Once you decide to walk the Camino, many doubts may arise: how many Caminos exist, how many days I need to do it, what are the accommodations offered…
I assure you that the list of doubts is like a large parchment. Today, I resolve the everyday question: where to sleep on the Camino?
After traveling many kilometers your body will need rest (in addition to an exquisite dinner). In my case, last year I chose to do the Primitive Way from Oviedo to Lugo with the intention of doing the next stage Lugo – Santiago de Compostela the second half of September of this year.
In this way, I started my walking in Oviedo. I walked during 10 days an average of 20-31 km. At the end of each day I only wanted a really comfortable bed to sleep. Yes, walking the Camino is a unique experience, but hard too. Read on to know where to sleep on the Camino!
What type of accommodations are on the Camino?
The offer of accommodation on the Camino de Santiago is varied. Depending on the route you choose, you will find more or less establishments or services.
There are public hostels, cheaper than hotels but you have to hurry because it is no booking option. In addition, the services offered are the typical of a hostel, shared rooms and bunk beds. Today there are also private hostels, with booking option but maybe you have to book like about a year in advance.
On the other hand, there are hotels, rural houses and manor houses (called pazos in Galicia). In my case, I decided to stay at hotels, pensions, rural houses and pazos. Why? To tell the truth, I preferred walking without worries and walking at my own pace. At the end of each stage I was my room and all the facilities to rest properly.
In general, my experience was fantastic! The treatment I have received was superb and I also meet wonderful people. Pilgrims who share their perceptions about the Camino, some were walking along, like me but at the same time accompanied by the support and management of travel agencies specialized in the Camino.
The rural houses where I have stayed were very comfortable and cute. Depending the area of Spain, I was in different typical houses, in Asturias I stayed in a casa montañesa, a typical Asturian manor house. In general, the services provided in the accommodations have been perfect, very good treatment, exquisite and energetic breakfasts, comfort, cleanliness …
Where to sleep on the Camino
The pazos of Galicia, manor houses
In Galicia you will find incredible pazos. These types of constructions are old houses of the Galician nobility, are large and usually have a great garden. They have usually been built between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries and are located in the countryside.
Casas montañesas, Mountain houses
These types of houses are, as the name suggests, typical of the Asturian mountain. Its architecture and existence extend to Cantabria and north of Castile and León. Normally its architecture is characterized by the use of rough masonry.
Caseríos, Basque farmhouses
Like in Asturias and Galicia, they are houses of the rural and traditional architecture. They are also large in stone and serve the country life.
It is true that the Primitive Way doesn’t have the wide range of accommodation and services that the French Way can have. For me, that has not been negative, I was searching for the tranquility and the nature and I wanted to escape from the crowd.
On the other hand, hiring the services of Spain Incoming give me security and comfort. It is hard to walk every day too many kilometers, it didn’t seem necessary to carry my backpack with everything I needed for 10 days – my luggage was moved from hotel to hotel -. The same with hotels, I wanted to enjoy the Camino and not feel pressure to find hostel.
Finally, everyone chooses how to make their Camino de Santiago, my experience can serve as guidance, but the decision is yours. My last advice is that you have to enjoy your Camino, the people around you and yourself.
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