After a tough morning on my first day on the Camino del Norte, I was glad to arrive at the crest of the hill just before the villages of Pasajes de San Juan & Pasajes de San Pedro. Walking had been difficult, not only from the rain, but because I was so out of shape. The two ascents to begin the day nearly wore me out. I was happy to see the brilliant blue of the ocean and anticipated visiting the picturesque seaside villages.
I left my last post On the Camino Del Norte in Spain, Guadalupe to Pasajes de San Juan, just a little east of this spot, overlooking the city of Pasaia which is a suburb of San Sebastian. Walking through the city is an option but didn’t interest me. I wanted to see the villages, smell and touch the ocean, and was excited when I arrived here, just above Pasajes de San Juan.
Looking across to Pasajes de San Pedro.
Part way on the descent, the view toward the sea.
Looking back up from where I came from.
The walkway or seawall that many people took to a seaside park with steep cliffs that overlook the sea.
However, the Camino followed the opposite way through the village of Pasajes de San Juan (Donibane in Basque).
A closer look with the church on the hill in the center. Let’s continue through the village…
Colorful older homes along the main and only road. It should be noted that the writer Victor Hugo once owned one of these houses.
As far as I can tell, this is a tribute to the fighters who defeated Charlemagne’s army in the 778 Battle of Roncevaux Pass.
For a small fee, there is a ferry that now takes us across the inlet to Pasajes de San Pedro.
Looking back at Pasajes de San Juan.
Hard to believe that not long ago, I was on top of that hill.
Looking out to the Ria de Pasaia which was more scenic than looking behind to the industrial area.
Pasajes de San Juan.
Looking back across the inlet. Pasajes de San Pedro is smaller than Pasajes de San Juan so I continued along the seawall, past the boat yard, until I reached…
this spot. Along this ancient stairwell, I would climb to one of the most scenic stretches along the Camino del Norte.
On my next post, Coastal Views Along The Camino del Norte in Spain, Pasajes de San Pedro to San Sebastian, I’ll show you that beautiful stretch which I really recommend not missing before the great city of San Sebastian. For planning, if you don’t have time to start in Irún, you can even find your way to Pasajes de San Juan, which is about 10 kilometers from San Sebastian. It may be a bit of a hassle, but if the sun is out, you won’t forget the walk. I would advise though, to keep your breaks to a minimum. If you started in Irún, be careful of your timing into San Sebastian. I walked in the summer and was lucky to get a bed at the albergue in the late afternoon. It can get very busy there with pilgrims who started early from Irún or were starting the Camino del Norte from San Sebastian. I hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for your time.
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