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Place to stay in SJPdP - Sept 27


This is fun. I land in Paris on the redeye on September 26. I leave for SJPdP on the overnight train that night and planned on starting to walk on September 27 to Orisson.

So apparently, the contact form on the Orisson site doesn't work. I didn't know this. For the last 3 weeks, I've been trying to reach them there. Now they're already booked up for the 27th.

So I tried to look at the L'Espirit du Chemin website and they close for the season on the 27th.

So now what? I see at least one albergue municipal, but thinking about it, I'll have been sleeping on two forms of public transportation (plane and train) for 2 nights in a row. I'm not sure how well I'll sleep. So maybe a hotel wouldn't be a bad idea to get a good night sleep before walking all the way through to Roncesvalle.

Can anyone suggest a decent, inexpensive hotel in SJPdP? If anyone wants to share a double, I'd be up for that.

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Hi Thomas,
Sorry to hear about your troubles with accomodations. I can't help you out with the sharing thing mostly because I will be going through SJPdP on 05Sep. I am not sure what you mean by inexpensive but I am staying at the Errecaldia which is on the edge of town. It came quite highly recommended on this site which is why I chose it a the time. I will be paying about 40Euros. Here's the website:
Hope it helps. Tim was the owner and was very helpful.
Buen Camino,
Thomas, you may want to check out day rates at the CDG airports. I got a really good rate for the Ibis that is on the airport grounds. It's not on their website, but it wouldn't hurt to go ask. If you want more information, PM me.

And you might want to check Orisson again closer to the time you're going to get there or ask someone at the pilgrim office to call up there & see if they've had a cancellation. Stranger things have happened. :)



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Here is where you can get a bed for 10 Euros, near the train station in SJPdeP. Go with confidence.

If you're adamant to hit the road quickly, you can try getting a reservation at Hunto (5km from SJpdP on your way to Rocesvalles.

Have a good trip,


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If checking later on for a cancellation at Orisson doesn't pan out, you could try the alternate route through Valcarlos, which is supposed to be less strenuous, although less spectacular as well. And if the weather turns ugly, this may be the better choice.

I have just found out that Orisson is booked up for Sept. 8th as well, so I will still arrive in SJPP on the 7th and play it by ear.

In any case, given my poor physical condition, I'm going to get off to a slow and easy start to avoid disappointments... Going all the way to Roncevalles the first day would seem a recipe for disaster, especially if you are weary and jet-lagged.

Good luck!
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For those who do want to get a start up the mountain - as Jean-Marc pointed out there is an albergue a couple of kilometers before Orisson at a spot called Huntto (Hunto). If you stop in at the Pilgrim's Office in SJPP, they will phone up for you (to both spots) to check if there is room and reserve you a spot if there is.
What you don't want to do is head up over the mountain unless you are sure you have a spot to stay or you can make it to Roncesvalles before dusk. It would be difficult or next to impossible to find your way if you can't see and there is nothing between Orisson and Roncesvalles (no houses, restaurants, people I mean).
Buen camino

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