photo of Albergue Acacio y Orieta on the Camino Francés

All About the Albergues, or Where to Sleep on the Camino

Where do pilgrims sleep on the Camino? And What is an Albergue?

In this episode I give a full run-down on the what, the where, and the how-they-work of the pilgrim’s hostels, or albergues, on the Camino. And I explore the other sleeping options, in case sleeping in shared dorm rooms isn’t for you.

What about the idea that the albergues are the heart of the pilgrim community, and that true pilgrims stay only in the albergues? We will look at that, too, in this episode of the “YOU on the Camino de Santiago” podcast.

Camino Resources

Here are my favorite websites that have up-to-date lists of albergues:


Eroski Consumer

Here are the most popular Camino Apps:

– Camino Ninja (not available in some places, and not updated since summer 2022)

– Wise Pilgrim

– Buen Camino

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According to the list of albergues handed out by the Pilgrim’s Office in Saint Jean Pied de Port, roughly 40% of the albergues on the Camino Francés are open all year (not roughly half, as mentioned).

Related: What else do you need to know about staying in the albergues?


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