Camino de Santiago - Baztán Route

  • A beautiful self-guided journey of 7 days in northern Navarra.
  • Touring part of the French-Spanish border and the stages of the Way of Saint James through the Baztán.
  • Be one of the first pilgrims to rediscover this ancient medieval route.
  • And arrive in Pamplona, the city where the worldwide famous San Fermín holidays take place.
  • An ancient Camino de Santiago recovered in recent years.
  • Tour the beautiful valleys and villages of northern Navarra.
  • Accommodation in cozy hotels and country cottages.
  • Everything organized, including baggage transfer every day.

The route of this trip is designed to be enjoyed to the full. The first two stages of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago Baztán route start in Bayonne and run through a somewhat monotonous French countryside. For this reason, we have replaced them for two much more attractive stages that cover the Franco-Spanish border, from Hondarribia to Urdax. In these first two stages you will go horseback riding through the rolling green mountains that constitute the border, enjoying fantastic views on both sides.

Once you arrive at Urdax, you will connect with the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela through the Baztán and hike its last four stages, until you reach the city of Pamplona, where the famous San Fermín holiday take place in the first fortnight of July each year. This branch of the Camino de Santiago has been forgotten for many years and has recently been recovered for the enjoyment of those pilgrims who like to walk in solitude, avoiding the crowds of the saturated French Way, which it joins up with in Pamplona.

It is a very old route, used by many pilgrims since the Middle Ages, as witnessed by the many monuments that you will find along the route, including ancient roads, churches, hermitages, even a small hospital for pilgrims. As if this were not enough, this Pilgrim's Way to Santiago runs through an area which has almost unspoilt nature and idyllic villages where you will spend the night in cozy hotels and rural houses after having enjoyed each stage.

  • Day 1: Arrival day
    A member of our company in San Sebastian will meet and take you to Hondarribia, a beautiful border village. Your hotel is located in the centre of the medieval old town where you will spend the first night. Information meeting to provide you with extensive documentation (route sheets, maps and brochures) and answer any questions you may have.
  • Day 2: Hondarribia – Bera de Bidasoa (20.2 km – 665 metre height gain)
    Leaving Hondarribia, you find the first surprise of this route: you have to take a small boat to cross the Bidasoa river and pass over to France. You cross the beautiful bay of Txingudi and head inland, leaving Hendaye behind. The path, always very comfortable and well marked, runs along the slopes of Mount Xoldokogaina, passing the summit of Mount Mandale (573 metre) with beautiful views and you return to Spain to reach Bera de Bidasoa, where you rest after this first stage.
  • Day 3: Bera de Bidasoa – Urdax (25 km – 995 metre height gain)
    The second stage leaves Bera de Bidasoa and crosses the gentle mountains that form the border between France and Spain. You will walk along the same paths that smugglers have followed for centuries and enjoy beautiful scenery and exuberant nature, before reaching the pretty village of Urdax and its impressive monastery, a sign that we have already connected with the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago. Also noteworthy are the majestic houses that you will find in this town.
  • Day 4: Urdax - Arizkun (13.9 km – 685 metre height gain)
    From this stage, the route turns south and follows the Camino de Santiago towards Pamplona. This day you have to cross the Pyrenees through the Otsondo mountain pass (602 metre). The road, which is very comfortable and easy to follow, runs through beautiful forests. You descend down the southern slope and enter the bucolic Baztán valley. You arrive at the beautiful village of Amaiur and the remains of its famous castle that are worth a visit. At the end of the stage you reach Arizkun, a lovely village where you will take a rest, after visiting its church, beautiful main street and impressive monastery.
  • Day 5: Arizkun - Ziga (11.1 km – 340 metre height gain)
    The fourth stage is the shortest of the route, but this doesn´t mean it is less interesting. After saying goodbye to Arizkun, you continue descending the valley of Baztán until you reach its capital, Elizondo. Its imposing church and the river area are well worth a visit. You continue on way to Irurita and, when you leave this town, you start a short climb up to the charming village of Ziga that welcomes you with a beautiful mix of farmhouses and palatial homes, one of which is your accommodation for tonight.
  • Day 6: Ziga - Lantz (18.6 km – 990 metre height gain)
    In the penultimate stage you cross another chain of green mountains through the historic Belate pass (860 metre). The old Roman track, the ruins of the Santiago hermitage and the small monastery-hospital for pilgrims that you will meet on the route bear witness to how important this Camino de Santiago was in the past. You leave the Baztán valley and enter the Ultzama valley. You descend through its beech forests to reach the beautiful village of Lantz, famous for its ancient carnival.
  • Day 7: Lantz - Pamplona (29.5 km – 210 metre height gain)
    The last stage is the longest but quite flat and very easy to walk. The Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela passes through different villages, following the river towards the south. As you get closer to the end, the signs of civilization become more evident and you have to walk a few kilometres on roads or tracks with little traffic. Upon arriving in Arre, the Way of St. James through the Baztán flows into the crowded French Way of St. James , reaching the walls of Pamplona representing the end of your route.
  • Day 8: Departure day

Walking North Spain is located in San Sebastian. The fact that we are a local travel agency has allowed us to select accommodation directly. We have been able to choose them in person. We visit them frequently and have direct contact with the owners.

For this trip we have selected the best establishments in the area. Some of them, especially at the beginning and end of the route, are 2 and 3 star hotels that offer all kinds of comfort in their spacious rooms. The other lodgings, which are found in the central stages, are small hotels and rural houses that offer all the charm of the authentic things. Its rooms are comfortable and clean, just as the hotels, they also have en-suite bathroom and, in general, have a rustic decoration typical of the mountainous area in which they are located.

Depending on when each trip is going to be made, we select the accommodation that are going to be used since some of them usually remain closed at different times of the year and, in addition, do not offer many rooms. Of course, we always choose the best accommodation options available and inform the client of the selection we have made for their trip.

In any case, all our accommodation offers high levels of comfort and quality. They are perfect places to rest after a beautiful day of walking and recharge batteries in order to enjoy the next stage, with a good dinner and breakfast

The Way of St. James through the valley of Baztán can be done at any time of the year, except from 16 December to the end of February. Between 15 September and 15 June, the best days to start the trip are Wednesdays and Thursdays, due to the opening dates of some of our preferred accommodation. However, you can arrive and start the route the day of the week that best suits your plans.

PRICES

  • Low season: 925 €
    (1 March to 14 June and 1 October to 15 December).
  • High season: 995 €
    (15 June to 30 September)
    Prices are per person and based on two people sharing a twin or double room.

  • Single supplement:
    • If you travel in a group: 195 €, both in low season and high season.
    • If you travel alone: 375 €, both in low season and high season.

Included:

  • Transfer from San Sebastian to the first hotel in Hondarribia.
  • Information meeting where you receive a folder with extensive documentation: detailed route cards for each stage, several maps, as well as brochures of the area.
  • 7 nights accommodation in Hondarribia, Bera, Urdax, Arizkun, Ziga, Lantz and Pamplona (*).
  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Picnic lunches on walking days.
  • 4 dinners (Bera, Arizkun, Ziga and Lantz), including house wine and some other drinks.
  • Baggage transfers between hotels.
  • Permanent contact by phone with our local staff in case you have any questions or problem.
  • Possibility to download the tracks of the different stages in your GPS Garmin (GPX format).

(*) Possibility of organizing additional nights of accommodation along the route to have rest days and more time to visit interesting cities and places. Please check with us if you are interested.


Not included:

  • Flights or any other means of transport to the starting point (San Sebastian) and from the ending point (Pamplona) of the trip (**).
  • Insurance.
  • Dinner on the other 3 nights when you are free to choose your own restaurant.
  • Any extra drinks, apart from those already served on the menus of the 4 included dinners. These additional drinks will be paid for directly at the restaurant.
  • Optional taxis to shorten certain stages.

(**) Possibility to order private transfers from/to Biarritz, San Sebastián, Pamplona or Bilbao, at an additional charge.

How can I get to the area?
To start this trip, you must first arrive in San Sebastian or go directly to Hondarribia, where you will stay the first night. You can get there by plane, either to the San Sebastian airport (which is just at Hondarribia), or to the nearby airports of Biarritz or Bilbao, from where there are bus lines that connect quickly with San Sebastian. From these airports you can also come by taxi or request a private transfer (with additional charge). Of course, you can also come in your own vehicle or use the existing train and bus lines from Madrid or Barcelona. For more information, see the "How to get here" section of the "Information" tab.

What currency and language is used in the area?
The first stage of this route runs almost entirely through France, while the rest of the stages run through Spain. In both countries, the currency used is the euro. With regard to languages, of course, French is spoken in France and Spanish in Spain, but throughout this area, Euskera, the language of the Basque people is also spoken, one of the oldest and most mysterious languages in the world. While you are here, you will often hear and read it many times and we will tell you some curious facts about this ancient language on your arrival. English is spoken in practically all accommodations and towns, although in some cases the level may be basic.

Is it a very saturated route?
Not at all, this is probably the least saturated Way of Saint James of all those that cross the Iberian Peninsula. It is a very old route that has been reopened a few years ago, so few pilgrims know and travel it today. Therefore, it is very attractive and appreciated by those pilgrims who like to walk in solitude. If this is your case... walk this route as soon as possible!

Is it easy to find your way around or follow the route?
Yes, the first two stages (which are not part of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago de Compostela) run along paths that are well signposted. In addition, the stages of the Camino de Santiago have their usual yellow arrows and wooden posts, so they are very easy to follow. Also, remember that we will provide you with detailed information in our route cards.

Is it a safe route?
Yes, fortunately, this area is very safe and pilgrims do not usually have any problems on their way, even if they are walking alone. In addition, the routes all pass through inhabited villages and hamlets and always begin and end in important centres of population. Also, remember that our agency is located in San Sebastian and that you can contact us at any time, either through the accommodation where you are staying, or directly to the contact telephone number that we will give you on your arrival.

Can I book a one-person trip?
Although it is ideal to be able to share the experiences of the Pilgrim's Way to Santiago with other people, it is possible to book this trip for individuals, with an additional supplement (please consult prices in the Dates/Prices tab).

What is the best time of year to make this trip?
Probably the best times to travel this Camino de Santiago are spring (April, May and June) and autumn (September, October and November). Summer (July and August) can also be a good time, but some days the temperature can be a little high.

Is it possible to shorten some stages?
Yes, if you don't want to walk all or part of any of the stages, you can shorten them by hiring a private taxi service, which you should pay directly to the driver. This taxi can be hired the day before, either directly in the accommodation where you are or by contacting us.

I have some kind of dietary restriction, is it possible to take this into account?
Of course, in that case we will notify this circumstance to all the accommodations and restaurants we work with. However, it should be borne in mind that the route crosses rural areas and, in some cases, there may be some limitation on the choice of menus of restaurants because, as they are in small villages, they may not have as wide an offer as restaurants in larger towns usually have.

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