Please note - Refugio Gaucelmo will not reopen for the 2020 season due to concerns about travel restrictions as well as the health and safety of our volunteer hospitaleros.  We will miss receiving pilgrims in Rabanal, but very much look forward to returning in 2021.

In the autonomous community of Castilla-y-León, between the towns of Astorga and Ponferrada is the village of Rabanal del Camino. The first of its kind in this rural hamlet, Refugio Gaucelmo was established by the CSJ in 1991, in association with one of the Friends of the Camino associations of the local area of El Bierzo. 

Formerly an old parish house, the award-winning Refugio Gaucelmo has been providing traditional-style hospitality to pilgrims along the Camino Francés every year since between the months of April and October.  As of the end of 2017, we had welcomed more than 154,000 pilgrims who come to enjoy our beautiful garden, classic afternoon tea and the Gregorian chant from the friendly monks next door.  For a full breakdown of pilgrim statistics at Gaucelmo, you can click here.

You can follow them on Facebook here!

Want to stay with us?

  • We have 36 beds, given on a first-come-first-served basis (in the traditional spirit of the camino, we do not take reservations), a fully-equipped kitchen, a salón and a spacious and beautiful garden area
  • A simple breakfast is offered
  • We are only able to take pilgrims who have walked, cycled or ridden on horseback
  • We are donativo – meaning pilgrims that stay with us make a donation towards the upkeep of the refuge
  • We open around 14:30 (may vary depending on weather)
  • Disabled pilgrims can ring ahead for advice on facilities

Want to work with us?

  • We are always looking for hospitaleros (hostel wardens) to staff Gaucelmo.  These consist of volunteers who are either members of the CSJ or other equivalent associations around the world.  Typically, they stay for 2 weeks in a team of 2-4 hospitaleros depending on experience.  
  • Applicants should have done a camino previously and have an adequate command of Spanish (other languages also helpful). See the selection criteria here.
  • Email [email protected] for the application form - please specify your preference of hostel. 

To visit the Facebook Page of Refugio Gaucelmo, click here!