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The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way map

The Camino HemingWay traces the first part of the French way starting in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French border to Pamplona. But we have added a Hemingway twist to this Camino. This unique walk is arguably one of the most scenic, challenging and rewarding of all the itineraries we offer.

And now, it can also be a journey through time and literature.
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The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 1 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port - France

Your journey in the footsteps of Hemingway starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a beautiful bustling French market town hidden away in the Pyrenees and the traditional start of the Camino de Santiago. Admire the engraved doorways on the Rue de la Citadelle, cross the Porte de St Jacques and enjoy fine Basque cuisine before spending the night in a delightful small 3* hotel in the city centre.

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 2 Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port To Burguete (26 Km)

The Heming-Way kicks off with a challenge as you cross the Pyrenees and walk into Spain. Expect a steep climb, wonderful landscapes, orchards and Alpine style meadows.On your way down, stop in the historical town of Roncesvalles before arriving in Burguete, "an oasis that exists outside linear time." The place where Jake and Bill from ''The Sun also Rises'' enjoy five days of tranquillity, fishing trout in the Irati river.

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 3 Burguete to Zubiri (22 Km)

Another day of stunning mountain panoramic views awaits you today as the HemingWay crosses two beautiful mountain passes and follows the river Arga down to Zubiri. With less hiking today, you might even be able to take some time to fish under a centennial oak tree or relax in the clear waters of the Rio Erro

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 4 Zubiri to Pamplona (21km)

On your last walking day before arriving in Pamplona you will continue along the Arga River through riverside woods. It is in this region fighting bulls and horses are bred for the San Fermin and probably where this famous picture was taken (don't try it yourself).

On arrival in Pamplona, treat yourself to the ''Bacalao de Pamplona'', Hemingway's favourite!

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 5 Extra day in Pamplona with City Tour

Today you will discover Hemingway's favourite Spanish town in his footsteps: have a drink in Café Iruna, take a picture at the Hemingway Monument and enjoy the local specialities favoured by Ernest Hemingway.

The Camino HemingWay, first section of the French Way Day 6 Pamplona - end of the HemingWay, the first section of the French Way

After breakfast we bid you farewell and hope to see you again soon on the Camino for all the other sections!

What you get

Camino de Santiago included tick box A mix of great accommodation in 2-3* hotels or equivalent
Camino de Santiago included tick box Bed & Breakfast
Camino de Santiago included tick box Luggage transfers from hotel to hotel
Camino de Santiago included tick box Our Holiday/ Pilgrim Pack with Hemingway book
Camino de Santiago included tick box Visit of Pamplona, HemingWay Style
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It is best to fly to France (Biarritz or Paris), then come back from Spain (Bilbao, Santander or Madrid)

1 - To France

2 - Flying back home from Spain

  • From Bilbao
    A large amount of the passenger traffic at Bilbao Airport comes from internal flights and you can fly from Bilbao to any of the following Spanish Airports: A Coruna, Alicante, Barcelona, Badajoz, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Jerez, Lanzarote, Madrid, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia and Vigo.
    There are also European flights to Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Lisbon, Milan, Munich, Paris and Stuttgart.
    At the moment, easyJet, Iberia and AerLingus fly from the UK and Ireland to Bilbao. easyJet offer daily flights to Bilbao from London Stansted Airport, Iberia flys from Gatwick or Heathrow via Madrid and AerLingus operate out of Dublin.

  • From Santander
    Ryanair are the only low-cost airline that currently offer direct flights to Santander. They offer flights from London Stansted and now Dublin, Frankfurt, Milan and Rome, as well as Reus and Madrid in Spain.
    Iberia offer a good selection of internal flights from Alicante, Barcelona, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Seville and Valencia. 

    For more info see: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/

To the beginning of your walking holiday: St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

From Biarritz (2h)

1 - Shuttle bus to Bayonne train station
Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz Airport is located just 3 Km from Biarritz. However it is a much better option to go to Bayonne train station (not Biarritz). Take the STAB line 6 to Bayonne train station (direct). The journey takes approx. 20 minutes and will cost €1.20. See http://www.bus-stab.com. The bus stop is in front of the terminal. Alternatively, there is a taxi rank in front of the terminal; cost is €25-€30.

2 - Train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

There are direct trains from Bayonne to Saint Jean Pied de Port at 18h13 (1h22 travel). See http://www.voyages-sncf.com/leisure/fr/launch/home/

From Paris (6h30)

Take a train to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port
Departs every day at 12.10, arrives at 18:30

Back Home, from Pamplona

1 - The Burundesa bus company links Pamplona with Bilbao (2h) with 10 departures a day. It is possible to fly from there with Aerlingus.
See: http://laburundesa.com/pamplona-bilbao/

2 - The Burundesa bus company links Pamplona with Santander (2h) with 2 departures a day. From the bus station in Santander, simply get a direct city bus to the airport (20min), and Ryanair operates flights from there. 
See: http://laburundesa.com/pamplona-santander-2/

Spanish airport info: http://www.spanish-airport-guide.com/

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