We arrived in Hendaye late in the evening as the sun had just set (sunset in the south of France is around 9 PM). Fortunately, our bed and breakfast host had agreed to pick us up at the train station. They live in a beautiful 3 bedroom apartment overlooking the bay. Dany and Michel are very gentle souls. Michel is a retired college principal. Dany is a retired French teacher who grew up in Hendaye.
View from the apartment when we arrived at night.
The view in the morning was even better.
After breakfast at our B&B (in France), Michel drove us in the morning to the “Santiago Bridge” that runs over the river Bedosa that is the border between France and Spain and from where we will begin our walk in the morning.
We decided to check out the path and the markings to familiarize ourselves with what to expect.
Camino del Norte is truly a path less traveled as we ran into only 4 pilgrims in the whole day and found 1 albergue which was not open (a sign said they would open at 4). We did see quite a few pensions in town, so we will have backup options if needed. We enjoyed our first Spanish lunch of the trip while watching kids play in the plaza.
The walk back to our bed and breakfast was nice along the coast.
Our option for dinner is to just walk around nearby and have dinner in France or take the ferry on a 5-minute ride from a block away to Spain to eat there. Tough choices, but probably the last time we will have this much flexibility.
Tomorrow we start early as we may have to walk 25 km before we find an albergue!