Camino Stage 1 St Jean Pied de Port to Estella

Camino Stage 1 St Jean Pied de Port to Estella

You begin the first stage of the camino stage 1 from St.Jean Pied Du Port on the French and Spanish border. Crossing the Pyrneese this day is the toughest on the route with steep climbs up to Roncesvalles, You will however be rewarded with stunning views. Leaving Roncesvalles you traverse mountain passes through beech and oak woods alongside the River Arga. The high mountains and deep valleys of the Pyrenees soon give way to the undulating plain that surrounds the fortress town of Pamplona. You will also pass though Puente la Reina, where all routes from France meet and Estella once the Capital City of the Kingdom of Navarra.

Highlights of Camino Stage 1

  • Experiencing a sense of timelessness and freedom amongst the rolling green hills.
  • Enjoying an endless succession of beautiful churches and buildings on the route.
  • Experiencing the buzz and bustle of some of Northern Spain’s most beguiling cities.
  • Meeting fellow pilgrims, hearing their stories and travel tips along the way.
Detail Description
Destination Camino Spain
Holiday Type Self guided walking
Start/Finish St.Jean Pied Du Port/Estella
Duration 6 nights 7 days
Grade Moderate
Distance You should be able to walk 20 to 25 km per day.
Season Year Round – Best in Spring and Autumn

Day 1
Arrive St.Jean Pied Du Port
Overnight Hotel: 2* Hotel Continental in St. Jean


 Day 2
St. Jean – Roncesvalles

Passing through 
St. Jean-Pied-de-Port, Huntto, Alto de Ibañeta, Orreaga/Roncesvalles

Main difficulties
This is an extremely tough stage, particularly in the French part, which is uphill all the way. It is also poorly marked with deteriorated signs which are difficult to see. The downhill part towards Ibañeta is also hard. Drinking water fountains are few and far between.

Flora, fauna and crops
The vegetation in this area consists mainly of meadows, and beech and oak woods.

Distance: 23 km
Overnight Hotel: 3* Hotel Casa de los Beneficiados in Roncesvalles

 Day 3
Roncesvalles – Zubiri

Passing Through
Orreaga/Roncesvalles, Auritz/Burguete, Aurizberri/Espinal, Bizkarreta/Gerendiain, Lintzoain, Zubiri

Main Difficulties 
Lack of signage for pilgrims on the road crossings.

Flora, fauna and vegetation 
Crops in the area include beech, holly, spruce, meadows, hazel, bogies and potato fields.

Rest areas
Six, one at 200 meters Auritz-Burguete, with tables, benches, shade and hob, one in Auritz-Burguete, with tables, benches, shade, paper and fountain, another 100 meters Auritzberri-Espinal, with a fountain and benches in Aurizberri-Espinal other two, with a fountain and benches, and the sixth in Lintzoain with benches and a fountain.

Distance: 23 Km
Overnight Hotel: 2* Cottage Hostería Zubiri in Zubiri


 Day 4
Zubiri – Pamplona

Passing Through
Zubiri, Larrasoaña, Akerreta, Zabaldika, Trinidad de Arre, Burlada, Pamplona

Flora, fauna and crops
The local vegetation features pastures, oaks, hedges, forests of wild pine and apple trees.

Rest areas
There are rest areas in Ilarratz: with shade, a drinking fountain and benches; in Irotz: with benches, tables, barbecue facilities and a drinking fountain; in Zabaldika (past the town on the roadside): with toilets, tables, benches, barbecue facilities and a drinking fountain; in Villava: with a drinking fountain and benches; in Burlada (after 500 metres, beside the Arga river): with fountains, benches and tables; and in Pamplona (beside the Magdalena bridge): with a drinking fountain and benches.

Distance: 20 Kms
Overnight Hotel: 4* Hotel Maisonnave in Pamplona


Day 5
Pamplona – Puente la Reina

Passing Through
Pamplona, Cizur Menor, Uterga, Muruzábal, Obanos, Puente la Reina

Main difficulties
The route up to the Monte del Perdón is hard-going.

Flora, fauna and crops
The vegetation and crops in the area are mainly cereals, grapevines, asparagus, pastures, holm oaks, kermes oaks, and almond trees.

Rest areas
There are rest areas in Pamplona (Vuelta del Castillo park): with benches, drinking fountains, and litter bins; in Cizur Menor (beside the pelota court): with benches, litter bins and drinking fountains; in Zariquiegui: with benches, a litter bin and drinking fountain; 200 metres after the Alto del Perdón: with a bench and drinking fountain; and in Puente la Reina (at the entrance): with benches and a drinking fountain.

Distance: 23 Km
Overnight Hotel: 3* Hotel Jakue in Puente la Reina


Day 6
Puente la Reina – Estella

Passing through
Puente la Reina, Mañeru, Cirauqui, Lorca, Villatuerta, Estella

Main difficulties: 
Areas of mud between Puente la Reina and Cirauqui which make the route hard-going.
Flora, fauna and crops
The vegetation and crops in the area include an abundance of grapevines, olive trees, asparagus, cereals, Mediterranean scrubland and reforested pinewoods.
Rest areas
There are two rest areas on the way out of Puente la Reina; in Mañeru (at the entrance to the village): with benches, drinking fountains and litter bin; in Mañeru (town centre): with benches, litter bins and drinking fountains; in Cirauqui: with benches and litter bins; in Cirauqui (once past the town): with benches, tables and drinking fountains (out of order); in Lorca: with benches, a drinking fountain and litter bins; in Villatuerta (opposite the sports centre): with benches, a litter bin and drinking fountain; in Villatuerta (past the town on the roadside): with benches and tables; and in Estella (next to the church of Santo Sepulcro): with drinking fountains, benches and litter bins.

Distance: 20 Km
Overnight Hotel:2* Hotel Yerri in Estella


Day 7
Return home

Tour Camino Stage 1
Dates Available Jan-Dec
Price per person Sharing double room. €370
Single Supplement €167

Optional Extras

Optional baggage transfer €67pp
Optional Private transfer Biarritz to St Jean €161 per car – max 4 people.
Optional Private transfer Estella – Bilbao €256 per car – max 4 people.

Included

  • Accommodation as per Itinerary
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers available at €65 supplement
  • 24/7 local support
  • Detailed route notes & maps

Not Included

  • Flights
  • Airport Transfers (available at supplement)
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary.

Mix of 2,3 & 4 star hotels.

Getting there

Getting to St Jean Pied de Port
The best place to fly into to get to St Jean is to fly Dublin to Biarritz airport with Ryanair. From Biarritz, take the bus from outside the airport to Bayonne rail station (20 mins) and then from there take the mountain railway up to St Jean (1.5 hours) which you can book in advance with SNCF.  Private transfers are also available.

Getting Back
The best way to get back from Estella is as follows
Company La Estellesa from Estella to Pamplona
departure times Estella : 06:45, 08:00, 08:45, 08:50, 14:00
duration : about 1 hour, price 4,45 Euro / Pax.

Company Laburundesa from Pamplona to Bilbao
departure times Pamplona : 10:00, 13:00
duration : about 2 hours, price 14,75 Euro / Pax.

On arrival in Bilbao you will have to take another Bus to Bilbao airport,
this one is every 20 minutes. Please check up to date time table before arriving.

Private transfers also available.

 

From Price pp

€370 €352

Loading Maps
TOURS NEARBY Camino Stage 1 St Jean Pied de Port to Estella
Share This