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Immortalized by and little changed since Ernest Hemmingway lodged here 1924. He was on a fishing trip, no doubt catching some of the trout that swim these rivers and which luckily for us end up on more than a few dinner tables.

The architecture here is typically Basque; massive multi-generation family homes with a name or a crest above the door.

There is a very nice and friendly bar/panaderia at the beginning of the village, opposite Guardia Civil and the supermarket. It opens very early in the morning, even before 7 in summer and the coffee is very good. Another bar adjacent to the church is not likely to be open in the early morning.


San Juan is celebrated the 24th to 26th of June. Other festivals include one for the Arts on the second Sunday of August, and another for Farming on the last Sunday of September.

The Road:

Keep your wits about you when walking through town because the camino takes a sharp right turn halfway through. There are no less than twelve yellow arrows marking the turn, but it can still be overlooked by those admiring the charm of Burguete.

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Accommodation in Burguete [Auritz]

Hostal Burguete
Casa Rural