Day 3: Roncesvalles to Zubiri
Today’s stage begins in Roncesvalles, almost 1000m above sea level, and ends in Zubiri, at 526m. You will mainly be on undulating downward tracks, however, you will climb two small mountain passes, Mezquiriz and Alto de Erro.
At the peak of Alto de Erro, you will begin a difficult descent. This section is very rocky and needs your complete attention.
If you have knee problems it may be advisable for you to enjoy the view from the top then jump in a Taxi to Zubiri.
Do not be a hero, listen to your body, it is not a defeat if you can’t manage this section, it is simply smart management. You have to take care of your body, you have a long way to go. For those that are physically ready the difficulty is compensated for, by breathtaking views.
Zubiri is a quaint village on the Arga River. There is a wonderful Romanic bridge Puente de piedra waiting for you to cross it. After you cross the bridge take some time on the river’s edge to soak your feet in the cool water.