Where to sleep on the road to Santiago?

In the Camino we will find multiple options when choosing where to sleep. It depends on each of us, the amount we are willing to spend and the tastes and experiences we are looking for. Let's explain a little what each one consists of.

Donation Hostels

These hostels are run by the Association of Hospitallers. They are volunteer pilgrims who spend 15 days caring for pilgrims. It is not that they are free, but that each one gives the will. This sometimes implies that many people take advantage of these sites. In some of them community food is offered and at night a meeting-prayer-reflection. These usually fill very fast in high times of the Camino so it is advisable to arrive early.

Our recommendation if we are looking for a Camino more old-fashioned, meeting new people and looking for a more complete experience is to use these hostels whenever possible. In some we will not have beds and we will have mats on the floor and they may not have the best facilities, but the experience will be unique. We recommend always leaving at least 5 euros as a donation.

Municipal Hostels

They are similar to the donation hostels, but in this case they usually have fixed rates that tend to be around 5 to 10 euros. In this case we can enjoy in all of them facilities with beds and "usually" be well maintained. That if they will be dormitories with bunk beds in which in some cases we will look tight like sardines.

Private hostels

In these hostels we will find more rest in an environment more similar to a hotel although we can also find the same format as the municipal hostels. Usually they are usually somewhat more expensive and their prices will be around 8 to 15 euros. In some of them they will give us the option of private, shared rooms ... and they have all kinds of services.

Hotels-hostels-pensions

For all those who want it, they will also find that in most large towns they will be able to enjoy this type of establishment. Although it is true that in small towns we will not have them. It is an option like the others and the one who seeks more privacy, more rest or other types of Camino You will find a wide range at your disposal. In this case we will set the spending limit.

Reserve place, schedules, etc ...

In the donation and municipal hostels, you cannot reserve a place. It is the norm that first comes has a bed. We must also remember the order of priority that is established when choosing the bed. The first are the pilgrims on foot, the pilgrims on horseback, the pilgrims by bicycle and finally the people of support cars.

In many of the hostels we will be charged for a disposable sheet to protect us from bed bugs and make the most hygienic use.

The entrance schedule is usually in almost all at 17: 00 and they close their doors at 22: 00. The next morning you must leave the hostel before 8: 00.

Travel with dog

Not all shelters allow dogs, so we recommend that you check very carefully which shelters allow your dog friend. In CaminoTool you can search all establishments with which we are in continuous contact that accept dogs.

It is very important that we know how to measure our forces. Especially when we are doing one of the Caminos long lasting. We are going to give you some little tips so that you can get to Santiago in the best possible way.

These hostels are run by the Association of Hospitallers. They are volunteer pilgrims who spend 15 days caring for pilgrims. It is not that they are free, but that each one gives the will. This sometimes implies that many people take advantage of these sites. In some of them community food is offered and at night a meeting-prayer-reflection. These usually fill very fast in high times of the Camino so it is advisable to arrive early.

Our recommendation if we are looking for a Camino more old-fashioned, meeting new people and looking for a more complete experience is to use these hostels whenever possible. In some we will not have beds and we will have mats on the floor and they may not have the best facilities, but the experience will be unique. We recommend always leaving at least 5 euros as a donation.

They are similar to the donation hostels, but in this case they usually have fixed rates that tend to be around 5 to 10 euros. In this case we can enjoy in all of them facilities with beds and "usually" be well maintained. That if they will be dormitories with bunk beds in which in some cases we will look tight like sardines.

In these hostels we will find more rest in an environment more similar to a hotel although we can also find the same format as the municipal hostels. Usually they are usually somewhat more expensive and their prices will be around 8 to 15 euros. In some of them they will give us the option of private, shared rooms ... and they have all kinds of services.

For all those who wish, they will also find that in most large towns they will be able to enjoy this type of establishment. Although it is true that in small towns we will not have them. It is an option like the others and the one who seeks more privacy, more rest or other types of Camino You will find a wide range at your disposal. In this case we will set the spending limit.

In the donation and municipal hostels, you cannot reserve a place. It is the norm that first comes has a bed. We must also remember the order of priority that is established when choosing the bed. The first are the pilgrims on foot, the pilgrims on horseback, the pilgrims by bicycle and finally the people of support cars.

In many of the hostels we will be charged for a disposable sheet to protect us from bed bugs and make the most hygienic use.

The entrance schedule is usually in almost all at 17: 00 and they close their doors at 22: 00. The next morning you must leave the hostel before 8: 00.

Not all shelters allow dogs, so we recommend that you check very carefully which shelters allow your dog friend. In CaminoTool you can search all establishments with which we are in continuous contact that accept dogs.