Where to sleep on the Camino de Santiago

Where to sleep on the Camino de Santiago

The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago has an extensive and well-distributed network of accommodation facilities. At the main stopover points there are 'albergues del pelegrino': hostels with shared dormitories that provide the walker with essential services at modest prices. From year to year, in order to meet the demands of an ever-increasing number of pilgrims, the number of structures managed by associations and private individuals has multiplied, allowing for greater accommodation even in smaller locations. This makes it possible to modulate the duration of each stage in a very personal way, according to one's own rhythm and strength. The growing accommodation offer provides various types of accommodation, which can be divided into:

Public facilities: The albergues del Peregrino.

The albergues del peregrino or pilgrim's hostels are exclusive municipal hostels for those who walk the Camino and hold the duly stamped Credential. They are simple lodgings, often converted from former schools or public buildings, offering accommodation in dormitories with bunk beds and shared bathrooms. Most Municipal hostels have a kitchen with all cooking utensils. In Galicia (the last 100 km of the French Way), however, no pots and pans are provided, so the kitchens are unusable.

The pilgrim's hostels normally have a fixed rate that varies between 7 and 15 €, they do not accept reservations and beds are assigned in order of arrival, giving priority to pilgrims with disabilities, those on foot and those arriving by bike. In the albergues you can only stay one night, they usually open at 13:00 and close the doors at 22:00 and they do not allow you to enter or leave freely. In the morning, you have to leave by 8:00 am to allow for cleaning.

Albergue del pellegrino a Santiago de Compostela
Albergue del pellegrino a Sarria

Hospitalities run by voluntary associations or religious orders

These are hospices that are usually run by volunteers or religious orders, in parishes, some monasteries or convents. Simple hospitality and sharing are the watchwords of these structures. In some cases, the hospitalero prepares dinner, which is shared with all the other pilgrims, and the table becomes a moment of great exchange between all those present.

They are donative hospices, meaning that everyone can leave what they believe according to their good heart. Remember that these establishments are only sustained by the generosity of the pilgrims who stay.

Camerata di un Albergue del peregrino

Private hostels

These are hostels very similar to the municipal ones but privately run, often family-run. They offer cheap accommodation in dormitories with shared bathroom facilities. Often there is also a laundry area and Wi-Fi available for pilgrims.

The level of services offered is generally better than in 'public' establishments, the rooms are usually more spacious and contain fewer beds, the kitchens and communal areas are generally better maintained. Rates range between 10 and 25 € for dormitory accommodation. In private 'albergues', reservations can be made and there are no time constraints or limits on length of stay.

Pereje: Albergo del pellegrino municipale

Guest houses and hotels

Along the camino there are many guest houses offering private rooms at an excellent price/quality ratio. These establishments come to the pilgrim's aid when one finds the municipal hotels full, or when, after many sleepless nights in dormitories, one feels the need to rest in a private room. The prices are not prohibitive and are usually around 30 to 50 €. There are also many rural houses and hotels that meet the needs of those who choose to walk the route sleeping in facilities that provide more intimacy and comfort at the end of the stage.

Is it necessary to book hotels on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago?

The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago has very good accommodation, however, during the busiest periods: summer months, Holy Week and other Spanish festivities, the pilgrim's hostels are unable to meet the growing demand for beds. Sometimes makeshift accommodation is set up, with mats lying on the ground, in gymnasiums or churches.

When no more beds are available, however, one is forced to continue to the next location or to leave the route in search of a bed in a hotel, at a higher price and extending the stage by many kilometres.

If you plan to leave for the French Way during the summer holidays: July, August and September or during the Easter period, reserving a bed is a good compromise to enjoy your walk in relaxation but also to save money. Booking private pilgrim’s hostels does not imply any kind of surcharge and many establishments allow you to cancel until the last moment in case of inconvenience.

How to book accommodation on the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago

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