Are reservations really necessary?

Are reservations really necessary?

The question was:

I really, really, really don’t want to book ahead for accommodation, because for me this brings the pilgrimage back to being like any other trip where I have to plan and make phone calls and book accommodation ahead of time. I just want to wake, walk and find somewhere to stay wherever I arrive at the end of my day. And I don’t want to rush to be somewhere by 1pm so that I can secure a bed. I want to walk without timeframes.

Is this feasible at this time of year (May, June, July)?

Read the good advice on booking accommodations in our forum.

What happens if the municipal albergue is full?

What happens if the municipal albergue is full?

The question was:

What happens if you arrive to a municipal albergue and it’s full? For instance I get to Roncesvalles (I know that one is large, but just the first one that came to mind) and it’s all full? Will other albergues/hostels be more expensive? Will I have to shell out big time for hotels? How would I find other albergues/hostels, and what if they’re full? I’ve no idea how common it is for them to be full, just wondering.

Read all the good advice on what do do if the albergue is full when you get there.

Why should one stay at albergues on the Camino de Santiago?

Accommodation on the Camino de Santiago
Accommodation on the Camino de Santiago

The question was:

Why do you stay in albergues?

Is it for the price? Is it because you like the bunks? Snoring? Shared bathrooms? Is it for the comradeship of other pilgrims? Penitence for past sins? I am curious why some people actually choose to stay in albergues even when they can easily afford other type accommodations.

Read all the interesting responses regarding why to stay in albergues in our Camino de Santiago forum.