Tuesday, August 19, 2008

CAMPING ON THE CAMINO

Pilgrims' Blog - Camping on the camino:  http://worldtravelerandthinker.blogspot.com/

In May 2002 two friends and I walked the Camino Frances, and thinking that it might be crowded, took two small tents. We spent two freezing nights camping wild and after about 10 days, "donated" them to a unwanted belongings box in Villamajor de Monjardin!

Wild camping is legal in Spain but with some restrictions. You are not allowed to camp:
In any urban area (these areas are prohibited for military or tourist reasons)Within a 1km of an official campsite.
On tourist beachesIn the "Parques Naturales"
If you are sensible and "wild camp" close to these areas, having some sensitivity to the rules, you can camp almost anywhere in the countryside. It is illegal, however, to make fires so unless you have a camping stove, rather wait until you get to a cafe-bar for your daily fix of cafe-con-leche!


There are few ‘wild’ camping places on the Camino Frances as the route passes through many private and state owned farms and vineyards. However, many albergues with gardens or free land allow pilgrims to camp on their property e.g: Rabanal, La Faba, O Cebreirio .
Most albergues in the towns and cities don't have gardens or yards for camping but they will usually allow you to use their facilities. You could take a shower, make a meal in the kitchen or just chill out chatting to other pilgrims.
Be careful where you camp if you don't have a ground sheet.  Most flat, accessible, open places off the trail are used as toilets!
There is a chain of private albergues (none charge more than 10 euro per person) where you could spend the night in a twin or 4 person room. Pick up a leaflet along the way - Red de Albergues.


Official Camping sites in Spain are listed as Luxury, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and special category camps. All prices below are quoted in Euro, are High Season prices and excl 5% Vat: (Some give pilgrim discounts.) Please check opening times before you go as times can change without notice.Here are a few useful websites.

http://www.camping-spain.net/ www.canalcamping.com
http://www.campingbungalow.com

http://www.vayacamping.net

For a map of all the camping sites in Spain:
Zoom in to about 400% on the map on page one and look at the green tent icons.
You can also look at page two 'per autonomia' for camping locales
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Camino Frances - camp sites


ST JEAN PIED DE PORT:
Camping de L’Arradoy: Tel: 05 59 37 11 75 1/3 to 1/10:
25 Persons 2**
Basic campsite. Pets allowed.


Camping Municipal: Tel: 05 59 37 11 19) 53 persons - 1*
Municipal campsite 200m from the town gate. Pets allowed.

Spain - Navarra

Aurizberri-Espinal 2nd: 1/4 to 31/10Urrobi Tel/fax: 948 760 200 http://www.campingurrobi.com/
400 Persons: Adults - 3.96€ Child – 3.19€ Single tent - 3.96€ Group tent – 4.13€ Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted.
Pets allowed:

PAMPLONA: All Year


Ezcaba – 8.5km from Pamplona: Tel: 948330315  http://www.campingezcaba.com
Adults – 3.60€ Child – 3.30€ Single tent – 3.60€ Group tent – 4.40€ - Swimming pool, restaurant. Mini-market. Hot showers: Telephone:



Huesca

PUENTE LA REINA – GARES 1st : All Year
Errota-El Molino: Tel: 948 340 604www.campingelmolino.com info@campingelmolino.com
7km south at Mendigorria: Tent – 4.20€ 1 500 persons: Adults – 4.15€ Children – 3.30€ : Hot showers: Internet: Restaurant: Mini-market:

Navarra

ESTELLA-LIZARRA 1st: All yearwww.navarra.net.lizarra lizarrakampinga@navarra.net1 000 persons: Adults – 3.80€ Children – 3.40€ Single tent - 3.80€ Family tent – 4.50€ Pets allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted

Lizarra: Tel: 948 551 733 Fax: 948 554 755
La Rioja



La Playa: Tel/Fax: 941 252 253

248 persons: Adults – 4.50€ Children – 4.00€ Single tent – 4.00€ Family tent – 5.00€ Pets allowed: Cafeteria: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted

NAVARRETE: 1st : 8/1 to 9/12


Navarette: Tel: 941 440 169 Fax: 941 440 639
580 persons: Adults – 4.20€ Children – 3.85€ Single tent - 3.85€ Family tent – 4.20€
No pets allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted

www.fer.es/campings campingnavarrete@fer.es


NAJERA: 3rd : 1/4 to 10/9
El Ruedo: Tel: 941 360 102

154 persons: Adults – 3.75€ Children – 3.50€ Single tent – 3.60€ Family tent – 3.75€ Pets allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted

SANTO DOMINGO DE LA CALZADA: Open all year
Camping Bánares
: Tel: 941 342 804 5km before Santo Domingo: Full facilities


Burgos


BURGOS: 1st: 1/4 to 30/9Fuentes Blanca: Tel/Fax: 947 486 016
1 100 persons: Adults – 3.70€ Children – 2.60€ Single tent – 3.20€ Family tent – 3.80€ Pets allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted



CASTROJERÍZ: 2nd : 1/5 - 31/5 y 1/9 – 30/9 (1/6 – 30/8)


Camino de Santiago: Tel: 947 377 255 Fax: 983 359 549
campingcastro@eresmas.com
150 persons: Adults – 3.50€ Children – 2.50€ Single tent – 3.00€ Family tent – 4.00€ No pets allowed: Cafeteria: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted

Palencia
CARRIÓN DE LOS CONDES: 2nd: All year
Edén: Tel:979 881 152

289 persons: Adults – 2.40€ Children – 1.80€ Single tent – 2.10€ Family tent – 2.40€ . Hot showers: Cafeteria: Shop: Telephone: Pets allowed. No credit cards.


Léon


SAHAGÚN: 2nd : All year
Municipal ‘Pedro Ponce’: Tel: 987 780 415 Fax: 987 781 112


www.campinglacota.com ponce@campinglacota.com
1 100 persons: Adults – 3.70€ Children – 2.60€ Single tent – 3.20€ Family tent – 3.80€ Pets allowed: Post and telephone: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted


MANSILLA DE LAS MULAS: 2nd : 29/6 to 1/9


Esla: Tel: 987 310 089 Fax: 987 311 810
http://www.ayto-mansilla.org/media/Tarifas_camping.pdf info@ayto-mansilla.org
168 persons: Adults – 3.70€ Children – 2.60€ Single tent – 3.20€ Family tent – 3.80€ No pets allowed: Hot showers: Restaurant: Cafeteria: No credit cards.


LEÓN: 2nd : 1/6 to 25/9


Golpejar de la Sobarriba: Ciudad de León: Tel: 987 269 086 Fax: 987 214 798
www.vivaleon.com/campingleon.htm camping-leon@yahoo.es4km from León: 141 persons: Adults – 3.20€ Children – 2.75€ Single tent – 3.50€ Family tent – 3.75€ No pets allowed: Hot showers: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Post and telephone: No credit cards


VILLADANGOS DEL PARAMO: 2ND : 14/4 to 28/9


Camino de Santiago: Tel: 987 680 253
494 persons: Adults – 3.60€ Children – 2.50€ Single tent – 3.00€ Family tent – 3.60€ Pets allowed: Post and telephone: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted


Hospital de Orbigo: 2nd 1/6 to SeptemberDon Suero De Quiñones: Tel: 987361018
All facilities: June to September.


SANTA CATALINA DE SOMOZA: 2ND: 15/3 to 15/10


At Santa Colomba de Somoza – bear left on Le142 before reaching Santa Catalina
http://www.carbayal.com/b4_en.htm 240 persons: Post and telephone: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Pets allowed: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted


RABANAL DEL CAMINO:
Wild camping possible in a field at Rabanal or the open area just beyond the village: No facilities


Galicia


O’CEBREIRO:
Wild camping is possible in field at the back of the village.


Lugo

SARRIA:
Wild camping possible on the banks of the river – access from Pont Riberio.


A Corúna

PORTOMARIN:Santa Maria – Turn right after crossing the bridge and then right again by the panaderia. 1km down the lane.ARZUA: All year.
Don Manuel: Turn left 500m from town centre – behind the hotel. Bar, restaurant, pool.





SAN MARCOS:
Restaurant: Pool: Bar – no shop.


SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA:
Monte do Gozo
: 1st : 20/6 to 25/9
Tel: 981 558 942

1 227 persons: Adults – 4.18€ Children – 3.46€ Single tent – 4.18€ Family tent – 7.00€ No pets allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted. http://www.montedogozo.com/

As Cancelas: 2nd : All year


408 persons: Adults – 4.60€ Children – 3.50€ Single tent – 4.80€ Family tent – 4.80€ Pets allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted.


Las Sirenas: 2nd: All year
Tel: 981 898 722 Fax: 981 580 844
300 persons: Adults – 3.50€ Children – 3.00€ Single tent – 3.50€ Family tent – 3.50€ Pets allowed: Restaurant: Cafeteria: Mini-market: Hot water showers: Post & Telephone: Credit cards accepted.

(Information from “Guia official de Hoteles y Campings del Camino de Santiago” as well as from various guides and web-sites)

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