Renovated as a cozy pilgrims hostel (albergue) in the begining of this century, it offers the necessary for rest and quietness to pilgrims like yourself who, besides seeking the quality of its premises, enjoy such a fancy, legendary place, full of charm and details, in an atmosphere hard to beat.
You will also be able to relax in its big terrace with a local beer and share moments with other pilgrims. If you wish so, it is also the perfect place for our take-away breakfast along with a good coffee or tea before departing in the morning. You will also find here, as well as the coffee machine, a sink and soap for washing your clothes, as well as a line and clips for drying them.
Our bar, exclusive for hosted pilgrims, is situated in the old wine cellar. This is where we will receive you with a warm smile and check you in; don’t worry about accessing the albergue: we will give your a door code so you can freely exit and come back in any time you want.
As a perfect end of the day, and under its centuries-old vaults and stone walls, you will be able to join and enjoy along with the other pilgrims a comunal dinner, with a delicious, 100% home made menu, using natural and local ingredients.
The word “Maralotx” is a mixture of old Basque and Spanish languages that means “bad blacksmith”.
No one knows for sure how old the house may be, but what has been known for centuries is that tens of years ago it was the house of the town’s blacksmith, something proved by the finding during its renovation of an old forge in its oldest area: the cellar and old stables.
Since then, the coming generations that occupied this house were called by the town’s peoples as the “maralotxos”, and were known to host and care for the passing pilgrims for many years.