Camino Francés in Navarra | Wise Pilgrim Guide to the Camino de Santiago

Distance to Santiago: 
767.00
Altitude: 
163

Saint Jean Pied de Port is the nexus of several routes that spread out across mainland Europe, and it was from here (primarily but not exclusively) that pilgrims most frequently made the crossing into the Iberian peninsula.

The tradition remains and the small town is often saturated with...

History: 

Saint Jean Pied de Port, or Donibane Garazi as it is known in Basque (remember that the French border aside, this town was once a part of Lower Navarre and the Basque language is as common here as it is over the pass), was founded in the late 12th century by the Kings of Navarre and served as...

Notice: 

It is important to be aware of the dangers of weather between here and Roncesvalles. These mountains have claimed more than a few lives, including several in recent history. If you have any questions regarding the journey ahead, the volunteers at the pilgrim office are there to help and advise...

The Road: 

The distance between here and Roncesvalles is the most physically difficult stretch of road you are likely to encounter on the whole of your camino. From the “Foot of the Pass,” it is a steady climb for the majority of the day, with a rather steep descent into Roncesvalles for the last hours....

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Albergue Accueil Pelerin
Citadelle, 25

Private
32 13*

2

Albergue Beilari
Citadelle, 40

Private
18 30** Photo in Albergue Beilari (L Esprit du Chemin) on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Le Chemin vers L Etoile
Espagne, 21

Private
20 17* Saint Jean Pied de Port  - Albergue Le Chemin vers L Etoile Saint Jean Pied de Port  - Albergue Le Chemin vers L Etoile

4

Gite Ultreia
Rue de la Citadelle, 8

Private
15 16/17 Photo in Gite Ultreia (SJPDP) on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Gite Ultreia (SJPDP) on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue Azkorria
Citadelle, 50

Private
8 29 Photo in Albergue Azkorria on the Camino de Santiago

6

Refuge Esponda
Trinquet, 9

Private
14 14

7

Camping Municipal Plaza Berri
Fronton

Camping
50 10 / tent

8

Hotel des Remparts
Floquet, 16

Hotel
Photo in Hotel des Remparts on the Camino de Santiago

9

Maison d’Hôtel Itzalpea
Trinquet, 5

Hotel
Photo in Maison d’Hôtel Itzalpea on the Camino de Santiago

10

Hotel Ramuntcho
France, 1

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Ramuntcho on the Camino de Santiago

11

Hotel des Pyrénées
Charles de Gaulle, 19

Hotel
Photo in Hotel des Pyrénées on the Camino de Santiago

12

La Villa Esponda
Trinquet, 9

Pension
Photo in La Villa Esponda on the Camino de Santiago

13

Albergue de peregrinos de Saint Jean Pied de Port
Citadelle, 55

Municipal
32 8

14

Albergue Zuharpeta
Zuharpeta, 5

Private
22 13
Distance to Santiago: 
757.90
The Road: 

In Arnéguy you will cross the main road (D933) and the bridge. The way will lead you to a country road that is lower in the valley and which will bring you to Valcarlos from the lower part of town.

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Hotel Le Clementenia
Le bourg D933

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Le Clementenia on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Arnéguy on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
754.80

To get to most services in town you will have to follow the road a short distance back in the direction of Arnéguy.

The church here is of a modern design and is often locked up. This is frequently the case, particularly in the rural corners of Spain. If you are comfortable asking around,...

The Road: 

You will leave town along the main road, eventually abandoning it for a smaller road on your left. Gañecoleta is less than 1km from the departure from the main road.

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Albergue municipal de Valcarlos
Elizaldea, 52

Municipal
24 10*

2

Casa Rural Erlanio
Elizaldea, 58

Casa Rural

3

Hostal Maitena
Elizaldea

Hostal

4

Casa Rural Etxezuria
Elizaldea, 60

Casa Rural
Photo in Valcarlos on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
747.50
Altitude: 
407

From here the way to the pass is quite steep, particularly the last few kilometers.

Puerto de Ibañeta

2km
To Santiago: 
744.30
1058

Commonly referred to as Roncesvalles Pass and home to the modern Ermita de San Salvador de Ibañeta. The pass has existed as an important crossing point since Roman times and was one of the principal crossings into the Iberian peninsula. From here it is all downhill into Roncesvalles, 1.6km.

Distance to Santiago: 
761.80
Altitude: 
498

First bar stop and first accommodation option. Reservation is recommended.

The Road: 

Not far beyond Honto the camino leaves the asphalt road for the first time, and winds steeply uphill over the course of several switchbacks.

The Kayola albergue, operated by the Orisson albergue, is located where these switchbacks return you to the road.

From here the camino is...

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Albergue Ferme Ithurburia

Private
22 14 Photo in Albergue Ferme Ithurburia on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Ferme Ithurburia on the Camino de Santiago
Photo in Honto [Huntto] on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
759.50
Altitude: 
800

Orisson is a common stopping point for pilgrims wishing to split the walk over the pass into more manageable sections.

Notice: 

If you arrive here late in the day don’t just pass on by. Drop in and inquire about the weather, and if you choose to continue on make it clear to somebody that you are doing so. If it is anywhere near nightfall (within 5 hours), stay here.

Name Beds Price

1

Refuge Orisson
Uhart-Cize

Private
18 35** Photo in Refuge Orisson on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Refuge Orisson on the Camino de Santiago

2

Kayola
Uhart-Cize

Private
15 15 Photo in Kayola on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Kayola on the Camino de Santiago
Orisson - Camino de Santiago - 1

Virgen de Biakorri

5km
To Santiago: 
755.80
1095

The Virgin stands at the Pic D'Orisson.

Collado de Bentartea

4km
To Santiago: 
750.80
1300

Also known as Napoleon’s Pass. There is often a small food truck which sells drinks and snacks, and which offers the last stamp in France.

Navarra is the first of the Spanish Autonomous Communities along the Camino Francés. It extends from here, in the heights of the Pyrenees to the river plains of the Ebro on the outskirts of Logroño.

The language in these parts is officially Spanish and Basque. It should be noted that although Navarra is divided between Basques and Spaniards, the majority of the population here refers to this part of the world as Basqueland (pais vasco) rather than Spain.

The signage here reflects that sentiment. Most towns have an alternative name whose spelling is strictly monitored and maintained by spray can wielding nationalists.

You will as well see that the street names have dropped the castillian ‘Calle’ for the basque ‘Kalea.’

Altitude: 
1311
Flag of Navarra
To Santi: 
750.30

Collado de Lepoeder

4km
To Santiago: 
746.60
1425
Distance to Santiago: 
742.70
Altitude: 
954

The popular dinner spot is Casa Sabina, and you’ll want to put your name on the list (at their bar) in advance. The dining room sees pilgrims from the world over sat down at random to fill the tables. Half are about to start their walk, beginning here, the other half just came off the mountain....

History: 

Roncesvalles is the setting for the epic battle of Charlemagne and Roland, where they were ambushed (by whom is unclear, perhaps the Muslims, perhaps the Basques). Roland perished and a legend was born. Centuries later the church would capitalize on the name, and the abbey here controlled a...

The Road: 

The camino leaves along a footpath to the west of the main road (your right hand side), pressing deeper into the forest before returning to the road as it approaches Burguete.

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Refugio de Peregrinos de Roncesvalles - Itzandegia
Real Colegiata de Roncesvalles

Parochial
183 12 Photo in Refugio de Peregrinos de Roncesvalles - Itzandegia on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Refugio de Peregrinos de Roncesvalles - Itzandegia on the Camino de Santiago

2

Hotel Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles, 14

Hotel
Photo in Hotel Roncesvalles on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Hotel Roncesvalles on the Camino de Santiago

3

Casa Sabina
Roncesvalles, 18

Pension

4

Hostal Posada de Roncesvalles
Roncesvalles

Hostal

5

Apartamentos Casa de los Beneficiados
Roncesvalles

Pension
Photo in Apartamentos Casa de los Beneficiados on the Camino de Santiago
Roncesvalles [Orreaga] - Camino de Santiago - 1Roncesvalles [Orreaga] - Camino de Santiago - 1Roncesvalles [Orreaga] - Camino de Santiago - 1
Distance to Santiago: 
740.10
Altitude: 
897

Immortalized by and little changed since Ernest Hemmingway lodged here 1924. He was on a fishing trip, no doubt catching some of the trout that swim these rivers and which luckily for us end up on more than a few dinner tables.

The architecture here is typically Basque; massive multi-...

The Road: 

Keep your wits about you when walking through town because the camino takes a sharp right turn halfway through. There are no less than twelve yellow arrows marking the turn, but it can still be overlooked by those admiring the charm of Burguete.

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Hostal Burguete
San Nicolás, 71

Hostal

2

Hotel Rural Loizu
San Nicolás, 13

Hotel Rural
Photo in Hotel Rural Loizu on the Camino de Santiago

3

Casa Rural Txiki Polit
Roncesvalles, 42

Casa Rural

4

Casa Rural Don Jáuregui de Burguete
San Nicolás, 32

Casa Rural
Photo in Burguete [Auritz] on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Burguete [Auritz] on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
736.40
Altitude: 
870

An alternative to spending the night in Roncesvalles for pilgrims arriving there too late in the evening to walk a full day, as the stretch between the two is 5km along mostly flat ground.
Between here and Pamplona, you will notice many villages perched above the valley floor. This was to...

History: 

The founding of Espinal, now an uninspiring town comprised mostly of modern chalets, was driven by the desire to keep pilgrims safe. This river valley has a long history of battle and banditry, and it was in the interest of the Navarran Kings (in this case Teobaldo II) to keep them safe.

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Camping Urrobi
Pamplona-Valcarlos, Km. 42

Camping
5.15 Photo in Camping Urrobi on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Camping Urrobi on the Camino de Santiago

2

Irugoienea
Oihanilun, 2

Private
21 10 Photo in Irugoienea on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Irugoienea on the Camino de Santiago

3

Albergue Haizea
Saroiberri

Private
30 12 Photo in Albergue Haizea on the Camino de Santiago

4

Casa Rural Errebesena
San Bartolomé, 25

Casa Rural

5

Casa Rural Gertxada
Espinal

Casa Rural

6

Casa Rural Roncesvalles
San Bartolome, 86

Casa Rural
Photo in Espinal [Aurizberri] on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Espinal [Aurizberri] on the Camino de Santiago

Alto de Mezquíriz

To Santiago: 
734.50
929
Distance to Santiago: 
731.20
Altitude: 
783

There is a bar at the start of town which provides decent service. Another, Bar Juan, is in the square. The supermarket is at the far end of town.

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1

Pensión Corazón Puro
San Pedro, 19

Closed

2

Casa Rural La Posada Nueva
San Pedro, 2

Casa Rural

3

Casa Rural Maitetxu
San Pedro, 12

Casa Rural
Photo in Bizkarreta [Gerendiain] on the Camino de Santiago
Distance to Santiago: 
729.30
Altitude: 
737
Notice: 

The bar has highly irregular hours as it is not generally open to the public.

The Road: 

When you get to this town, be sure to follow the arrows that direct you to the right and uphill. If you get to the main road (the N-135) you have gone wrong. The climb is fairly steep up to the Alto de Erro.

Photo in Linzoain on the Camino de Santiago

Alto de Erro

4km
To Santiago: 
724.70
800

There is a food truck which provides year-round service to pilgrims, and which has a nice multicolored stamp.

The basket of underwear there has an explanation: The owner originally put out a basket to collect unwanted items from pilgrims which could be donated to charity. One day a particular peregrina came along with uncomfortable undergarments and she thought it a good idea to leave them behind. She subsequently fell in love and got married on the camino, prompting the owner to put up the additional notice that “Magic Happens.”

Notice: 

The descent from here to Zubiri can often be slippery after a rain, but do not follow the road as an alternative.

Distance to Santiago: 
721.00
Altitude: 
529

Zubiri, like Larrosoaña ahead, is adjacent to the camino and not strictly on it. You do not need to cross the bridge if you don’t plan on stopping here. If you do go into town, retrace your steps and turn right once back over the bridge.

Two restaurants offer pilgrim menus. They are on...

History: 

The name Zubiri comes from the Basque word for bridge, a clue which tells us that the town was founded relatively late. The bridge itself was thought to cure rabies and hydrophobia in animals, and rituals of crossing the bridge with them or circling its base a number of times were all that it...

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Albergue de Peregrinos de Zubiri

Municipal
52 8 Photo in Albergue de Peregrinos de Zubiri on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue de Peregrinos de Zubiri on the Camino de Santiago

2

Albergue Zaldiko
Puente de la Rabia, 1

Private
24 10/12 Zubiri [Esteribar] - Albergue Zaldiko Zubiri [Esteribar] - Albergue Zaldiko

3

Albergue El Palo de Avellano
Roncesvalles, 16

Private
60 16* Photo in Albergue El Palo de Avellano on the Camino de Santiago

4

Albergue Río Arga Ibaia
Puente de la Rabia, 7

Private
15 Photo in Albergue Río Arga Ibaia on the Camino de Santiago

5

Albergue Suseia
Murelu, 12

Private
20 15* Photo in Albergue Suseia on the Camino de SantiagoPhoto in Albergue Suseia on the Camino de Santiago

6

Pensión Amets
Gerestegi, 25

Pension
Photo in Pensión Amets on the Camino de Santiago

7

Pensión Usoa
Puente de la Rabia, 4

Pension

8

Pensión Benta Berri
Roncesvalles, 10

Pension

9

Hostal Gau Txori
Ctra. N-135

Hostal

10

Hostería de Zubiri
Roncesvalles, 6

Hotel Rural

11

Albergue Segunda Etapa
Roncesvalles, 22

Private
12

12

Pensión Zubiaren Etxea
Camino de Santiago, 2

Pension