Hostel Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Herberg Saint-Jean
Hostel Saint-Jean

From March 2003 until May 2014, we converted an old medieval town house at the foot of the Pyrenees into a pilgrim hostel. There, along with about 150 fellow volunteers, we received more than 28,000 pilgrims from all over the world. That was a great experience!
Our former hostel was in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. It was (and is) a typical Basque house: thick walls, beautiful wooden floors, a grand staircase, and in the traditional colours: red and white. It is one of the oldest houses in Saint-Jean. We restored the façade in 2009: the plaster was removed, so that the old timber became visible again.

Gradually, we realized that this hostel was 'finished' and we got the idea to create one last new hostel on the Camino.
By a miraculous coincidence it happened that our best Basque friends, Joxelu and Jakline, wanted to takeover the hostel in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. They are doing so under the name of "Beilari". This is Basque and means 'pilgrim'.
By yet another strange coincidence we found our new house in the hamlet of Le Chemin (= the way!), in the municipality of Anthien, near Vézelay. We took our 'old' name with us: 'L'Esprit du Chemin' in ... Le Chemin.

By: Klaas Mors (2011)

In Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, the last French stop on the way to Santiago de Compostela, the pilgrims are welcomed by volunteers: in the pilgrim office and in the hostels. This video contains footage of our former hostel (language: French).