camino santiago compostela

The Camino Frances

(The French Route)

Contents

Introduction

Welcome to a website for the Camino Frances route of the Camino Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage. If you are interested in the Via De La Plata route instead then please visit my website for this route. There is also The Camino De Madrid route. There is a seperate page with all the pictures from my many caminos.

I have now walked all or part of the camino frances every year since 2000 up to 2007. I have walked it in all seasons, the earliest being the beginning of February 2005 and the latest being the beginning of November 2000. Of all the seasons, I think spring is best as the flowers are coming out, especially the poppies. The hottest and busiest month is August when Spanish people are often obliged to take their holidays.

I found it very useful to review other peoples experiences on the camino before I did my first walk. I have listed a few useful websites below. The comments in the descriptions below are my own personal and subjective impressions of the websites. They reflect my own likes and dislikes and they should be treated accordingly when read.

Site Name Comment
The Millenium Pilgrim

Austin Redpath's Account of his Camino.

Peter Robins

An excellent article about blisters, the "bane" of most camino walkers. The rest of the site is also worth visiting.

Carl Sesto

Walking Through Shadows. Carl is a professional photographer, and it shows in the photographs he has used. Was off-line for a while but is now back again. It is now in the form of a book.

The Confraternity Of St James - Winter Pilgrim

An article by Alison Raju about walking the camino in autumn or winter. This one convinced me it was walk able in October.

The Confraternity Of St James - A First Time Warden at Castrojeriz

An article by a pilgrim who decided to stay and run the refuge at Castrojeriz for a short while.

Evelyn Ennor

Evelyn's very well written account of her 2002 pilgrimage. Available as a PDF.

Nev David Thomas

A very readable blog about his 2013 camino. Still a work in progress but promising. He plans to walk from Prague to Finnisterre for his next camino, a journey I once considered myself; but I only managed the Oberstrasse part of it.


Book Recommendations

I am often asked in emails for book recommendations so here is a list of the books I have read about the camino, or are related to it in some way:-

Every one of these books can be ordered via amazon.com or if you are in the uk amazon.co.uk and are mostly available within a few weeks. I have provided web references for the UK site here, Just click on the book Author's name.

Author's Name(s) Cover ISBN Number(s) Book Title
Nancy Louise Frey 0520210840 (paper)
0520217519 (cloth)

Pilgrim Stories - On And Off  The Road To Santiago

Lee Hoinacki 0271016124 {cloth)

El Camino - Walking to Santiago de Compostela

Shirley Maclaine 0743208080 (cloth)

The Camino - A Journey Of The Spirit - A controversial but readable account of her Camino in 1996. Some chapters are better skipped over.

David Lodge 0140253580 (paper)

Therapy - This is very funny. Part 4 contains references to the Camino.

Elyn Aviva 0971060916 (paper)

Dead End On The Camino - A fictional story, to quote the back cover "Murder, mayhem, and mystery accompany anthropologist Noa Webster on her treasure hunt on the Camino de Santiago".

Maryjane Dunn
Linda Kay Davidson
0415928958 (paper)
0815316380 (cloth)

The Pilgrimage to Compostela In The Middle Ages - A serious academic study on the Camino.

David Gitlitz
Linda Kay Davidson
0312254164 (paper)

The Pilgrimage Road To Santiago: The Complete Cultural Handbook

Ben Nimmo 0007104731 (paper)

Pilgrim Snail - This is about Ben's "Charity Trombone Walk". I had a link to his website but the link no longer works. It's a shame, as it was a good website. I couldn't put it down until very late at night, so now I can heartily recommend it.

Cees Nooteboom 186046419X (paper)

Roads To Santiago

Edwin Mullins
1902669304 (cloth)
1902669312 (paper)

The Pilgrimage To Santiago

Milan Bravo Lozano
8424138333 (paper)

A Practical Guide For Pilgrims - The famous book and map combination. Read the book beforehand and only take the maps on the Camino. I found the maps to be excellent. It comes in several language versions as well. I saw at least English, French, Spanish and German versions in a shop in "Santo Domingo De La Calzada".

Sue Kenney ISBN-10: 097341863X
ISBN-13: 978-0973418637

My Camino - Sue is a motivational speaker and life coach. She has walked the camino several times, firstly alone and then guiding a group of 5 other women.


Organisations

Here is a list of the Camino organisations I am currently aware of and their contact details:-

Organisation Name Comments
The confraternity of St James.

Based in London. Can provide their own version of the pilgrim's passport.


Videos and Multimedia

Here is a list of some camino related videos which I have found interesting.-

Name Comments
www.caminovideo.com

Ray and Carol Bertoia took a video camera with them on their camino. The resulting video is very good and is well worth a look. I have watched it at least five times now myself.

www.suekenney.ca

Sue is a Motivational Speaker and does presentations about the camino as part of her motivational speaking. She has made several multimedia CD's and DVD's. She has also written books about her camino(s).

Within The
Way Without

An excellent DVD about three pilgrims who travel in the winter, spring and summer. Their stories are interwoven throughout the narrative as each one reaches certain points along the camino. It also shows something of their home lives before and after their caminos.

Available from the Confraternity Of St James (Click on the title on the left).

Camino the Journey to Santiago

An excellent DVD. This is a different style of DVD where the main character is shown at many stages on her camino but without a narrative. the music wh"ch accopanies the video is specially written and is very easy to listen too. the lavk of narrative is not a hindrance to this excellent short movie.


Sounds Of The Camino

On my second camino in May 2001, I took along a small mini-disc recorder, a Sony MZ-G750, and a stereo microphone to try and record some of the fabulous sounds I heard on my first camino. Although I did not get the snoring, I recorded most of the other characteristic sounds that can be heard. They are all in MP3 format which I hope you can use.

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Cowbells
Before
Pamplona
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Birdsong
In Cizur Menor
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Birdsong
In Estella
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Storks
at Belorado
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Frogs
at Estella
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Frogs
at Los Arcos
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Chicadas
after
Estella
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Birdsong
in
Azofra
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Church
Organ
At Azofra 1
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Church
Organ
At Azofra 2
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Church
Bells In
Burgos
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Laughter
In a Pub In
Burgos

Certificates and Passports

To prove that I finished my first camino, here are two pictures of the completed pilgrim's passport and the simpler "compostela" or "Certificado" which you are given if you do not put "spiritual" as the reason for your pilgrimage when you visit the pilgrim office in Santiago:-


A picture of the simpler compostela
The "Simpler" Compostela

A picture of a typical pilgrims passport
A typical pilgrims passport

Packing List

It is vitally important that you take the absolute minimum amount of stuff with you in your backpack. Everybody takes too much and almost always end up sending it home or forward to Santiago in the mail or even just discarding it. It is surprising just how little you really need to take as the shops in Spain are now very good and have all the "modern" stuff that people want such as Shaving Cream, or Suntan Lotion etc. You don't need to take those things, just buy them as you need them. Personally I prefer to do it this way since it keeps the local economy running as well as keeping the backpack lighter. Some local communities seem to rely on the pilgrims walking through for their lively-hood. Some, on the other hand, hide their shops for the use of the locals only. You need to search out those sometimes when a town or village appears to have no shops.

In general, for clothes, take three pairs of everything, one to wear and one in the wash or drying on the back of your backpack.The third one is for when you can't wash that days clothes for some reason.

That lot shouldn't add up to more than 10KG and one of the heaviest items, the boots, you will be wearing without noticing the weight.

I would recommend that you drink at least 3 liters of fresh water every day. It is very easy to become dehydrated on the Camino, particularly on the meseta and drinking coffee or soft drinks is not a suitable substitute as it dehydrates you. So for every "Grande Caffe Con Letche", you need another 1/3 liter of fresh water later to compensate! A real shame, as I adore Spanish coffee (big sigh) and it's one of the main "luxuries" I don't want to do without when walking the camino. I look forward to my first coffee every single day.


Refuges and Hostals

At St Jean Pied De Port and other refuges, you can obtain a list of all the current refuges in Spain. When I obtained one of those lists I added the details to my set of "Lozano" maps. I have reproduced this list here with comments on the refuges that I have actually stayed at.

Since the beginning of 2004, a holy year, the number of refuges has greatly increased. You are more likely to find one in small out of the way places than before. Also the bigger cities and towns tend to have at least three now due to the large numbers of pilgrims which were expected during the holy year. The newer refuges tend to be much better equipped than the traditional ones and one or two very old ones have closed down either permanently or for refurbishment.

In general the refuges in Galicia are modern, built due to the visit by the Pope in 1992. However they seem to have been built cheaply and they all had problems with the electricity supply, which frequently failed leaving no cooking facilities or hot water. My cynical side says that this was so that the local bars did some extra business.

Refuges operate on a "first come, first served" basis. Preference is usually given to walking pilgrims and then to the cyclists. You cannot book a place in advance and most hospitaleros will not allow car pilgrims to stay there or allow a support car to "book" beds before hand. Quite right too, in my opinion. In the unlikely event of having a horse with you then your options are very limited unless you also bring a tent with you. When the refuges are full, which is frequent in the better months, then there are often many "hostels" or "pensions" (small private hotels or B&B) which are usually very nice and only $15 a night or thereabouts. They have the benefit of having hot water and usually a private shower and of course a private bedroom!. I used them a lot on my second Camino as the refuges were almost always full from Burgos onwards even in late May.

To stay in a refuge, you need to have obtained a pilgrim's passport or credential. These can be obtained in most of the major cities on the camino. Or from one of the camino organisations listed above or from the pilgrims offices in St Jean Pied De Port and Roncesvalles. The hospitalero will usually stamp these with their special stamp when you sign in to the refuge. Some of the stamps are quite artistic. Also bars and hotels often have a stamp and of course the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) will also have a stamp. Finally, you need to have at least two stamps per day when walking the last 100KM of the Camino if you want to obtain the Compostela when you reach Santiago.

The following list is very old and out of date and I had removed it, but many people have asked me to re-instate it again as there seems to be no other list easily available. Expect there to be many more refuges opened, especially private ones, than I have listed here. The best source of information on the current refuge situation is the Confraternity Of St James. They produce a booklet with the most update information, but of course it's not free like this one!


Distance Name Comment
0St Jean Pied Du Port Not sure what to say about this one as it is likely to be your first experience of a refuge. I found it to be ok every time I have stayed there. The town has really good restaurants.
5Huntto I did not stay here but talking to people who did, they said it was an excellent private refuge.
8 Orrison After Huntto and about 8Km from St Jean Pied Du Port is another new private refuge built by the side of the road. This breaks up the journey so you don't have to walk the whole way to Roncesvalles in a single day which is a great improvement. You have to book ahead though as it's often full.
18Roncesvalles Be careful of this one due to the stupid rules about vacating the refuge during mass. See my diary for the reasons. I had a very bad experience here.

Update: They have now dropped the rule about vacating the refuge during mass and they have moved the whole refuge into another much larger building with vastly better facilities. I can now recommend it as well as the hostal above the bar and also the "La Posada" hotel also in the village. I have now stayed at all three places.
22Zubiri If the weather is bad, this can be one of the worst refuges on the camino as the toilet facilities are very poor and get dirty very quickly. When the weather is good it's ok. There are no curtains on a very big picture window and a very bright light outside. You may have difficulty sleeping, I did.

Update: The refuge situation in Zubiri has changed considerably. There are several new small refuges, particulary on the short road from the bridge to the main road. The old refuge is still there and used as an overflow. There are also several small pensions opened up and sign for these can be seen all over the place and in the bars.
5Larrasoaña I finally got to meet the hospitalero and mayor in 2004. The refuge is very good, although there are no obvious shops or restaurants in the village. I say "no obvious" because this year I arrived early and waited about 4 hours outside the refuge. I observed various people driving up to a particular house nearby the refuge and walking out again, with satisfied looks, a few hours later and sometimes with silver foil packages in their hands. I can recommend the little bar right at the end of the village on the left. The owner is a real character and he sells a few pilgrim items in the bar shop.

Update: The refuge situation in Larrasoaña has also changed. In 2007, there was an overflow building to the main refuge and the bar at the top of the town had re-opened again.
8Trinidad De Arre I stayed here on my second camino and liked this one. We had wonderful weather after a day or two of damp weather and I have never seen so much washing out to dry in the hot sun at a refuge before.
6Pamplona A reasonable refuge in the center of the city. It's up a long narrow flight of stairs though so it can be difficult to get up there with a backpack on and somebody else trying to come down the stairs.

Update: Again, lots of changes here with the old refuge closed down but many new ones opened up. Personally I still prefer to walk on until I reach Maribel's refuge in Cizur Minor.
5Cizur Minor This is Maribel Roncal's privately run refuge. Over the years she has updated the facilites considerably from the origonal garden house. There are no shops in the village, so you need to buy food in Pamplona first or use the several good local restaurants. Or walk the 10KM to Cizur Major which has a supermarket. Maribel has upgraded all the facilities and there is now a second annex with excellent showers.
19Puente La Reina There are two refuges here, one on the way into the town and one on the hill on the way out of town. Also many hostels and two "parador" style hotels on the way in. On my first camino, the refuge had a system of triple bunks in a very dark and damp room in part of a building. Now the whole building is used and they have new but squeaky beds. The refuge on the hill is a brand new modern one with good beds and washing facilities. It also has its own restaurant. The hotel "Jueke" has an albergue in the basement of the building with also has excellent facilities. Not many people stay there though as it is not very well advertised. I only know because I stayed in the hotel this year in order to get a hot bath.
20Estella A good refuge on the way into town. Be careful of the breakfast though as it is a big con. Don't buy it, get your own food. Can be noisy this refuge as the hospitalero seems to like playing loud music during the day. When I was there the first time, it was the same "Enya" track several times a day!
8Villamajor De Monjardin A really good, Dutch run refuge. They provide an evening meal and an excellent breakfast. This was the first place I managed to find brown bread! It was freshly baked that morning, delicious!
12Los Arcos This main one is run by some camino group. This is the famous "massage" refuge where the guy comes in every day to give foot or back massages. It didn't try one myself as I didn't like the look of him but people I asked said they were very good.

Update: There are now four albergues in Los Arcos. The municipal one and three private ones. All are fairly obvious when walking into the town. The first one I got to looked very nice inside. I didn't look at the second. The third is accessable through a garage and is next door to the municipal one. I am told by someone, who's opinion I respect, that it was very good.
10Torres Del Rio I stayed in this one in 2004. I found it very "cozy" although there are not many facilities there.
6Viana This is one of the few refuges that still have triple bunks.
8Logroño A very big refuge on the left down a side street after you cross one of the big bridges over the river. It had a very nice fountain/pond in the grounds where you could bathe your feet. Actually very close to the town center and the restaurants.
10Navarette This was a good refuge. When I was there, the hospitalera was a singer and did a special kind of evening service for the pilgrims although she is not ordained. She liked giving people hugs.
16Nájera You need to have walked all the way from Logroño for this one, as sometimes one of the hospitaleros will not let you stay here if you have stopped anywhere else on the way. There was not a very nice atmosphere here and I walked on to Azofra which was much nicer, although the refuge itself was not so well kept. I would rather have a nice hospitalero and a bad refuge than the other way round.
5Azofra A nice hospitalero, but the refuge itself is a bit run down. It was full when I arrived with a group of German women and we were put into the "barn" where some famous king had slept. It was memorable to me for the guy playing the organ and for the birdsong.
16Santo Domingo De La CalzadaThis is the town where they keep the cock and the hen in a golden cage. Comes from a miracle which occured when a boy, who had been strangled, came back to life at the same time as the mayor's dinner, which was roast chicken, also came back to life.
5Grañón The best refuge on the camino. There is a special atmosphere here. Very friendly and hospitable. No beds, just mats, but very comfortable. Very few spaces though. The priest, if he is there, will take your name and say a prayer for you every day until a date you specify for reaching Santiago.
6Redicilla Del Camino Unknown
10Belorado I found this refuge to be a bit cold. It is right next to a church. On my second Camino, they had to open up an annex in a garage nearby to handle the huge number of pilgrims staying there. The second time there were storks up on the roof.

Quatro Canciones This is a brand new refuge in Belorado, set up as the old one is being repaired and upgraded. It was a little cramped but was nice and warm and had excellent showers and washing facilities. It's quite close to the old one, just one street away.
13Villafranca Montes De Oca An awful dirty damp refuge in a tiny village which seems to be just one big truck stop. The refuge is right next to the road which is very narrow here and there is an endless stream of huge lorries passing by day and night. I would not recommend it except that the next one "San Juan De Ortega" can be worse.

Villafranca Montes De Oca 2A very nice new refuge has been built on the other side of the road and on the hillside. I could not get inside to look but from the outside it looked excellent. Built for the huge numbers of pilgrims expected in 2004.
13San Juan De Ortega A very cold and unfriendly place now that the priest who used to serve the garlic soup is no longer there. I cannot recommend it. There is only one very small bar here and no shops.
8Atapuerca This appears at, first sight, to be a very basic refuge. However be careful, as it's very expensive at 7 euros a night and is actually owned by the hotel next door. It's really a pityless commercial exploitation of the refuge system and in March 2004 in the winter conditions we had then, the pathetic wood stove provided no heating whatsoever and we all froze in the unheated sleeping room.
15Burgos It seems to take forever to get through Burgos on the way to this one as it is near the outside of the city on the other side from San Juan.

Update: In 2005, the was a second refuge in the center of town but over the river in a converted old building. This was a very nice refuge but I don't remember seeing many signs to it recently so it may have closed again.

Update: There is also another smaller refuge in the belfry of a church in the center of town fairly near the cathedral. It was nice and warm when I stayed there in 2007.
10Tardajos A nice little refuge on the way to Hornillos del Camino. If the Burgos refuge is full then this one is worth the extra walk.
10Hornillos Del Camino The refuge here is right before the church on the right as you walk up the only street in the village.
7San Bol This one is supposedly run by a templar society and has the "benefit" of having no toilet facilities whatsoever and no food or shops. Both times I have been there, the same hospitalero was there and he seemed to be a rather depressed chap. Maybe he badly needed the loo!!
4Hontanas

There is now a nice refuge here and two hostals. One bar here has the famous "Vitorino" who does the trick with the wine where he pours it on his forehead, runs it over his nose, and then drinks it in his mouth without spilling a single drop. The bar is a dirty place but the food is good. I was there in circumstances where we were very glad of the warn fire. It was also memorable for the endless number of dishes of food which he brought out for our meal. I have never eaten so much pork in my life at one meal.

Update: Vitorino's bar was closed up when I walked past it in 2006.

7Castrojeriz

The hospitalero here does not speak any English but has made many signs in pictures to show where the facilities are. It was memorable for the worst coffee I ever tested, ever! They play gregorian chanting music quite softly in the morning to wake you up.

Update: Alas the hospitalero died in a train crash a few years ago and the refuge is under new management now.

12Itero Del Castillo Unknown
8Boádilla Del Camino There are three refuges here. One of the left immediately you enter the village. The second is in a building sharing a bar in the middle of the village. The third is right next to the church in the middle of the village but was closed for repairs in March 2005.
6Frómista The local mayor owns all the hotels here and financed the refuge without a usable kitchen so you have to eat in his restaurant as well! The food is good though.
5Población De Campos I have always passed this place in the morning and it has never been open. But it always looked as if it had been occupied the night before.
11Villalcázar De Sirga A good refuge here only a few miles before Carrión De Los Condes. The Camino to this point is right next to the main road and passes though what feels like an endless sequence of bollards. The only reason I could see for having so many was to stop cars from the road driving onto the camino path!
6Carrión De Los Condes There are two refuges here. The old one on the way in to the town insists on having three people to a room to prevent any hanky panky. The other one is in the town center next to the church and has working washing machines.
17Calzadilla De La Cueza Immediately on your left just before you walk into the village. There is a large mural on the wall. Try the spicy garbanzo bean soup at the bar at the other end of town, it's delicious.
6Ledigos Small refuge
10Terradillos De Templarios Unknown
?Moratinos Alhough not stictly a refuge, Rebecca's house "The Peacable Kingdom" is very welcoming of pilgrims.
14Sahagún One of the traditional refuges. The sleeping area is in the loft of the church and has an echo and occasionally small mice.
5Calzada Del Coto Unknown
7Bercianos Del Real Camino Unknown
7El Burgo Ranero There is a new refuge run by a brazilian chap now.
18Reliegos The refuge is a little tricky to find and its best to ask at the bar immediately on your left as you reach the plaza. There is a shop, but is closes early.
6Mansilla De Las Mulas Quite a nice new refuge in a converted building.
19León This one is part of a convent. It's inside a very large building but the actual sleeping room itself is quite small. There are male and female toilets and a small kitchen. The hospitalero was very friendly.
8Villadangos Del Páramo We took the alternative route after Virgen Del camino and missed seeing this one.
12Hospital De Orbigo (new)
Hospital De Orbigo (old)
There are actually two refuges here. The old one can be found by taking the road off to the right half way across the bridge and walking straight on for 500 meters. The newer one is found by walking across the bridge and into the old main street until just about the end. It is on the right hand side.
17Astorga Pretty awful municipal refuge in an old school building. The rooms are on two levels and although there are loads of beds, the showers are minimal and you have to queue most of the time. The kitchen, although big had only a very basic two ring cooker. It did not work when we tried it.
5Murias De Rechivaldo Unknown
4Santa Catalina De Samoza Unknown
3El Ganso This one has the famous "cowboy" bar. I didn't find the refuge itself.
10Rabanal Del Camino (Italian)
Rabanal Del Camino (British)
There are three refuges here, One run by the British. Allegedly they give you breakfast of tea or coffee and toast with marmalade. This year we stayed at the "Italian" one which was very nice. The "British" one was full. The third refuge is a horrible municipal one next door to the "Italian" one.
5Foncebadón (hostal) A brand new one is being built here. When we walked through this year it was not yet finished but there was a new hostal/hotel which was nice. There was no sign of any wild dogs.
5Manjarin This is Thomas the Templar's refuge. Although Thomas is a really nice person, I would not really recommend staying here unless you have a particularly adventurous spirit as there are allegedly no toilets or showers.
7El Acebo The refuge itself is very small and most of us ended up staying at the unofficial one which was behind an excellent bar/restaurant.
4Riego De Ambró This is a fairly new refuge built in a converted barn. People I talked to who stayed here had only good things to say about it.
4Molineseca I found this refuge a little strange and I would not have wanted to stay there as it felt very funny. However Antje says that it was OK when she stayed there last year.
7Ponferrada A brand new refuge built by the town in the park near the castle. I seem to remember it contained a lot of marble.
8Cacabelos This one is very strange. It is divided up into little sheds with two bunks per shed. It is built in the grounds of the church on the way out of town. I stayed there for many hours one late afternoon and not a single person wanted to stop and stay there. However this year there were loads of people staying there and I found it very good when you want some privacy with your companion.
15Villafranca Del Bierzo (old)
Villafranca Del Bierzo (new)
There are two refuges here very close too each other. The newer one is the first one you come across and the older one is run by the famous Jesus Jato. The new one has washing machines. They do a strange fire thing here. The famous "old" plastic sheet refuge no longer exists.
17Vega De Valcarce This one is quite old and has a bar in the bottom half of the building. There is actually another refuge here as well.
3Ruitelán This one is run by two Buddhist brothers who will prepare a reasonable evening meal. However they play "Also Sprach Zarathustra" or some other rousing music in the morning to wake everyone up!
9O Cebreiro I didn't like the atmosphere here at all. It was very strange and I didn't fancy staying more than a few minutes to look around. In 2002, my partner and I stayed in the refuge as we were both too knackered from the long climb up, but luckily it was the first refuge where we got any warmth. We needed it, as it snowed the next day.
6Hospital Da Condesa A new refuge. You need to buy food at Linares first as there is no bar or any shops here.
15Triacastela There are two refuges here. A very modern but slightly unpleasant one in the middle of the town and an older one on the way out of town. The older one was closed when I walked past it in October 2000 but it looked like it would have opened later that day.
12Calvor The first refuge if you take the right hand path at Triacastela. A modern refuge with good facilities. But no bar or shops except in nearby Sarria.
5Samos The first refuge if you take the left hand path at Triacastela. The famous monastery with the Gregorian chanting. But a cold place as it is a monastic building. There is an excellent hostal across the road.
5Sarria The kitchen has no pots to cook with. This is also true of many of the refuges in Galicia.
4Barbadelo There are no shops here but there is a restaurant run by a local woman who seems to own everything in the village.
6Morgade Unknown
2Ferreiros Unknown
10Portomarín One of the dirtiest refuges I have seen. We all refused to stay there and walked to the next one at Gonzar. The second time I looked in, it was full.
8Gonzar They have a habit of turning off the electricity here so that you have to use the bar next door to eat and for warmth.
2Hospital De La Cruz Unknown
4Ventas De Naron Unknown
4Ligonde Unknown
8Palas De Rei Unknown
6Casanova Unknown
10Melide Unknown
12Ribadiso De Baixo A refuge of character. Excellent washing facilities here for some reason.
3Arzua See the comment for Sarria.
17Santa Irene Unknown
4Arca Looked for it but couldn't find this one.
14Monte De Gozo A huge, horrible, holiday camp style refuge.
3Santiago Another huge refuge with a problem with theft. I would not recommend that you stay here but rather in one of the excellent hotels in Santiago. Treat yourself as you deserve it for getting this far!

Update: A second refuge has been opened soon after Monte De Gozo which has 50 beds, a washing machine and a dinning area where people can eat. The price is 5 Euros.



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