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CF: '06: SJPP -> San. '10 - '11: Pamplona -> Finisterre '12: Ponferrada -> San. CN: '12: Irun -> San
Hi
Just wondering if anyone has a preference on starting point for El Camino (del Norte)? Is there any real difference (other than a few KMs) between starting in Hendaya or Irun? I just want to make sure I get to do the "alpinista" (sp?) route. This is, if I'm not mistaken, after Irun... right? I'd love to hear your opinions for your chosen starting point and why! Thank you!
 
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Canuck

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Hola El Nadador,

No difference between the two cities. They are sitting on each side of the river, seperated only by the Santiago bridge.
I started in Hendaye because it was the end of the line for the train from Bordeaux and wanted to cross the bridge into Irun.
Either one is good, depending on your travel arrangements.

You'll get to the ''Alpinista'', walking along the ridge, some three or four km after Irun at the Santuario de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe. Follow the markings, watch your steps and enjoy the view!

Cheers,
Jean-Marc
 
Past OR future Camino
CF: '06: SJPP -> San. '10 - '11: Pamplona -> Finisterre '12: Ponferrada -> San. CN: '12: Irun -> San
Hello Jean-Marc
Thank you for the info! After all the reading I've been doing I kinda assumed there wasn't much of a difference! Also, after checking train times (SNCF.FR) it seems that Hendaye is the end of the line, so this seems like a logical place for most pelegrinos.
Thanks again!
ENDS

Canuck said:
Hola El Nadador,

No difference between the two cities. They are sitting on each side of the river, seperated only by the Santiago bridge.
I started in Hendaye because it was the end of the line for the train from Bordeaux and wanted to cross the bridge into Irun.
Either one is good, depending on your travel arrangements.

You'll get to the ''Alpinista'', walking along the ridge, some three or four km after Irun at the Santuario de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe. Follow the markings, watch your steps and enjoy the view!

Cheers,
Jean-Marc
 

jl

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Frances('05, '07), Aragonese ('05), del Norte / Primitivo ('09), Via Tolosana (Toulouse '05), Via Podiensis (Le Puy '07), Via Lemovicensis (Troyes '09), VF ('12), Winter Camino ('13/'14) Cammino d'Assisi ('14) Jakobseweg (Leipzig - Paris '15) San Salvador/Norte ('15) Ignaciano ('16) Invierno ('16)
Hi, when I did the del Norte I actually came down from Bayonne and styed overnight in Irun at the albergue, but had to return to Hendaye to go to the post office. As it turned out this was a really long hike, and I decided I would walk right down to the beach. From there I caught a ferry across to Hondarribia, explored that town, and then walked on up to the Santuario de Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe. That is another option to consider. cheers, Janet
 

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