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Hi @MickMac, Esplette is slightly off the route, as you can see on the Gronze map. However, most pilgrims stay there, rather than in Souraïde. The waymarking will take you very easily to Esplette, but it's not so reliable for getting back on the trail the next day.Nuala
Just a quick question did you have to go off route to stay in Esplette, might go early to catch pepper festival. ?
timr.@MickMac You don't have to go off route to get to Espelette, but you will surely find there is no vacant accommodation there during the festival. It is a pretty little town which drags every last ounce it can out of its appellation d'origine contrôlée pepper.
Don't get TOO excited......
You can buy T-shirts, baseball caps, place mats, pyjamas,six foot inflatable plastic peppers etc. I bought a little jar of the peppers and put it in a deep side pocket of my rucksack. I found it there unopened, two or three caminos later!!
That’s really helpful information, @Afri-Can. I think you’re the first person so far to post here on the ‘official’ route through Souraïde. The rest of us walked via Esplette and didn’t detour back the next day. Thank you!We found the markings for Baztan quite good and only had a problem once at Souraide. If you look at the attached photo, we somehow came down the hill on the right and went into town while we should have come up the main road and up the hill on the right before going into the town. The little signboard is a little confused as it shows the Baztan going into town and up the hill.
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Luckily we made the mistake, went into town and had lunch at the hotel there.
Just to clarify ...... we were just following the Buen Camino app's route. The app clearly shows that you are not supposed to go into town but to cut left up the hill just before the roundabout at the entrance to the town. I wasn't looking at the app all the time but remembered that we had to turn left before the town and I think we made an early left turn up the hill at a road previous to the one we should have taken. We would have been OK because the 2 roads to the left intersect at the top of the hill but instead of making another sharp left along the route we went down the hill at the intersection with the 2nd road and ended up in town because there weren't signs at the top of the hill from where we came. But if one followed the route correctly one would not need a sign at that location.
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