Do I have to rush to get a bed?

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The question was:

Have been reading quite a bit about “rushing to get a bed.” How common is this along the Frances? And what about waiting in long lines to get into the albergues, to get a bed, a shower, etc.? Is this an everyday thing?

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7 Replies to “Do I have to rush to get a bed?”

  1. During october in Galicia, for me was a problem, I had to make reservations in advance in private algergues or forve me to look for hostal (20-30 euros), in this last section of the camino you encounter too many spanish pilgrims that start the camino in Galicia, just to walk the last 100 kms or so, I found in one book about the camino, that this pilgrims are called “jumpers”, adding those pilgims to those who started in previous sections provoque a real problem to find a bed in the albergues in Galicia.

  2. I was in august in Galicia… same problem as Guillermo. Many tourists walked the last 100 kms. Sometimes I took a hotel.
    Sometimes the village (or town) opened a townhall or a sportscenter for pelgrims. There you could sleep on a matress.

  3. I think that the original pilgrims didn’t have that kind of problems… I mean if you are a humble person you’ll be gratefull on having a indoor site to sleep.
    In fact I remember that I had to sleep once in a narrow corridor with twenty more pilgrims in a file on the flat but I was so tired that I slept as a baby.
    It’s really essential to have a bed at every stage?

  4. May 04/2011

    I had no problem in Sept & Oct of 2006. My research indicates the first 3 days and last 3 days there may be a shortage of beds {inexpensive & cost effective beds}. May, June, July & August produce the largest # of Camino folks.

    Many drop out after the first 3 days or week thus the next 20 days or so there should be no problem with beds. The last 3 or 4 days you encounter the Jumpers {Spanish Pilgrims walking the last 60 mi or 100 Kilometers} The last 3 days I got one of the last 3 or 4 beds at the Albergues I used. I didn’t consider it a problem.

    My attitude is the “more the better” – More folks = more interesting conversations and experiences.

  5. walking the camino is for everyone.
    It is called pilgrinage if you walked at least 100 km.
    So, everyone has the same opportunities in the albergues, even if, for several diferent reasons(time, health reasons, etc…), you can´t do all the Camino, but you do the 100km.

    In conclusion, yes, in some holydays seasons, you should try making the camino in the morning to have a bed in the albergue. Or in stead, be ready to search for a private one or ask for a municipal pavillion and there you can sleep on the floor.

    This is part of the experience of the camino.

  6. On the jumpers, I experienced this with a certain individual who hung with my walking companion and I. We wouldn’t see him as we started at early morning never saw him on the Camino and yet he arrived at the end of the day before us…yes he was a jumper he took buses if the trek was too difficult. We lost him on purpose on arrival to Santiago because of this…plus he was heavy maintenance…for him the Camino was to pick up girls and drink himself to sleep. Nevertheless one needs to have patience on the Camino and sometimes one needs to choose friends wisely. My famous saying is be shrude as serpents and innocent as doves.

  7. If you plan o rush along the Camino just for the sake of a bed then you may just as well not go to the Camino in the first place. I am a slow walker and had a problem only once in six weeks on the Camino Frances. During 2010, walking during a very busy holy year on the Camino Portuguese we had problems twice but found a bed in a Gymnasium.

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