The walk from Roncesvalles to Larrasoana was the longest day of our 4 day Camino. We were still tired from the Pyrenees but we were encouraged by reports from other pilgrims that this would be an easy day. It’s true that in comparison, the route for this day was easier than the hike through the Pyrenees, especially if you walked straight from St. Jean de Port to Roncesvalles.
However, for us non athletic types, it was a long day and the route was not as flat as we had heard. One perk for this day is that there are plenty of towns to stop and take a break in. The first town Burguete is just 3 km away and we had our first café con leche break here.
I think our downfall on this day was not starting early enough, stopping for too many breaks and not taking off our hiking shoes to air out our feet out. By the time we reached Zubiri, we were ready to call it a day. However, we had booked ahead at Larrasoana so we had to push on. It made it even more difficult since we saw some of our fellow pilgrims already relaxing in Zubiri.
Larrasoana was still 5.5 km away and it was already 5 pm. I read online that it was a small town so we decided to pick up some groceries in Zubiri for dinner, just in case everything was closed by the time we got to Larrasoana.
I was such a mess at this point that I nearly broke down carrying the added weight of a can of tomato sauce for our dinner. My husband had to carry it for me. The sun was beating down hard and the last 5.5 km to Larrasoana was through an unattractive industrial area. By the time we made it to our hostal, we were ready to collapse.
Luckily the hostal Bide Ederra was beautiful and there were no other guests, so we had it all to ourselves. After a shower, we felt good enough to take a quick walk around town. There was one bar still open but they were no longer serving food. I cooked up pasta for dinner and we passed out right after. Tomorrow would be a short walk to Pamplona and that would mark the end of our first Camino.
Camino Tips – Roncesvalles to Larrasoana :
- Start early the walk from Roncesvalles to Larrasoana is approx. 27.7 km
- Take brakes as you need and make sure to air out your feet or change socks if you need to
- Don’t book a place ahead of time. There are lots of plenty of towns and options for beds. Consider stopping in Zubiri it’s a bigger town than Larrasoana and has plenty of accommodation
- There are plenty of bars to stop in. Most of them require you to leave your backpacks outside, so keep your valuables in a separate bag that you can carry with you
- We stayed in Hostal Bide Ederra in Larrasoana which costs 16 euros per person and included breakfast. For more information click here www.hostelbideederra.com
- Another option for accommodation is the municipal albergue for just 6 euros/bed