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Live - Camino Francés Camino Baztan cut short

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May 27 (2017)
October 1 (2017)
#1
October might not be the best time to start the Baztan route.

I made it to Elizondo today to find that there we no beds available anywhere. (four day fiesta that I had no clue about) Not in albergues, casas or hotels. Two days earlier I couldn't find room in Espelette either.

So I have cut short Baztan and made my way to Zubiri to continue on the Frances.

My own fault and I am slightly disapointed. My own fault for not researching I suppose.

Gord
 

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timr

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Several and counting...
#2
October might not be the best time to start the Baztan route.

I made it to Elizondo today to find that there we no beds available anywhere. (four day fiesta that I had no clue about) Not in albergues, casas or hotels. Two days earlier I couldn't find room in Espelette either.

So I have cut short Baztan and made my way to Zubiri to continue on the Frances.

My own fault and I am slightly disapointed. My own fault for not researching I suppose.

Gord
@G_the_D Sorry to hear that. How unfortunate. Facebook just recently reminded me that I walked Baztan just over a year ago - over the equivalent of last weekend. I arrived Pamplona 10th. And I was alone everywhere! I certainly didn't check for fiestas before going! The gite was closed in Espelette but I got a reasonable deal in big hotel. I gather the gite has closed now until next year. I didn't stay in Elizondo. I stayed in Arizkun and Lantz.
I hope the rest of your trip goes well.
 

VNwalking

Veteran Member
Donating Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2014, 2015)
St Olav/Francés (2016)
Baztanés/Francés (2017)
Ingles (July 2018)
#3
So sorry to hear this @G_the_D - what you ran across is a far cry from the solitude that those of us who have walked this route got to experience. So thanks for the word to the wise; very good to be reminded that assumptions may run headlong into fiestas along any route, and so being prepared is essential!
Buen camino on the Frances.
 

jsalt

Jill
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Camino(s) past & future
Portugués, Francés, Le Puy, Rota Vicentina, De Soulac, Norte, Madrid-Salv-Primitivo
#4
Hi, sorry to hear about that. A similar thing happened to me (also in October) on the Voie de Soulac – got to Seignosse-le-Penon to find there was a big surfing competition on, so no accommodation to be had anywhere. Took a taxi to Labenne-Ocean and stayed in the old municipal chalets there for the special pilgrim rate. Next day walked back 10kms along the cycle path to Seignosse, had a fabulous long leisurely lunch watching the surfing dudes, and in the afternoon walked back to my municipal chalet – a great day!
Jill
 

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