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Stage 3:Zubiri-Pamplonas (22,9 km)
From Zubiri the Arga river follows alongside the camino until Pamplona. There is a new route along the river walk (marked in green on the map), a bike and pedestrian path run alongside the river Arga. It begins in the small town of Irotz and ends at the Magdalena bridge of Pamplona. Its not the official camino but it is flat and very pleasant. Those who prefer the official path will arrive to the Arre bridge and then have to traverse the small villages of Villava and Burlada.
If we have entered the town of Zubiri we must retrace our steps and cross the Puente de la Rabia and after the bridge take a right which brings us out of Zibiri (see photo 1). The small path leads to a road (see photo 2) surrounded by a magnesite factory (see photo 3). We cross the the factory grounds and go down some very steep stairs (see photo 5) and finally leave the realm of the magnesite factory at 2.6 km of the stage (see photo 6). We pass through a small wooded area which brings us to the small town of Illatz (see photo 7).
We leave the small town of Ilarratz along a small secondary road which leads us 800 metres to Ezquirotz (see photo 8).
3.-Ezkirotz-Larrasoaña: 3.8-5.5(1.7 km)
We leave Ezkirotz along a nice path (see photo 90 which brings us to Larrasoaña. If we want to continue the camino there is no need to enter the town. If not we take a right to the Puente de los Bandidos over which we cross the river Arga, where on hot days, pilgrims and locals use the river to cool off. (see photo 10).
If we have entered Larrasoaña go back across the Puente de los Bandidos and return to the camino. After only 600 metres, all uphill, we arrive to the small town of Akerreta (see photo 11).
5.-Akerreta-Zuriain: 6.1-9.2(3.1 km)
A beautiful path through an area of woodland and scrub (see photo 12) following the river Arga until we arrive to the town of Zuriain where we cross the river over a bridge with the same name, “Puente de Zuriain” (see photo 13)
We leave Zuriain following the N-135 road, but after 500 metres we leave the road taking a left onto a path (see photo 14) which leads us to Irotz.
We cross the small town of Irotz along the main street arriving at the bridge “Puente de Iturgaiz” over which we again cross the river Arga. Just past the bridge (see photo 15) we are presented with two options. It is recommended to take the first (the second comes just a few metres beyond). In photo 16 you will notice the path that goes along the top and that on the bottom.
It is a long more comfortable along the lower path. If we opt for the top path we will pass some of the houses of Zabaldika (see photo 17).
Anyway, these two paths will join again crossing the N-135 (see photo 18). If you choose the option of Villava and Burlada a tough climb awaits you along a stone path which leads to Villava. If you are following the river walk you must go right until your just at the road and at that point take a right onto a well marked track. In this guide we have chosen this second option as it is more comfortable and beautiful.
It’s not possible to get lost following the bike path (see photos 19 and 20) which leads us to Huarte (see photo 21).
8.-Huarte-Pamplona: 16.9-22.9(6.0 km)
We cross Huarte along the road Zubiarte and return to the bike path (see photo 22) which leads until the 21.0 km of the stage (see photo 23), the point where it joins the path which goes to Burlada and Villava. At this point we continue straight along the road called “Camino de Burlada” which brings us directly to the Puente de la Magdalena (see photo 24), entering Pamplona. Now there is only a few metres left before arriving to Muralla and the entrance of Pamplona.