After the lovely experience in the quiet, delightful municipal in Valcarlos, the one in Zubiri was a real disappointment. However, I was still thankful to have a place to sleep that night. I was very happy with all other lodging as I moved along on the trail.I had the same experience in Sept 2016, I got one of the last beds in the second ground floor room at the municipal and before long upstairs was full and the old gym was opened with people begging for camping mats to sleep on.
The N135 is longer but much easier; I always walked it during late autumn/winter.We've hiked Camino Frances three times and each time have found the final descent into Zubiri to be quite challenging. Steep downhill slopes on slippery, sometimes wet rocks. No doubt this contributed to "black toe" I developed each CF. Does anyone know of an alternate route to Zubiri to avoid the last trecherous part? The Gronze map indicates it may be possible to follow N 135, but this is a longer route. Bob
I have also stayed at El Palo, this is a current notice from their websiteThe Municipal was a very disappointing experience on our first Camino.
I've stayed at El Palo and it's very nice.
I now stay at Pension Amets.
Agree on the terrific room and view. Balcony window covered with beautiful flowers. I felt a little guilty hanging some laundry out to dry.Yes we stayed at Casa Txantorena during our 2019 camino and loved the place. We have reservations there again mid September. There is a nice outside garden to enjoy a few glasses of wine. We had an incredible view from our bedroom window. And a sumptuous breakfast the next morning. View attachment 102675