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Eunate Albergue

davejsy

Walked the Camino Francés for SSD UK 2023
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I'm just reading through @mspath wonderful Camino memories on her blogspot site that I happily stumbled upon from this forum.

Anyway, during 2011 there is mentioned a simple Albergue at the site, but I didn't see any sign of one when I visited in October, and there is nothing showing on Google maps. So I was just wondering if anyone knows about it, or if maybe it is simply just no longer there?
 
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The welcoming Albergue at Eunate sadly closed in 2013 as I recall
Out of interest did it used to be in the building next to the church? Which I guess now is like teh visitor centre.

Must have been a beautiful place to stay back then, and the church must have been amazing at night and sunset. It was wonderful enough when I turned up in the middle of the day!
 
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Here is my photo of the Eunate albergue from October 18, 2011, the last time I had the pleasure and privilege to stay there.

One of the delights of the albergue at Eunate on the Camino Argones, now unfortunately closed, was falling asleep on a mat in the small dark attic dorm while regarding above on the ceiling a phosphorescent band of stars, the Milky Way, leading westward...Magic.

Indeed. Some moments must simply be remembered in our hearts.
 
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Here is my photo of the Eunate albergue from October 18, 2011, the last time I had the pleasure and privilege to stay there.

One of the delights of the albergue at Eunate on the Camino Argones, now unfortunately closed, was falling asleep on a mat in the small dark attic dorm while regarding above on the ceiling a phosphorescent band of stars, the Milky Way, leading westward...Magic.

Indeed. Some moments must simply be remembered in our hearts.
Oh wow how lucky you were @mspath . That indeed is the building where you now have to go to pay for entrance to the Church, although it's free for pilgrims and you can get your stamp there.

Maybe one day they might re-purpose it again because it is a truly wonderful place.
 
From my memory i would swear that it was active as an albergue as well as a "visitor center" when i walked by in May 2019. I considered staying at the albergue on my second walk 2022 and was surprised that it supposedly is not an active albergue for many years... so maybe my memory is wrong from 2019 or they been open for a brief period.
 
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It was not open as an albergue in 2018 when we passed by, though it was housing some people from religious community.
 
Definitely being used as Tourist Information Centre and shop when I visited on 9 September this year. An albergue nearby would have been much appreciated.
 
I was a volunteer hospitalero at Eunate back in 2007.
The old rectory building has a bumpy history, albergue-wise. Way back in the late 1990's, it was opened up as an albergue and administered by the circle of Don Jose Ignacio, the parish priest who also pioneered landmark albergues in Granon, Cirauqui, and Logrono (he died a few months ago). Jan and Mariluz, devout Dutch-Colombian couple lived at the albergue and ran it for several months each year, and trained hospitaleros for the HOSVOL program -- they were trainers at the Toronto Gathering of Pilgrims in 2003(?), where I first became a hospi. (The US and Canadian associations combined forces that year.)
Jan was an avid DIY carpenter, and re-did the inside of the albergue in a creative style that gathered pilgrims around the gigantic fireplace and fed them from a galley kitchen. Sleeping quarters were upstairs in two open rooms, mats on the floor in the old-school Tosantos/Granon style.
Jan and Mariluz left in 2005, I think -- A Frenchman took their place for a while, and made his name creating fancy yellow-arrow themed desserts. My friend Marianne, a Swiss hospi, worked for a while with him; I came to help her open the albergue for the 2007 season. It was not a pleasant experience.
The stone building was bone-crackingly cold, and we could not decipher how Jan's elaborate gas-canister water-heating system worked. We tried building a fire in the fireplace, but the great cold chimney sent all smoke billowing back into the house. Someone from the Navarre culture office opened up the church and found the sound system had been stolen over the winter. The police came, then a couple of priests -- one of whom demanded me and Marianne and the Navarre culture guy be arrested for trespassing on church property!
I quickly learned that albergue was a political football. Everyone involved with it -- the parishioners, the tourism authority, the Heritage of Navarre people, and the Camino people -- viewed it as their personal property, and the arguments were endless over who could stay there, who was in charge, who paid the bills, and who had the right to do what. It was a nightmare for foreign volunteers with limited Spanish, who just wanted to get circulation back into their blue fingers.
I hung on for a week; we got the heat working finally! It was a tough gig.
It would be cool to reopen the albergue, but it's a high-maintenance place, isolated from the villages around it. There are plenty of other accommodations nearby where pilgrims can stay.
(I am sure some others can help me with dates and details I have wrong.)
 
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