Many people walk from Roncevaux to Larrosauna but it rained all day so everyone ended up staying in Zubiri. It’s a small town with limited space so either get there early or make a booking.
Until Pamplona, there is a bit of a “bed race” as there is often not enough beds for pilgrims in each town. It means some pilgrims end up taking a taxi to the next town and even then, I have seen pilgrims having to travel onward to Pamplona because that town was also full.
What to Expect: Roncevaux to Zubiri
It’s another good workout in terms of the walk with forests and rugged paths but nothing too strenuous. You will not find many towns on this day so I was happy to have my packed lunch again.
Coming down into Zubiri, the path is quite steep and rocky. It’s nothing to worry about but take things slow and use your hiking poles for balance.
Camino Frances Tip – If it’s raining, walk the road from Roncevaux to the first town (approx 3km) as the pathway turns into a muddy river. Make a booking for Zubiri or get there early.
Where to stay in Zubiri
I stayed at a small hostel on the other side of the bridge in Zubiri. It’s quite small but the lady running this place is incredibly pleasant and helpful. Also, it has everything you need from laundry tea-making facilities to the little dry room for your shoes. Showers are decent and the café across the street is good for food and the main hub for pilgrims passing through. You will find a small shop on the corner with decent selection of snacks, drinks and bread for sandwiches.
Camino Frances Tip – Stay in Zubiri, enjoy breakfast here in the morning and buy a packed lunch. You can buy coffee at a really nice café (next to a bridge) the next morning.
It’s another decent sized walk and certainly more than I would like for the first few days. It’s normal to feel pains and strains at this point.
Time – Approx hours
Difficulty – 8/10 (for the Camino)