Try to stay at the municipal (or Xunta) albergues

These are essentially government run hostels with the sole purpose of accommodating Camino hikers. They are usually cheaper than the private albergues. The only reason you would have to go to a private albergue is because the municipal one was full. This is another reason to always leave early.


The great thing about these municipal albergues is that, from what I remember, they all give you clean disposable bed linens to protect yourself from bed bugs. I have stayed at some private albergues and a few times they did not provide any linens, which I found very surprising. The reason is because they do not have the same standards as the municipal albergues. These government run albergues are provided with the linens while the private albergues probably have to spend for them on their own. For the most part the private albergues are nice and not too expensive, its just that their quality can vary from place to place. Sometimes it may be a really amazing and memorable albergue or it could be a complete dump that you wish you never have to stay at again.

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  1. AlanE 30. Aug, 2011 at 4:23 pm #

    This picture looks like the municipal albergue in Santiago. That place is really big and quite a good facility.

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  2. Tatiana 14. Nov, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    How much does it cost per night in average? I’m trying have a rough expenses calculation

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    • CaminoDeSantiagoGuide 14. Nov, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

      It costs approximately 2-5 euros at the municipal albergues. Those are government run hostels. Have fun planning!

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  3. Kris 19. Nov, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    With the cost of the Municipal albergues… what do you find is the per day average on the Camino? Just wondering

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  4. Mary Moo 22. Feb, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    Someone told me you have to book in advance…is that true? I don’t know how fast I will be walking so think this will be awkward to predict?

    Also…. I have noticed many packege tours for the Camino de Santiago… can I just turn up alone and walk it without tour operators, bookings etc?

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    • CaminoDeSantiagoGuide 23. Feb, 2012 at 6:00 pm #

      There are tours but the best way to do the Camino is to walk it by yourself. The path is guided very well with arrows and you’ll always see people walking that you eventually just end up following them sometimes. The nice thing about this is that you can walk at your own pace, no one will rush you.

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      • Gay 27. Feb, 2012 at 2:44 am #

        Thinking about May to do the walk. How hot does it get then and how much cash should I carry, do people take credit cards? I imagine for small amounts for the albergues, you would pay in cash but for food etc?

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        • Jim 13. Mar, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

          We hiked in May-June 2015. Cool mornings, warm-hot afternoons 55*-80*. Usually 60*-75*.
          Cash only unless at large stores and cities. Hit the ATM in the cities. 200-300 euro will last you several days.
          Small towns don’t have banks or ATMs. So stock up on cash when you can.

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  5. michael 31. Jul, 2013 at 11:44 am #

    Can you make reservations for albergues? Thanks.

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    • Jim 13. Mar, 2017 at 12:28 pm #

      You can call ahead one day and reserve beds. But no more than a day. Doing this takes a lot of pressure off you to walk fast and beat the crowds. You can relax and enjoy the journey instead of worrying about where to sleep.
      Use your guide book/map and locate albergues near the town square and churches. That’s where things are.
      Learn this conversation in Spanish, you’ll get better responses.
      “I’d like to reserve one/two beds for tonight/tomorrow night.”
      “My surname is xxxxx.”

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