Reach the albergue just before 1pm

It is important to reach the albergue before one because that’s when they open. Space is often limited and by the time you get there you might even see a lineup. If you arrive after 1pm and there’s no lineup, be worried that you’ll have to find a more expensive private albergue.


Also, reaching the albergue is more of a goal you should set everyday. Its a way to maintain a brisk pace and a time frame of when you should be finished. I like setting my end of day to 1:00pm for several reasons. First being that I’m usually sufficiently tired by then. Second, assuming you’re walking in the spring-summer time, the day tends to get quite hot around then making it very difficult to walk to the next big town. Third, from the routes I’ve taken, the next big town is usually 10-20km away.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve walked past 1pm and longer than 25km in one day. It is very doable just not very pleasant. If you do want to keep walking past 1:00pm I suggest that you take a break for a couple of hours and continue on at 3:00pm. The sun should not feel as hot to walk under and you should still be able to get to the next town with an albergue by around 7:00pm. Take caution on doing this when Camino traffic is high as it may be more difficult then to secure a bed.

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  1. Peter Lewis 05. Sep, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    I understand what you mean by ending at 1pm. The only problem is that you sometimes, depending on who you are, you can keep walking even further. I like to walk +40km some days. But on those days I usually do end up staying at the private albergue, which could cost a little bit more.

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    • Donna 07. Mar, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      I’m planning a trip for spring 2013, Is it necessary to reserve a spot at the alberque (how is that pronounced?) ahead of time or is it 1st come basis?

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      • CaminoDeSantiagoGuide 07. Mar, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

        Hi Donna, its pronounced “Al-bear-gae”. Its usually a first come first serve basis but you should usually have no problem finding one as long as you decide to end by lunch time. If you walk into the afternoon it can be a little trickier but you can still usually find one, even in the Spring. Hope this helps.

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