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Spain and Navarra
To end of camino: 
750.30
Altitude: 
1311

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.’

Photo of Spain and Navarra on the Camino de Santiago

Comments

Camino de Santi... (not verified) said:

There’s a tap just over the Spanish border - don’t bother loll big for a border marker - there isn’t one. You’ll see the tap. Refill. It’s the last water until Roncesvalles and the next sections are when you’re most tired.