Albergue: Casa do Sardão (Carreço) Caminho Português da Costa Santiago
Hosting pilgrims is an ancient tradition. We can find in almost all religions stories about generosity in hosting pilgrims. Pilgrim hostels (albergues) and places to stay are much more than a simple and low-cost place to rest the body at the end of the day. The best albergues are those made by pilgrims themselves, who perfectly understand what a pilgrim needs: a shower, a place to wash and dry clothes, to cook, to eat, to share, to rest and to sleep in a clean space. If the place is charming and quiet, even better!
The Hospitaleiros (hosts) may be volunteers or professionals. Their noble mission is to welcome pilgrims and keep the space in working order, so that they can keep hosting. They are not employees, they are Hospitaleiros, that welcome pilgrims everyday; and all sorts of pilgrims! Some arrive tired, some happy, others too happy, yet others reserved, quiet, seeking someone to speak to, lovers, friends, friends who have fallen out, pilgrims that are ill, hungry and thirsty, annoying pilgrims, experienced pilgrims, first-timers, grateful, some with whom there is no common language… In this way the Hospitaleiro can feel that their mission is truly important for pilgrims. Ask if there’s any way you can help. If something needs to be fixed/ improved, first speak to the Hospitaleiro to understand what's behind the problem. Here you can read about the life of a Hospitaleira. If you have pilgrim courage and availability, after your caminho, you could become a volunteer Hospitaleiro in an albergue too! Contact them.
As a pilgrim, your duty is to leave the albergue as you found it or better, by helping with cleaning or maintenance. Consider that it can take just one blunder by a pilgrim to close the door to hundreds. The message is simple: “a pilgrim never demands, a pilgrim thanks.”
When the hostels are full, closed, or there is no alternative… it’s time to be humble and ask for a place to stay. For centuries it is this that has been one of the greatest hurdles for a pilgrim. It’s so old that the Catholic Church has in its “Works of mercy”…
If no door is opened, don’t despair, it might just be an unforgettable experience. When you seek a place to spend the night, think of the family that 2020 years ago sought shelter for the pilgrim Mary to give birth to Baby Jesus.
SHELTER FOR THE PILGRIM...
Public albergues: these will only accept pilgrims with the pilgrim’s passport and most of them are donation-based. They have a kitchen, space for hand-washing and drying clothes, bathrooms with shower and beds. The pilgrim should bring their own sleeping bag and pillow. The beds have a plastic lining for hygiene reasons. The great advantage of these albergues is that everyone that stays has the same needs and you’ll find a common pilgrim spirit. These are not for profit, and you cannot make a reservation.
Private hostels: These accept pilgrims and other people. They usually have the same facilities as the public albergues, but somewhat better. For example, you can opt to hand wash or pay to use a washing machine, and beds have sheets and a pillow. They accept reservations.
Parish houses and churches: To request to stay in these places, you should speak to the Father or person in charge and humbly explain that you are a pilgrim, why you’re there, where you’re going, where you stayed the night before, and show your pilgrim passport and bring a mat to use as a mattress. If this “door doesn't open”, try to talk to the Father or person in charge about the work of mercy “shelter the homeless/pilgrim” - maybe they’ll change their mind. Don’t insist and accept the “door that doesn’t open” with humility…
Fire stations, authorities, military: To request to stay in these places, you should speak to the Father or person in charge and humbly explain that you are a pilgrim, why you’re there, where you’re going, where you stayed the night before, and show your pilgrim passport and bring a mat to use as a mattress. If this “door doesn't open”… Consider that you staying in these places will not just depend on the willingness of the person you are speaking to. There are hierarchies and constraints that might limit or prevent you staying. An example: fire stations in the fire season.
Private houses: In addition to the above guidelines, there are a few more important ones to add: you should knock on the door, preferably by day, and wait outside. Begin a conversation to humbly explain your situation, “I’m a pilgrim en route to Fátima, do you happen to know of anywhere for pilgrims to sleep…” Then be creative in calling to the generosity of the person. Offer something in exchange: a song, cleaning dishes, making dinner… Expect that some people won’t want to host you, because of the fear that TV series and newspapers plant in our minds. But to prove that it is possible to sleep in people’s homes, we recommend watching (no sales intended) the French series that talks about this: Nus & Culottés. When you’re settled in, call a friend or family member to let them know where you are. Two final suggestions: if you feel at all uncomfortable or have any doubts about the intentions of your host, say your goodbyes or leave a note, no matter what time it is; ask that your host does the same (requesting you to leave) if they feel at all uncomfortable.
Outdoors: When all doors are shut, the open air beckons. (Se conseguires gostava de manter o paralelismo com o "Céu/heaven"<abre-se o céu> Se calhar tem uma conotação que não dá para associar com céu estrelado?) Be positive and think of everything you could learn from this experience. In the vast majority of cases your greatest threats will be mosquitoes, the films you’ve seen on TV and dogs licking your face in the morning. Your heart will beat faster, as if your survival depended on a roof. It doesn’t. In order to shed the fear acquired from decades of TV and film watch the series Nus & Culottés. Some tips for sleeping outside: you shouldn’t sleep outdoors in urban areas. Keep walking until you read a rural area and ensure that you are not being followed. You should choose your sleeping place when it’s dark. Depending on the time of year, look for a sheltered place. Don’t hide and if someone passes don't stay passive - take the initiative and let them know you are a pilgrim. It’s possible that you will be approached by the police. Explain and identify yourself. Tell them that you are resting and that when the sun rises you will move on. There are many pilgrims in their ranks, so it could be that one of them invites you to stay with them! Do not leave food out and open, to not attract animals. Use your mat, and if it’s cold wear several layers of clothes, and place your poncho around your sleeping bag, a hat to warm your head, put everything in your backpack and sleep next to it, on a flat surface. Call someone you know and let them know where you are. Do not make a fire to warm up. It is illegal to camp with a tent. In case of an emergency, call 112. It works on any network, even if yours is not working, if you’re out of credit and without SIM card. Your phone’s battery works better when it’s warm, so sleep with your phone close. Wake up early, leave the area clean and keep walking. You’ll remember this night and you might even want to do it again!
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MAP OF ALBERGUES
Use this interactive map of hostels in the caminho to organise your overnight stays on the pilgrimage. This map helps you to find the location of the hostels, in relation to the caminho. Start by clicking on the square in the upper right corner (arrow) to enlarge the map. Use the + - buttons in the lower left corner to zoom in or out. Double click on the "green houses" icons to read detailed information about each hostel.
"O Caminho é como a vida
distrais-te e ficas perdido."
DIRECTORY OF ALBERGUES
In this directory you can find the list of public and private albergues, with detailed information. Use the scroll strip (grey) next to the blue arrow below, to find other hostels and other paths. If you know of other hostels that you think should be on this list, please write us a message , indicating the location and contact details.
"Someone who wants to can do a lot"
Paragem de um peregrino para comer e recuperar forças
RECOMMENDED ALBERGUES FORM
Before voting on this form, you must read and accept the following terms: by voting for a hostel in this form, you are telling other pilgrims that the place is really special. If you believe that a hostel should improve in any way, please contact the hostel and give constructive criticism. Be part of the solution, not the problem. Only those who stay overnight in a hostel can vote and it must be in the year of your pilgrimage (from January to December). You must indicate the registration number assigned to your pilgrim passport of the Associação dos Amigos dos Caminhos de Fátima. (Other pilgrim passports are not accepted, as we are unable to authenticate your registration). With this ranking, we seek to highlight those who host with a "Pilgrim Spirit", those who take care of pilgrims on cold winter days, those who go to the caminho on the hottest days to help pilgrims, those who distinguish pilgrims from tourists, those who know the caminho, those who keep hostels clean, who see hosting as an act of reciprocity, those who share what they have.
Important notes: The data of this vote serves only to authenticate this vote, it is not assigned or sold to third parties (entities or individuals). You will not receive any contact from us. Each pilgrim can only vote for 3 hostels per year. Voting fraud will result in pilgrims being banned from this site.
The following are excluded from this vote: Hostels and shelters outside the routes marked on this website of the Caminhos de Fátima, owners of albergues for pilgrims, Hospitaleiros.
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RESULTS OF THE THE HOSTEL VOTE
This list of hostels is the result of a vote by the pilgrim community. Votes are cast by pilgrims with a pilgrim passport from the Associação dos Amigos dos Caminhos de Fátima, during the year of the pilgrimage. This is a positive rating, created to motivate and thank those who host with "Peregrino Spirit". Thank you for letting us know who treated you well on your caminho.
Flores da Rose e do Steve
In this section, we’ll share the albergues that got an annual award of “Recommended Albergues” from the Associação de Amigos dos Caminhos de Fátima.
What you’ll find in the albergues on this list are small pilgrimages within a pilgrimage; places that bring tranquility, unforgettable shared experiences, the desire to go back, peace, surprises, new sensations, generosity and the “Pilgrim Spirit”.
The aim of this list is not to promote luxury or profits of any albergue. It’s simply for pilgrims to share with other pilgrims where they were well-received.
The award is given both to public and private albergues, recommended and voted (+info) for by pilgrims who have walked the caminho with the pilgrim passport from the association - dated within the past year since the date of issue - and is anonymously verified by the Associação de Amigos dos Caminhos de Fátima.
Below you will find the list of recommended albergues and a brief description of the places, so that the real surprise will await you when you arrive. Don’t judge the outside, it could be that the best is on the inside!