Camino de Santiago Albergue Tips

We wish we knew the following before our Camino 🙂

 albergue-pic
  1. Bed time:
    • Some people go to bed early/late and some people get up early/late. Wherever you fall in the spectrum just make sure to respect fellow pilgrims by preparing ahead of time (no plastic bags please!).
    • Bare in mind most albergues have bed curfews and check out times. People will still make noise. This is where headphones or earplugs will save your night.
    • We usually woke up later and enjoyed our breakfast and let the crowds rush out earlier on. It made us enjoy the moment.
  2. Snores….
    • Ohh Snores! Also known as the celestial camino music…..We didn't know people could snore this loud. If you are a light sleeper come prepared.
    • We used our headphones and played music. Most of the time this was enough to help us get a good night rest.
    • Of course, if you don't want to be a part of the "camino celestial music (aka snores)" just get a private room.
  3. Showers:
    • Come prepared and take necessary items only.
    • Sometimes you may not have anywhere to place your items and clothes so just take what you need.
    • Limited space to change so come prepared to change in front of people.
    • Always wear water proof sandals, flip-flops, or as they call them in Australia: Thongs 🙂
  4. Cleanliness:
    • Albergues are cleaned daily after pilgrims leave.
    • Depending what time you arrive a few people have probably used facilities before you and may not be as spotless
    • Do your best to clean after yourself.
    • Overall from our experience private rooms had a higher level of cleanliness.
    • Some albergues clean their sheets or offer disposable sheets and pillow cases... others are questionable.
    • Your sleeping bag and liner will help you feel more comfortable in either scenario.
  5. Telephones:
    • Usually there will be a phone used by staff.
    • They can help you make a reservation for the next day.
  6. Wifi:
    • Most places will have free wifi.
    • It does not always work in rooms and can be pretty slow when all pilgrims are connected.
    • Some albergues turn off their wifi after the curfew time (aprox 10pm).
    • Try to enjoy your spiritual journey and dont use your phone too much. 🙂
    • Some places do not have wifi.
    • no-wifi
  7. Make friends:
    • You will spend many hours at albergues and will be seeing some familiar faces over and over.
    • Make sure to talk to these people.
    • We know we made some lifetime friends 🙂
  8. Stay where you want:
    • Some albergues have private rooms.
    • Most towns have hotels, Rural Homes, B&Bs, Pensions and many other different options for private rooms with either private or shared bathrooms! Where you stay is up to you.
  9. Cost per night:
    • All albergues have different prices.
    • Some are by donation only.
    • Public albergues will range from €6 to aprox €12.
    • Private albergues will range form €8 to €20.
    • Private rooms range from €25 to €75.
      • Most double rooms are in the €40 range
  10. Whether you had a good night or not, DON'T STOP WALKING 🙂

dont-stop-walking

VnSJourney

We wish we knew the following before our Camino 🙂

 albergue-pic
  1. Bed time:
    • Some people go to bed early/late and some people get up early/late. Wherever you fall in the spectrum just make sure to respect fellow pilgrims by preparing ahead of time (no plastic bags please!).
    • Bare in mind most albergues have bed curfews and check out times. People will still make noise. This is where headphones or earplugs will save your night.
    • We usually woke up later and enjoyed our breakfast and let the crowds rush out earlier on. It made us enjoy the moment.
  2. Snores….
    • Ohh Snores! Also known as the celestial camino music…..We didn't know people could snore this loud. If you are a light sleeper come prepared.
    • We used our headphones and played music. Most of the time this was enough to help us get a good night rest.
    • Of course, if you don't want to be a part of the "camino celestial music (aka snores)" just get a private room.
  3. Showers:
    • Come prepared and take necessary items only.
    • Sometimes you may not have anywhere to place your items and clothes so just take what you need.
    • Limited space to change so come prepared to change in front of people.
    • Always wear water proof sandals, flip-flops, or as they call them in Australia: Thongs 🙂
  4. Cleanliness:
    • Albergues are cleaned daily after pilgrims leave.
    • Depending what time you arrive a few people have probably used facilities before you and may not be as spotless
    • Do your best to clean after yourself.
    • Overall from our experience private rooms had a higher level of cleanliness.
    • Some albergues clean their sheets or offer disposable sheets and pillow cases... others are questionable.
    • Your sleeping bag and liner will help you feel more comfortable in either scenario.
  5. Telephones:
    • Usually there will be a phone used by staff.
    • They can help you make a reservation for the next day.
  6. Wifi:
    • Most places will have free wifi.
    • It does not always work in rooms and can be pretty slow when all pilgrims are connected.
    • Some albergues turn off their wifi after the curfew time (aprox 10pm).
    • Try to enjoy your spiritual journey and dont use your phone too much. 🙂
    • Some places do not have wifi.
    • no-wifi
  7. Make friends:
    • You will spend many hours at albergues and will be seeing some familiar faces over and over.
    • Make sure to talk to these people.
    • We know we made some lifetime friends 🙂
  8. Stay where you want:
    • Some albergues have private rooms.
    • Most towns have hotels, Rural Homes, B&Bs, Pensions and many other different options for private rooms with either private or shared bathrooms! Where you stay is up to you.
  9. Cost per night:
    • All albergues have different prices.
    • Some are by donation only.
    • Public albergues will range from €6 to aprox €12.
    • Private albergues will range form €8 to €20.
    • Private rooms range from €25 to €75.
      • Most double rooms are in the €40 range
  10. Whether you had a good night or not, DON'T STOP WALKING 🙂

dont-stop-walking

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