Coronavirus Covid-19 and the Camino: open accommodations

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The Camino is open! (Depending on what restrictions apply to you…) Just like at more normal times, the question of where to sleep quickly comes up. Since the Covid appeared however, everything is more complicated! Already opened, soon to open, closed this year or closed forever… How can you know which accommodations are open to pilgrims?

This post is dedicated to list the open accommodations in Spain, Portugal and France. And also to provide links with the freshest information possible!

(Last update: June 2021)
Please feel free to tell me of a outdated link or a new source! 🙂

On this page, only info on accommodations!
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 behind the links I share here! The work you’re doing is huge and remarkable!

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

On this page:
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

In 2020, everyone suffered from the chaos caused by the coronavirus. 2020 was so depressing for pilgrims and 2021 seems to follow the same steps… But it’s nothing compared to the nightmare Camino professionals are going through!

Bad years wasted years

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 have 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-Covid 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.
Portugal has been the first country to introduce an official certification, to distinguish establishments that are especially safe and thorough in their management of the virus, with the label “Clean & Safe”
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.
In France, various independent label exist, but no official one, nor one specific to the French Caminos.

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, buen Camino, bom Caminho, bon Chemin!

Accommodations in Spain

Warning! Be informed about the situation in Spain and make sure you can go there to do your Camino legally! Find update on the Covid/Camino on this page

Important note: this page is only referencing links, I’m not responsible for their updates and their content
To help you see more clearly through the links here, each is preceded by the following indications:
[UPDATED] for links normally updated by their author/admin
[CAUTION] for links from 2020, but hopefully with updates to come. Info can still be useful, especially regarding close accommodations. Consider with great caution!

In any case, recheck any info you find here! ↓
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 directly to 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: 1 link, several Caminos

[UPDATED] 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

[UPDATED] List of accommodations on the Caminos Francés, Portugués, del Norte, a Fisterra-Muxia, Primitivo, de la Plata, Inglés on the Wise Pilgrim Guides website.
Said to be updated 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?

[UPDATED] List of accommodations on the Caminos Francés, Portugués, a Fisterra-Muxia, del Salvador, Primitivo, de la Plata, Sanabrés, Inglés on Camino Ninja App

[UPDATED] The Gronze website lists accommodations on many Caminos.
The ones that are closed are signaled by a little “danger” or “interdiction” sign.

Caminos in Galicia

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

[UPDATED] 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.

[UPDATED] List of accommodations of private accommodation in Galicia, on Agalber (Asociacion Galega de Albergues Privados).
Information via Google Maps by selecting the map, via spreadsheet by selecting the link.

[UPDATED] List of accommodations between Tui and Santiago on the Camino Portugués interior, shared by the website of the albergue Ideas Peregrinas in Tui

Camino Francés

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[UPDATED] The albergue de Roncesvalles takes reservations on its website, first available date is June 23rd

[UPDATED] Others accommodations on the website of the hamlet. Each link leads to the page of the accommodation, which tells if it’s open or not

[UPDATED] List of accommodations between Roncesvalles and Logroño, shared on the facebook page of the gĂ®te Le Chemin Vers l’Etoile (SJPP)(thanks Eric)

[UPDATED] 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!

[UPDATED] 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.

[UPDATED] 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.
Red dots show places with open accommodations

Camino Aragonés

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain

[UPDATED] List of accommodation between the Somport and Puente la Reina 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
Red dots show places with open accommodations

Camino del Norte

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[CAUTION] 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.

[CAUTION] All public accommodation in the Basque Country are closed.
Source: Amigos de los Caminos de Santiago de Alava.

Camino Primitivo

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[UPDATED] List of accommodations between Oviedo and As Seixas on the Facebook page: Camino Primitivo.
See also comments for updated and additional information.

[UPDATED] The albergue in Oviedo is open, see the page of the Association Asturias-Leon

Via de la Plata

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[UPDATED] List of accommodation between Sevilla and Fisterra via the Camino Sanabrés on the official page of the Camino, El Camino de la Plata

[CAUTION] 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.

[UPDATED] List of accommodation between Sevilla and Fisterra/Muxia via the Camino Sanabrés on the facebook page of the Association of the Caminos via de la Plata.
List for the Mozarabe as well. (A) shows opened accommodations (abierto) and (C) closed ones (cerrado)

Camino Mozarabe

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain

[CAUTION] List of accommodations between Almeria and Merida on the website of the Ascociacion Jacobea de Almeria-Granada.
Included in the guidebook of this Camino.

[UPDATED] List of accommodation between Almeria/Granada and Merida on the facebook page of the Association of the Caminos via de la Plata.
List for the Plata (Sevilla) and Sanabres as well. (A) shows opened accommodations (abierto) and (C) closed ones (cerrado)

Camino Sanabrés

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[CAUTION] List of accommodations between Granja de Moreruela and Santiago on the website Camino Mozarabe de la Plata y sanabrés.

[UPDATED] List of accommodation between Zamora and Fisterra/Muxia on the facebook page of the Association of the Caminos via de la Plata.
List for the Mozarabe and Plata as well. (A) shows opened accommodations (abierto) and (C) closed ones (cerrado)

Caminos Catalans

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain

[UPDATED] List of accommodations on the website of the Amics dels Pelegrins A Santiago-Barcelona (document at the bottom of the page)
Pilgrim’s passports are delivered at Sant Jaume parish in Barcelona. Keep the pop-up window open to read the information!

Camino de Baztan

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain

[CAUTION] All accommodations are close in 2020.
Source: Agrupacion del Camino Baztanes, reported on Gronze’s Camino de Baztan forum.

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

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain

[CAUTION] All accommodations are closed. Source: Amigos de los Caminos de Santiago de Alava.

Camino Vadiniense / Lebaniego

Think of checking the link in the sections “All Caminos in Spain

Camino del Salvador

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain

[UPDATED] The albergue in Llanos de Someron is close until further notice, on the Camino del Salvador facebook page

[CAUTION] List of private accommodation on the facebook page: Camino del Salvador.

[UPDATED] The albergue in Oviedo is open, see the page of the Association Asturias-Leon

Camino de Invierno

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[UPDATED] List of accommodations between Villavieja and Deseiro on the website of the Asociacion Amigos do Camiño de Santiago por Valdeorra.
It states that it’s necessary to call ahead to be sure of availabilities.

Camino de Madrid

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain

[UPDATED] 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

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[CAUTION] List of accommodations between Avila and Zamora on the website of the Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago de Levante Sureste.

[CAUTION] List of accommodations between Ataquines and Villalapando on the Facebook page of the Association of the Camino Sureste in Valladolid

Camino de la Lana

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Caminos in Spain” and “Caminos in Galicia

[UPDATED] Public accommodations are close until further notice, on the website Camino de la Lana desde Valencia


Accommodations in France

Warning! Be informed about the situation in France and make sure you can go there to do your Camino legally! Find update on the Covid/Camino on this page

Important note: this page is only referencing links, I’m not responsible for their updates and their content
To help you see more clearly through the links here, each is preceded by the following indications:
[UPDATED] for links normally updated by their author/admin
[CAUTION] for links from 2020, but hopefully with updates to come. Info can still be useful, especially regarding close accommodations. Consider with great caution!

In any case, recheck any info you find here! ↓
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 directly to each accommodation you chose about their opening, availability and policies.
It’s highly recommended to organize well and book ahead this year.

All Chemins in France: 1 link, several Caminos

[UPDATED] List of accommodation on all the itineraries made by a collective of hosts in France, on this interactive map
Each host is responsible for their own updates

[UPDATED] List of accommodations and services on the Vieux Crayon edition page (1st reference for French Camino guidebooks).
Details the Le Puy route (and Célé and Rocamadour variants), the Arles route, the Paris-Tours route (Chartre/Orléans) and the Vézelay route (and 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!

[UPDATED] List of accommodations on the Le Puy, Arles, VĂ©zelay and Cluny routes that are adherents of the label “Haltes vers Compostelle”: ont their website or their Facebook page.
Lists members only.

Le Puy route

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Chemins in France

[UPDATED] List of accommodation on the Le Puy route and the Célé variant, on the website Santiagooo

[UPDATED] 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.

[UPDATED] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Landes, on their website (see the “hĂ©bergements” section)

[A JOUR] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Pyrénées Atlantiques, on their website

VĂ©zelay route

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Chemins in France

[UPDATED] 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.

[UPDATED] Accommodations of the Association Limousin-PĂ©rigord, on their page

[UPDATED] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Aquitaine (Gironde), on their page (“hĂ©bergement” file)

[UPDATED] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of the Landes, on their website (see the “hĂ©bergements” section)

[A JOUR] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Pyrénées Atlantiques, on their website

Arles route

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Chemins in France

[UPDATED] List of accommodation on the Le Puy route and the Célé variant, on the website Santiagooo

[UPDATED] The maison Saint Jacques de LĂ©guevin is open

[A JOUR] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Pyrénées Atlantiques, on their website

Paris-Tours route

Think of checking the link in the sections “All the Chemins in France

[CAUTION] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Eure et Loire, on their website

[UPDATED] List of accommodations in Loiret (OrlĂ©ans) on the page of the association Compostelle 45 (link “hĂ©bergements et services”)

[CAUTION] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Touraine, on their page

[UPDATED] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Vienne. Sources: Facebook page and website

[CAUTION] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Charente Maritime, on their page

[UPDATE] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Aquitaine (Gironde), on their page (“hĂ©bergement” file)

[UPDATED] The Bouscat refuge is open from May 4th. Source: Amis de St Jacques en Aquitaine.

[UPDATED] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Landes, on their website (see the “hĂ©bergements” section)

[A JOUR] List of accommodations managed by the Jacobean association of Pyrénées Atlantiques, on their website

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.

This page lists associations that are members of the FFACC (French Federations of Camino Associations)
Warning! Not all associations are listed here, try “name of the department” or “name of the region” + saint jacques compostelle

“Special Covid” notices by local associations:
(The ones 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

Warning! Be informed about the situation in Portugal and make sure you can go there to do your Camino legally! Find update on the Covid/Camino on this page

Important note: this page is only referencing links, I’m not responsible for their updates and their content
To help you see more clearly through the links here, each is preceded by the following indications:
[UPDATED] for links normally updated by their author/admin
[CAUTION] for links from 2020, but hopefully with updates to come. Info can still be useful, especially regarding close accommodations. Consider with great caution!

In any case, recheck any info you find here! ↓
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 directly to each accommodation you chose about their opening, availability and policies.
It’s highly recommended to organize well and book ahead this year.

[UPDATED] List of opened accommodations between Porto and the Spanish border for all variants on the website of the albergue of Porto.

[UPDATED] List of accommodation between Lisboa and Santiago on the Caminho Central on the website Gronze.

[UPDATED] List of accommodation between Porto and Redondela on the Caminho de la Costa on the website Gronze.

[UPDATED] List of accommodations on the Caminho Portugués on Camino Ninja App


Good luck for your preparations and Buen Camino!

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