Note: I updated this on June 22, 2011, after my own Vía de la Plata walk.
When I walked the Camino Francés, I got a list of albergues at the pilgrim office in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. It included basic information on the albergue facilities, and amenities in the town.
I had a guidebook as well, of course, but it was nice to have something to glance at quickly to figure out where I might stay that evening.
I couldn’t find anything like that on the Vía de la Plata, so I created one myself … and thought I would share it with you.
It’s based on information from Mundicamino, the Eroski Consumer site, the Camino Guide, and my own experiences. I also got some distances from the Godesalco Camino Planner. When two sites contradicted each other (and another didn’t weigh in), I put in a question mark, two numbers with a slash in between, or in the case of distance, a range.
It’s four pages, and includes the Vía de la Plata from Sevilla to Astorga, and the Camino Sanabrés from Graja de Moruela (soon after Zamora) to Santiago de Compostela.
I’m sure this is nowhere near one hundred percent accurate, and it really shouldn’t be used without a guidebook—it doesn’t give any route instructions. Also, some of the albergueslisted may be closed—at least for part of the year.
I’d appreciate any updates you want to send me, but since I’m now back from the Vía de la Plata, it’s unlikely to stay completely up-to-date.
A Few Explanations
I suspect that often when there’s a question mark under “Heating,” the albergue in question has a very basic form of heating.
Under “Price,” “WB” means with breakfast and “HB” means half-board, (bed, breakfast and dinner).
“Hours” sometimes seems to represent the hours you can check in, and sometimes just the times when the albergue is open. I’m not sure of the difference myself.
“Reservations” means that reservations are accepted. It often means the accommodation isn’t solely for pilgrims.
Places with a restaurant or bar might not offer evening meals (since not all bars serve meals).
Stores may only have very sporadic opening hours—some are only available a few days a week—and bakeries may be located in grocery stores.
Internet isn’t widely available in albergues, but it’s often provided in libraries or other public buildings for very specific hours.
The Downloads (PDFs)