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.

9 Replies to “What happens if the municipal albergue is full?”

  1. im on el camino now…and most of the municipales albergues have no heat…except in the big cities.  i would recommend using the private ones if you are looking to have some type of heat.  and they cost about the same.

  2. Ask from hospitalero advice where do you looking for a other accomodation. I did when i did not get a bed in the Redondela and she gave me other adress, thank her for that, i had a good rest in bed.

  3. At most albergues they will try and find a way to accommodate you if they can, especially if it’s later in the day and it’s unlikely you’d be able to get to the next town with a less full albergue, but sometimes that’s not possible. There are private albergues (I mostly stayed in these) and church run (which are often donation only), and the prices really vary. Private albergues tend to be a nicer stay. As for pricing, I found that it wasn’t until the last bit of the camino in Galicia that the pricing for municipal wall all that different from private albergues. In galicia it was 5 euro at every municipal. Before that though, the municipals tended to be just as expensive as the private ones, (anywhere from 5-10 euro which sometimes included breakfast — You definitely want these ones!). Otherwise my best advice is be smart with your time. You don’t want to be walking much past 2 or 3 even if you’re pulling a long day and unless it’s unusually busy (I went at the peak of the holy year and it didn’t really get too busy until the last 200k or so) you will be able to find a bed at one of them.

      1. Because that the time when most pilgrim arrive and you may have to go from one albergue to other if they are full .
        Simply better no to be the last one to arrived.
        Buen Camino

  4. Jornada 2 ª: Castro-Urdiales- Guriezo (14km.)

    Etapa costera de transición entre las Villas marineras de Castro-Urdiales y Laredo, en la que podremos seguir disfrutando de la cercanía del Cantábrico con lugares de gran belleza natural en su recorrido, como la Ría de Oriñón, que nos obligará a remontar hasta El Pontarrón para poder cruzarla. En el camino podemos encontrar interesantes restos medievales como las ruinas del Castillo de San Antón (de supuesto origen templario) en Allendelagua, o la iglesia románica de San Martín (posteriormente reconstruida), en Campijo. Es digna de mención la Iglesia renacentista de S. Vicente en Rioseco, y en el Barrio de la Magdalena (Guriezo) se ha conservado intacta la ferrería medieval de La Yseca, visitable, junto a la que se alza el Palacio de los Marroquines con su torre circular. Albergue de Peregrinos en El Pontarrón, y alojamiento rural en distintas localidades del Valle de Guriezo. Donde tras la jornada de peregrinaje se puede reponer fuerzas con los ricos “quesucos de Guriezo”

  5. I know in summer, some people sleep outside on a mat in the garden of
    the albergue when the rooms are full. Some cities also open extra
    buildings (church, sports facilities, etc). If that’s not the case,
    you’ll have to hope for private accommodation, pay more for a ‘real’
    hotel or walk further to another city. When I was in Zubiri however, we
    were struck by enormous rain in the afternoon. Because of so many people
    leaving in Roncesvalles and so many wanting to stop in Zubiri (rather
    small) due to the weather, everything was full there in no time and the
    church was not opened. Many MANY people had to keep walking, or take a
    bus to villages further on, because they had nowhere to sleep… That
    was a rather sad experience at the start of my trip. Otherwise, I agree
    that if you don’t walk past 3pm you should find accommodation available
    and if you do walk longer, think about where you’ll stay (is it a
    popular/small place or not? I think you learn to judge that rather quick once you’re out on the Camino.

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