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Decisions soon—Advice please! Bilbao or irun?

gypsy9

Active Member
#1
Hola! Feeling so blissful w some great walking. Lourdes to Roncesveaux—crowds too much now for me now tho—considering del Norte from Pamplona but bus to irun from Pamplona so late in the day for me—6pm—bus to Bilbao—can I get to irun easily? Or begin Camino from Bilbao—don’t want road walking as a bit sore....thanks so much!!!
 
#3
Hola! Feeling so blissful w some great walking. Lourdes to Roncesveaux—crowds too much now for me now tho—considering del Norte from Pamplona but bus to irun from Pamplona so late in the day for me—6pm—bus to Bilbao—can I get to irun easily? Or begin Camino from Bilbao—don’t want road walking as a bit sore....thanks so much!!!
Hi, gypsy9, Yes, Irún to Bilbao is lovely. I took a bus from Pamplona to Irún when I finished my Camino Baztán last year and it was quick and easy. I took a bus around 1 in the afternoon, I think, and there were other options. I don’t understand whether the 6 pm bus you are referring to is to Bilbao or to Irún.

I vote for starting in Irún if you have time. And if you are weary from road walking, you should check out some of the coastal alternatives several of us have posted about. Lots of the official Camino del Norte is on pavement, along the side of a road or highway, but there are lots of off-road beautiful coastal alternatives just a km or so away if you know how to get there.

https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/coastal-alternatives-to-the-nortes-asphalt.49578/

Buen camino, Laurie
 
#4
Just to avoid confusion Irun to Bilbao is not the first stage.That's Irun to San Sebastian. Bilbao is almost a week away and you would miss some interesting spots along the way !
 
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#5
You could also start in Donostia (San Sebastian), I guess the connection is better. You should not miss the stages to Bilbao, amazing landscapes along the camino. Strenuous though for the many climbs and descents.
 
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Francesx2, Le Puy, Primitivo,Mozarabe,Arles,Norte to Bilbao,Rota Vicentina,Porto to SdeC,Stevenson
#6
I have walked only part of the Del Norte - from Irun to Santander. For me, Irun to Bilbao was the best of that. From Bilbao to Santander, there was way too much road walking for my liking. Also, if you plan to start in Irun, I highly recommend a visit (or overnight) in Hondarribia, old town a few kms from Irun. And you can start camino del Norte from there. Buen Camino.
 

gypsy9

Active Member
#7
Thanks so much...I was told only one bus to irun from Pamplona at six! Have wifi now and so will do my own research....am now in ziburi, sitting by a river....great weather too and my shoes are dry and no mud!
 

jpflavin1

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(10,11,17), Vasco(12), Salvador(13), Primitivo(13), Norte(14), Madrid (16), Mozarabe (18)
#8
Hola! Feeling so blissful w some great walking. Lourdes to Roncesveaux—crowds too much now for me now tho—considering del Norte from Pamplona but bus to irun from Pamplona so late in the day for me—6pm—bus to Bilbao—can I get to irun easily? Or begin Camino from Bilbao—don’t want road walking as a bit sore....thanks so much!!!
There might be an earlier bus Pamplona to San Sebastian and just start walking from there. All you would miss is the 1st day.

Ultreya,
Joe
 
Camino(s) past & future
Via de la Plata (Sevilla-Salamanca 2015) Via de la Plata (Salamanca- Santiago de Compostela 2016)
#9
If you are afraid of climbing, start in Bilbao. After that there is no big problem. But if you are in good fitt, there is no problem to start in Irun.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
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Camino Frances (2015)
Camino Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (Planning)
#10
Irun! Irun! Irun! :D

(I haven't been there yet, but SO MANY people say the stages from there are among the most beautiful of all caminos! :D)
 
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2015-2016 VdlPlata - Sanabres
2016.Primitivo
2017 Salvador
2018 Norte?
#11
There might be an earlier bus Pamplona to San Sebastian and just start walking from there. All you would miss is the 1st day.

Ultreya,
Joe
The stage from Irun to San Sebastian was perhaps the hardest of all Norte stages but it was also a beautiful one. The climb up the Jaizkibel is very steep on some stretches, but the reward is also big. (not only the views but also the satisfaction of having reached the summit) There is also a lower route. You can break up the stage and stay in Passages de San Juan.
 
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#12
There are frequent buses from Pamplona to San Sebastian. From San Sebastian the suburban railway ('Topo') runs every half hour to Irun. Agree with @Jenny@zen that Hondarrabia would be a good place to start. There is an albergue up the hill towards Guadelupe. There are also buses from San Sebastian to the airport, which is in Hondarrabia.
 

gypsy9

Active Member
#13
Fantastic advice—thanks again: in casa paderborn...Pamplona...it’s lovely—bus to San Sebastián tomorrow morning—planned to stay the night but now considering rail to irun or hondarabia—I do feel fit but definitely would stop at pasa de San Juan...excited...
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francesx2, Le Puy, Primitivo,Mozarabe,Arles,Norte to Bilbao,Rota Vicentina,Porto to SdeC,Stevenson
#14
Hola gypsy9. If you decide to go to Hondarribia, you won't be sorry. Hope it all goes well. Buen camino.
 

gypsy9

Active Member
#15
Thanks—yes—either Hondaribbe or walk to youth hostel la Sirena 3 km past San Sebastián...have a swim...before beginning the next day. Hopefully accommodation is readily available on this Camino at this time..,seems a little more pricey than CF
 

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