Camino Frances | Day 4

Pamplona to Puente la Reina

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20 km day ahead of me to Puente la Reina, so I left the Albergue at the crack of dawn. The streets of Pamplona were cold and eerily empty. I got a chance to fly the drone over the history Ciudadela on my way out of town.

I had coffee and toast for breakfast at a café where my new friends were getting ready to start their day as well. Ahead of us is “el alto del Perdon” which is 750 meters tall. The cityscape gave way to eight kilometers of pleasant agricultural wheat fields.

It was by a municipal cemetery, under the shade of a tree that a large group of pilgrims gathered for a pit stop before taking the hill upfront. I had a snack bar I was saving for breakfast had I not found a place this morning.

I walked the streets of the village of Zariquiequi with the boys. We could see the windmills in the distance. From now on It’s an uphill climb through rough terrain.

After four hours of walking, ten minutes shine of 11 am I made it to the halfway point, to top of Alto del Perdon. It was windy and cold, but our spirits were high. I had a banana and freshly squeezed orange juice from a food truck and sat on a chair to enjoy the view. Puente la Reina is but 10.3 km from here, and I prayed it would only be downhill from here on out.

I took yet another five-minute break to let my feet air out by a monument built to the virgin Marry by a fellow pilgrim on the outskirts of the village of Urtega. I refilled my water bottle at the main square and followed the yellow arrows back out into the countryside. I’m 4.5 km from today’s destination, and I can’t wait to get there.

At Olmanos there is a now-famous young girl and her lemonade stand. I saw it on my guidebook and got to meet her in person. The lemonade was delicious, and all it cost me was a small donation.

Once at the Albergue in Puente la Reina I had a celebratory round of beers with the guys. I went to the market on a beer run and did not realize that I bought a 12 pack of non-alcoholic beer. Imagine my face when I found out about it. Tonight, It’s my first albergue cooked pilgrim meal of the trip, and I can’t wait to share stories with my new friends.

Out of the blue, we were invited on a road trip to visit the church of Santa Maria de Eunate some ten kilometers. The church is octagonal in design and model after those in Jerusalem by the crusaders. From there we drove to the town of Artajona and explore the ruins of San Saturnino de Artajona church.

Made it back to the Albergue in Puente la Reina as the sunset and we all went out for some drinks at the local bar before calling it a night.

 

Daily Cost Breakdown:

 

€01.90 Breakfast

€01.00 Snack

€04.00 Lunch

€05.00 Dinner

€10.00 Albergue

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€21.90 Total

Acommodations:

 

Pamplona

Albergue Jesús y María

C. Compañía, 4

+34 948 222 644

jesusymaria@aspacenavarra.org

Albergue Casa Paderborn

C. Playa de Caparroso, 6

+34 948 211 712

jakobusfreunde-paderborn.com

Albergue Casa Ibarrola

C. del Carmen, 31

+34 948 22 33 32

+34 692 20 84 63

casaibarrola.com

info@casaibarrola.com

Albergue Iruñako Aterpea

C. del Carmen, 18 bajo

+34 948 044 637

+34 685 734 207

alberguedepamplona@gmail.com

alberguedepamplona.info

Albergue Plaza Catedral

C. Navarrería, 35 bajo

+34 620 91 39 68

+34 948 59 13 36

albergueplazacatedral.com

Xarma Hostel

Av. Baja Navarra, 23

+34 948 046 449

www.xarmahostel.com

xarmahostel@gmail.com

Cizur Menor

Albergue de la Orden de Malta

Encomienda Sanjuanista

+34 616 651 330

Albergue de Maribel Roncal

Paseo Beltzeta, 1

+34 670 323 271

+34 948 183 885

elalberguedemaribel.com

maribelroncal@jacobeo.net

Cizur Mayor

Hostal Ardoi

Av. Belascoain, 30

+34 948 185 044

hostalardoi.com

Hotel Casa Azcona

Av. Belascoain, 24

+34 948 287 662

hotelcasaazcona.com

AC Hotel Zizur Mayor

C. Etxesakan, 3

+34 948 287 119

espanol.marriott.com

Albergue Camino del Perdón

C. Mayor, 61 bis

+34 948 344 598

+34 690 841 980

www.caminodelperdon.es

Albergue Casa Baztán

C. Mayor, 46

+34 948 344 528

+34 602 545 791

www.casabaztanalbergue.com

albergue@casabaztan.com

Hostal Camino del Perdón

C. Iruzpeguia, 20

+34 948 344 598

+34 690 841 980

www.caminodelperdon.es

Albergue El Jardín de Muruzábal

C. Monteviejo, 21

+34 696 688 399

eljardindemuruzabal.com

eljardindemuruzabal@gmail.com

Albergue Mendizabal

C. Mayor, 7

+34 678 01 01 19

+34 948 34 46 31

alberguemendizabal@gmail.com

Casa Rural Villazón I

C. El Rebote, 5

+34 620 441 467

+34 948 277 391

casavillazon.com

Albergue Usda

C. San Lorenzo, 6

+34 676 560 927

Albergue Atseden

Camino de Santiago, 2

+34 646 924 912

atsedenhostel.com

atseden1234@gmail.com

Hostal Rural Mamerto

C. San Lorenzo, 7

+34 948 344 344

+34 649 139 611

Casa Rural Raichu

C. Larrotagaña, 2

+34 948 344 285

+34 686 679 415

+34 600 202 917

casaraichu.com

La patxuela

Travesía San Sebastián

Casa Rural Villazón II

Travesía San Sebastián, 5

+34 620 441 467

+34 948 277 391

casavillazon.com

Albergue de los Padres Reparadores

C. Crucifijo, 1

+34 948 340 050

economo.puente@esic.es

Albergue Jakue

C. Irunbidea, s/n

+34 948 341 017

jakue.com

hotel@jakue.com

Albergue Puente

P.º de los Fueros, 57

+34 661 70 56 42

alberguepuente.com

albergue@alberguepuente.com

Albergue Amalur

C. Cerco Viejo, s/n

+34 696 241 175

albergueamalur.com

info@albergueamalur.com

Albergue Estrella Guía

C. Población, 2

+34 622 262 431

albergueestrellaguia@gmail.com

Hostal Zubi XXI

C. Irunbidea, 28

+34 948 340 921

zubi21.com

Hostal Plaza

C. Mayor, 52

+34 948 340 145

hostalplazapuentelareinanavarra.es

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