Why cut in half the stage from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles? Ascent of the Pyrenees, splendid views upon the surrounding Basque Country, herds of stock let loose, ethereal sensations, excitement to cross over Spain… This stretch wins unanimous agreement: it’s one of the most beautiful stage of the Ways to Santiago! Yet, if it’s totally doable, it’s also one of the toughest. Its length, its important incline, the stain it requires; not even mentioning the stress induced by the idea of walking over a mountain, of a first day on the Camino, of the bed race or of the fear to arrive too late… There’s not exactly enough time to wander around and it cuts the pleasure to walk the stage!
And yet, there are not one but several easy ways to cut in half this mythical stage and fully enjoy it… Here is now a review of your options!