One of the advantages that has the way of Santiago is that you know that at the end of the stage there will always be a accommodation waiting for you.The French route, which starts in Saint Jean de Pied de Port and goes to Santiago de Compostela, can be done in 31 days, in stages of between 20 and 30 km, in which you usually spend 4 to 6 hours walking.The classic finals of the 31 stages of the Way of Saint James have at least one municipal hostel, normally run by an association of volunteers who are friends of the Way, which provides the pilgrims with bunk beds to sleep in. In addition to the municipal hostels , there are also private hostels , guesthouses , rural houses and hotels which complete the accommodation offer.
The appearance of all this new offer of all types of accommodation has meant that not only can you find accommodation at the end of the classic stages but in between the stages you also have places to stay .This is important because one day we may be tired or we may have some kind of mishap and it gives us the option to do a shorter stage. They are also important if we want to skip the big cities, as we will always find some accommodation before or after the cities.
The price of the municipal hostels, once free, can vary between 4 and 7 euros per night Private hostels, which are usually in better condition and some even have a swimming pool, cost a little more, about 10 euros.The pensions can vary between 10 and 15 euros and the rural houses and hotels the price is variable according to its category.
The municipal hostels cannot be booked and they are always full as the pilgrims arrive, so in high season they always end up being full.If some pilgrims cannot afford another option, these hostels always let them sleep even on the floor with a mat . Most pilgrims nowadays do not carry mat because they always find some accommodation option.
Sleeping in a hostel has the advantage of being able to be in contact with more pilgrims but also has a few disadvantages very to consider.The second is that you always share space, which implies having to put up with the snoring of the entire male species. The solution to this festival of sounds is earplugs.
The third, and not least important, is that at 10 o’clock they close the doors and at 10:30 they demand silence.This can be a real bitch if you arrive in a city like Logroño on a Saturday night and you know that at 10 you have to be back at the hostel. The fourth is that when the marabunda wakes up there is no way to sleep. If it is summer and it is hot and people decide to wake up at 6 in the morning to avoid the hours of sunshine, you will have to wake up at 6 as well.And at the latest in the hostels you have to leave the rooms at 8 in the morning.
Well, I hope you have understood the options of accommodation on the Camino de Santiago If you have any questions leave a comment and I will try to answer you.
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