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Municipal Albergue or Pension? (on first night)

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FourSeasons

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CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
Hi all,

I'm getting close to boots on the ground (two weeks) just shoring up a few last minute details.
In your opinions and experience what would you choose on your first night on Del Norte in Irun.
Train arrives at 12:30PM (plenty of time to get to albergue to que up)

Municipal Albergue, yes/no, why?
or
Pension, yes/no, why?


Thanks so much for racking my brain. 😂

:cool:👣
 

davebugg

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
Hi all,

I'm getting close to boots on the ground (two weeks) just shoring up a few last minute details.
In your opinions and experience what would you choose on your first night on Del Norte in Irun.
Train arrives at 12:30PM (plenty of time to get to albergue to que up)

Municipal Albergue, yes/no, why?
or
Pension, yes/no, why?


Thanks so much for racking my brain. 😂

:cool:👣
My decision would be based on how restful I need things to be. That day I arrive at the departure point prior to the next day's beginning of a pilgrimage, I want to ensure good quality sleep after long hours of travel. :)
 

camino07

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Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
Pension for us. Needed good sleep to prepare for long, hard day to San Sebastian
 

amancio

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Definitely pension, you will be too excited to go to bed at pilgrim times. Alternatively, you can start walking and have a lovely short stage to Pasajes de San Juan and sleep in that albergue
 

trecile

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SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Definitely pension, you will be too excited to go to bed at pilgrim times. Alternatively, you can start walking and have a lovely short stage to Pasajes de San Juan and sleep in that albergue
In addition to the 14 bed albergue there is a guest house called Casa Txurdin in Pasajes that you can reserve. The contact number for Casa Txurdin is +34685475733 . She's on WhatsApp, which is how I made the reservation. The cost for a private room with shared bath and breakfast was 25 euros.
Because of a cancelled flight I started walking around 1:30 pm, and just went to Casa Txurdin.
 

Seamus68

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Camino Frances Apr 2017
Camino Del Norte April 2018
Camino Frances - St Jean to Burgos 2019
Hi all,

I'm getting close to boots on the ground (two weeks) just shoring up a few last minute details.
In your opinions and experience what would you choose on your first night on Del Norte in Irun.
Train arrives at 12:30PM (plenty of time to get to albergue to que up)

Municipal Albergue, yes/no, why?
or
Pension, yes/no, why?


Thanks so much for racking my brain. 😂

:cool:👣
as you have plenty of time i stayed in albergue in Irun... next morning walked with some people.. enjoy the del Norte is the best Camino
 

FourSeasons

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Camino(s) past & future
CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
I am staying one night in Paris before I head down to Irun so I should be rested, hopefully. The pension does sound lovely and a good nights sleep is always welcome on the Camino but won't I miss out on getting to know other pilgrims? Are there other pilgrims staying in Pensions in Irun, I guess there would be. It would be nice to start out with others on the first day.

:cool:👣
 

FourSeasons

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CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
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In addition to the 14 bed albergue there is a guest house called Casa Txurdin in Pasajes that you can reserve. The contact number for Casa Txurdin is +34685475733 . She's on WhatsApp, which is how I made the reservation. The cost for a private room with shared bath and breakfast was 25 euros.
Because of a cancelled flight I started walking around 1:30 pm, and just went to Casa Txurdin.
Thank you, I will definitely put this info into WhatsApp.

:cool:👣
 

amancio

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And, before taking off, I would not miss the oportunity to cross the old bridge to France, not the new Santiago bridge, but the one that so many Spanish refugees used when fleeing from Franco's troops in the Spanish Civil War. And also the train station in Hendaye hosted the historical meeting between Franco and Hitler, when Franco was 20 minutes late made Adolf wait... Adolf said at the time, referring to an exhausted Spanish army after 3 years of war: "Mit diesen Kerlen ist nichts zu machen", something like "there is nothing to be done with these fellows", virtually keeping Spain outside the WWII.



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Craig Towers

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Camino de Santiago
Hi all,

I'm getting close to boots on the ground (two weeks) just shoring up a few last minute details.
In your opinions and experience what would you choose on your first night on Del Norte in Irun.
Train arrives at 12:30PM (plenty of time to get to albergue to que up)

Municipal Albergue, yes/no, why?
or
Pension, yes/no, why?


Thanks so much for racking my brain. 😂

:cool:👣
I always think the perfect solution might be BOTH. Book a night at Albergue but only if they do a good shared meal. Then also book a night in Pension. Get a bloody good nights sleep for your first day. Best of both worlds. Meet great group and get a good sleep. Let’s face it Irun is a bit of a nothing spot. Badly damaged in Civil war so most of its architecture can be best described as non descript modern. Nothing much of character. One other suggestion I’d have is stay in San Sebastián your first night and get early morning train back to Irun. 3€. San Sebastián is a lot of fun. Awesome tapas bars. Some cheap but good spots for accommodation if you look. Easy to go back to Iran on coastal train. Leaves early. About a 15 or 20 min trip. I know it’s a bit cheeky but after 5 or 6 caminos you learn to have fun.
 

FourSeasons

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CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
And, before taking off, I would not miss the oportunity to cross the old bridge to France, not the new Santiago bridge, but the one that so many Spanish refugees used when fleeing from Franco's troops in the Spanish Civil War. And also the train station in Hendaye hosted the historical meeting between Franco and Hitler, when Franco was 20 minutes late made Adolf wait... Adolf said at the time, referring to an exhausted Spanish army after 3 years of war: "Mit diesen Kerlen ist nichts zu machen", something like "there is nothing to be done with these fellows", virtually keeping Spain outside the WWII.



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Thank you for this bit of History. I will be arriving by train to the Hendaye station. Does this bridge you speak of take me into Irun?

:cool:👣
 
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amancio

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FourSeasons, indeed! it is only a 500 meter walk to Irun, see this photo below, the station and the route is marked in yellow, the bridge in the red circle; once you cross the bridge, you are in Spain.

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FourSeasons

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CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
FourSeasons, indeed! it is only a 500 meter walk to Irun, see this photo below, the station and the route is marked in yellow, the bridge in the red circle; once you cross the bridge, you are in Spain.

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Thank you. I'm looking forward to it.

:cool:👣
 

Mera

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Camino France, Camino del Norte, Camino de Madrid
Camino Porto, Camino Primitivo
Hi all,

I'm getting close to boots on the ground (two weeks) just shoring up a few last minute details.
In your opinions and experience what would you choose on your first night on Del Norte in Irun.
Train arrives at 12:30PM (plenty of time to get to albergue to que up)

Municipal Albergue, yes/no, why?
or
Pension, yes/no, why?


Thanks so much for racking my brain. 😂

:cool:👣
I stayed at a pension called "Pension Bidasoa" in Irun. It is the first one right outside the train station. Please avoid it if possible. Not only it is a shabby place (charged around $40.00), I could hear everyone next door. Not much rest there. But then "pension Santa Maria" in Portugalete was the worst of all. The VERY dirty bathroom was so small I could hardly stand in the shower stall. The followings were outstanding: Pension Iribar in Jetaria; Hotel Arbe in Mutriku (it's a little bit out of the way but they will pick you up and drop you off the next day) is just wonderful in everyway.; Finca El Miruendano in La Franca; Casa El Arcu in Vega (for 25 Euros, I had a wonderful clean room and lovingly prepared breakfast); Hotel and Restaurant Parajes in Playa De Penarronda (right before Ribadeo). I stayed at Parajes two nights and visited the As Catedrais Beach and it was one of the highlights of the Camino del Norte. Restaurant Parajes is worthy of Michelin star.
 
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FourSeasons

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF Sept/Oct 2013
CF April/May 2016
del Norte (July/August 2019)
I stayed at a pension called "Pension Bidasoa" in Irun. It is the first one right outside the train station. Please avoid it if possible. Such a shabby place that charged around $40.00. You can hear everyone next door. Not much rest there.
Okay, thanks for the heads up.

:cool:👣
 

Mera

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Camino France, Camino del Norte, Camino de Madrid
Camino Porto, Camino Primitivo
Then "pension Santa Maria" in Portugalete was the worst of all. The VERY dirty bathroom was so small I could hardly stand in the shower stall. The followings were outstanding: Pension Iribar in Jetaria; Hotel Arbe in Mutriku (it's a little bit out of the way but they will pick you up and drop you off the next day) is just wonderful in everyway.; Finca El Miruendano in La Franca; Casa El Arcu in Vega (for 25 Euros, I had a wonderful clean room and lovingly prepared breakfast); Hotel and Restaurant Parajes in Playa De Penarronda (right before Ribadeo). I stayed at Parajes two nights and visited the As Catedrais Beach and it was one of the highlights of the Camino del Norte. Restaurant Parajes is worthy of Michelin star.
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2 - 2016 & 2017, El Norte - Irun to Vilalba 2018
Then "pension Santa Maria" in Portugalete was the worst of all. The VERY dirty bathroom was so small I could hardly stand in the shower stall. The followings were outstanding: Pension Iribar in Jetaria; Hotel Arbe in Mutriku (it's a little bit out of the way but they will pick you up and drop you off the next day) is just wonderful in everyway.; Finca El Miruendano in La Franca; Casa El Arcu in Vega (for 25 Euros, I had a wonderful clean room and lovingly prepared breakfast); Hotel and Restaurant Parajes in Playa De Penarronda (right before Ribadeo). I stayed at Parajes two nights and visited the As Catedrais Beach and it was one of the highlights of the Camino del Norte. Restaurant Parajes is worthy of Michelin star.
Pensión la Guía in Portugalete was excellent.

 

camino07

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
Pension Lizaso in Irun, clean and comfortable and very near the station.
 

WayWalker

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Camino(s) past & future
2013, 2016
We stayed in a pension but visited the municipal to get our credentials and scallop shells.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances SJPdP - Santiago Aug/Sept (2018)
Del Norte/Primitivo Aug/Sept (2019)
Enjoyed the comments. I'm starting the Norte combined with the Primitivo on August 9th with my wife. I walked the Francis last year on my own and was always happy with the places I stayed. My wife has somewhat different standards then mine :) and I want her to have a great experience.
I would appreciate any suggestions for Albergues and Pensions on the route. Or any other suggestions that may enhance her (our) experience.
 

camino07

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x5, Portuguese VdlP12, Sanabres, Aragones, Norte,Salvador,Primitivo, VdlP 17,Madrid18Norte
Enjoyed the comments. I'm starting the Norte combined with the Primitivo on August 9th with my wife. I walked the Francis last year on my own and was always happy with the places I stayed. My wife has somewhat different standards then mine :) and I want her to have a great experience.
I would appreciate any suggestions for Albergues and Pensions on the route. Or any other suggestions that may enhance her (our) experience.
Pension La Perla in San Sebastian, gorgeous and friendly.
Pension Mardones in Bilbao, in the old town. Loved it.
 

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