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    Santander accommodation october

    Can anyone recommend somewhere to stay in Santander for 1 night late october. I'm really only passing through Santander on way to Oviedo to start the Camino Primitivo. I was considering the albergue de peregrinos in Santander but read some quite negative reviews. thanks
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    Albergues with Communal Meals on El Norte?

    In 2014 the albergues on the Norte I stayed at which had communal meals were Santa Cruz de Bezana a really nice place after Santander, Albergue de Guemes, Albergue Aves de Paso at Pendueles. Don't recall any others, but I took the Primitivo later. Aidan
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    Final checks before the big Camino

    Yes, you can definately get a credential at the Irun albergue. I think the albergue opens at 4pm. Its a great albergue and a wonderful place to begin the camino. Good luck Aidan
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    info request: Credential

    The credential is offered at the albergue for a donation, also shells were available when I stayed there. The spirit at the albergue is wonderful! I believe it opens at 4pm. It is not possible to reserve this albergue, Hope this helps
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    info request: Credential

    Hi Daria, Welcome☺ Basically the credentials are the same but the design of them may vary. If you are starting the Norte in Irun you can get a Norte credential at the albergue de peregrinos there, its a nice credential and shows a map of the route also. I highly recommend staying in this...
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    Starting the Camino Norte...

    Hi, 1. Albergues won't be a problem.....its not that late in the season. I assume all albergues will at least be open until end October. Stay in Pilgrim albergue in Irun, you will get information there. 2. I recommend boots as when I walked the Norte one section was really muddy due to heavy...
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    Starting the Norte 24th

    Hi Jim, Good choice for your first Camino:) try and stay in albergue de peregrinos in Irun if you don't have other arrangements made, Its a wonderful albergue, hospitaleros are always friendly and so kind, you can also pick up the 'Norte' credential there. Great way to start the camino. I wish...
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    Camino del norte guidebook ?

    Hi Pablo Mac, I used 'the northern caminos" guide book also. I found it very useful and accurate. Its quite heavy to carry though! If you have i phone is very good. Buen Camino Aidan
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    Biarritz Airport to Hendaye/Irun

    Train from Biarritz station possible, bus is easier and cheaper option.
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    Accommodation Irun - Day One

    Yeah, its fine to stay there for the first night.....I did that earlier this year. You can also get a Credential there and register for beginning the Camino. Good albergue, breakfast also, by donation. Very friendly hospitalero! Buen Camino Aidan:) Ps. Its a lovely'll have a great time!
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    All the alternative routes on the Norte - prepare or wing it?

    I never forgot "The Camino provides" - and it did. I love this quote and its true.....the Camino provides what we need!!:)
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    Best Camino del Norte Guidebook

    Hi John, I'm starting on the Norte next week and I am taking this book with me. The author is a forum member CSJ guides are the others I know off but have not seen them. These sites are useful...
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    Notes from my Norte

    Alan, do you remember name of hostel in San Sebastian. I'm looking into accommodation options for next week. Cheers Aidan
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    Leaving Irun for Bilbao 29, 30 or 31 May - anyone else?

    Hi Fiona.....Welcome:) Look up for details of Norte albergues, I find it really useful. Im arriving in Irun on 21st May and begin walking on 22nd so I will be there a few days before you! You could also call into tourist information in Irun for details, that's what I plan...
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    Simple guide/map to Del Norte

    Raj...... is another website I found with lots of detail on Norte and Primitivo routes, hope this helps!
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    Simple guide/map to Del Norte

    Hi Raj, I am doing the Norte/Primitivo mid May and June also, and have been on the look out for a simple guide/map book also. I got the loan of a book from a guy who has walked these routes before, the book is The Northern Caminos by Laura Perazzoli and Dave Whitson. Its a fairly detailed book...
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    first time pilgrim, solo traveler in late June/early July 2014

    Hi Arrim, welcome ! Last sept/oct on Frances it was quite busy especially the first days from SJPDP and the last 100k from Sarria, i found the Meseta to be the quietest and some of most beautiful parts of the camino and then meet up with pilgrims in the evenings at the albergues. I would go back...
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    Norte in June

    Has anyone used CSJ book Los Camino del Norte by Eric Walker and Chris Lennie, are there good maps in it? What about "Ruta de la Costa - Irun to Villaviciosa"?
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    Guemes and Albergue Santa Cruz in Bezana

    Thanks Joe, i will keep a note of this alberge when i go to thhe Norte. Keep us updated on your journey. Buen Camino, Aidan
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    Norte in June

    Thanks a lot, seem easy enough getting to Hendaye:)

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