In the Basque language, Zubiri means village with the bridge. The bridge itself was known as el Puente de la rabia. Legend has it that any infected animal that crossed the bridge three times was cured of rabies. The large building immediately to the right before the bridge was a former hospital, probably a leprosarium.
Casa Ceribi, double room 35 Euros; you may find some rooms at the Restaurant Gau-Txori at eastern end of village. Good food, no set menu and prices far from reasonable. Landlady Senora Romona Guelbenzo de Santestebin may be able to provide accommodation: take the first real left turn after bridge and knock on second door on left. Casa Valentina (t: 948-30 40 09) is a restaurant which may help you secure accommodation. Bar Gau Txori (t: 948-30 40 76) on south side of village, off the main street, serves good ‘bocadillos’. Pass the medieval bridge for the local shop located under sign on right. The new Refuge is in a renovated school. Bunks, kitchen and hot showers, 10 Euros a night. Key from parish priest or at ‘panaderia’ (baker).
To get to the village cross the bridge (fountain on the other side next to a church). Or turn left along path just before the bridge (way marked). Go up hill and down the side of a large house. Cross stream by footbridge and keep straight on. Veer to right. At the “T” junction on gravel road near a factory, turn right and go left downhill on tarmac road and pass left of factory. Road climbs and when you are level with the last factory-building, fork right onto a track parallel to both road and electricity cables (between the two). You are now above and parallel with the river Agra in the valley below you to the right.
Towards end of factory at junction, another track comes from back right. Go down some steep steps following line or electricity cables. Cross road at bottom and keep straight ahead. Cross the stream and keep straight down the foot path (parallel to and between two sets of electric cables). This leads uphill between banks to merge at side of house in the hamlet of Ilarratz. Turn left at fountain and then right down minor tarred road. At bend in road (signposted “Eskirotz 500m”) keep straight on uphill left to hamlet. Fork left at end along walled lane with fields below to your right. Keep straight on. Pass battery hen farm, as track becomes UMUR and keep straight on to minor road. Cross it, go up a short flight of steps and keep straight onto footpath through field, which continues alongside another footpath between banks. Track climbs up and down, joined by another from back shortly before you reach a minor road at entry to village of Larrasoana.
Cyclists should continue down the valley along the river to their left.
5km to Larrasoana
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From The Village to Village Guide To The Camino Santiago: With Permission from Simon Walleberg Press