Coronavirus Covid-19 and the Camino: opened accommodations

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The Camino has reopened! Just like at more normal times, the question of where to sleep quickly comes up. This year however, everything is more complicated! Already opened, soon to open, closed this year or closed forever… How can you know which accommodations are opened to pilgrims yet?

This post is all about letting you know of the opened accommodations in Spain, Portugal and France. And also about giving you links to the freshest information possible!

(Last update: July 30 2020)

On this page, only data on the accommodations that are opened!

Have a look here to follow up on the news regarding the virus situation in Spain, Portugal and France.

HATS OFF and THANKS to all the people who are behind the links I suggest! The work you’re doing is huge and remarkable!

Coronavirus covid-19 and the Camino: opened accommodations in Spain, Portugal and France

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Understanding the situation of the accommodations on the Camino “after” the virus
Accommodations in Spain
Accommodations in France
Accommodations in Portugal

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Understanding the situation of the accommodations on the Camino “after” the virus

This year, everyone suffers from the chaos caused by the coronavirus. 2020 is so depressing for pilgrims…. But it’s nothing compared to the nightmare professionals of the Camino are going through!

A bad year wasted year

Money doesn’t seem the most important thing on the Camino. Still, St James weights 300 million euros per year just in Spain. Which means a great deal of people make a living out of the Camino and so depend on its good health.

From their point of view and considering the pilgrimage season normally lasts from March to October, the first third of the “year” is lost. June-July-mid August, the second third of the year, will not salvage the situation much. There less usually less pilgrim during that period of time… and even less this year! As for what remains of this season, there is nothing certain. In any cases, even the most optimistic scenarios will not save 2020…

All of this without considering that a reopening necessarily means anti-virus procedures and equipments. Plastic glasses, masks, hand sanitizers, disinfectants and so on. A substantial investments that makes this year shortfall even worse.

One thing explains another. For private accommodations just like for public ones! Some already closed down or are about to, others are in more or less financial trouble. Some don’t have funds to comply with the health measures and choose to “skip” this year. Some would have more expenditures opening than remaining closed. Some will let the year wash over and apply pre-corona prices, others will raise their prices to be able to get by. In short, finances are a big part of the decision of each accommodation to stay close or to open.

The human element

More important than money, people. Professional and volunteers all together, most of whom remain in the shadows. All the people who make the Camino work well.

But people of a certain age… A non-offensive observation! We know however that age is an aggravating factor when it comes to fighting the virus. On the Camino, 3/4 of the pilgrims are over 30. And on the “Camino workers” side, the average age greatly goes up! A good share of the accommodations are staying closed this year to keep safe the volunteers working there. Another argument often put forward in Spain to keep accommodations closed: protect the aging population living along the Camino. Many public or pilgrim community accommodation will remain closed this year for the sake of pilgrims, hosts and local population’s health.

The hand sanitizer element

This on, we already talked about a bit. The coronavirus forces everyone to protect themselves and everyone agrees about that. It’s when it comes to practice that problems start. Some accommodations simply can’t meet the new health regulation requirements because of the type or layout of the building. Like said above, some don’t have enough funds to cover the high cost of upgrading health protocols and equipments. Some would have too many changes to make against an annual number of pilgrims that is really low. In short, anti-virus measures are sometimes the reason why some accommodation will stay closed this year.

So what about the accommodation that open?

Every accommodation have set up sanitary procedures and measures to insure everyone’s safety.

Some measures are enforced by governments and are now mandatory for any touristic place that wants to be opened to the public.

Other measures have been thought and proposed by Camino societies to help adapt the rules to the specific features of pilgrim hosting. In Spain, the AMCS (AsociaciĂłn de Municipios del Camino de Santiago) even created the “Albergue Seguro” label to distinguish accommodations that have the most thorough heath measures.

Finally, each accommodation can decide to adapt their policies according to their own possibilities. It can be accepting reservation ahead only, groups or individuals only, putting 1 pilgrim per room, and so on.

In short, there are so many variables and so many things changing over time! It is necessary for every pilgrim this year to get information and certain ahead:

  • about the actual opening of each accommodation,
  • about their global capacity and the availability of bed(s) on the arival day,
  • about the new policy that is specific to each accommodation

What goes without saying goes better when saying it… It is more than ever necessary to display understanding and tolerance toward your hosts and their demands. Respect the measures that were put into place for your own safety and the one of others.

Despite all of what’s going on, bon Chemin, buen Camino, bom Caminho!

Accommodations in Spain

Covid-19 symptom: everything changes, fast and sometimes from one day to the next! Please check out the update date of the links I suggest and cross-reference the information! Ask each accommodation you chose about their opening, availability and policies. It’s highly recommended to organize well and book ahead this year.

All Caminos in Spain

(In Spanish) List of accommodations managed by volunteers, Camino societies and the Xunta des Galicia on the website of the Spanish federation of the friends of the Camino de Santiago. Reports if the accommodation is closed, or gives its opening date.

(In English) List of accommodations on the Caminos FrancĂ©s, PortuguĂ©s, del Norte, a Fisterra-Muxia, Primitivo, de la Plata, InglĂ©s on the Wise Pilgrim Guides website. Updates every day. In green, accommodations that are open right now or that plan to open in July/August. In yellow, accommodations that plan to open this year but have given no date. In red, accommodations closed for all 2020. In grey… ??? Not sure: no info?

(In Spanish) The Gronze website lists accommodations on many Caminos. The ones that are closed are signaled by a little “danger” sign.

Caminos in Galicia

Concerns the Caminos Francés, Primitivo, del Norte, Sanabrés, Inglés, Portugués and of Fisterra/Muxia.

(In Spanish or English) Booking platform of public accommodation in Galicia on Albergues Xacobeo by the Xunta de Galicia. Status of each accommodation is given. Booking is limited to 50-75% of the real capacity of the albergue.

(In Spanish) List of accommodations of private accommodation in Galicia, on Agalber (Asociacion Gelega de Albergues Privados). Information via Google Maps by selecting the map, via spreadsheet by selecting the link.

(In English and Spanish) The accommodations of San Roque in Corcubion (Camino a Fisterra) and San Antonio in Herbon-Padron (Camino Portuguese) close down for the rest of 2020. Source: Asociacion Galega de Amigos do Camiño de Santiago

List of accommodations beween Tui and Sta Ma de Alba on the Camino PortuguĂ©s intĂ©rieur, shared on the Facebook page: Camino de Santiago – Pilgrims Of The World

Camino Francés

(In French) List of accommodations and services between Roncesvalles/Valcarlos and Fisterra on the Vieux Crayons Editions webpage (1st reference for French Camino guidebooks). They contacted every accommodation on the list. Describes policies when known. Warning, accommodations that are not on the list could not be contacted: it doesn’t mean they’re closed!

(In French) List of accommodations between Roncesvalles/Valcarlos and Fisterra-Muxia on the Hospitalet Saint-Jacques website (a private accommodation on Le Puy route, France). Update date at the bottom of the page. Voluntary selection of the accommodations and advise are reflecting the authors’ preferences.

(In Spanish) List of accommodations in Navarra/La Rioja, between Roncesvalles/Valcarlos and Logroño, on the Jacotrans page (Camino-specialized transporter).

List of accommodation between Roncesvalles/Valcarlos and Santiago on the AMCS page (Asociacion de Municipios del Camino de Santiago). In concertation with the FICS (Fraternidad International del Camino de Santiago) and the Spanish Federation of the Camino de Santiago Societies. Tells of opened accommodations. Yellow and blue dots show accommodations that are opened and own the “Albergue Seguro” label. Red dots show municipal or traditional pilgrims hosting accommodations. Blue dots show other private or public accommodations.

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Roncesvalles and Santiago on Gronze’s Camino FrancĂ©s forum.

Camino Aragonés

List of accommodation between Roncesvalles/Valcarlos and Santiago on the AMCS page (Asociacion de Municipios del Camino de Santiago). In concertation with the FICS (Fraternidad International del Camino de Santiago) and the Spanish Federation of the Camino de Santiago Societies. Tells of opened accommodations. Yellow and blue dots show accommodations that are opened and own the “Albergue Seguro” label. Red dots show municipal or traditional pilgrims hosting accommodations. Blue dots show other private or public accommodations.

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between the Somport pass and Puente la Reina on Gronze’s Camino AragonĂ©s forum. Information come from the Society of the Camino de Santiago in Jaca.

Camino del Norte

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Irun and Santiago along the coast on the Facebook page: Camino del Norte. Ray Rosa’s June-4 post is regularly updated with the help of hosts and pilgrims. Additional info in the comments. The lists details if accommodations are opened, closed this season or permanently closed down.

(In Spanish) All public accommodation in the Basque Country are closed. Source: Amigos de los Caminos de Santiago de Alava.

Camino Primitivo

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Oviedo and As Seixas on the Facebook page: Camino Primitivo. See also comments for updated and additional information.

Via de la Plata

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Sevilla and Astorga and for the Camino Sanabrés (Granja de Moreruela-Santiago) on the website Camino Mozarabe de la Plata y sanabrés.

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Sevilla and Fisterra via the Camino SanabrĂ©s on Gronze’s Via de la Plata forum. 2 albergues of the Mozarabe are listed at the end of the post. Author says the list is updated every Monday. (A) shows opened accommodations (abierto) and (C) closed ones (cerrado).

Camino Mozarabe

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Almeria and Merida on the website of the Ascociacion Jacobea de Almeria-Granada. Included in the guidebook of this Camino.

Camino Sanabrés

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Granja de Moreruela and Santiago on the website Camino Mozarabe de la Plata y sanabrés.

List of accommodations between Granja de Moreruela and Fisterra/Muxia on Gronze’s Via de la Plata forum. Author says the list is updated every Monday. (A) shows opened accommodations (abierto) and (C) closed ones (cerrado).

Caminos Catalans

(In Spanish and Catalan) Access to the Caminos are impossible in the municipalities affected by the coronavirus resurgence. Notice on the Facebook page of the Associacio d’Amics dels Pelegrins A Santiago-Barcelona (follow up for updates; note the Camino del Norte is now free of access)

(In Spanish and Catalan) Pilgrim’s passports are delivered at Sant Jaume parish in Barcelona. Source: Amics dels Pelegrins A Santiago-Barcelona (keep the pop-up window open to read the information!)

(In Spanish) Accommodations are closed in Huesca. Source: Asociacion Oscense de Amigos del Camino

(In Spanish) Talks regarding the situation of the accommodations on the Caminos Catalan on Gronze’s Camino Catalan forum. Reports the reopening of the hostel Cervera

Camino de Baztan

(In Spanish) All accommodations are closed. Source: Agrupacion del Camino Baztanes, reported on Gronze’s Camino de Baztan forum.

Camino Vasco del Interior / Tunnel de San Adrian / Via Bayona

(In Spanish) All accommodations are closed except the albergue of Vitoria. This ones opens on July 1st. Source: Amigos de los Caminos de Santiago de Alava.

Camino Vadiniense / Lebaniego

(In Spanish) On the Facebook page Camino Lebaniego, notice of closure until further notice by the albergue de Cabañes (July 16 post); notice of the opening of the accommodations of Cades and Cicera (July 12 post; Cabañes has closed again since, see above!)

(In Spanish) Experience reports from pilgirms of this year on Gronze’s Camino Vadiniense forum. Lists of accommodations that are given there are personal ones.

Camino del Salvador

(In Spanish) List of private accommodations between La Robla and Mieres del Camino on the Facebook page Camino del Salvador. Comments underline that public accommodations are closed.

Camino de Invierno

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Villavieja and Deseiro on the website of the Asociacion Amigos do Camiño de Santiago por Valdeorra. It states that accommodations will reopen from July 1st and on; that it’s necessary to call ahead to be sure of availabilities.

Camino de Madrid

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Madrid and Grajal de Campos on the website of the Friends of the Camino de Santiago de Madrid.

Camino de Levante-Sureste

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Avila and Zamora on the website of the Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Levante Sureste.

(In Spanish) List of accommodations between Ataquines and Villalapando on the Facebook page of the Association of the Camino Sureste in Valladolid

Camino de la Lana

(In Spanish) Notice of reopening of the Camino on the website Camino de la Lana desde Valencia. It foresees that public accommodations will probably mostly stay closed; that private accommodations will make their own decisions; that openings will happen in relation with touristic, and not “pilgrim-ic”, demand


Accommodations in France

Covid-19 symptom: everything changes, fast and sometimes from one day to the next! Please check out the update date of the links I suggest and cross-reference the information! Ask each accommodation you chose about their opening, availability and policies. It’s highly recommended to organize well and book ahead this year.

(In French) List of accommodations and services on the Vieux Crayon edition page (1st reference for French Camino guidebooks). Details the Le Puy route (Le Puy-Aroue as well as the CĂ©lĂ© and Rocamadour variant), the Arles route (Arles-Eysus) and the VĂ©zelay route (Brèves/Crux la Ville-Osserain, Bourges/Nevers options, Bergerac variant).. They contacted every accommodation on the list. Describes policies when known. Warning, accommodations that are not on the list could not be contacted: it doesn’t mean they’re closed!

(In French) List of accommodations on the Le Puy, Arles, VĂ©zelay and Cluny routes on the Haltes vers Compostelle website. Lists members only.

(In French) List of accommodation on/near the GR® (= long-distance footpath) on the FFRP “Mon GR” website (French Hiking Federation). Access and readability are superior with the map (rather than the link)

Le Puy route

(In French) List of accommodations between Le Puy and Saint Jean Pied de Port on the Hospitalet Saint-Jacques website (a private accommodation on Le Puy route, France). Update date at the bottom of the page. Voluntary selection of the accommodations and advise are reflecting the authors’ preferences.

VĂ©zelay route

(In French) List of accommodations between VĂ©zelay and the Spanish border on the Voie du VĂ©zelay website. Includes information for the Bourges/Nevers options and the Bergerac variant. On the map, red or brown accommodation are opened. Grey ones are either closed, either with unknown opening date.

(In French) Accommodations of the Association Limousin-PĂ©rigord are closed in 2020

Arles route

(In French) The pilgrim community accommodations of Revel and Ayguesvives are opened, with booking only. Source: Association des Amis de Saint Jacques en Occitanie

Paris-Tours route

(In French) The pilgrim accommodation of Poitiers is closed. Source: Amis de Chemins de Compostelle en Vienne

(In French) Accommodation in Bordeaux region: 4 pilgrim community accommodations are opened (Le Bouscat, Gradignan-Cayac,Le Barp,Mons en Belin). Source: Notice des gîtes bordelais

(In French) The Bouscat accommodation is open under conditions. Source: Amis de St Jacques en Aquitaine. Transalte and read the directives!

Secondary routes and paths ahead of the main routes

The easiest and fastest way to have updated information is to talk directly with the local association of the Camino and/or with the registered accommodations on your route.

“Special Covid” notices by local associations: (societies that are not mentioned here simply ask pilgrims to get in touch directly with them or the accommodations to have updated information regarding the coronavirus situation)(all in French)


Accommodations in Portugal

Covid-19 symptom: everything changes, fast and sometimes from one day to the next! Please check out the update date of the links I suggest and cross-reference the information! Ask each accommodation you chose about their opening, availability and policies. It’s highly recommended to organize well and book ahead this year.

(In English) List of opened accommodations between Porto and the Spanish border for all variants on the Caminhos PortuguĂŞs website.

(In Portuguese and Spanish) List of accommodations between Porto and Valença by the coast on the Facebook page of the albergue Casa da Carolina. Warning, check out on the photo tab that the link still directs to the most recent update!

List of accommodations between Porto and Valença by the coast on the Facebook page of the albergue São Mamede (which itself remains closed).

(In Portuguese) List of accommodations between Porto and Valença on the Caminho Central on the Facebook page of Luis Ferreira.


Good luck for your preparations and Buen Camino!

UltreĂŻa!

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