This small town in the Navarrese Pyrenees, the first town on the stage after the start in Roncesvalles, offers a wide variety of services to pilgrims. The village, close to the Irati forest and located 45 kilometres from Pamplona, is built on both sides of the road.
Of all the routes that make up the Camino de Santiago, one that stands out both for its length and its historical relevance is the French Way. This usually starts from both Saint Jean Pied de Port and Roncesvalles, and amazes pilgrims from the first villages it passes through, one of them being Auritz - Burguete.
It is a small municipality of just under 250 inhabitants located in the Navarrese Pyrenees, more specifically in the Merindad de Sangüesa, one of the five into which the Autonomous Community of Navarre is divided and which is in the Basque-speaking area.
Separated from Pamplona by only 45 kilometres, it is a village that was founded in the Middle Ages around the old pilgrims' hospital of Roncesvalles, a municipality with which, together with Valcarlos, it borders to the north. It is, therefore, the first village that pilgrims visit after leaving Roncesvalles.
Although it is a small town, the reality is that Auritz - Burguete hides an incredible charm, and if anything stands out in this place it is the Parish Church of San Nicolás de Bari, which is located on the main street.
It is the only parish church in the municipality, and in addition to having been built during the Jacobean phenomenon, it has a direct relationship with the collegiate church of Roncesvalles. It is so important that UNESCO itself has recognised it as a World Heritage Site.
Furthermore, if we pass through Auritz - Burguete, we must pay special attention to all the houses that make it up, both in the Barrio de Arriba and in the Barrio de Abajo, as they are historic buildings in which popular architecture stands out.
Being less than 300 inhabitants is not a problem for holding festivals throughout the year in Auritz - Burguete. In addition to the patron saint's fiestas, this municipality celebrates different fairs and pilgrimages, in which residents of all ages take part.
To get to Auritz - Burguete we must first get to Pamplona, and from there we must travel from there. This first step is quite easy, as Pamplona has an airport, a train station served by the AVE high-speed train and a bus station.
Once we are in the capital of Navarre, we have two options. One of them is to take a bus directly to the Auritz - Burguete station, but there are very few routes that connect the two places.
The other is to travel first to Roncesvalles, which is a place from which many pilgrims begin their adventure, the connections are better. Here we can get from Pamplona by bus, which generally has one trip a day, except in summer which offers two. Once there, less than 3 km separate us from our destination, so we will have no problem walking or taking a taxi.
Although the real starting point of the French Way is in Saint Jean Pied de Port, crossing the Pyrenees at certain times of the year can be very difficult, which causes many pilgrims to decide to begin their journey in Roncesvalles.
Once they start walking from this town, Aurtiz - Burguete will be the first village they find, so it is always a must for all of them. In addition, the long historical route of the French Way has meant that hundreds of thousands of pilgrims have passed through this village at the beginning of their journey, which gives it a great Jacobean tradition.
If you are traveling on the Camino de Santiago or are planning to do so soon, you should know that the distance separating Burguete from Santiago de Compostela is 753 kilometers.
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