Day One – Irún to San Sebastián

Sunday 20 May 2018

We walked a total of 26.5 kms with an accumulated elevation of 720 m

Our plan to taxi the first few kilometres out of town in an effort to save a bit of wear and tear on my foot, recently diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis, failed. There are not too many taxis about at 6:00 am on a Sunday morning.  Not deterred, we set out full of enthusiasm and energy. Well, we soon had the wind knocked out of our sails didn’t we. All the guide books tell us that this first section is the most difficult, they aren’t wrong and I certainly hope it doesn’t get much more difficult than this because it was a real struggle.

Left: The start of the track just out of Irun with our first climb ahead of us. Right: After a couple of steep ascents we thought this was the top.

Ron thought this was the top WRONG but the next climb up gave us the most spectacular views over the coast and inland.

Left: One of the five of Mount Jaizikibel’s towers. Right: A very happy horse I wonder if he would like to give me a ride.

The five Mount Jaizikibel’s towers were built during the 19th Century Carlist wars.

This is why we walk. You don’t get these views from the highway. It was about here that the good old Hydralyte proved to be worth its weight and I nearly didn’t bring it (thanks for the tip Jeff).

Ron thought I might like to stay here the night. WRONG again Ron, although by now I was so exhausted I would probably have lay down anywhere.

The uphill was followed by 10 kms of  steep downhill which was as bad if not worse than the uphill causing the beginning of my toe issues, but just look at where it led us to.

The charming village of Pasajes San Juan/Doniban

We were very lucky to arrive in Pasajes San Juan on a festival day so were treated to music, dancing and general festivities as we walked to the ferry to cross the river.

We had one last hill to overcome before reaching San Sebastián. Unfortunately the normal route via a long staircase along the other side of the river was closed so more roads.

We reached our hotel about 3:00pm where I collapsed on the bed and slept for about 3 hours solid. A rest day here tomorrow (Monday 21st May) and then on with our packs and off again.

Left is the last hill down yesterday and the right is our first climb tomorrow.

It is easy to see why San Sebastián is such a popular tourist destination.  It will deserve a whole page of its own when I have more time.


  • Roseanna and Jim May 23, 2018 at 01:18 Reply

    Looks amazing…great effort too xo

  • Ally May 22, 2018 at 09:12 Reply

    Well done you 2. So proud of my twinny and her old man. How r the feet going? What grt photos too.

    • Ron and Susan May 23, 2018 at 14:22 Reply

      My photos don’t do it justice. I need you to be our personal photographer. XXX

      • alison anderson May 27, 2018 at 09:46 Reply

        I could do that! maybe on a friendly donkey with a nice padded seat.!!

        • Ron and Susan May 30, 2018 at 20:40 Reply

          I think the donkey would be too smart to go up there

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