Mar 12 2017

Stage 2: Orito to Sax 29km

Walked from Orito 8km to Novelda where we met Pedro, the self appointed ambassador of the town, and a very hospitable hospitalero. He took us for coffee and showed us the town’s highlights, including the flat that is the Albergue – where hardly anyone stays because it’s mid stage in the guide book.

After Novelda we walked with Pedro along the river passing a castle (the only triangular tower in the world.. said our guide) and a Santuario, where he sent us on with a ‘buen camino’ through the travertine flooring capital of Spain, from mountain blasting to cut & polish.
Worth mentioning.. in Elda we were pointed by a couple of locals towards a cafe for lunch, close to the church, called Santa Anna’s (pretty sure) great food, 3 courses plus a drink and coffee – 5.75€. A must!

Last night we were given beds in a chilly monastery, tonight we have no choice but to book into a swish hotel in Sax for 40€, overlooked by the town’s imposing castle. Pilgrim’s on holiday!

Oh, got rid of my reading book.. bought it on iBooks instead. First of the heavy stuff to be jettisoned.