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Again I wasn't sure where to put this page, When I put Aragones into the search engine it Only came up with Argentina and when I put in The Pyrenees it only came up with this choice so here is where I have decided to put it !!
The following pages and tips are All about "The Camino Aragonés" which is one of the routes that make up part of the network of ancient foot-paths known as "The Camino de Santiago" or "The Way of saint James" to name just a few, All of them end up in Santiago de Compostela and many start off in all the different countries of Europe. The Camino Aragonés starts in Oleron Ste Marie in France, crosses the Pyrenees by way of The Col de Somport and eventualy joins "The Camino Frances" In Puente la Reina in Spain, The route is about 150 miles and Really is an Excellent "Way" that I would recommend to anyone. it took me 9 days to walk and that included an extra day as I chose to finish in Pamplona, So that worked out at an average of 18 miles per day. I wouldn't recommend anyone trying to do it much quicker as to miss the opportunity to view the scenery and visit the ancient towns and villages en-route would be a Great Shame.
So, If you are looking for a nice walk that you can easily do in a couple of weeks and then also have time it relax a little at the end then look no further than "The Camino Aragonés"
From England this is a Doddle, I Popped my old Rucksack in it's Rucksack Pro-Tector Then I chose to take a connecting flight with easyjet from Newcastle (The nearest airport to whre I live) to Stanstead where I picked up the Ryan Air flight to Pau, from there you catch the Airport Bus into Pau, it drops you off at the railway station and you have time for a beer before catching the train to Oleron Ste Marie. and here the next day you start the walk.
I chose to walk an extra day and finished my Camino in Pamplona, from here I caught a bus to Vitoria, about an hour and a quarter journey time.Vitori is yet another Beautiful old city and well worth more than the day that I had available to explore it. Then there is another Airport Bus out to the Airport and Ryan Air has a daily flight back to Stanstead. What could be simpler ??
I will detail the day by day route under "Sports Travel" to give you an idea of how I chose to break the route down into daily sections, Our maximum day was 20 miles with a minimum of around 12 miles, This was mainly due to available accommodation en-route but there are quite a few options If you would like to take a little longer, It might be possible to shave a day of our timings but I wouldn't personally recommend it as it would be a shame if you walked this camino and all you saw was your feet :-))
I have written up other Camino's that I have walked on the following pages
Via de la Plata -- Seville
Camino Ingles -- Galicia
Camino Frances part 1 -- Spain
Camino Frances part 2 -- Santiago de Compostela.
If you are interested then it is worth while comparing the routes.
Thank you for taking the time to visit this page, it will take me a little while to get it completed so IF you have any questions then please feel free to email me with any questions that you might have.
- Pros:An Excellent Route, Varying terrain, Awesome Views and Great places to stay.
- Cons:Very Few, Lack of drinking water fountains at the end of our 2nd day on the way up The Col de Somport.
- In a nutshell:A Truly Excellent walk
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