The Camino Aragon starts in Somport and joins the main French route at Puente la Reina. I walked it in 2004 after I had walked the main French route, it was quiet and deserted, there were not many hostels but it was great; also it had a completely different feels to it compared to the Camino Frances.
Last night I got a mail from Jim at Wandering the World. He has just arrived in Santiago and is heading back to Puenta la Raina to walk this route and asked for a list of Refugeos – Albergues. I put it together, it could be out of date as it is three years since I walked this part. I thought it might be an idea to share this.
Okay, my list is a little old… and I do remember there not being a lot of places to stay. But the ones I stayed in were good, well run, and quiet.
Here is a list of Refuges and what town they are in.
- Tiebas 17.5km
- Monreal 12.5km
- Izco 11km
- Liedena (hostel) 16.5km
- Sanguesa (good refuge) 5km
- Undues de Lerda 10.5km
- Puente la Reine de Jaca 46km – sorry but I know nothing between these
Jaca – 21km if you take the main route if you go up the hill it is a lot longer and easy to get lost – I did – but the hermitage at the top is something. But a very very long day.
Congratulation and have fun on the quiet part now, it is very different. Carry more water as there are fewer places to fill up and some long stretches without any. I have missed at least one place where I stayed in a ruined village run by an American confraternity but I can’t remember where it is.
If anyone can help correct anything I have wrong that would be great and I will put the list up on the main website for everyone to download.
My Thoughts On This Camino Route
I have two main overarching memories.
1. I walked with my friend Dara. It was Dara who introduced me to the Camino de Santiago, we shared an apartment while at university together. He talked about this long distance walk he had done – but he had started walking in Amsterdam and had walked to Santiago de Compostela. Unfortunately, Dara died very young and far too early a year later.
2. It is quiet. I walked this route directly after walking the Camino Frances. On the Camino Frances I might have come across at least 100 pilgrims per day, most likely more – here I came across less than ten per day. I must admit the peace was refreshing.
I love hiking, backpacking, and camping. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.
1 thought on “Camino Aragones”
This would be more appealing to me than Camino Frances — IF — I could walk it with someone experienced.
I’ve never walked any of the routes. I didn’t even know about it until my older brother and his wife walked it two years ago. I’ve dreamt of it since. I don’t know how I could do it, not having much money and a severe flying phobia. But I dream of it just the same. There are several people in my parish who want to walk it as well,, but none of them have ever walked it before.
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