Just the facts:
- Stage: 4
- Route: Cizur Menor, Zariquiegui, Alto del Perdon, Uterga, Muruzabal, Obanos, Puente la Reina.
- Distance: 19 km (20.7 km adjusted for climb)
- Total distance to date: 92.4 km (101 km adjusted for climb)
- Accommodation: Albergue Jakue. This place is amazing! Loved everything about it, especially the way it magically appears when you first enter the town. It is in the basement of a hotel, with a beautiful garden where you can enjoy a frosty beverage when you arrive. You can stay in the regular albergue part, or pay a few Euros more for a room with just 6 beds and a private bathroom, which we did (just 9 Euros each). It also had a couple of real washer and dryer machines, which we happily bought tokens for.
- Food: The food was the best part! There was a buffet dinner with unlimited salad, sides and dessert. Yum! Perfect for pilgrims. We even had friends from other hostels come back and join us for dinner. We also spent some quality time in the sunny bar playing cards, which is also where we had breakfast with unlimited freshly squeezed orange juice. I was very sad to leave this virtual oasis of the Camino.
On Day 4 of the hike, after fuelling up with an awesome breakfast in the stocked kitchen at the hostel which we paid for ‘by donation’, in Cizur Menor outside of Pamplona, we walked a mere 19 km to Puente La Reina. Along the way, we passed through a rather windy mountain range that was dotted with wind turbines. Talk about breezy! Glorious vistas both on the way up there and down the other side. It was awesome to be able to get so close to these impressively large machines. I had no idea that Spain had so many of them.
We continue to be amazed by a Korean lady who is doing the entire Camino bare foot. That’s a whole different level of crazy. Puenta La Reina had the most beautiful hostel we’ve ever seen: Albergue Jakue. In fact, it was attached to a hotel, which no doubt helped a lot. A nice garden, real washing machines and dryers, and an unbelievable dinner with a full salad bar, side dish bar, and dessert bar. The pilgrims were very happy that night! We even played a little euchre in the bar – good times. Especially since my team won. At least, that’s how I remember it…