When you hear the word CAMINO, you know that I am talking about this trail from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port ( France) to Santiago de Compostela (Spain). This is the Spanish section. You can start walking wherver you are in Europe ( Paris, Rome, Porto,etc…) Many people cover the distance ( The Spanish section) in about 4 weeks. Many walk from albergue to albergue. Those are non expensive place to sleep. There are many reasons why people want to do it. Some have a religious or spiritual reason, some want to know and see this part of Spain. They like to walk .They like physical challenge. But it doesn’t matter why people do it. Every day, many people walk in the direction of Santiago.
Who is Santiago ? What is so special about Santiago de Compostela? This is where you will find the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral . The tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried and for this reason many take up this route as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth.
On Day 2 of our adventure in Northern Spain, we did a walking tour in the city of Pamplona before our daily walk on the Camino . Here is the city hall of Pamplona.
That day we walked about 14 km. We passed by the Sierra del Pardon. The Alto del pardon is a “Monument to the Pilgrim,” a set of 14 iron figures of natural size, which seem to walk on foot, horse and donkey.
Later, we had our first picnic prepared by Jose. We enjoyed local food every day. You don’t see bread on the photo, but there was always fresh bread that we ate with some olive oil.
In the afternoon, we walked in the town of Puente La Reina and saw the famous bridge built in the 11th century.
We enjoyed the landscape of the area. And often we walked through little sleepy villages. Most of the time, there was only one store/cafe where we could buy a drink and/or go to the restroom.
At the end of that day we rested in Estella. We enjoyed good food with our walking friends. Little by little we were getting to know each other. We slept in an old 19th century flour mill that had been restored.
More on my walking days on the Camino in the next post. Thanks for reading.