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Municipal closed in zubiri and larrasoana

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Porto to SdC-Sept 2017
Camino Frances-(April 2019)
For anyone setting out from Roncesvalles be aware the municipals in zubiri and larrasoana are closed. We went through yesterday and there was all of a sudden a huge influx of pilgrims that had no where to stay in zubiri. We ended up taking a taxi to villava just before Pamplona to find a bed. Then I took a 30 Euro cab back to zubiri to restart my Camino. Now we're booking the rest of this week. Lesson learned.
 

t2andreo

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Also, the 'loss' of the Larrasoana municipal is actually a good thing at least IMHO. There are another one or two albergues in town.

I stayed there ONCE on my first Camino and got VERY ill as a result. The conditions were extremely unpleasant.

Always have a Plan B...
 
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(2009): Camino Frances
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Also, the 'loss' of the Larrasoana municipal is actually a good thing at least IMHO. There are another one or two albergues in town.

I stayed there ONCE on my first Camino and got VERY ill as a result. The conditions were extremely unpleasant.

Always have a Plan B...
Not only the albergue. When I was there (same year we walked together for a couple days,, actually, T2), the hospitalera was one of the most unpleasant persons I have met on any Camino. Will never stop there again.

Edit: For firsttimers: Albergues were full, and the cheapest hostal was at 55 Euros... It's at the beginning of the Camino, so it's easy to get lured into it. Atleast me, I felt it was a trap, so moved on.
 
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nycwalking

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Also, the 'loss' of the Larrasoana municipal is actually a good thing at least IMHO. There are another one or two albergues in town.

I stayed there ONCE on my first Camino and got VERY ill as a result. The conditions were extremely unpleasant.

Always have a Plan B...
I stayed there on first camino 2001. I wish I’d had a Plan B.
 
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cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean 2017.
Am I missing something - I don't understand WHY these two municipal places are closed! Has the Corazon reopened in Viskarret? If so you could have an early stop and then walk to Pamplona in one day. But has been indicated if its Holy Week/Easter many of the lower priced beds will be gone.Cheers
 

Camino Chris

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
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The municipal in Zubiri was hands down the worst albergue I experienced on the whole Camino Frances in 2015. It was dirty, the shower building one big open room off premise, the hospitalero very unfriendly and I feared bedbugs were going to be the order of the night! Thankfully not...but maybe the Permathrin I used helped.😉

That said, a pilgrim should always be thankful for a place to lay his head and the price was right!☺
The following year I turned plan B into plan A and had a much better experience.
 

C clearly

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It would be useful to know if these closures were just for a night or two - sometimes due to need for bedbug treatment, or because the hospitaleros are ill, for example - or whether they are closed indefinitely.
 

Bonita

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When I did my Camino in 2015, the municipal was full and they directed me down the street. I was disappointed, but it was one of my best places. I had a room with about 12 other females and we had two showers in the room. At breakfast everyone introduced themselves and I had a great time - except for getting an upper bunk!
 

Camino Chris

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
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Frances 2017;
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When I did my Camino in 2015, the municipal was full and they directed me down the street. I was disappointed, but it was one of my best places. I had a room with about 12 other females and we had two showers in the room. At breakfast everyone introduced themselves and I had a great time - except for getting an upper bunk!
I wish that muni had been full when I arrived in 2015!😜
 

trecile

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It would be useful to know if these closures were just for a night or two - sometimes due to need for bedbug treatment, or because the hospitaleros are ill, for example - or whether they are closed indefinitely.
Yes, I'd like to know if these are permanent closures. I'll be there in about a month, and I'd rather not be surprised by finding no room at the inn when I reach Zubiri and Larrasoaña
 
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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
I suggest you try to check out either with Neil at the Abbey - he will know - or the sisters at Zabaldika. An earlier post suggested this is because of Holy Week, and that sounds right. I was lucky, I think, when I walked the Cf from Roncesvalles a lifetime ago: we were taken to there, and collected from Larrasoana and the following day returned to the spot. Same happened next day in Cizure Menor. as next day in Puente. After that, same as everyone else. Not that I would personally be capable, but I saw many pilgrims making their way from Roncesvalles to Zabaldika in the one go. it's (only) around 34km..
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Camino Chris

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I started out from SJPdP mid Holy week in 2017. We had made reservations a month ahead covering the few days until after Easter. Glad we did. Stopping in Zubiri for a snack we saw a huge busload of pilgrims being taken "somewhere" as the whole town was "completo"! I heard someone on the forum say they had to sleep on a park bench in Pamplona!

EDIT- Ha..I mean just one person...not the whole busload! 😂
 
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Tincatinker

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Larrasoana used to have a certain renown for the occasions when the portico of San Nicholas was opened for the sleeping of Pilgrims. Bedded down on whatever kind of mattress could be found spare around the town. And for Pilgrims fed on whatever the good wives of the town could raise. Sad to see how the towns reputation has slipped as Pilgs have got more particular
 

VNwalking

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as Pilgs have got more particular
Chin up, Tinca. There are still some of us who would be content to sleep under a church porch if we had to.
Having to do that is hardly the end of the world.
 
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Davey Boyd

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Larrasoana used to have a certain renown for the occasions when the portico of San Nicholas was opened for the sleeping of Pilgrims. Bedded down on whatever kind of mattress could be found spare around the town. And for Pilgrims fed on whatever the good wives of the town could raise. Sad to see how the towns reputation has slipped as Pilgs have got more particular
The locals still let you sleep in the sports hall in Larrasoana if you ask nicely! Steel walled, concrete floored zeppelin hangar type thing. No nothing - water, showers etc! Freezing cold even on summer nights. Slept in there a few times now due to staying in the pub with the locals after pilgrim beddy bye time. Good sleeping bag and a roll mat = bliss. Had some good nights in there. Then breakfast at the 'mad mans' (forgot his name) supermarket up the road listening to Jimmy Hendrix. 😎
 

Calisteve

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Mad Man - sounds like Angel (seriously).
 

Vacajoe

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As of yesterday, the Zubiri muni was still closed with zero sign of renovation happening. You can look through the windows and see beds with foam mattresses and paper sheets, but little else. And since it is closed, there’s no “overflow” sleeping on mattresses in the attached sports hall. 😞.
 
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Thanks for the update have bitten the bullet and booked a private alderge don't want to be forced to push on as the body wont be hardened to it . Also means a more relaxed walk as its paid for !
 
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The locals still let you sleep in the sports hall in Larrasoana if you ask nicely! Steel walled, concrete floored zeppelin hangar type thing. No nothing - water, showers etc! Freezing cold even on summer nights. Slept in there a few times now due to staying in the pub with the locals after pilgrim beddy bye time. Good sleeping bag and a roll mat = bliss. Had some good nights in there. Then breakfast at the 'mad mans' (forgot his name) supermarket up the road listening to Jimmy Hendrix. 😎
A man after my own heart,stay in the pub til the craic goes from 90 to 30 :)
 

Davey Boyd

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A man after my own heart,stay in the pub til the craic goes from 90 to 30 :)
The pub followed by sleeping in the sports hall is better than sleeping in Larrasoana Municipal! Plus, the locals are friendly too! One night a young couple brought in their newborn baby girl, locals went ga ga as Spanish do with kids. I was very suprised and delighted when the babe got passed to me too!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Francis 2013-2014-2015,16 and June 2017,May 2018,Sept 2018.
The pub followed by sleeping in the sports hall is better than sleeping in Larrasoana Municipal! Plus, the locals are friendly too! One night a young couple brought in their newborn baby girl, locals went ga ga as Spanish do with kids. I was very suprised and delighted when the babe got passed to me too!
As a specialist child nurse I get that all the time,esp if the baby/child is full of snot :)
 

Calisteve

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July 18 CP with my wife
Yes indeed. Angel runs the supermarket/bar opposite the rather good private Albergue. He was giving free glasses of wine away when I was first there (I was buying beer so made for an odd mix). He was seriously helpful when a Finn I was walking with collapsed - too much sun and then a beer. An angel named Angel.
 

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