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#3760 - 12/23/05 12:05 AM Guide to Lodging in Spain's Monasteries
Booklady Offline
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Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 1664
Loc: U.S.A.
I recently purchased this informative book about lodging in monasteries by Eileen Barish, titled Lodging in Spain's Monasteries: Inexpensive Accommodations Remarkable Historic Buildings Memorable Settings published by Anacapa Press,2002. It is a well-made paperback and a bit pricey at $22.95, but well worth the price for the amount of information it provides.

The book lists 150 monasteries where one may stay as a guest. The book is divided by provinces into two parts. Part one lists those that offer hospitality to all, and part two only to those who are seeking hospitality for spiritual endeavors. Each monastery listed includes a historical overview; a description of the accommodations provided; the number of single, double, or even triple rooms for large families. Whether men,women, or families are welcome.

The amenities section describes what the monastery provides the traveler, like towels and linens. It also has a meals section, sometimes the stay includes one or more meals; the cost of lodging; special rules; directions on how to reach the monastery; and contact information, including e-mail address, if it has one.

While it definitely does not cover all monasteries in Spain, it does include information on a lot of them! It has a lot of photographs, but they are all in black and white.
(ISBN# 1-88446517-x)

An example of one listed that drew my eye was the Convento Inmaculada Concepción, run by the Clarisse Nuns. This convent is located in Alhama, between Malaga and Granada, which is 30 miles south of the convent, at the foot of the Almijara mountains. The convent has lodgings of 20 beds in 1 triple, 1 quadruple, 3 single, and 5 double rooms. There are four shared baths. Both men and women are welcome.

While meals are not provided the kitchen and dining room are available to the guests. The nuns also sell a large variety of pastries and baked goods, which the guests can purchase.

The cost of lodging is a voluntary contribution.
There is an 11:00 p.m. curfew, and the covent is open year round.

As a librarian, I would recommend this book to readers. This book fills a void for those travellers that are seeking alternative accommodations to hotels, hostales and paradores.
But, it is pricey, so perhaps you may want to check it out from your local library! wink
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
--St. Augustine (354-430)

#3761 - 12/23/05 09:26 AM Re: Guide to Lodging in Spain's Monasteries
barry Offline

Registered: 03/19/01
Posts: 347
Loc: sóller, mallorca, spain
Here on Mallorca every hilltop seems to have a convent, monastery or Ermita on top and you can stay in almost all of them for next to nothing. And they're all so close you can make it from one to the next walking (fast!) or cycling (at a leisurely pace). The only drawback is the curfew, really but that's all part of the experience. For those of you without the book there's always this website

Remember some of the convents expect you to be a believer and join in , others just let you stay

#3762 - 12/23/05 08:37 PM Re: Guide to Lodging in Spain's Monasteries
Booklady Offline
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Registered: 08/19/01
Posts: 1664
Loc: U.S.A.
You are right,Barry, the book lists 8 monasteries in Mallorca. What amazes me is the cost of lodging is so inexpensive. some of these monasteries go back to medieval times.

For example lodging is $12.00 for a room with bath per night at the Convento-Santuario de Nuestra Señora de Cura,in Randa, Mallorca, run by the Franciscan Friars. This convent is said to have a fine view of the sea, and a lovely Bethlehem grotto.

The first part of the book lists the monasteries where anyone may stay, and you don't have to participate in the activities of the monastery. The second part lists monasteries that offer programs for those seeking spiritual retreats.

The curfew may be a problem if one is in a city where there is a lot of activity and things to do after eleven; but if one wants to stay in a rural setting for a while this is an ideal and economical alternative.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
--St. Augustine (354-430)

#3763 - 12/25/05 10:16 AM Re: Guide to Lodging in Spain's Monasteries
Jordi Offline
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Registered: 04/14/05
Posts: 38
Loc: Berlin
There is also a paperback version of this book:


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