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Staying in SJPDP

Camino(s) past & future
Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
As a follow up to my earlier post, we want to stay in SJPDP for two nights before setting off...we thought it would be nice to spend a day walking around the town as we are going to arrive in the evening...

I have temporarily reserved Maison Simonenia. Does anyone know this place and is it ok, in terms of location etc?

Many thanks...
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Hi again! Sorry, I don’t know Maison Simonenia.
I know lots of people choose to stay 2 days In St Jean but personally, I’d stay in Bayonne one night and the next in St Jean. Bayonne is a lovely town with lots of nice restaurants and... I find St Jean very small, it doesn’t take long to go round it...
But that’s just one opinion amongst many! 😉
 

Dorpie

RIP 2019
Camino(s) past & future
Santiago to Finisterre to Muxia 2013
Camino Frances May 2015, July 2017, October 2019
Hi @Patrick Hickmott .

Can't say anything about the quality but in terms of location you couldn't do any better.

Edit: Damn! @domigee beat me to it again! And even worse I tend to agree with her, there's not a huge amount to see and do in St Jean so staying in Bayonne and not having to worry about getting from the airport to St Jean when you arrive makes sense.
 
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Camino(s) past & future
Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
Thanks again both!! You guys are really on the ball...

I'll have a chat with my wife and we'll make a decision then...

I really appreciate the advice...
 

JamesVT

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2019
There’s not a lot to do in St Jean. I’d suggest you just stay overnight and then set off on the Camino in the morning. Buen Camino!
 

t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
I always stay two nights at SJPdP before starting out.

If you end up buying souvenirs, like the locally made authentic Basque espadrilles (they are CHEAP) you might consider sending a bag / suitcase direct to Santiago using Express Bourricot. Not cheap, but the best available way to get something the whole way.

Check them out at .expressbourricot.com or about two doors from the SJPDP pilgrim Office in Rue de la Cittadel.

Hope this helps.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
I always stay two nights at SJPdP before starting out.

If you end up buying souvenirs, like the locally made authentic Basque espadrilles (they are CHEAP) you might consider sending a bag / suitcase direct to Santiago using Express Bourricot. Not cheap, but the best available way to get something the whole way.

Check them out at .expressbourricot.com or about two doors from the SJPDP pilgrim Office in Rue de la Cittadel.

Hope this helps.
Thanks for the advice. I am going to discuss with my wife whether we should stay one night in Bayonne and the next at SJPP
 
Camino(s) past & future
Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
There’s not a lot to do in St Jean. I’d suggest you just stay overnight and then set off on the Camino in the morning. Buen Camino!
Thanks for that.

Do you have any suggestions as to where to stay in Bayonne?
 

VAtoNC

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
305 miles of the Frances, 2019. Planning another Frances 4/20 and will go the distance this time!
I'm flying into Paris from the US arriving 0700. I have an 1118 train from DeGaulle Airport to Bayonne arriving 1642. I'll spend the night at Rue Port Neuf, then an 0700 train to SJPDP to next morning. One day/night in SJPP then start my Camino. I decided not to rush it so I can get used to the time change and have time to rest after a long journey -- before the next one!
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
Thanks for that.

Do you have any suggestions as to where to stay in Bayonne?
Hotel Côte Basque
Right opposite the station, perfect for an early train 😎
Nice rooms, good buffet breakfast and.... the slowest lift, ever! 🤣🤣
 

alexwalker

Forever Pilgrim
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
I'm flying into Paris from the US arriving 0700. I have an 1118 train from DeGaulle Airport to Bayonne arriving 1642. I'll spend the night at Rue Port Neuf, then an 0700 train to SJPDP to next morning. One day/night in SJPP then start my Camino. I decided not to rush it so I can get used to the time change and have time to rest after a long journey -- before the next one!
I haven't stayed there, but IMHO your plan sounds very wise. Do book a bed in Orrison for the first day:
SJPdP - Roncesvalles is the toughest day of the whole Camino Frances: It can break your Camino on your first day, if not well fit.
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
SJPdP - Roncesvalles is the toughest day of the whole Camino Frances: It can break your Camino on your first day, if not well fit.
I read that same advice the first time and I did book Orisson... only to cancel the reservation on the day (we didn’t pre-pay then) as all unfit that I was, walking to Roncesvalles in one day was perfectly feasible....
Just another opinion. 🙂
 
Camino(s) past & future
Finished our first Camino Frances in October 2019
Planning Camino Portugues for 2021
Hotel Côte Basque
Right opposite the station, perfect for an early train 😎
Nice rooms, good buffet breakfast and.... the slowest lift, ever! 🤣🤣

Thanks. I will look into that one too
 

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