What is the one Albergue not to miss?

The question was:

I am looking for those special Albergues that you past travelers would say could not be missed. Was there a memorable meal, experience, host, that you would say, “Go out of your way to make this happen.” ?

Read all the suggestions on what albergues not to miss on the Camino de Santiago

29 Replies to “What is the one Albergue not to miss?”

  1. After finishing the Camino Frances, I continued on the Camino to Finisterra (Fisterra)… We decided to stay in Cee! Though not an Auberge, we stayed at the Pension Beiramar, Avda. Finisterre 220, 15270 CEE (A Coruna), Tel 981-74-50-40 Movil 629-11-41-22

    A family owned pension: They were AWESOME! They did our laundry… They dried our rain soaked boots and clothes… They had WIFI-Gratuito… The room rates were more than reasonable… and they drove us to a restaurant and picked us up afterwards….

    1. OH, that’s great to know, I’ll be walking Camino Finisterre & Muxia in July and have written down this recommendation in my Brierly guide, THANKS!

  2. The Albergue i enjoyed the most was the Brazilian in Vega de Valcarce, great hospitality and the meal was absolutely wonderful. I would recommend it to all. Kerry Fleay

  3. I would suggest Santo Domingo de la Calzada, a new albergue with great hospitaleros, big kitchen, great bathrooms… it is really nice.

  4. The albergue in Pamplona on the Camino Frances is very clean, welcoming and accomodating….all for only six euros! I am in Pamplona today, and enjoying every minute in the center of town, close the albergue! I’m writing from a free WIFI just down the street on my own mini PC. Buen camino!

  5. Difficult to dicide: for hospitality – joy – “l’ambiance”… Granon (Alb. San Juan Bautista) or in Carrion de Los Condes (Santa Maria de Camino Clerigo Pastor 2)

    Let’s take Granon!

  6. the “fuente de Peregrinos” in Ligonde Spain (km 74?) is in an old barn, has great hospitalieros!!!

  7. April 28/2011

    Don’t miss Roncesvalles – Yes it is usually full, loud and hard to sleep {Your on the Camino, “Sleep when your dead” or when you arrive in Santiago}. Roncesvalles is full of folks from all places, all languages and all shapes and sizes. You will meet folks in Roncesvalles you will encounter the rest of your Camino. You gather a great sense of the Camino Community in Roncesvalles.

    1. sorry friend it might be the Camino…nevertheless I do prefer to have other options….I believe that I would rather sleep outside than sleep in there.Slept there once and only once I kept seeing this whitish mist that kept me up most of the night I do believe that the place is haunted because whenever the mist came about it’s when the cold draft would be prevalent…call me crazy but that was my experience there.

      1. Friday: 04/29/2011

        Hi Neil – Yes the Albergue at Ronscesvalles may be haunted!!! The building was a Monestary for many years. You know what they say about Monks??

        The mist was probably condensation – the showers are in the lowest level, hot air and rises & becomes a mist.

        However – the Hostals in Burguete {2 Kilometers down Camino} are OK, usually not crowded + there is a small cafe as you enter Burguete. Good Grub & Coffee.

        Cordially Mike

      2. hey interesting about the “cold” and the “mist”, cuz i had a very dark kind of ghost literally come down on me at that place in roncesvalles and i screamed! the woman on the lower bunk reached her hand up and said, “are you ok?” i said, “whoa, scary ghost “(they’re not all scary).  she said, “ok, good night” and went back to her exhausted sleeping. 

  8. My husband and I never miss the albergue in Triacastela, Aitzenea, where we have enjoyed memorable experiences with the hostess, Lucita. We have lodged there 3 times and will be staying there again this year. Chris and Diana, South Africa

    1. Hi Diana, I am also from south africa and are planning to walk the camino 2013. Would you be so kind and share your experiences with me, so I can gather information. My email is marie.vn@vodamail.co.za

      1. Hi, Marie,I am a 3-time German pilgrim living in Spain. I will soon send you my just-finished 20 Camino Recommendations from a 3-time Pilgrim. I may also be walking the Camino again in Spring 2013, but this is still written in the stars…
        You will
        hear from me soon,
        Best wishes,

        1. Could you send me your 20 recommendations as well? Or publish them on this post? Thanks!

    2.  Hi Diana, if you’re prepared to share your experiences more widely, we are 2 Australians planning to walk the Camino de Santiago in May/June 2013.  We’re a little nervous about the types of accommodation and though we don’t really want to have to book in advance, it seems it may be necessary in some towns.  We’re trying to do as much research as possible about 3 main areas:
      backpacks (as we’ve never trekked before, so don’t have backpacking experience)
      Diana & Geoff, Australia

  9. I did the caminho português and I really liked an albergue in the city of Mealhada (after Coimbra)!
    Really warm hospitality from the family who runs it and they’ve really nice conditions there. But the most important for me was indeed the simpathy of people (never forget) 🙂
    Their page on FB http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002645184689

  10. Ave Fenix, Villafranca del Bierzo… Albergue de Granõn….Albergue de San Juan  de Ortega…           The special place is where you are happy !

  11. We loved the Pombal in Barbadelo. Small albergue (now has 18 beds) on a farm and cost 9 euros. The delightful evening meal (additional cost) included eggs that the host gathered from the barn.

  12. Had a great night at the albergue in Eunate which is a short detour off the camino and only takes 8 people so a bit risky but worth a visit for unusual church beside the albergue even if you don’t get to stay. Also really enjoyed Casa Magica in Villatuerta – medieval building, hammocks, excellent dinner, nice vibe.

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