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St. Jean Pied de Port - Estella April 2020 with Teenagers

Washie

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Hello.
After a successful short Camino Portugues from Vigo to Santiago in April 2019, with a 16 year old, I've decided to take the rest of the family on part of the first stage of the Camino Frances in April 2020. I will be travelling with my husband and a 16 year old, a 14 year old and a 12 year old. All fitter than I am, and I managed 20km per day with no blisters for a week last year. Flights are already booked to Biarritz and we will stay the first night in St. Jean Pied de Port.

My concerns are:
- Weather in early April. Should I plan now to do the walk to Roncesvalles via Orisson or Valcarlos? I want to stop at one or the other as I believe there are too many of us (10 potential feet with blisters) to assume we can walk all the way to Roncevalles the first day.

- Will we need heavy coats if we take the Valcarlos route in early April or will ponchos over layers suffice?

- We are not taking sleeping bags as we are travelling with 20 litre rucksacks only. (This worked well last year. Having to stay in more pricey Albergues with linen is off set by the fact we have no check in baggage.) Does anyone have recommendations of Albergues / Hostels that have bedding and are not too expensive in SJPDP/Orisson/Valcarlos / Roncesvalles / Zubiri / Pamplona / Puente de la Reina?
- Should we book accommodation ahead as 5 may not get beds in the same accommodation?

Travelling April 7th - 14th.
 

biarritzdon

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That sounds like a lot of fun and the distance is perfect. Estella is wonderful place to stop and get back to civilization on a bus.
Early April can be very iffy. The pass over the mountains should be open but you need to check with the Pilgrim's Office before you set out. Several years ago they had the heaviest snow fall in May for 3 weeks in a row.
Me, I would suggest, if you can't or don't want to stay at Orrison, then reserve something on the Valcarlos and not try to get to Roncevalles on your first day. There are quite few places that would have rooms with linen services along that route.
In Roncevalles, you have the La Postale but why no stay at the albergue?
In Zubiri there is the Palo Avelleno with no linens but a good communal dinner, there are some hotels on the main road and at that time of the year should not be crowded. It is possible Palo Avelleno will take a reservation for you for dinner.
Pamplona, I usually stay at the Eslava, they have a good breakfast and are a half a block off of the Camino on the way out of town.
In Puente de la Reina the Jakue has a mix of accommodations and a descent dinner and breakfast.
In Estella I have stayed the Hotel Christina which is on the town square. If you stick around until Thursday they have a very lively farmer's market and roast suckling pig is the feature in most restaurants for the menu del dia.
 
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Sounds like fun! Personally, I'd probably begin in Roncesvalles. Will the pass be open in April?
 

jungleboy

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Madrid 2019
Kumano Kodo 2019
- Should we book accommodation ahead as 5 may not get beds in the same accommodation?

Travelling April 7th - 14th.
I don't usually recommend booking too much in advance but since you will be walking during Semana Santa and you have five people as you said and your itinerary is short and seems fairly fixed, I'd probably book all nights in advance for peace of mind.
 

Washie

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Camino Frances (2020)
That sounds like a lot of fun and the distance is perfect. Estella is wonderful place to stop and get back to civilization on a bus.
Early April can be very iffy. The pass over the mountains should be open but you need to check with the Pilgrim's Office before you set out. Several years ago they had the heaviest snow fall in May for 3 weeks in a row.
Me, I would suggest, if you can't or don't want to stay at Orrison, then reserve something on the Valcarlos and not try to get to Roncevalles on your first day. There are quite few places that would have rooms with linen services along that route.
In Roncevalles, you have the La Postale but why no stay at the albergue?
In Zubiri there is the Palo Avelleno with no linens but a good communal dinner, there are some hotels on the main road and at that time of the year should not be crowded. It is possible Palo Avelleno will take a reservation for you for dinner.
Pamplona, I usually stay at the Eslava, they have a good breakfast and are a half a block off of the Camino on the way out of town.
In Puente de la Reina the Jakue has a mix of accommodations and a descent dinner and breakfast.
In Estella I have stayed the Hotel Christina which is on the town square. If you stick around until Thursday they have a very lively farmer's market and roast suckling pig is the feature in most restaurants for the menu del dia.
Thank you Biarritzdon. I think I will pay to bring a bag on the flight with 5 sleeping bags or buy them in St Jean Pied de Port afterall. It may be nice to stay in the traditional albergues and many, as you say, seem to offer good value dinners or cooking facilities.
 

Washie

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Camino Frances (2020)
Sounds like fun! Personally, I'd probably begin in Roncesvalles. Will the pass be open in April?
Thanks for your reply. Yes, depending on the weather, that might be the more sensible option rather than walking on the road via Valcarlos. After a bit of research today, I definitely won't go the mountain route because of the steep ascent/descent and the cold, even if it is open.
 

Gumba

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Hi We walked in march/April 2018 with our two kids and no sleeping bags.

Currently walking now so don't recall all the places but will try


Sjpd la Villa Espobda, just before the old town, beds for 4, a kitchenette and bathroom

Day 1 sjpdp to Roncesvalles - the posh hotel others will help with the name, had kitchen bathroom 2 BR, can't remember the cost, they might be able to put another bed in there?

Day 2 Ronces. To Zubiri, 4 person room sheets included at Palo avellendo. Lovely evening meal

Puenta La Reina, found a place on booking.com, an apartment on the Camino, it was lovely. Double bed, bunk beds plus another sofa bed in the lounge. It was called Ganbara

Estella - Agoura hostel, sheets provided, private room for 4.

Hope that helps
 

Washie

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues (2019)
Camino Frances (2020)
Hi We walked in march/April 2018 with our two kids and no sleeping bags.

Currently walking now so don't recall all the places but will try


Sjpd la Villa Espobda, just before the old town, beds for 4, a kitchenette and bathroom

Day 1 sjpdp to Roncesvalles - the posh hotel others will help with the name, had kitchen bathroom 2 BR, can't remember the cost, they might be able to put another bed in there?

Day 2 Ronces. To Zubiri, 4 person room sheets included at Palo avellendo. Lovely evening meal

Puenta La Reina, found a place on booking.com, an apartment on the Camino, it was lovely. Double bed, bunk beds plus another sofa bed in the lounge. It was called Ganbara

Estella - Agoura hostel, sheets provided, private room for 4.

Hope that helps
Gumba, This is most helpful. Thank you so much. What a memory you have. Just goes to show how memorable Caminos are. I also remember every detail of everywhere I stayed last year on the the final part of the Camino Portugues. I think I might pack sleeping bags after all, but am glad to have options and recommendations in case of injury, difficult teenagers, or budget issues. It is all going to be good and new regardless!
 

Gumba

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CF Dec 2019/2020
Glad to help. Cost wise, it is almost as cheap to get a room as stay in an albergue when traveling with a family
 

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