Through the Basque Country, in Atlantic Pyrenees
|On this part of the route, the track leaves Béarn region and crosses the western part of Atlantic Pyrenees, in the Basque Country. It’s a 72-kilometer journey. Here, compared to Béarn area, slope variations remain the same (+19 m km and -18 m/km, against +23 m/km and -25m/km, between Le Puy and Conques). It is therefore in the first part of the Camino de Santiago that the slope is steepest.
Basque Country is the brother of Béarn, a country of gentle hills, with however a little more meadows, cattle and less corn. For pilgrims, it is a popular trip, because nature is beautiful and you are finally getting closer to Spain.
Here, we made a foray into the usual program of the Camino de Santiago, via St Palais. We have divided the route into 4 stages, which represents less than 20 kilometers on average per stage. But here, many pilgrims stop off less, and sometimes manage to complete the route in 3 days. Some steps are longer, others shorter. It mainly depends on your physical condition, your stamina and your walking pleasure.
Have a nice trip.