Wheelchair Accessible Hostels From St Jean To Viana

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  1. Anthony Finnegan

    Anthony Finnegan New Member

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    Hi,
    I am a full time wheelchair user and taking on the first week of Camino Frances in early July this year.

    I would be grateful if anyone had information on hostels that are suitable, beginning in St Jean Pied de Port and finishing in Viana.

    I tried calling the pilgrims office, but their English wasn't great and my french was even worse.

    We plan to stay at http://www.alberguederoncesvalles.com/ for our second night as they have confirmed that they are fully accessible.

    I am travelling with three able bodied adults, so one or two steps won't be a big issue.

    Thanks in advance.
    Anthony
     
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    Hi Anthony and welcome to the forum

    I can start you off with a few snippets – The Confraternity of Saint James has an information page at http://www.csj.org.uk/question/pilgrimage-for-people-with-disabilities/ for “Pilgrimage for people with disabilities” and this has a link to accommodation that is suitable for wheelchair users – Unfortunately the info in the link is in Spanish, however, by using Google Translate, it may be of use to you and get you set off :)

    Good Luck and Buen Camion

    Rob
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Anthony - You have my greatest respect for doing the first week of the Camino Francés by wheelchair. Between Roncesvalles and Viana, here are the towns and albergues that I stayed in along with a few notes regarding the accomodations.

    Larrasoaña - Albergue Sain Nicolás. Although I stayed on the second floor, I believe that there was a dorm room on the first floor. Reservations accepted. Excellent pilgrims meal. Email: alberguesannicolas@gmail.com

    Pamplona - Albergue Plaza Catedral. Right next to the cathedral. Very modern with dorm rooms on the main floor. Very helpful staff of hospitaleros. Reservations accepted. Email: reservas@albergueplazacatedral.com.

    Puenta la Reina - Albergue Jakue. An excellent hostel with dorm and private rooms on the first floor. Restaurant from the main hotel entrance wheelchair accessible. Excellent dinner and breakfast buffet. Reservations accepted. Email: hotel@jakue.com.

    Villatuerta - Albergue Casa Magica. One of the nicest albergues that I stayed in along The Way. I stayed on the second floor. You would have to check with them to see if there is a first floor dorm room. Excellent pilgrim's meal.
    Email: hola@lacasamagica.eu

    Los Arcos - I stayed in the Albergue Casa Abuela, but if I remember correctly, all the sleeping quarters were on the second floor. However, there also have three private rooms. You would have to check with them to see what if anything is on the first floor. Reservations accepted. Email:Contacto@CasadelaAbuela.com

    Logroño - Albergue Santiago Apostol. Very modern albergue with main floor dormitories. Reservations accepted. Email:ruavieja42@gmail.com.

    If you also go to the website of gronze.com, you'll find many for albergues, hostels, and hotels listed with contact and additional information.

    Others on this Forum will be able to offer you the names of other albergues along The Way. Once you identify albergues that would be appropriate, you should reserve beds in advance of your arrival. For me, it was as simple as sending them an email.

    I know that you and your traveling companions will have a great journey across the Pyrenees and through Navarra. Buen Camino!
     
  4. Anthony Finnegan

    Anthony Finnegan New Member

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    Thanks Rob, this information has proved extremely useful.
    I will post anything I find may be of interest to others in the coming weeks
    cheers
     
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    No Problem Anthony, I am Pleased that I could be of some help and, YES, Please do post any information that you do find out about Wheelchair users on Camino as well as accommodation that has been specially built / adapted for disabled pilgrims

    Best Regards and Thanks Again

    Rob
     
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    Wily,
    that's lots of information to get me going.
    really appreciate it.
    I will post when I have settled on my choices.
    thank you
     
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    So I am home a couple of weeks after completing 145km over a week in my manual wheelchair, pushed the whole way by my wife and two lifelong friends.

    It was tough!

    As promised I said I would post any useful information regarding places to stay for wheelchair users.

    St Jean Pied de Port
    http://www.pelerinage-saint-jacques-compostelle.com/en/gite
    wheelchair accessible room on ground floor, accessible bathroom and roll in shower, sleeps 4-5 people

    Roncesvalles
    info@alberguederoncesvalles.com
    shared dorm with about 80 pilgrims. If you pre book, they will locate wheelchair users next to the accessible bathrooms. Also has roll in shower.

    Zuburi
    http://www.alberguezaldiko.com/ingles/informacion.htm
    the older Alburgue is not wheelchair accessible, however they were in the process of opening a new addition right around the corner which they gave us exclusive use of. Roll in shower . Has to be booked in advance and you must also call the day before to confirm you still require the accommodation.

    Pamplona
    http://www.albergueplazacatedral.com/en/
    We had a small dorm on the ground floor. Sleeps four. Accessible bathroom with roll in shower.

    Puente de la Reina
    http://www.jakue.com/
    we had an accessible dorm room for four booked, but by the time we arrived they had given it to someone else! They gave us two twin rooms instead, however the bathrooms were too small for the wheelchair.

    Estella
    http://www.albergueestella.com/
    large alburgue. Room that sleeps four. Accessible toilet on ground floor beside where breakfast is served. Shower not accessible. Across the car park is a large sports hall with accessible toilet and roll in shower. We didn't ask for permission to use it. Thought it better to ask for forgiveness than permission.

    Logrono
    we stayed in a hotel called Las Gaunas for our last night. I would not recommend this place to anyone. It's a petrol station with rooms attached. The accessible room they gave me did not have a wide enough door for entry to the bathroom. I complained by email when we returned home and have still heard nothing back.

    Bus to Bilbao for flight home.
    http://cuadrabuslineas.com
    the bus is accessible, but you must booked a wheelchair accessible seat in advance and email them with the date and time so they can remove the seats in that row. the bus terminates in Bilbao bus station. We then took the airport shuttle from stand 12, which is fully accessible and doesn't need to be booked in advance.

    I hope this information is useful to someone out there.
    Buen Camino
     
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    PS, best to book all accommodation in advance of travel. I know this makes your Camino experience less flexible, but as a wheelchair user who needs specific things like roll in showers and no steps, there are very few alburgues that can accommodate wheelchair users, especially in smaller towns.
     
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    I am sure that people following in your wake will find all of this information incredibly useful.

    It all seems to have worked out fairly well for you – So Far – Are you going back to continue the route another year ??

    Best Regards

    Rob
     
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    Thanks Rob,
    the most challenging aspect was the terrain with the wheelchair.
    whether we return next year is still up for debate
    Anthony
     
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    I have a feeling that you will be back Anthony – And the good news is that you have already done the hardest part of this Camino, the crossing from Saint Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles – BTW, which route did you take ??

    Good Luck for future Camino’s and please do remember, there are a lot of alternative routes other than The Camino Frances :)

    Best Regards

    Rob
     
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    we took the Napoleon route :(. Day one was wet and cold from start to finish. Not easy when sitting in a wheelchair.

    Thanks for the best wishes. You never know our paths may cross on the way to Santiago one day.
    Buen Camino
     
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    WOW – The Route de Napoleon in a Wheelchair – Now that’s what I call Impressive and I can definitely confirm that there isn’t anything nearly as tough as that after Logrono.

    There are a couple of sharp pulls like the longish one up to The Cruz de Ferro and another up to O Cebreiro, but nothing like the same league as The Col De Leopold :)


    If we do meet on Camino then the beer is on me – Or the wine if you prefer, it would be a privilege to buy you a glass or 6 :)


    Best Regards

    Rob
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Anthony - Congratuations on a very successful Camino. I enjoyed looking over your list of accomodations as I stayed at a number of them.

    Regarding booking ahead, I did it as well on the CF. Although there are two different camps on this issue, it worked very well for me and in fact gave me greater flexibility. I knew where I was heading and had the piece of mind knowing that a bed awaited. As most folks that I walked with knew where they were heading on a particular day, and in fact made that their destination, taking hunting for a bed out of the formula reduced certain stress that others experienced. What I did observe was that as I walked, more and more pilgrims seemed to be calling ahead to reserve beds. As has been said many times on the forum, there is no one correct way to walk the Camino. We all, and sometimes through trial and error, find what works for us and settle into a pattern that only serves to increase ones enjoyment of this journey. Buen Camino!
     
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    My partner uses a wheelchair, with me as propulsion, so I understand a lot of the issues you face. Just a load of respect for you getting up and over that hill!

    Thanks for the post on accommodation and transport, really useful
     
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    When I was in Pamploma I stayed at Albergue Plaza Catedral. It was the only place I stayed in that had handy caped bathroom facilities. (I didn't really look anywhare, just found it accidently.) Here are some picutes of it.

    Whoops. I am on my PC and I can not figure out how to load a JPG file. I'll see if I can do it on cell phone.
     
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    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey UnkleHammy - I, too, stayed at the Albergue Plaza Catedral. In addition to a near perfect location in the city, it was also one of my favorite albergues due to some of the friendliest hospitaleros that I met along The Way. As far as the private albergues go in Pamplona, it was very modern, clean, and had a helpful staff. The light do-it-yourself breakfast in the morning was also a plus. Would stay there again any time. I was also able to reserve a bed on Booking.com. Buen Camino!
     
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    The Camino is a huge undertaking in a wheelchair. There is always the option of taking the cyclist route, which helps bypass some of the really difficult terrain. However, there is the safety aspect to consider, as pushing a wheelchair along the side of the road offers a different challenge.

    We choose to stick with mainly the walking route.

    Keep those wheels turning.
     
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    A lovely place, with lovely people
     
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    20170520_025909.jpg 20170520_025909.jpg 20170520_025928.jpg Handicap bathroom in Pamploma. I don't know wny I got the same picture in twice.
     
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