The global pandemic has deeply affected both pilgrims and albergue (Spanish hostel) owners. International and domestic travel within Spain is severely restricted, which leaves hostel owners with no income and pilgrims with no refuge.
A full pilgrimage along the Camino Frances route generally lasts at least 30 days and sometimes as long as 50 days. Albergues shelter and feed pilgrims at a low daily cost. For instance, most albergues charge only 5 to 12 euros. In addition, donativos, or donation-only hostels, allow you to pay only what you can afford. They turn no one away.
Thanks to the giving spirit of these hostels, more hikers are able to complete this long journey. But now, many albergues find themselves in a dire financial situation as they enter the winter with no savings from the summer. For instance, many are unable to even cover basic living expenses. Some are unsure whether they will be able to open ever again. In light of these challenges, our mission is to keep the Camino Spirit alive by sending relief funds to these struggling albergues. We hope that they can continue their passion for supporting hikers along the Camino as a result.
Meet a few of the people you’re supporting when you sign up for Camino for Good:
Owner of Albergue San Bruno in Martinos, Spain
Making payments on loan applied for to make COVID changes
"In order to build this oasis at the mid-point of the Camino. Heart, sweat and effort, but with enthusiasm. We live here to make our dream come true. Ours and yours."
Owner of Albergue la Casa de las Sonrisas in Grañón, Spain
Can't afford to pay bills
"If we have pilgrims we eat. If we don't have pilgrims we don't eat."
Susi and Fermin
Owners of Casa Susi in Trabadelo, Spain
Forced to shut down hostel