This is the shortest day so far on the Camino as it is worth having the extra time in Pamplona to see the city – that is, if you have the energy and your feet are not too sore. Additionally, there is little of interest to see in the villages during this stage, which is often the case as the Camino enters cities. The route today follows the River Arga in its descent toward Pamplona.
On my first Camino, I dumped my boots and bought new walking shoes in Pamplona, the boots were not good for my feet and were causing severe blisters. I learned many of my Camino lessons by making the mistakes.
Today’s route is more urban than the last two days, quickly passing into the suburbs of Pamplona, but not before one short sharp climb out of Larrasoana. There are a few small villages along the way for eating and water, but for many pilgrims, Pamplona is all they see in their sights today – and not without justification.
Zuriain 4.2km, cafe, pharmacy – neither are directly on the Camino, you have to walk into the village.
Albergue La Parada de Zuriain, private, 8 Calle Landa, €9, 12 beds, B€3, M€10, W€3, D€3, @ Tel: 699 556 741, 616 038 685, Open March to October, booking advised
In the village is the small medieval church of San Millan which was restored in the 17th and 18th century.
Zabaldika 2.9km, water, toilets
Albergue Parroquial, 8 Calle San Esteban, donation, 18 beds, B, M, K, W, D, @, V, Bike, Tel: 948 330 918, 619 436 863, Open from mid April to mid October. Communal dinner at 8pm.
There is the 12th century Romanesque Church of San Esteban, it is worth a visit to see the geometric paintings over the door.
Parque 1km, water, toilets, picnic site
Trinidad de Arre / Villava 3.7km, cafe, bar, food shop
Albergue de Hermanos Maristas, Parochial, Convento de la Trinidad, 2 Puente del Peregrino, €8, 40 beds, W€2, D€2, V, @, K, Bike, Tel: 948 332 941 Web: http://alberguearre.com Open March to mid December.
Albergue Municipal, 17-19 Calle Pedrode Atarrabia, €14, 48 beds, B&B, M€8,50, W€2, K, V, @, Bike, Tel: 948331971, 948 581 804, Closed from Christmas to mid January.
The pilgrim hostel above, Albergue de Hermanos Maristas, within the monastery is located behind the Basilica de la Trinidad de Arre.
Pamplona is a city that would be easy to spend a few days in. The main albergue is well signposted at the start of the city in the old part of the town, it is large, but does not open until 2pm. If, as most pilgrims do, you leave your backpack here before heading out into the city – remember you are in a main city. I was one of the very unfortunate few who have had their wallet stolen from the main albergue in Pamplona. The security in the albergue is not great, take any valuables with you, wallet, camera, phone, etc.
Pamplona 4.7km, all services
Pamplona is best avoided during the fiestas of San Fermin which are celebrated every year from the 6th to the 14th of July. Unless you have booked a room you will not find a place in the city to sleep and the hostels and albergues are given over to visitors for the duration of the fiesta. It can be strange dealing with the bustle in the city after the peace of the countryside, it is only 5.1km to the next town of Cizur Menor which is quiet. However, Pamplona has a great cathedral, museums, art galleries, and a beautiful medieval old town.
Albergue de Jesús y Maria, Municipal, 4 Calle Compañía, €7, 114 beds, K, W free, D€1, @, V, Cred, Bike, Tel: 948 222 644, 648 008 932, Web: http://www.pamplona.es/verPagina.asp?idPag=55867EN Closed from the 24th of December till the 15th of January and during the San Fermin festival (from the 5th till the 15th of July).
Casa Paderborn, Association, 6 Playa de Caparroso, €6, 26 beds, B€2, W€3, D€3, @, Bike, Tel: 948211712, Web: http://www.jakobusfreunde-paderborn.eu Open March to October.
Aloha Hostel, private, 2 CalleSangüesa, 1st floor, €15, 26 beds, B&B, K, W€3, D€2, V, @, Bike, Tel: 948 153 367, 648 289 403, Web: http://www.alohahostel.es Open all year (for San Fermin festival consult booking, cancellation policy and prices).
Hostel Xarma, private, 23 Avenida Baja Navarra, € 15-16, 10 beds, B&B, K, W€3, D€3, V, @, Tel: 948 046 449, 658 843 820, Web: http://www.xarmahostel.com Open all year (prices do not apply for the duration of San Fermin festival).
Casa Ibarrola, private, 31 Calle del Carmen, €18, 20 beds, B&B, K, W€3, D€3, @, Bike, Tel: 692 208 463, 696 075 595, 948 223 332, Web: http://www.casaibarrola.com Open all year (closed during San Fermin festival).
Hostel Hemingway, private, 26 Calle de Amaya, €13-16 (Sun-Thurs), €17-20 (Fri-Sat), 32 beds, B&B, K, W€3, D€4, V, @, Bike, Tel: 948 983 884, Web: http://www.hostelhemingway.com Open all year (check ahead for a vacancy).
Albergue Juvenil Fuerte del Principe, private, 36 Calle de Goroabe, €25, 8 beds (all year), 20 beds (15/7-15/9), M, B, W, D, V, @, Bike, Tel: 948 291 206, Closed the first two weeks in July and for Christmas.
The route out of Pamplona is the best marked of any of the cities; you pass the university campus where there is a pilgrims office to have your pilgrim’s passport stamped.
Key: W = Washing, D = Drying, M = Menu, @ = Internet, K = Kitchen, B = Breakfast, V = Vending, Cred = Credential, Bike = Bike Storage
For more information on Pamplona, history, the sights and what to eat see the Pamplona page
Larrasoana to Cizur Minor Photos
I have stayed in the main pilgrim hostel in Pamplona once. It is huge and now I would rather stay somewhere in the countryside.
Pamplona, however, is a beautiful city and worth spending a few in hours in as there is a fair bit to see and the tapas are great.