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FAQ: What are the Camino de Santiago Accommodation Options?

There are many different types and styles of Camino de Santiago accommodation along the Camino de Santiago, ranging from hostels (Albergues) to Guesthouses (Casa Rurales) and luxurious Paradores (luxury hotels).

What are the Camino de Santiago accommodation options?

To help you plan your Camino trip, we look at the different Camino de Santiago accommodation options so you can decide which ones are the best for you.

Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Albergues / hostels

There is a good network of Albergues (hostels) along the Camino de Santiago, particularly along the most popular route such as the French Way or Camino Frances. The classic Camino Albergues are public, run by ‘Hospitaleros’ (Camino volunteers) and they can’t be booked in advance. Beds in dorms are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. You will need to have your passport stamped, as part of the ‘check-in’ process and walkers always take priority over other pilgrims (ie. on horseback or bike pilgrims).

In some towns, particularly along the most popular Camino routes such as the Camino Frances and the Camino Portugues Way, you will also find privately-run hostels with a similar setup: beds in dorms at low prices.

*Please bear in mind CaminoWays.com packages don’t include hostel accommodation and we work with the best accommodation options for each route and section.

Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Guesthouses / Pensiones

Guesthouses can be called ‘pensiones’, ‘hostales’ or ‘casa’ and they are small family-run businesses. They might not have a star rating but they are a good accommodation option where you will have your own room, bathroom and they’ll generally provide dinner.

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Camino de Santiago Accommodation: Hotels

Bigger Camino towns and cities will have a good range of hotels of all styles and sizes, from 3 stars to 4 and 5 stars rated properties.

Camino de Santiago Paradores

A Parador is a luxury hotel belonging to the state-run company Paradores in Spain. They are usually historic buildings such as castles and monasteries; as well as buildings set in nature reserves and areas of outstanding beauty.

Check out the many Paradores located on the Camino de Santiago in our article: What is a Parador?

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The most famous Camino de Santiago Parador is the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos in Santiago de Compostela; which has been in operation for 500 years.

In Portugal, you will find similar properties and they are called Pousadas de Portugal.

Camino de Santiago Casas Rurales

Casas Rurales or country cottages are a relatively recent development in the hospitality industry in Galicia and North West Spain; and one that has brought new life to many rural communities. They are boutique country properties refurbished keeping in mind the traditional architecture of the region.

They are generally farmhouses, manor houses, and restored homesteads located in rural settings; they generally offer home-cooking using local or even home-grown produce. We work with many Casas Rurales along the different Camino de Santiago routes and we arrange for our clients to be picked up from the trail.

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Bear in mind…

Bigger towns and cities will have a better choice and range of accommodation options; while accommodation in smaller villages and hamlets can be limited. The Camino is a long-distance trail so the mix of accommodation styles will also be part of your journey.

The Camino Francés is the most popular route and therefore the one with a wider range of accommodation options, however, it also gets busier, particularly in Summer months certain towns might get completely booked up. Our advice: if you are planning your trip to the Camino Francés, book well in advance.

Camino de Santiago Accommodation provided by CaminoWays.com

At CaminoWays.com we don’t provide hostel accommodation and we work with the best accommodation options for each route and section. Our standard packages generally include accommodation in hotels, guest houses, and Casas Rurales; we also have a ‘country cottages’ option in Galicia and a Superior Collection where you will get booked in the top properties along the way, including 4 and 5-star hotels where available.

We visit our partner properties every year to ensure we always offer the best option available for our Camino tours.

Please note, you don’t have to pack towels or bedding for your Camino trip with us as all accommodation booked will have bedding, towels, pillows, soap, etc… If you have any questions about your specific hotel arrangements, let our Customer Care know.

For more information about our Camino hotels and Services and to book your Camino trip, contact our travel specialists on the form below:

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Comments

  1. By Sarah

    Hi Nan, thank you so much for getting in touch with us. We would love to help you organise a family Camino – it sounds like an amazing and unforgettable experience to look forward to. We can absolutely help you to organise the type of accommodation you are looking for – this is what we specialise in. And perhaps there is a way we can please you both with the Camino routes! I will ask our Sales Manager Ruben to get in touch as soon as possible to talk you through your options, All the best, Sarah

  2. By Nan Tafel

    We would like to walk the Camino (probably June 2022); we would have about 13-15 in our party (family), ranging in ages from 9-73. We are hoping to stay in monasteries or castles or large private homes along the way. My sister would like to do the traditional route; I would like to look at the Portuguese route by the sea – but we all want our postale!

  3. By Sarah

    Hi Cynthia, thank you for getting in touch. We would be delighted to talk you through your options in relation to lodging along the Camino Frances. We will be in touch very shortly by email, in the meantime, take care, Sarah

  4. By Cynthia Forde

    We are interested in obtaining information about reserved lodging for our hike Sept of 2022, the Camino de Santiago France Way. We would arrive from Ireland by sea.

    Kindest regards,

    The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Forde

  5. By Sarah

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for getting in touch, we would love to help you plan this trip of a lifetime. I am passing your details to our Sales manager Ruben who will be in touch shortly, Buen Camino!

  6. By Jim Van

    Hello.
    We’re looking to visit and travel the Camino de Santiago in a couple years. Any help in planning would be great. And maybe the Frances trail as well. Thank you

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