R1 – Day 3: Roncesvalles – Zubiri 21.5km

Today’s stage begins in Roncesvalles, almost 1000m 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 and jump in a Taxi to Zubiri, for those that are physically ready its difficulty is compensated for by breathtaking views. 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 many days in front of you.

Zubiri is a quaint village, take some time to go to the river’s edge to soak your feet in the cool water.