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Current Information on Albergues in Valcarlos

Sharonih

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CF (SJPdP to Santiago) March 15, 2018
My husband and I are planning to be in Valcarlos in Mid March does anyone have current information on places to stay there and are reservations necessary at that time of year.
 
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mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Sharonih,

There is one albergue in Valcarlos and several casa rurals.
See all as cited on this Gronze.com list.
https://www.gronze.com/etapa/saint-jean-pied-port/valcarlos/roncesvalles

The municipal albergue is great and you can reserve there. Nearby the Casa Marcelino has good food and also rooms.
The Valcarlos municipal has few beds so a reservation is safest.

At times the camino path diverges off the road into the wood; in winter weather I always followed the roads parallel to the path. The roads are fine but do walk on the left-side verges facing traffic.

If you walk at dawn/dusk wear something bright and carry your light to flash towards on-coming traffic.

Between SJPdP and Valcarlos there is only one place for food/water/petrol near the old frontier; between Valcarlos and Roncesvalles there is no place for food nor potable water. Be prepared!

Good luck and Buen camino!
 
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Sharonih

Active Member
Past OR future Camino
CF (SJPdP to Santiago) March 15, 2018
Sharonih,

There is one albergue in Valcarlos and several casa rurals.
See all as cited on this Gronze.com list.
https://www.gronze.com/etapa/saint-jean-pied-port/valcarlos/roncesvalles

The municipal albergue is great and you can reserve there. Nearby the Casa Marcelino has good food and also rooms.
The Valcarlos municipal has few beds so a reservation is safest.

At times the camino path diverges off the road into the woods; in winter weather 4I always followed the roads parallel to the path. The roads are fine but do walk on the left-side verges facing traffic.

If you walk at dawn/dusk wear something bright and carry your light to flash towards on-coming traffic.

Between SJPdP and Valcarlos there is only one place for food/water/petrol near the old frontier; between Valcarlos and Roncesvalles there is no place for food nor potable water. Be prepared!

Good luck and Buen camino!


Thank you so much for the information this is great and much appreciated.

I will figure out how to translate the site to English or learn a bit more Spanish but this looks amazing. I am trying to see if there is an App for this, do you know of one?
 

mspath

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AussieWayne

Walked Camino Francis April 2018 from SJPdP.
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Camino St JAMES from SJPdP April 2018.
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My husband and I are planning to be in Valcarlos in Mid March does anyone have current information on places to stay there and are reservations necessary at that time of year.


Hi there
Curious to understand the date yo are heading out from SJPdP? A mate and I (both from Australia) are planning to leave SJPdP on 19 march via Valcarlos route (as Napoleon closed). We are both first timers to the Camino. May see you on the journey!
Buen Camino
Wayne
 
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Sharonih

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Past OR future Camino
CF (SJPdP to Santiago) March 15, 2018
Hi there
Curious to understand the date yo are heading out from SJPdP? A mate and I (both from Australia) are planning to leave SJPdP on 19 march via Valcarlos route (as Napoleon closed). We are both first timers to the Camino. May see you on the journey!
Buen Camino
Wayne
That would be great, we are intending to leave SJPdP on the 15th of March, so we will probably meet up as we are planning to do a slow Camino walking roughly 20 km per day except for the first and 2nd day as they will be shorter days.
 

AussieWayne

Walked Camino Francis April 2018 from SJPdP.
Past OR future Camino
Camino St JAMES from SJPdP April 2018.
Plan Camino Portuguese Sepl 2019
That would be great, we are intending to leave SJPdP on the 15th of March, so we will probably meet up as we are planning to do a slow Camino walking roughly 20 km per day except for the first and 2nd day as they will be shorter days.
Great, we will keep an eye out for you
Regards
Wayne
 

trevorcc

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SJPD to Santiago 2013,2014, Camino de Levante Sept. 2016, Frances March 2018, planning 2020
Hi there
Curious to understand the date yo are heading out from SJPdP? A mate and I (both from Australia) are planning to leave SJPdP on 19 march via Valcarlos route (as Napoleon closed). We are both first timers to the Camino. May see you on the journey!
Buen Camino
Wayne
Hi Wayne, I will be a day or two in front of you I am in no hurry so we may run into each other I am from Melbourne and this is my fourth walk.
 

AussieWayne

Walked Camino Francis April 2018 from SJPdP.
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Camino St JAMES from SJPdP April 2018.
Plan Camino Portuguese Sepl 2019
Hi Wayne, I will be a day or two in front of you I am in no hurry so we may run into each other I am from Melbourne and this is my fourth walk.

Hi Trevor
I
Look forward to catching up at some point. My mate who is accompanying me is fm Melb. I moved from there a couple of years ago.
Buen Camino
Wayne
 

RevBarbaraG

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CF (2018)
Another March walker (and first time pilgrim) here - I fly to Biarritz 21st March but arrive in the evening, so plan to stay overnight in Bayonne before getting the mountain railway to St Jean on the 22nd. Depending on timings, I may walk to Val Carlos that day, or overnight in St Jean.

Anyone know how much ascent there is from St Jean to Val Carlos? I can’t find this anywhere, and that feeds into how long the walk will take me.
 
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mspath

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Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Another March walker (and first time pilgrim) here - I fly to Biarritz 21st March but arrive in the evening, so plan to stay overnight in Bayonne before getting the mountain railway to St Jean on the 22nd. Depending on timings, I may walk to Val Carlos that day, or overnight in St Jean.

Anyone know how much ascent there is from St Jean to Val Carlos? I can’t find this anywhere, and that feeds into how long the walk will take me.

See the profile of the route in this Gronze link

https://www.gronze.com/etapa/saint-jean-pied-port/valcarlos/roncesvalles

After link loads tap the line
"Ver perfil de la etapa"

Buen camino!
 

RevBarbaraG

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CF (2018)
Muchas gracias! Also relieved to discover that the record I have of the time I climbed Mount Snowdon is in metres, not feet (as I thought), and when I told someone that my second day would be like climbing Snowdon two and a half times, I was wrong (it’s less than once!)
 

Mercuric1

New Member
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French Way March 17th 2018
Bonjour, Hi, my wife and I will also be starting the pilgrimage from SJPDP on the 17th of March. we plan to stop at Valcarlos as well. Perhaps we will see some of you all along the way.

Bien Camino
 

mspath

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I love the municipal there and watching all the elders of the village ‘hold parliament’ each night up in their clubhouse on the hill. What happened to the Brazilian albergue??
 

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