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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port / Donibane-Garazi

Municipal (32, 10€ breakfast included) Refuge Municipal / Accueil Pèlerin up rue de la Citadelle, near the top on the left. The historic starting point of the Camino for generations of pilgrims. Register in the Pilgrims Office a short distance down the street. Microwaves. Website: www.aucoeurduchemin.org Open 14:00

Private (18, 33€ with evening meal and breakfast, March to October) Beilari (formerly L'Esprit du Chemin) on rue de la Citadelle opposite the Pilgrims Office. Communal evening meal where pilgrims introduce themselves, vegetarian options. They also do packed lunches. Very popular. Reservations on their website www.beilari.info or 05 59 37 24 68

Private (12, 10€) Sur le Chemin - Au Chant du Coq on rue de la Citadelle just down from the Pilgrims Office. Tel 06 38 38 49 85

Private (13, 17€) Gîte Buen Camino at 30 rue de la Citadelle. Laundry facilities. Breakfast 5€. Tel 06 63 26 12 02

Private (11, 22€, April to September) Gîte Ultreia at 8 rue de la Citadelle. Kitchen. Evening meal. Breakfast. Run by two ex-pilgrims. Reservations from their website: www.ultreia64.fr or 06 80 88 46 22 Open 16:00

Private (46, 17€, April to October) Gîte le Chemin vers l'Etoile, on rue d'Espagne which is down the bottom of rue de la Citadelle and across the bridge. Laundry facilities. Evening meal. Website: www.pelerinage-saint-jacques-compostelle.com Tel 06 70 20 82 13 Open 14:00

Parish (14, 20€ with evening meal and breakfast, April to October) Refuge Accueil Paroissial / Maison Kaserna also on rue d'Espagne. Reported friendly with good food. Tel 05 59 37 65 17 Open 15:00

Private (18, 24€, March to October) Gîte Izaxulo, on avenue Renaud, on the way from the railway station, just before Place du Trinket. Laundry facilities. Breakfast 4€. Website www.gite-izaxulo.com Tel 05 24 34 19 00

Private (13, 17€ with breakfast, March to November) Gîte La Vita è Bella, on Place du Trinket. Laundry facilities. Communal evening meal. Tel 07 68 23 40 07

Private (14, 15€, April to October) Gîte Compostella, on route d'Arnéguy, to the right after crossing the river. Kitchen. Breakfast. Website gitecompostella.jimdo.com Tel 05 59 37 02 36

Private (10, 20€) La Coquille Napoleón on the left branch of the Camino 800m from Saint-Jean. Evening meal. Breakfast. Also private rooms. Website lacoquillenapoleon.simplesite.com Tel 06 62 25 99 40

Private (14, 22€ with breakfast) Gîte Antton, on the left route of the Camino 1km after Saint-Jean. Evening meal. Website gite-antton.fr/en Tel 06 65 19 50 73

Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port has all the facilities you're likely to need. There is a wide variety of accommodation ranging from pilgrim albergues to luxury hotels many of which are along around the steep, cobbled rue de la Citadelle, and the parallel Place du Général de Gaulle, both about a 10 minute walk from the railway station. There are also many restaurants in this area. The Pilgrims Office / Accueil St Jacques, near the top of rue de la Citadelle, provides Credenciales, information and advice on weather conditions and help finding accommodation, etc., open until 22:00 in summer. There's a Carrefour supermarket on Avenue du Jaï Alaï and a bank on rue d'Uhart. On Place du Général de Gaulle there's a Tourist Office and a pharmacy. There is also several hiking equipment shops. Restaurant Ttipia on Place Floquet does a good menu du jour (excellent confit de canard). Restaurant La Vieille Auberge - Chez Dédé on rue de la France has been recommended, it's between Place du Trinket and rue de la Citadelle.

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