Epic! A lot of good corners, good road surface, very picturesque scenery as it winds up the mountain and down through the valleys. Traffic was very light (mid April) and was easy to pass when there was. There are a lot of petrol stations around the Pamplona end, as well as a few along the way. Good fun and recommended route!
Thanks to those who have driven this route before, we would not have found this road without BBE. Most enjoyable ride, even on a Goldwing!
Fantastic route... I personally prefer to begin leaving Pamplona by the Aoiz Road (Carretera de Aoiz), once you arrive Aoiz, take the way to Nagore and continue the trip through the wonderfull Arce Valley (Valle de Arce), then both paths meet just before Burguete... look it at the map... highly recommended!!!!!
Ive ridden this road twice both from St Jean to Pamplona. Very nice road. Starting from St Jean the pass starts at the old border crossing. Some nice bends (some blind) on the way to the top at a little over 1,000 metres. You then enter a fast section before dropping down towards Pamplona. Beware coaches and other LGVs on some tight hairpins - they will be on your side of the road! The Spanish side was resurfaced in 2007 and represents a big improvement over the road surface in my photo, taken in 2003. Finally you enter a very fast section which takes you down into pamplona.
The first road of the holiday that really made me think Wow! Road surface between Zubiri - Erro is exceptional and has some great (and a few v.tight) bends. Road starts to open up afterwards with some nice fast sections before tightening up again from Roncesvalles onwards. Spotted a couple of Civil Guardia sitting by the road a couple of times so keep your eyes open!
A good route over the Pyranees, leave Pamplona, then use the N135 toward the hills. The road has a few places where it is easy to get lost, keep using the signs to France. The route goes through quite an easy pass, but the road is interesting and fairly quiet, even in summer, although there are a few of the obligatory mad cyclists. There are a few shops selling food, but these open infrequently, there are no petrol stations! Join the D933 toward St Jean Pied de Port, you seem to be quite suddenly in town. Stop at one of the cafes, no greasy meals, but very good coffee.
This photo is at about the halfway point between St Jean and Pamplona