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Lourdes to SJPdP?

Antananarivo

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Start in Lourdes via Oleraon, Somport, Camino de Aragonese down to Puenta la Reina, a more than beautifuf way
Hi there,
My trip is in early September and I'm also thinking about visiting Lourdes for a couple of days before travelling to SJPP.
When you say more beautiful, is compared to what?
How many days would the above take?
Are there enough albergues in that route?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Antananarivo

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I would like to know about the Lourdes route too!
Hi,
I have been reviewing the information provided by @Hans-Georg Goebel.

I think what that it is not possible to start walking from Lourdes.

Perhaps the advice is actually to get by public transport to a town called Oloron-Sainte-Marie and walk from there to
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And then from Somport, you walk the Camino Aragones to Puente La Reina which is a town after Pamplona. See link here https://www.gronze.com/camino-aragones
 

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Lourdes is on the Piemonte route and 5-7 days walking from SJPdP. If you plan to walk to Santiago, you can take the older and more beautiful (compared to the Napoleon) route over the Somport Pass if you divert to the Camino Arles at Oloron St Marie and then continue onto the Camino Aragones. It’s all well marked and a nice, less-traveled route which eventually will put you onto the Camino Frances after Puente la Reina.

Rather than discuss those routes here, I suggest you research the numerous other posts on these routes for more information. However, I will attest that it is a fabulous walk!!!
 

Vacajoe

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I think what that it is not possible to start walking from Lourdes.
Not sure why you would think this as Lourdes is a significant pilgrimage destination for millions of Catholics each year. 🤔. Due to the number of pilgrims there, there is a wide range of transportation options (train/bus/taxi/plane) to that city as well as walking routes. Additionally, there are a number of pilgrim albergues/gites there.
 
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Antananarivo

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Not sure why you would think this as Lourdes is a significant pilgrimage destination for millions of Catholics each year. 🤔. Due to the number of pilgrims there, there is a wide range of transportation options (train/bus/taxi/plane) to that city as well as walking routes. Additionally, there are a number of pilgrim albergues/gites there.
I should have been more cleared. I couldn't find in the Gronze.com website camino passing via Lourdes. But thanks for the clarification. I'll research the Piemonte route. Thanks.
 
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irishrock

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I visited Lourdes before my pilgrimage in 2016. I took the trains from Biarritz to Pau and then on to Lourdes. Returning, we went to Bayonne and took the train to SJPP (it ran 2x day-morning/afternoon) back then. There are some good apps (rome2rio) for one that provide train schedules. Best of luck
 
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If you walk from Lourdes you will be on the Chemin du Piemont and you will come to St Oloron St Marie, where the Piemont and the Arles Way intersect. From there you can go north west to SJPP or south to the Col du Somport and continue on the Aragones.

Oloron Saint Marie has one of the best gites communale I’ve ever stayed in - Le Relais du Bastet. We walked the Piemont recently and stayed there for the second time. Our first was on the Arles Way in 2016. Le Relais du Bastet is highly recommended. Gréât facilities, small dorms (2, 3 and 4 beds to a room) and a warm welcome from the volunteers.
 
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Something useful for pilgrims in Lourdes. While we were in Lourdes, we stumbled across the pilgrim information office. We were warmly welcome by Luc, from Belgium, the fist volunteer of the season as the office had only opened 5 days before. He kindly let us leave our backpacks in the office while we visited the pilgrimage sites. (Luc gave permission for this photo below to be used).

Outside the office we noticed a bench – complete with USB outlets – provided for walkers. I don’t know if these exist on other Caminos. I’ve never seen them – but maybe they are on some of the more popular routes now. At the top of the pole is a small solar panel that provides energy for the USB outlets. Not all modernisations sit well on the camino, in my opinion. But we thought this one was discreet and useful for modern pilgrims. Even the bench – without the charging outlets and solar panels – is a welcome facility.
 

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Antananarivo

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If you walk from Lourdes you will be on the Chemin du Piemont and you will come to St Oloron St Marie, where the Piemont and the Arles Way intersect. From there you can go north west to SJPP or south to the Col du Somport and continue on the Aragones.

Oloron Saint Marie has one of the best gites communale I’ve ever stayed in - Le Relais du Bastet. We walked the Piemont recently and stayed there for the second time. Our first was on the Arles Way in 2016. Le Relais du Bastet is highly recommended. Gréât facilities, small dorms (2, 3 and 4 beds to a room) and a warm welcome from the volunteers.
I have read from a couple of people that this route is even more beautiful than the Napoleon route in Camino Frances. Have you done both by any chance?. In any case I know that any route has things to offer.
 
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I have read from a couple of people that this route is even more beautiful than the Napoleon route in Camino Frances. Have you done both by any chance?. In any case I know that any route has things to offer.
Do you mean the Col du Somport compared to Napoleon route? Yes I’ve done both. I’m not really one for such comparisons - sorry. I enjoyed both very much. I wouldn’t let that one day determine which route you take.

If you want to walk the Aragones (which will meet the Frances at Obanos or Puenta la Reina) you will walk south some days from Oloron Saint Marie and cross the Col du Somport. If you want to join the Frances at SJPP you will walk north some days and cross via Napoleon or Valcarlos Routes.

Best wishes for your decision. 🙏
 

Antananarivo

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Do you mean the Col du Somport compared to Napoleon route? Yes I’ve done both. I’m not really one for such comparisons - sorry. I enjoyed both very much. I wouldn’t let that one day determine which route you take.

If you want to walk the Aragones (which will meet the Frances at Obanos or Puenta la Reina) you will walk south some days from Oloron Saint Marie and cross the Col du Somport. If you want to join the Frances at SJPP you will walk north some days and cross via Napoleon or Valcarlos Routes.

Best wishes for your decision. 🙏
Fantastic. Much appreciated.
 
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