The Camino del Baztán starts at the Cathedral in Bayonne and winds its way over rolling hills into northern Navarra and the lushious Baztán valley until finally, following the valley of the river Ulzama, arrives in Pamplona where it joins the Camino Francés at Villava. This beautiful and little frequented Camino has in recent years developed a network of pilgrim hostels and other facilities which make it a gentle and relaxed way to start your Camino or a perfect five or six day hike for a week off work. Used since the middle-ages by pilgrims arriving on foot or by boat into Bayonne, the Camino del Baztán was popular because it offered an easier route to cross the formidable barrier of the Pyrenees into Spain.
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The guide is also available as a donativo download (ie. having used it and hopefully found it useful you are invited to make a donation). Please email me the the address on our Contact page for a copy. I also have GPS tracks for this Camino in KML format, handy to see the route on a mapping app on your smartphone.
Recently two pilgrims hostels have opened in Bayonne Albergue pèlerins Aguirre and Refuge Saint-Jacques at 7 rue Grosse, 5 minutes from the cathedral.
The shop in Urdax has closed. If you need to stock up do so in Dantxarinea.
The Amis du Chemin in Bayonne run a Facebook page dedicated to the Camino del Baztán.
30 March 2022
The pilgrim hostels in Urdax, Berroeta and Lantz are reported to be open, €7.
Olagüe albergue is closed.
The phone number for Urdax is now 601 351 319.
(I'll include details in the next edition).
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