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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Trains in Spain

There are many types of trains in Spain 
and for some of us, 
it can be quite confusing.

Here is some information you might find helpful:

Most of the Spanish railway network is operated by RENFE.
Use the Eurail Time Table to check times for trains in Spain.

Regional and Intercity Trains:

The main rail network in Spain is made up of the following regional and intercity trains:

Media Distancia trains link regional destinations with larger cities. The network connects with long distance high-speed trains and the trains make frequent stops. 

Cercanías (suburban trains) is a network of trains that operates in and around the larger Spanish cities including Barcelona and Valencia.

High-speed trains in Spain

International high-speed trains in Spain

These high-speed trains operate to and from Spain:

TGV connects Barcelona with Paris (France).

Talgo du Jour (Mare Nostrum) links Valencia, Murcia and Barcelona with Montpellier (France).

Internacional trains connect Vigo with Porto (Portugal).

Domestic high-speed trains in Spain

Spain's extensive high-speed train network is operated by modern trains that offer you high quality service.  The following high speed trains operate in Spain

Avant trains operate on short-distance routes. 

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AVE Train
AVE trains reach speeds of up to 300 km/h (186 mph) 
and take you from Madrid to Barcelona in less than 3 hours.

* * *

ALTARIA Second Class Seating
Altaria trains link Madrid with cities in the south of Spain.

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ALVIA First Class Seating
Alvia and Arco trains operate between Madrid 
and Spain's nothern cities like Bilbao and San Sebastian.

* * *

Euromed Train
Euromed trains operate on the route Barcelona – Valencia – Alicante.

Night Trains in Spain

I have traveled on the InterCite and the Lusitania, and frankly, I'd rather go in the daytime and see the scenery. It was difficult for me to get any sleep, not because the trains weren't lovely, but because of the constant noise and bouncy tracks. I just didn't like it and will not do it again unless necessary. However, here is the information for those of you who are able to sleep anywhere or might need to take a night train due to time constraints.

International night trains in Spain

The following night trains connect Spain with France, Luxembourg, Portugal and Switzerland:

First Class Couchette on InterCite de Nuit
InterCité de Nuit:
Portbou – Toulouse – Paris (France)
Portbou – Montpellier – Nancy – Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Portbou – Montpellier – Strasbourg (France)
Irún – Lourdes – Paris (France) 
Irún – Bordeaux – Marseille – Nice (France)
Irún – Toulouse – Lyon – Geneva (Switzerland)

TrenHotel Lusitania

Madrid – Lisbon (Portugal)

Toilets/showers and berths are pretty much the same on Sud Expresso and Lusitania
Sud Expresso:
Irún – Lisbon (Portugal)

Domestic night trains in Spain

Estrella trains connect major Spanish cities by night:
Madrid – Barcelona – Portbou
Bilbao – Malaga

Trenhotel trains link the north of Spain with Barcelona and capital city Madrid:
A Coruna – Barcelona 
A Coruna – Madrid


For most high speed and long distance trains (Ave, Altaria, Alaris, Alvia, Arco, Euromed and Talgo), Renfe offers two discounted fares. 

 - The Web fare provides a 60% discount off full fare. It must be purchased a minimum of 15 days in advance. 

 - The Estrella fare is a 40% discount, which must be purchased a minimum of 7 days in advance. 

 - A Tarifa Ultima Hora fare, a 50% discount, is available on some trains, some routes, which can be purchased online a maximum of 24 hours prior to departure. These are not available on the medium distance AVANT trains, which offer only one class of service and one discount-a 20% discount for a round trip ticket for the same day, and a 10% discount for a round trip made within 15 days.

 - The Tarjeta Dorada is a card available to those 60 and over, of any nationality, which can be purchased at any Renfe station or Spain travel agency (but not online) for €6. See previous blog posting for more information.


There are various classes of train travel:

Turista (tourist) class: Cars have a 2-2-seat configuration, ample leg room, and passengers receive a headset for video (movie) and four music channels. 

Preferente (business) class:  Cars have a 2-1 seat configuration, fewer passengers, greater seat pitch.  Passengers receive headsets for video and music channels, a newspaper and copy of the Renfe Paisajes magazine, a set meal (breakfast, snack or dinner), free drinks (wine with meal and after dinner cordials) and access to the VIP Club Ave lounges. 

Club Car:   Offere on AVE trains, this is a more expensive class of service.  It has 30 leather seats and a 2-1-seat configuration, and is similar to the Club car of a US Northeast corridor ACELA train. The meal served is a la carte, with "open bar" service throughout the journey.

Purchasing Tickets Online

If you are traveling in shoulder or off season, I wouldn't bother purchasing tickets online. If you are traveling in high season, depending on exactly when and how long a trip you're taking, it might be a good idea.  

The Renfre site appears to work well with Master Card, Visa, Discovery, and Capitol One credit cards. American Express does not appear to work. Before attempting an online purchase, you should call your credit card issuer to alert them that you will be making a purchase on the Renfe site so that your credit card fraud department does not block your purchase. This has been the source of many frustrated pilgrims. 

If you'll be doing a lot of train travel, a rail pass might be convenient, but to me, the best prices are found in the stations in Spain as you travel.. 

Discounts for Those Over 60

If you are over 60 years old, 
you can save a bit of cash 
by applying for a Tarjeta Dorada card.

This card entitles you to purchase tickets for any train and class.

The Tarjeta Dorada is valid for one year.
It can be purchased at any Renfe station, 
ticket office, or travel agency.

The cost is only €6.

People over 18 years of age who are receiving a pension, 
people with an officially declared permanant, total 
or absolute or severe physical or mental disability, 
or people with a disability of 65% or more 
can also obtain the Card. 
For such persons, the words 
will be printed on the card and allow the companion
 to travel with the same discount.

On AVE Trains.
These trains reach up to 300 mph!
On Monday through Thursday you will get a 40% discount.
On Friday through Sunday you will get a 25% discount 
for tickets that have not been bought in advance and with a reserved seat.

On Conventional Trains
40% discount all days, trains, and routes.

These trains operate on short-distance routes.
25% on Monday through Friday
40% on Saturday and Sunday

On Cercanías
These are suburban trains.
40% discount all days

On Ancho Métrico
50% discount all days, trains, and routes

The card used to be quite colorful,
but last year I received a heavy paper foldable card
 that looked much like this one:

Other discounts:

Last year I was able to use my card for a big discount 
at the archaeological site in Merida on the Via de la Plata. 
 However, other museums and bus stations did not allow a discount. 

I suggest you simply ASK at each place.

For €6,
 if you plan on doing any train travel at all, 
this card can save you some cash.

You will need identification to prove 
either your age or your disability status.

Buen Camino!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Insurance & American Embassy in Spain

While it's easy in Spain to walk into any pharmacy
and get a prescription for cold, flu, diahhrea,
or other minor illnesses,
more serious injuries may mean surgery and a hospital stay
or even transport back to your home country.

And though there are many anecdotal stories
about people receiving kind and free medical treatment in Spain
(mine included)
it is a good idea to be sure major medical expenses
are covered
by a policy you can purchase before leaving home.

There are two types of insurance you will need
to consider when traveling to walk the Camino.
The first is medical coverage.
The second is trip coverage.
Sometimes, you might find a policy covering both.

My experience in not being able to get home last year
when my sister in law passed away
has changed my mind about trip coverage insurance,
which never before was a priority.

One of my Camino acquaintances, Johnnywalker, 
who lives in Spain and works in the Pilgrim Office 
recently posted regarding medical insurance
while on the Camino:

"It may be helpful to note the advice given 
by the US Government on this matter: 
Important: American Citizens living or traveling abroad 
should be sure they have adequate medical insurance 
that will cover expenses incurred abroad. 
Medicare and Medicaid are only valid in the United States. 
Some private American medical insurance companies 
will pay for expenses abroad, 
but most require that the patient pay the bill first, 
then file for reimbursement. 
Hospitals and health care providers will expect payment 
if you are not covered by the Spanish health care system. 
The United States Embassy does not have funding 
to help cover medical expenses of American citizens in Spain. 
You may find it useful to look into the possibility 
of obtaining a policy that specifically covers expenses 
incurred overseas."

Places to check for both types of coverage include:
Your personal medical plan
Your credit card companies
The airlines you purchase your ticket from
Private travel insurance companies online

Here is an important link
to the American Embassy in Spain.
There, you will find information about travel in Spain
as well as important emergency telephone numbers
that will connect you with English speaking doctors
and other officials.

Please go there 
and read the information.
You may want to jot down the web address
and important telephone numbers
for yourself and for your family.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Buy Your Camino Shoes Today!

Those of you following my blog know
New Balance Shoes for walking the Camino.

Today, The Clymb has two of my favorites on sale!

I paid over $125 for my pair 
of  New Balance Leadville 1210 Trail Runners.

Today the exact same shoe is on sale 
for $44.98 on The Clymb!!!

Inspired by the legendary Leadville 100 race, 
these shoes are cushioned and have a rugged Vibram outsole, 
and a breathable synthetic mesh upper with debris-free construction. 

 I have worn these hiking in the California desert hills and they ROCK!  
I bought a second pair when they went on sale 
so I'd have them for next year's Camino also.

Be sure to buy your shoes 1 to 1.5 sizes larger than you generally wear. 
Then take out the insole and insert a gel insole. 

I use New Balance Motion Control inserts every year and love them!

For after walking this year, 
I found these New Balance 110 Running shoes for sale on The Clymb today 
for $39!!!  

They only weigh 6 ounces and will be perfect!  

They were named "Best Minimalist" in TrailRunner Magazine, 
and have RockStop in the forefoot for protection against small rocks. 
This means I can also wear them on the trail
to give my feet some variety.

I love these shoes!

If you'd like to purchase shoes today from The Clymb,
here is a link you can use.

Once you join, when you send your friends your link,
if they purchase, you get $25 credit which you can accumulate 
to buy more great gear.

I love The Clymb
and I love NEW BALANCE SHOES for the Camino even more!

This is an exceptional opportunity to buy 
the perfect shoes for the Camino
at 50-75% discount.
But they're only there today,
so go check them out!

Buen Camino!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Certificate of Distance

Johnnywalker, who works in the Pilgrim Office in Santiago

 recently posted:

In addition to the traditional Compostela
and Certificate of Welcome 

which are still issued on a donativo basis 

the Pilgrims' Office is now offering 

a Certificate of Distance.

This new certificate has been produced 

in response to requests from pilgrims. 

It records the route which the pilgrim walked, 

the starting point, 

the amount of kilometers 

and the date of arrival in Santiago. 

The cost is 3€. 


A New Certificate on the Camino Santiago

A new Certificate is being issued this year in Santiago.  
It is called the "Cotolaya."

In 1214, St. Francis of Assisi visited 
Santiago de Compostela.
There he founded a convent.

The legend, 
described in an inscription on the wall of the convent,
tells how a coal man named Cotolay
began the building.

While praying on the mountain, St. Francis 
was told by God
that his order of begging friars should found convents, 
beginning in Santiago.
St. Francis was struck with fever and blindness.
A young coal man, Cotolay, 
promised to build the convent for him.

Cotolay persuaded the abbot 
of St. Martin's Benedictine Manastery 
to grant a parcel of land as large as a bull's skin
in return for a basket full of fish.

The abbot agreed,
believing all would come to naught.
However, Cotolay brilliantly cut the skin into thin strips 
and marked out
a far larger plot of land than anticipated.

Next, he asked the cathedral master mason Mateo
to donate a pile of stones
and arranged to have loggers transport them to the site
in a competition of strength.

After Mateo constructed the convent,
St. Francis was taken to the new building 
where his sight was restored.

Since then, 
Francisans have paid tribute to St. Martin
with a basket of local trout.

* * *
A stamp is also being issued to commemorate St. Francis' Pilgrimage.

The Cotolaya will be issued 
at the Church of San Francisco de Santiago 
to commemorate 800 years 
since St. Francis walked the Camino Santiago.

It is offered to those pilgrims 
who walk to the tomb of St. James 
under the protection of St. Francis of Assisi.

In order to receive the Cotolaya you must do the following:

1) Walk at least the last 100 km

2) Walk to the tomb of St. James under the protection of St. Francis of Assisi

3) Visit the Convent de San Francisco in Santiago.

You can receive the Cotolay
your regular Compostela.

You can pick up your Credential 
in O Cebreiro.

I am checking to see if it is possible 
to pick it up anywhere else,
or order it ahead of time.

For those who are interested,
there is an old movie loosely based
on the legend, 
called "Cotolay"
or "El Nino y El Lobo."

Legend of St. Francis and the Wolf

Perhaps the most famous story of St. Francis is when he tamed the wolf that was terrorizing the people of Gubbio. While Francis was staying in that town he learned of a wolf so ravenous that it was not only killing and eating animals, but people, too. The people took up arms and went after it, but those who encountered the wolf perished at its sharp teeth. Villagers became afraid to leave the city walls.

Francis had pity on the people and decided to go out and meet the wolf. He was desperately warned by the people, but he insisted that God would take care of him. A brave friar and several peasants accompanied Francis outside the city gate. But soon the peasants lost heart and said they would go no farther.

Francis and his companion began to walk on. Suddenly the wolf, jaws agape, charged out of the woods at the couple. Francis made the Sign of the Cross toward it. The power of God caused the wolf to slow down and to close its mouth.

Then Francis called out to the creature: “Come to me, Brother Wolf. In the name of Christ, I order you not to hurt anyone.” At that moment the wolf lowered its head and lay down at St. Francis’ feet, meek as a lamb.
St. Francis explained to the wolf that he had been terrorizing the people, killing not only animals, but humans who are made in the image of God. “Brother Wolf,” said Francis, “I want to make peace between you and the people of Gubbio. They will harm you no more and you must no longer harm them. All past crimes are to be forgiven.”

The wolf showed its assent by moving its body and nodding its head. Then to the absolute surprise of the gathering crowd, Francis asked the wolf to make a pledge. As St. Francis extended his hand to receive the pledge, so the wolf extended its front paw and placed it into the saint’s hand. Then Francis commanded the wolf to follow him into town to make a peace pact with the townspeople. The wolf meekly followed St. Francis.

By the time they got to the town square, everyone was there to witness the miracle. With the wolf at his side, Francis gave the town a sermon on the wondrous and fearful love of God, calling them to repent from all their sins. Then he offered the townspeople peace, on behalf of the wolf. The townspeople promised in a loud voice to feed the wolf. Then Francis asked the wolf if he would live in peace under those terms. He bowed his head and twisted his body in a way that convinced everyone he accepted the pact. Then once again the wolf placed its paw in Francis’ hand as a sign of the pact.

From that day on the people kept the pact they had made. The wolf lived for two years among the townspeople, going from door to door for food. It hurt no one and no one hurt it. Even the dogs did not bark at it. When the wolf finally died of old age, the people of Gubbio were sad. The wolf’s peaceful ways had been a living reminder to them of the wonders, patience, virtues and holiness of St. Francis. It had been a living symbol of the power and providence of the living God. 


Albergues on the Via Lusitana (Camino Portuguese)

Annie Carvalho at the Sacred Carvalho Oak
In 2006,  I walked a portion of the Camino Portuguese. 

Here is a list of albergues you will find on the Portuguese Route.
I have taken this list from a website hosted and currently under construction by the Portuguese Association of Pilgrims.

Here is that link:

Albergues from Caminho Português to Santiago
(and other places you can sleep)

Last Update: March 15, 2014 


- In some locations, Firefighters provide accommodation. That is not the vocation of Fire, but they do so in a spirit of service. In many cases there is nothing more than a mattress on the floor;  just a place to sleep and access to bathrooms and showers. Anyone wishing to use this option should have a sleeping bag. Please always ask permission to stay overnight, if possible one or two days in advance. And be ready to take no for an answer. There is no obligation for Firemen to accommodate pilgrims. It is the duty of the pilgrim to realize that sometimes you cannot accommodate all. 
- In Youth Hostels, make a reservation and inform them you are a pilgrim. It is not necessary to have a youth membership card, the credential is enough. 
- If you choose to stay in a hotel or pension, you should always show your Credential.  Some do offer a discount for Pilgrims.


- Country Code for Portugal is +351

Lugares = spaces/beds
com Peq. Almoço = with breakfast


Pousada de Juventude Parque das Nações
Rua de Moscavide, Lt 47 – 101
Tel: 218 920 890

Várias outras opções em:

Find various other options at:


Bombeiros Voluntários
Rua Vasco da Gama, 58
Tel: 219 519 020


Os Bombeiros Voluntários deixaram de receber peregrinos.

Casa de Hóspedes Ribatejana
R. da Praia, 2-A (junto à Estação C.F.)
Tel: 263 272 991

Hospedaria Maioral
Travessa do Terreirinho, n.º 2
Tel: 263 274 370

Pensão-restaurante Flora
R. Noel Perdigão, 12
Tel: 263 271 272 / 967 941 010


Os Bombeiros Voluntários deixaram de receber peregrinos.

Ouro Hotel
Quartos para 1, 2, 3 e 4 pessoas
E.N.3, Km 10 (na entrada da Azambuja)
Tel: 263 406 530

Residencial Flor de Primavera
Conselheiro Francisco Arouca, 19
Tel: 263 402 545 / 967 067 381


Quinta da Marchanta
Turismo Rural (Desde 75 € duplo)
Tel: 243 749 279 / 965 895 960


Santarém Hostel
e preço especial para peregrinos (special price for pilgrims)
Rua Eng. António Antunes Júnior, 26 

(à esquerda dos antigos Bombeiros)
Tel: 965 832 702

Residencial Beirante

Rua Alexandre Herculano, 5
Tel: 243 322 547

Alojamento – Casa das Flores

Rua Pedro Canavarro, 9
Tel: 243 324 101 / 965 612 001 / 966 931 810


Albergue Solo Duro 

(Casa da Tia Guida)
10 lugares + 2 quartos duplos – 10 € with breakfast
Rua Francisco Sousa Terré, 1
Rua José Relvas, nº 84/86
Tel: 249 976 802 / 935 640 550 / 935 640 551

O Té

A partir de 10 € with breakfast

Rua José Relvas, nº 119
Tel: 249 976 404 / 918 598 819

S. CAETANO (Qta da Cardiga)

Albergue de Alexandre Hachmeister
19 lugares – 15 € com Peq. Almoço
Tel: 917 063 823


Hostel 2300 Thomar

12,50 € / 15 €
R. Serpa Pinto, 43
Tel: 965 515 100

Bombeiros Municipais

Rua de Stª Iria
Tel: 249 329 140


Bombeiros Voluntários

Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntários
Tel: 236 650 510

Albergaria Pinheiro’s

Preço p/ Peregrino 10 €
R. Dr. Acúrsio Lopes, 1 (junto à Igreja)
Com lavandaria por baixo
Tel: 915 440 196 / 911 150 817 / 925 850 756

Residencial “O Brás”

20 € / 32,50 € (preço p/ peregrinos)
R. José Augusto Martins Rangel
Tel: 236 655 405
Menu do Peregrino 10 €


Bombeiros Voluntários

Avenida Dr. Vitor Faveiro
Tel: 236 670 600


Albergue de Peregrinos

Na Igreja
Mais informações no café da praça. (more info in the cafe in the plaza)


Casa de Turismo do Rabaçal

Preço p/peregrinos: 15 €
Rua da Igreja
Tel. 918 752 990 / 917 620 982 / 239 569 371


Junta de Freguesia do Zambujal 

(Casa Paroquial)
Largo da Igreja
Tel: 239 569 849


Albergue Rainha Santa Isabel

16/20 lugares – 8 €
Na Igreja Rainha Santa Isabel, 

Mosteiro Santa Clara-a-Nova
Contactar na sacristia da Igreja até às 18:30 h
Tel: 239 441 674. Depois das 18:30 -> 916 008 988 / 934 596 564 / 966 321 235

Pousada de Juventude de Coimbra

Rua Dr. Henriques Seco, 14
Tel: 239 822 955

Serenata Hostel Coimbra

Largo da Sé Velha, 21/23
Tel: 239 853 130


Os Bombeiros Voluntários 

deixaram de receber peregrinos.
Albergue Hilário
18 lugares – 10 € (15 € no Hotel anexo)
Estrada Nacional 1, 

Avenida da Restauração, 30 – Sernadelo
3050-347 Mealhada
Tel. 916 191 721


O Albergue encerrou.

Residencial Celeste
20 € com Peq. Almoço
Estrada Nacional 1, Rua da Misericórdia, 713
Tel. 234 602 871


Os Bombeiros Voluntários j
á não recebem peregrinos.

O novo Albergue Municipal 

abrirá em 2014 (open in 2014)
Residencial da Alameda
A partir de 15 € com Peq. Almoço
Av. Bernardino Máximo de Albuquerque
Tel. 234 524 242


Bombeiros Voluntários

Rua dos Bombeiros Voluntários
Tel: 256 682 122


Bombeiros Voluntários

Rua Oliveira Figueiredo, Z. Ind. 1
Tel: 256 837 120


Bombeiros Voluntários

Avenida Principal, 4030
Tel: 227 443 189


Bombeiros Voluntários

2 lugares – Donativo
Rua Rodrigues Sampaio, 145
Tel: 222 055 845

Refugio de Peregrinos 

ViaPortuscale20 lugares – Donativo
Rua Vasco Santana, 264 – Senhora da Hora
Tel: 960 227 134 – obrigatório telefonar antes

Pousada de Juventude do Porto

Rua Paulo da Gama, 551
Tel: 226 177 257

Andarilho Oporto Hostel

Desconto a peregrinos (discount for pilgrims)
Rua da Firmeza nº 364 (Metro Bolhão)
Tel: 222 012 073

Air Porto Hostel

Rua da Estrada, 244
4479-600 Moreira – Maia
Muito perto do Aeroporto
Tel: 229 427 397

Várias outras opções em



Albergue de Peregrinos

50 lugares – Donativo
Rua do Convento, 21
Tel: 936 061 160


Casa Família Vida

l9 lugares – 10 €
Rua do Salteiro, 87 (sinalizado no Caminho)
Tel: 252 661 503 – 966 766 092 (français) – 914 413 500 (español/english)

Refúgio Provisório Polidesportivo

4 lugares – Donativo
Farmácia Rei / Rua D. Ildefonso, Nº 313 – Vilarinho
Tel: 252 661 610

Casa da Laura

8 lugares – 10 €
Rua Estreita (sinalizado no Caminho)
Tel: 917 767 307


Albergue de Peregrinos de Rates

50 lugares – Donativo
Rua Sto. António n.º 189


Restaurante Pedra Furada

9 lugares – 10 €
Rua de Santa Leocádia
Tel: 252 951 144 / 917 838 144


Albergue – Residência Senhor do Galo

20 lugares – 5 €
Rua da Carniçaria
Antes da ponte, na sede do Rancho Folclórico de Barcelinhos
Tel: 918 967 968


Albergue Cidade de Barcelos

10 lugares – Donativo
Rua Miguel Bombarda, 36

TAMEL (S. Pedro de Fins)

Albergue de Peregrinos “Recoleta”

35 lugares – 5 €
Casa da Recoleta

LUGAR DO CORGO (Vitorino de Piães)

Casa da Fernanda

12 lugares – Donativo
Tel: 914 589 521


Albergue de Peregrinos

60 lugares – 5 €
Casa do Arnado – Além da Ponte
Tel: 925 403 164 / 258 240 200

Pousada de Juventude de Ponte de Lima

Rua Papa João Paulo II
4990-062 Ponte de Lima
Tel: 258 943 797


Albergue de Peregrinos de Rubiães

34 lugares – Donativo
EN 201- Costa
Tel: 917 164 476

Ninho – Alojamento Local

17 lugares – 12 €
Pequeno Almoço 3€
Estrada de S. Pedro, 695
Tel: 251 941 002


Albergue de Peregrinos S. Teotónio

85 lugares – Donativo
Av. José Maria Gonçalves
Tel: 966 473 409

- Caminho por Braga


Albergue de Peregrinos

40 lugares – 5 €
Acesso a cozinha e refeitório
Centro de Acolhimento e Formação Jovens em Caminhada
Rua de S. João nº 3
(ao lado da Sé de Braga)
Tel: 253 215 165

GOÃES (Vila Verde)

Albergue de Peregrinos S. Pedro de Goães

30 lugares – Donativo
Lugar do Pereiro – Goães
Tel: 253 381 943 / 914 145 386 / 917 699 156

- Indicativo telefónico internacional de Espanha +34
- Telefones começados por 9 são fixos, por 6 são móveis.


Albergue de Peregrino
36 lugares – 6 €
Rúa Párroco Rodríguez Vázquez s/n
Tel: 986 600 729 / 638 276 855

Albergue “El Camino”

30 lugares – 10 € / 12 €
Obispo Lago, 5
Tel: 646 982 906 / 636 839 675

Albergue “Villa San Clemente”

30 lugares – 10 €
Canónigo Valiño, 23
Tel: 678 747 700 / 661 334 050

Albergue “Caracol Veloz”

10 lugares – 12 €
Antero Rubín, 55
Tel: 986 604 324 / 666 416 354


Albergue de Peregrinos

52 lugares – 6 €
Avenida de Buenos Aires
De 1 de Dezembro a 31 de Maio as chaves estão na Polícia Municipal (Casa do Concelho)
Tel: 986 335 428


Albergue de Peregrinos

16 lugares – 6 €
Rúa de Santa Eulalia, 19
Tel: 986 334 269


Albergue de Peregrinos

44 lugares – 6 €
Casa da Torre – Plaza Ribadavia
Tel: 986 404 196

Albergue “El Camino”

22 lugares – 10 / 12 €
C/ Telmo Bernárdez, 11
Tel: 650 963 676


Albergue “O Lar de Pepa”

10 lugares – 10 €
Calle Ribeiro nº 1.
Tel: 986 678 006 / 649 714 950 / 649 494 905


Albergue de Peregrinos

56 lugares – 6 €
Albergue dos Amigos do Camino de Pontevedra
Rúa Otero Pedrayo s/n
Tel: 986 844 005


Albergue de Peregrinos da Paróquia de Portela

32 lugares – 6 €
Cancela (junto à Igreja Paroquial)
Tel: 655 952 805


Albergue de Peregrinos
27 lugares – 6 €
Lugar San Roque
5 Km antes de Caldas de Reis
Tel: 986 536 194


Albergue “Posada Dona Urraca”

44 lugares – 5 €
Rúa Campo da Torre, nº 1
Tel: 669 822 529 / 986 541 310

Albergue “O’ Cruceiro”

38 lugares – 10 € / 15 €
Juan Fuentes, 44
Tel: 986 540 165


Albergue de Peregrinos

78 lugares – 6 €
Lugar de O Pino
Tel: 638 943 271 / 986 55 94 56 (Ayuntamiento)


Albergue de Peregrinos

54 lugares – 6 €
Estrada das Escolas
Lugar de Infesta (Pontecesures)
Tel: 699 832 730


Albergue de Peregrinos de Herbón (AGACS)

20 lugares – Donativo
Monasterio Franciscano de Herbón.
Seguir setas vermelhas (flechas rojas) em Pontecesures.
De Maio a Outubro


Albergue de Peregrinos

46 lugares – 6 €
Costiña da Carmen s/n
Tel: 666 202 863


Albergue de peregrinos de Teo

28 lugares – 6 €
Rúa de Francos s/n, O Faramello, Teo
Km 12,9 antes de Santiago


Monte do Gozo

500 lugares….
Carretera del aeropuerto
Bus 6 até ao fim da linha – direcção S. Marcos

Albergue “Fin del Camino”

110 lugares – 8 €
Rúa Moscú (Bairro Fontiñas)
Bus 11 até Rúa de Paris
Propiedade da Fundación Ad Sanctum Iacobum Peregrinatio (Oficina do Peregrino)
Dedicado à memória de D. Jaime García Rodríguez
Aceita grupos e reservas
Tel: 981 587 324

The Last Stamp

62 lugares – 15 € / 18 €
Rúa do Preguntoiro, 10
Tel: 981 563 525

Albergue Acuario

52 lugares – 10 €
Rua Estocolmo, 2
Tel: 981 575 438

Albergue San Lázar

o80 lugares – 10 €
Rúa San Lázaro s/n
Tel: 981 571 488 / 618 589 200

Albergue Santo Santiag
36 lugares – 10 €
Rúa do Valiño, 3
Tel: 657 402 403 / 606 437 437

O Fogar de Teodomiro

24 lugares – 15 €
Plaza de Algalia de Arriba, 3
Tel: 981 582 920 / 699 631 592

Albergue Mundoalbergue

34 lugares – 16 €
C/ San Clemente, 26
Tel: 981 588 625 / 696 448 737

Seminario Menor

177 lugares – 10 € / 12 €
Albergue Seminario Menor la Asunción – Avda Quiroga Palacios S/N
Abril a Outubro
Tel: 881 031 768

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I have not walked this entire route, though it's in the plans.

What I do know is that it is not quite as well supported as the Camino Frances. You will stay in a combination of albergues and private lodging. There are also a few long stretches that look like the photo below where there is (literally) no place to walk except on the busy narrow road. This felt a little dangerous, as there was no shoulder, and the cars came very close. We tied bandanas onto our walking sticks and held them in the air so drivers could hopefully see them when coming around the curves. There also were sweet sections through vineyards and eucalyptus groves, like the bottom photo.

If you choose this route, I would get in touch with the Portuguese Friends of the Camino and get all the most current information you can on the route, which is being updated constantly, as more and more pilgrims decide to walk it. 

I will be doing some posts on what to see in Portugal in the future.  In the meantime, feel free to drop me a note if you need more information.

Bon Caminho!

Walking the road was a little scary

Peaceful section through eucalyptus grove
Men harvesting grapes.