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Doing Arles Route to Santiago but want to stop in Pamplona

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Camino Frances (2), Chemin du Puy, Portuguese, Via de la Plata
#1
I am walking from Arles to Santiago but since I want to visit Pamplona should I sidetrack to SJPP or just go to Pamplona from La Reina? I heard the Arles(Aragones) route is better for crossing the Pyrenees? Would appreciate any suggestions?
 

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#2
You can just make a short detour from Puente la Reina to Pamplona, no need to go via SJPDP! Just out of curiosity: Why is Pamplona so important to you? Buen Camino! SY
 
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#5
You can go to Pamplona direct on the Aragones, there is a turn off somewhere which pilgrims take, maybe a 20 km gap or less before you get to Puente la Reina, not sure where it is but some German pilgrims were going to do it and they had done it before on a previous Camino.
 

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#6
You can go to Pamplona direct on the Aragones, there is a turn off somewhere which pilgrims take, maybe a 20 km gap or less before you get to Puente la Reina, not sure where it is but some German pilgrims were going to do it and they had done it before on a previous Camino.
You can turn at Tiebas. However if walking from Tiebas to Pamplona you would miss the mythic/mystic church at Eunate which is on the camino Argonese just east of Puente la Reina.
 
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#7
Hi, I'm thinking of walking the Aragones next year and also thought it would be nice to go and have a look at Pamplona because it is a city we hear so much about. I think the idea of taking the bus from Puente la Reina is a good one and that way i will see the church at Eunate. I then plan to walk to Leon and then maybe catch a bus to Oviedo and walk the Primitivo. Buen Camino Judy.
 
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#8
When i walked Arles route i happened to be in Puenta la reina exactly for the festival of san fermin. Caught a bus from puenta la reina (or you could make a day's walk) to pamplona and stayed in a small hotel just by the park and outside of the city center. If you are there for the festival many churches and museums will be closed but besides the few minutes in the morning when folks run with the bulls, the festival is amazing with music, dance and foods from all over Spain. Of course the bulls are running to the arena for the afternoon bullfights (it is amazing how many runners do not understand why or to what the bulls are running). Unless you really want to drink late into the night, get your room outside of the very raucous middle of the city center. The festival is all around and in the park. I want to go back to pamplona to see all that was closed when i was there.

I thought the walk between Pau over the col du somport and into Spain was so beautiful that when i got to spain i got on a bus and returned to urdos to spend a few more days and walk it again.
 

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