I wrote this list up for a friend who is getting ready for her Camino! These were my favorite places along "The Way'! No, I do not get any money fro plugging them, it is just my humble experience,
St. Jean Pied de Port: Beilari- a wonderful way to start the Camino. I met people with whom I have stayed in contact since day 1.
Pamplona: Stayed in Casa Paderborn, it is at the bottom of the hill and close to the elevator where you go up to the old city of Pamplona. It is managed by the German co-faternity. It was clean and friendly.
Uterga: Camino del Person, nice and a good meal. Not many pilgrims as they usually walk further. I had bad blisters so stopped there early.
Villatuerta: La Casa Magical-Wonderful soaked and healed my heels here. Delicious vegetarian food. He does have it on the market to sell.
Azqueta and stayed at La Perla Negra it was awesome and a great meal!
Lo Arcos; Walked through
Torres Del Rio: Stayed at Casa Mariela-can’t remember anything significant about it.
Logrono: Wonderful city!! Stayed at Santiago, this is a donative associated with the church Santiago Real. This is where we walked through the back passage way to the pilgrims mass and had a wonderful pilgrims community dinner.
Najera: Stayed at Puerta de Najera no special memory of this
Santo Domingo de la Calzada: Stayed at Abadia Cistercienses again no major memory, so if was fine.
Belorado: I stayed at Santa Maria and had a lovely time with a wonderful pilgrims mass and a community dinner that was spontaneous. I heard that Cuatro Cantones was nice, we had lunch there when we arrived.
San Juan De Ortega: Very basic and fair food. Many went on to Ages and said it was great
Atapuerca: This is where the archeological dig is but I did not see it. It had been raining on us since Belorado, two days of misty rain.
Burgos: Take the optional scenic route into the city so you don’t have to walk through the industrial part. It was easy to follow. I stayed in a hotel Norte y Londres it was right on the Camino and close to the cathedral. I stayed two nights and really enjoyed Burgos. Went to the museum of Evolution, very interesting.
Hornillos del Camino stayed in Al Afar-gain no sig memory of this.
San Bol: Albergue was closed, such a small town did not even realized I had walked through it.
Hontanas: Had breakfast there. Wonderful small church honoring many religions and peace. It was a nice stop.
Castrojeriz: Stayed in the Albergue Utrea. This is the one with the wine caller tour. There is a fort on the mountain, I did not get up there. I did walk to the Conventa de Santa Clara, they are famous for their sweets. You must order by pushing a bell and talking through a turnstile as the nuns cannot be seen. They send the cookies out through the turnstile and you send money back in the same way. We were going to catch vespers, but a nun had died and they were having special services. In fact there was another church that did a show about the stars and the milky way that I heard was fantastic, but due to the death of this nun everything was very quiet.
Formista: Stayed inn Estrella de Camino-nothing to write home about.
Carrion de los Condes: This is where I saw the singing nuns and got the paper star there run the albergue - Santa Maria it was a wonderful community.
Terradillos de los Templarios: Stayed at Jacques de Moldy-Poor wifi there, but I understand it was the whole are. Very modern and nice restaurant. Church was not opened. They will only be open if they have someone who can monitor it as there are a lot of priceless artifacts in the churches and they ar concerned about vandalism.
I did not take the Roman Road option, stayed on the main way. I walked a long way that day to
El Burgo Ranero: Stayed at the Domenico Laffi, this is where the men cooked dinner for us. It was the basics, but clean.
Leon: Albergue Santa Maria-this is a huge albergue and many pilgrims stay here. I stayed one night as I got in late and then got a hotel for the second night. The Hotel Paris near the Cathedral had an attic room they rented to me very cheaply. It was nice. This was where I saw the crucifix being lifted up.
La Virgen Del Camino: There is a sweet called a torrije and at the first bar after the petrol station when you walk into town stop there for a treat.
Villar de Mazarife: Took the option through the countryside, it was much nicer than walking by the road. Stayed at Saint Antonio Padua. Wonderful place and great meal!
Villares de Orbigo: Villares casa de Pablo Y Belen. pone number is 987 132 935, nice dinaner and proprietor. I was walking short distances because of a horrible blister and was starting to get sick.
Astorga: Stayed two nights at Hotel Coruna they took good care of me, I was very sick. Gaudi Palacio Episcopal and the chocolate museum. There is also a backpacking store where I bought insoles that did not hold up and a great pair of socks.
Rabanal del Camino: Pilar don’t remember much about it
Foncebadon: Terrible beds at Monte Irago, but great food and people.
Ponferrada: Heard Guiana was nice, but it was closed, stayed at St, Nicolas de Flue it was a donative but had small rooms and was segregated male and female. The volunteers washed your clothes for you for a small price. Had to go out to dinner or cook it. I went out.
Villafranca del Bierzo: Stayed at de la Piedra. It was a bit hard to find on the way out of town, but really nice. No meals had to eat out.
La Faba: Stayed at Refugio the hippy place, it was interesting, good food.
Triacastela: Stayed at Complexo Xacobeo- very modern and nice, had a great dinner down the street, got laundry done very reasonable.
I did not take the Alternate route to Samos. Those that did raved about staying at the Monastery de Samos. I would definitely try that if I did it again.
Sarria: The best albergue and breakfast on the camino was at La Casona!
Portomarin: O Mirador it was alright and close to the camino. The rooms were curtained off so there was a bit more privacy. The restaurant was good.
Palas De Rei: Stayed at a small albergue named Marcello, great Italian dinner. And was on way out of town so in the morning we stopped for breakfast as we were leaving town.
Ribadiso de Baixo: Milipes-very nice.
Amenal: Stayed at the Airport hotel named Amenal,
Santiago De Compostela: Stayed at A Casa Do Peregrino (Do is spelled correctly) This is a pension at no 2 Azabacheria, phone 981 573 931. They were very nice, close to food, the cathedral and everything else you would want in Santiago.
Finistere: Stayed at Hospedaje Lopez, it was recommended and it was nice.