Hotel near San Gimignano on the Via Francigena |  <i>Tim Charody</i> Hostal Boccalino, Leon View from our hotel in Portomarin |  <i>Sue Finn</i> Typical Rioja hotel room on Food Lovers tour |  <i>Andreas Holland</i>
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Camino de Santiago Accommodation on a UTracks Tour

What is the accommodation like on the Camino de Santiago?

Don’t want your Camino experience ruined by sleepless nights in albergue dormitories as your bunkmates snore and leave their smelly socks out to dry? All of our Camino de Santiago tours stay in private hotel accommodation where you can expect hot showers, comfortable beds and an undisturbed rest to re-energise you for the next days walk.

We handpick the accommodation to totally immerse you in your surroundings. They tend to be family-run hotels and bed and breakfasts that add to the local charm. Sometimes you’ll wake up with views of neighbouring abbeys and village squares.

Hotel near San Gimignano on the Via Francigena |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

Camino Accommodation Glossary

Albergues / Hostels

Albergues are basic public accommodation run by volunteers along Camino routes. The word basic is key: guests are given a mattress, typically on a bunk bed, in a dormitory with a few dozen other pilgrims. It's bring your own sleeping bag and towel, and there are shared facilities. The bare essentials are provided and likewise, the cost of albergues is quite low. Note that UTracks does not offer albergue accommodation.

Hotels

The hotels we stay in on UTracks a are handpicked to enrich your trip. These charming hotels are often family run. These charming hotels provide access to local living thanks to your hosts. The hospitality is generous and their local knowledge is invaluable. Where possible, we choose hotel locations that add to your experience.

Bed and Breakfasts

Simple yet rich in local character, the B&B’s chosen are clean, comfortable and run by hosts that help add to your experience.

Guesthouses

Similar to Bed & Breakfasts, these family-owned accommodations are clean and comfortable. Rooms with en-suites generally have a shower but no bath due to space. There may be a separate room with a bathtub.

Camino Accommodation Upgrades

There are also accommodation upgrade options if you prefer. Speak to our staff for more information.

habitacion-detalles-de-piedra-001-r3mhotel rice palacio de los blasones

 

Included Meals

Start each day right with a breakfast at your accommodation, included in all self guided and guided Camino de Santiago tours. As is typical in Europe, breakfasts are usually continental and have bread, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, meats, fruit as well as coffee and tea.

When there are included dinners, these generally consist of a few courses to appease any pilgrim’s hunger. Dinner may start with a soup, rice or pasta; mains could be a chicken, fish or red meat dish; and you’ll finish with a dessert such as crème caramel or fruit. Naturally, a hearty amount of wine is on offer as well.

For a Camino experience with an even greater focus on cuisine, be sure to view our Food Lover’s walking tours. These special trips combine gastronomic delights with the Camino highlights of France, Italy and Spain.

A tasty meal is part of the experience on the Via Francigena |  <i>Tim Charody</i>

Reserved Accommodation for your Peace of Mind

Another advantage of having your accommodation sorted before setting out to walk the Camino is that you don’t have to worry about finding a bed along the way. There are plenty of horror stories of pilgrims arriving to a town and failing to get a room, so they have no choice but to keep walking to the next village (editors note: this happened to me on my independent Camino several times. Not fun having an unexpected 10km to walk at the end of a day!). 

Accommodation on the Porto to Santiago cycle |  <i>Pat Rochon</i>

 

Camino: Pilgrims and Paradors Walking Tour

The most special accommodation we offer is on our Camino: Pilgrims and Paradors self guided walking tour, where you sleep in monumental hotels called Paradors. These luxurious buildings are steeped in Spanish history and culture and were previously used as medieval castles, monasteries or convents. Truly a Spanish experience like no other!

cafe in the Parador de san Bernardo de Fresneda, Rioja, Spain


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