second time because of different circumstances I didn't enjoy it at all. And I had the opposite experience in Melide. It was nothing special the first time but loved the second time.
 

Minkey

Active Member
#18
FAO Sillydoll

I can assure you it was in Foncebadon. Through the village and on the left, before the church refugio... The food WAS good, the shop they had sold organic produce and the people were very nice indeed... Was not a tip!!! It was a truly lovely place...
 
#20
I stayed in Virgen del Camino.
Its outside of Leon and I went there to get my way oot of Leon in the afternoon rather than early next morning.
It was brand new and I was there with only one other pilgrim.
I loved the small town and ate and slept very well.
It is not well known, I believe , but it was just really nice. there was football club next to ita dn the most excellent game of soccer was being played and I talked with many locals.

I also stayed in San Bol....that was very wierd!
 

Minkey

Active Member
#21
I stopped off for a coffee and a visit to the "sh*tting house" at San Bol! The guy there was very nice, but I concur... Weird refuge!
 
#22
I stayed at the gite in Montcuq, France, on my way from Le Puy, and it must rate as the best I have been in. We were greeted with a beer from the man of the house as we arrived, and his wife, a nurse, tended to any blisters we had and gave our legs a massage. Food was wonderful, too. Great experience!
 

Minkey

Active Member
#23
Has anyone stayed at the private one in Astorga? That was cool. Especially the salt water and vinegar foot bath... Just what you want!
 

sillydoll

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