Ilarratz → 2.60 → Larrasoaña → 0.60km → Aquerreta [Akerreta]

Altitude
500
To end of camino
715.60
Bar
Yes
Bus
Yes
Grocery
Yes
Medical Center
Yes

The grocery has minimal hours and stock.

Like Zubiri, Larrasoaña has a bridge which is well known, though for less beneficial reasons. Instead of healing, it was a frequent point of banditry; the name of the bridge is the Puente de los Bandidos . This is an important concept to keep in mind if you find yourself trying to imagine the life of a medieval pilgrim. All across Spain the stories of banditry appear, and when they do there is most often a river involved. 

Modern pilgrims can hardly complain about the state of river crossings, but the medieval pilgrim would frequently find himself (depending on the century) with a more difficult situation. The rivers themselves grow in size as you continue westward, and some of them look quite daunting indeed. They were a natural choice for a more nefarious crowd looking to exploit pilgrims.

A bridge, whatever its design or age, is a wonderful thing indeed.

History

Larrasoaña has a long history of hospitality to pilgrims; though you would not guess such from its current state. An Augustinian monastery and two hospices for pilgrims served the pilgrimage for the better part of 8 centuries. Sadly, little remains. Two chapels, dedicated to St. Blaise and St. James, are all that exist of the once large and powerful brotherhoods dedicated to the care of pilgrims that once existed here and which made Larrasoaña an important stop along the way.

Comments

Camino de Sant… (not verified)

Had a coffee and a great chat today with Oliver, the owner of the cafe and shop. Lovely place for a stop. Nice little shop. Gave us some great recommendations for Pamplona.

michael

I went to several places and couldn’t find anyone. The shop was closed. The Albergues were closed. There was no one there.Ok it was midday but did expect someone around.

michael

Comfortable space, great host, proactively made reservations for the next day. Dinner was great and lively. Recommend San Nicolas.