Styles of accommodation in Spain - what do they mean?
Spain offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit various preferences and budgets, however there are a few names of accommodation styles that you might not be so familiar with. In addition to your standard hotels and options on AirBnb and booking.com, here are some of the different types of accommodation you will find along the Camino:
Albergues: Albergues (hostels) offer inexpensive lodging specifically designed for pilgrims, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie. Many of these can only be stayed at only if you are a pilgrim and you are carrying your stamped pilgrim credential. For the purposes of this webpage, Albergues are not the general option we would select for a privileged pilgrimage, however there are many that do offer private rooms and bathrooms and are a great option such as Albergue Los Templarios in Terradillos.
Pension: refers to a specific type of accommodation known as "pensiones" or guesthouses. Pensions are small, family-run establishments that provide affordable accommodation for travelers. They typically offer private rooms and bathrooms with basic amenities and services. They are often found in city centers, close to tourist attractions, and public transportation.
Casa Rural: Spain's countryside and rural areas offer unique accommodation experiences. You can stay in traditional farmhouses known as "Casa Rurales" or country cottages, which provide a peaceful and immersive escape from city life. These accommodations often showcase local culture and allow you to enjoy activities like hiking, cycling, or wine tasting.
Paradores: Paradores are a special type of accommodation found in Spain, owned by the Spanish Government. They are historic buildings like castles, monasteries, or palaces that have been converted into luxurious hotels. Paradores offer a blend of history, culture, and upscale amenities, providing a unique and memorable stay. One of the most famous Paradores is Parador de Santiago de Compostela just off the main square. There are also a number of Paradores along the way, including in a great spot in Santo Domingo de la Calzada.