Search 57,387 Camino Questions

A donation to the forum removes ads for you, and supports Ivar in his work running it


Advertisement
Donation to the Forum
A donation to this forum helps it continue to exists and also removes all ads for you.
Original artwork based on your pilgrimage or other travel photos.

Camino Aragones

pinkwadingbird

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2019
Hi Everyone-

Is anyone currently walking the Aragoneses or recently been on the route? If so, how easy ( or not) was it to find accommodation as well as grocery stores, restaurants, etc? Did you meetup with many other pilgrims/walkers ? TIA for taking the time to reply.
 
When you walk the Camino, and suddenly a pandemic appears
A Quest of St. James, Tommy Ray, Book Cover, Image
Come follow the vivid imagery of this life-changing adventure.

gerardcarey

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
CFx2, CPx1
Just as a starter I'd suggest plugging 'Camino Aragones' into the Search box at the top of this page. Also check out the 'Similar Threads' section underneath this post.
Regards and Buen Camino
Gerard
 
Last edited:

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Past OR future Camino
2019
There’s an existing thread being updated daily by a pilgrim who just left Jaca! Perfect for your questions
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I did it quite a few years ago starting in Oloron-Ste. Marie. I never ran into any pilgrims until Santa Cilia and they were just there for a beer before heading to Peunta la Reina. I had the albergue in Santa Cilia to myself. At Arres I shared the albergue with a large very inhospitable group of French pilgrims.
There were very few services like one finds on the CF, etc. I actually had to bail out and find a bus on the other side of the lake to Pamplona because I had failed to hit an ATM in Jaca and ran out of cash.
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Past OR future Camino
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
Hi Everyone-

Is anyone currently walking the Aragoneses or recently been on the route? If so, how easy ( or not) was it to find accommodation as well as grocery stores, restaurants, etc? Did you meetup with many other pilgrims/walkers ? TIA for taking the time to reply.
Here is a link to the "Live" thread that @Vacajoe mentioned.
 
Donation to the Forum
A donation to this forum helps it continue to exists and also removes all ads for you.
Peaceable Projects Inc.
Peaceable Projects Inc. is a U.S.-based non-profit group that brings the vast resources of the wide world together with the ongoing needs of the people who live, work, and travel on the Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail network in Spain.

Amy Mello

New Member
Past OR future Camino
Porto to Santiago in Sept 15
I also started in Oloron-Ste. Marie 2 years ago. Loved it. No problems with lodging. Not a lot of food options but I dont remember being hungry. Stopped at Leyre Monastery for night, as well as Castle of St Xavier. Ran into a couple of pilgrims at the start at Oloron (some had started at Lourdes) but there was a group of about 10 of us when we reached the top of Somport. It was a shock at Puenta la Reina to see the numbers of pilgrims because I'd never been on the Frances route. Amazing! And the next day we walked against traffic into Pamplona to catch a train.
 

pinkwadingbird

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2019
I also started in Oloron-Ste. Marie 2 years ago. Loved it. No problems with lodging. Not a lot of food options but I dont remember being hungry. Stopped at Leyre Monastery for night, as well as Castle of St Xavier. Ran into a couple of pilgrims at the start at Oloron (some had started at Lourdes) but there was a group of about 10 of us when we reached the top of Somport. It was a shock at Puenta la Reina to see the numbers of pilgrims because I'd never been on the Frances route. Amazing! And the next day we walked against traffic into Pamplona to catch a train.
Thank you for taking the time to reply, Amy.
 

ValeV

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
Hi Everyone-

Is anyone currently walking the Aragoneses or recently been on the route? If so, how easy ( or not) was it to find accommodation as well as grocery stores, restaurants, etc? Did you meetup with many other pilgrims/walkers ? TIA for taking the time to reply.
Hello!
I am also planning to do this Camino but I m not finding many info around! Can I ask you how was it? Could you find accomodation easily?
 
Learn Spanish for the Camino
Enhance your Camino experience by learning about the Spanish language and culture.
Camino Cups
Browse our selection of Camino Cups on the forum store

pinkwadingbird

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2019
Hello!
I am also planning to do this Camino but I m not finding many info around! Can I ask you how was it? Could you find accomodation easily?
Thoroughly enjoyed it. At the time I was there, reserving ahead was a really good idea unless you're bringing a tent. In Somport-Candanchu I easily found a bed at Refugio Pepe Garcés. The next night I wanted to stay in Castillo de Jaca but had to stay instead in Villanua as nothing was available in CDJ. It just meant a more leisurely day of walking. In Jaca there was plenty of options. Thereafter towns are more spread out and choices fewer. Timing seems to make a big difference as I was able to stay at the Albergue in Artieda. A woman I met who was in Artieda the day ahead of me was not able to stay there. Really enjoyed my stays at El Pension de Peregrina in Sangüesa and the Casa Rural in Monreal. Many albergues are reducing their capacity due to covid. If you're not a fast walker and won't arrive early, best to book ahead.

Depending on your itenerary, there is now a newly opened Albergue in the village of Canfranc. The pictures on gronze.com look impressive.

For more info on this route I would check out gronze.com if you haven't already. This route is listed under 'Other Caminos' at the bottom of the page.

Buen camino!
 

ValeV

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
Thoroughly enjoyed it. At the time I was there, reserving ahead was a really good idea unless you're bringing a tent. In Somport-Candanchu I easily found a bed at Refugio Pepe Garcés. The next night I wanted to stay in Castillo de Jaca but had to stay instead in Villanua as nothing was available in CDJ. It just meant a more leisurely day of walking. In Jaca there was plenty of options. Thereafter towns are more spread out and choices fewer. Timing seems to make a big difference as I was able to stay at the Albergue in Artieda. A woman I met who was in Artieda the day ahead of me was not able to stay there. Really enjoyed my stays at El Pension de Peregrina in Sangüesa and the Casa Rural in Monreal. Many albergues are reducing their capacity due to covid. If you're not a fast walker and won't arrive early, best to book ahead.

Depending on your itenerary, there is now a newly opened Albergue in the village of Canfranc. The pictures on gronze.com look impressive.

For more info on this route I would check out gronze.com if you haven't already. This route is listed under 'Other Caminos' at the bottom of the page.

Buen camino!

Thank you very much!! This was really helpful. Yes, I am going to bring a tent and probably I will postpone a bit the bit the journey.. because yeah, August surely will be busy on the camino and I am not willing to rush it just to find the place in the albergues. Thank you very much!
 

ValeV

New Member
Past OR future Camino
2021
Thoroughly enjoyed it. At the time I was there, reserving ahead was a really good idea unless you're bringing a tent. In Somport-Candanchu I easily found a bed at Refugio Pepe Garcés. The next night I wanted to stay in Castillo de Jaca but had to stay instead in Villanua as nothing was available in CDJ. It just meant a more leisurely day of walking. In Jaca there was plenty of options. Thereafter towns are more spread out and choices fewer. Timing seems to make a big difference as I was able to stay at the Albergue in Artieda. A woman I met who was in Artieda the day ahead of me was not able to stay there. Really enjoyed my stays at El Pension de Peregrina in Sangüesa and the Casa Rural in Monreal. Many albergues are reducing their capacity due to covid. If you're not a fast walker and won't arrive early, best to book ahead.

Depending on your itenerary, there is now a newly opened Albergue in the village of Canfranc. The pictures on gronze.com look impressive.

For more info on this route I would check out gronze.com if you haven't already. This route is listed under 'Other Caminos' at the bottom of the page.

Buen camino!
Thank you!! This was really helpful!
 
Past OR future Camino
2002, Toulouse/Aragon 2005, Cami S Jaume/Aragon 2007/9, Mont Saint Michel/Norte/Vadiniense 2011, Norte/Primitivo 2013, Norte/Primitivo 2014. Norte 2015, Cami S Jaume/Castellano-Aragonese 2016
Thoroughly enjoyed it. At the time I was there, reserving ahead was a really good idea unless you're bringing a tent. In Somport-Candanchu I easily found a bed at Refugio Pepe Garcés. The next night I wanted to stay in Castillo de Jaca but had to stay instead in Villanua as nothing was available in CDJ. It just meant a more leisurely day of walking. In Jaca there was plenty of options. Thereafter towns are more spread out and choices fewer. Timing seems to make a big difference as I was able to stay at the Albergue in Artieda. A woman I met who was in Artieda the day ahead of me was not able to stay there. Really enjoyed my stays at El Pension de Peregrina in Sangüesa and the Casa Rural in Monreal. Many albergues are reducing their capacity due to covid. If you're not a fast walker and won't arrive early, best to book ahead.

Depending on your itenerary, there is now a newly opened Albergue in the village of Canfranc. The pictures on gronze.com look impressive.

For more info on this route I would check out gronze.com if you haven't already. This route is listed under 'Other Caminos' at the bottom of the page.

Buen camino!
@pinkwadingbird and @Amy Mello have given you useful tips. The most important thing to note is that there is little (i.e., nothing) in the way of support between pueblos, so care must be taken to ensure that you have enough water. Accommodation has always been limited on the Aragonese, so reserving is not a bad idea. I have starred (*) places where masses were being held, but this is an ever-changing situation, and the mass-going pilgrim will need to enquire locally. The barman and little old ladies are your best source of info. Jaca* has a church of Saint James, where pilgrims can be found as many start from Jaca.

I always urge people to take the opportunity to visit San Juan de la Peña, which is among the top five travel experiences of my life. If you have the option at all in terms of time, do it! I stayed in a very nice middle-priced inn in Santa Cruz de los Seros, on the way up, and enjoyed a wonderful evening watching the sun's rays setting over the old church.

I have visited (but not stayed at) the albergues in Santa Cilia and Artieda, and they appear to be excellent. Ruesta was crowded on the day I was there, but its setting at the side of an abandoned town was incredible. Sangüesa* had several options for accommodation-- friends stayed at a camping as the single albergue was full, although I stayed at the Yamaguchi on the SE outskirts. The path to Monreal is a great stretch but friends telll me that the Lumbier alternative route is breathtaking-- sadly I didn't have enough breath at the time but should I ever go that way again, I will. The albergue in Monreal is in an historic building and has a single large airy room-- desirous of my own bathroom, I stayed at a lovely little casa rural (Exartanea) near the plaza, as mentioned by @pinkwadingbird .

The albergue at Tiebas* was also pleasant, but as with the other accommodations I have mentioned, will require a call to see if it be open. A few km east of Puenta la Reina, make sure that you take the detour to Eunate to see the octagonal church there. AFAIK the albergue there is not open.

Northern Alternative: One year I took the route north of the Embalse, and stayed at Rincon Emilio in Berdun*, a family-owned hotel on the plaza, near the church. The route to the monastery at Leyre* is a tough 32km, mainly because one must use the narrow verge of the A-21 for much of it and the exhausting 4km uphill to the right from the NA-2420 after Náutica de Leyre. However, 26km out of Berdun one can experience the hot springs at Tiermas should the lake not have risen. The turismo officer in Javier told me that it is a secret but all pilgrims will benefit by the mud baths. If you take this variant, the next day you will be able to visit Castillo de Javier*, where Saint Francis Xavier was raised. I do not know if the Jesuit Fathers provide pilgrim accommodation, but it never hurts to ask. There is at any rate a small hotel opposite, and they were very hospitable at lunch. The Misioneras de Cristo Jesus have a house ESE by a km but I do not know if they offer pilgrim hospitality.

This is an exceptional Camino to take for the mildly adventurous and determined pilgrim. The pilgrim population is much smaller, perhaps 20-40 per stage, and is primarily European, the landscape is barren and spectacular, but the locals are warm and hospitable. There is no pack transport that I know of, and the mass-going pilgrim will only be able to attend sporadically but it is a route you will not forget.

 
Last edited:

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Past OR future Camino
2019
A few additions to the lovely and thorough post by “oursonpolaire” based on walking the Aragon in 2018 and 2019:
- no pilgrim-specific hospitality in Javier, but definitely worth a visit
- both times we walked in the spring and had less than 8 pilgrims at each stage
- pack transport existed, but sporadic
- the north side of the Yesa Embalse was hot and miserable; tough to recommend
- Tiermas is now usually covered by water, unfortunately

overall, though, great posts by everyone on this very special route!
 
Camino Jewellery
A selection of Camino Jewellery
Camino Socks
Browse the Camino Socks collection on the forum shop

mspath

Veteran Member
Past OR future Camino
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
I should like to reiterate that
the old royal monastery of San Juan de la Peña, cloister, and pantheon are truly extraordinary and very beautiful. Cut into the rocky hillside, the site is unforgettable.
I have not walked there, but driving up the mountain road was steep!

As an architectural historian it was my professional privilege and personal pleasure to visit many special places, but San Juan de la Peña belongs in that unique category of sublime timeless perfection.

Carpe diem!
 
Last edited:

Did not find what you were looking for? Search here

Popular Resources

“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf ivar
  • Featured
“All” Albergues on the Camino Frances in one pdf
4.95 star(s) 101 ratings
Downloads
15,189
Updated
A selection of favorite albergues on the Camino Francés Ton van Tilburg
Favorite Albergues along the Camino Frances
4.83 star(s) 35 ratings
Downloads
7,869
Updated
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances ivar
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
4.88 star(s) 24 ratings
Downloads
7,671
Updated

Forum Rules

Forum Rules

Camino Updates on YouTube

Camino Conversations

Most downloaded Resources

Top